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The Huntington Thunderers was a United States Twirling Association musical corps, a senior corps based in Huntington Township, Long Island, NY.

The corps competed on basketball courts, winning the USTA National Championships twice, and the World Show Corps championships.

The Thunderers marched in many parades, including Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Rose Parade[1], and various overseas parades.

Most of the corps' approximately 110 members were teenagers.

The corps was comprised of brass, drums, baton twirlers, pom poms, guidon flags, and a small color guard (rifles). Pre-teens carried shields that spelled out T H U N D E R E R S, and were positioned in the front of the corps in parades. They carried banners during competitions.

The brass section was comprised of trumpets, mellophoniums, trombones and tubas. The drums included timbales with cowbells, snares, tenor drums, bass drums, cymbals, tri-toms, timp toms, and a bongo-conga set with an agogô and a wood block. A gong was used, but not marched with.

The corps' musical directors composed (mostly jazz) arrangements taken from a variety of sources, including standard jazz numbers, rock, and Broadway musicals. The corps described its musical style as progressive jazz and its street beat as Puerto Rican. USTA strictly prohibited marches.

The corps had a record album.


Artistry in Rhythm, Stan Kenton
In the Still of the Night
I've Got You Under My Skin, Cole Porter
Battle Hymn of the Republic, William Steffe?
Salute to the Blackhawks
Evil Ways, Santana, arranged by Clem DeRosa
Watermelon Man, Stan Kenton?
Intermission Riff
Somewhere (from West Side Story)
Lady of Spain (similar to Malagueña)
Girl from Ipanema

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