The USF “Herd of Thunder” (HOT) Marching Band is 370 members strong in 2016! The HOT Band performs at all USF home football games in the 65,908 seat Raymond James Stadium (home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers!), as well as select away games and any bowl games. The Marching Band currently requires auditions for the Drum Line, Color Guard, and all wind players. Rehearsals are held throughout the fall semester on Mondays & Wednesdays from 6-8:30pm, and Fridays (of game/performance weeks only) from 6-8pm – rehearsals are open to the public and are located at Fowler Field (located at the corner of USF Bull Run Drive and USF Alumni Drive). There is a modest fee to cover consumables (t-shirt, hat, etc), but members receive a “talent grant” (stipend) at the end of the season (subject to the availability of funds). All members of the Marching Band must register for the course and pay the applicable tuition and fees.
The USF “Rumble” Pep Band performs at all Men’s and Women’s home basketball games in the newly renovated 10,000 seat SunDome on the campus of USF. Students who have not marched with the Herd of Thunder must complete a short audition for the directors. The Pep Band will travel to support our basketball teams at the Men’s American Athletic Conference Tournament in Memphis, Tennessee (at the FedExForum), and the Women’s American Athletic Conference Tournament in Uncasville, Connecticut (at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort) – as well as any NCAA tournament appearances. All members of the Pep Band must register for the course and pay the applicable tuition and fees.
The 30 piece USF “Horns Up” Show Band is a scaled down version of the Marching Band which performs at USF events when it is not feasible to accommodate the full Band. Membership is granted through audition, and members receive a substantial stipend for the year. The show band is also available for hire to perform at special events. Please use our request form to contact us about your event.
USF Winterguard is a top-level competitive guard in WGI and FFCC. In 2012, they were the Silver Medalists in the WGI World Championships in Independent Open. Previously, they were finalists in the 2009 WGI World Championships in Independent Open, and the 2006 Bronze medalist in Independent A. Membership is open to both men and women through auditions, and membership in the Fall (field) guard is NOT a pre-requisite. Please contact Jamie Dyer for more information.