Mission Statement

The USF Herd of Thunder Athletic Bands aim to provide quality entertainment to a wide variety of audiences; support our athletic teams with pride, perpetual spirit, and integrity; and create a musically enriching and enjoyable experience for every member. Current and alumni members of the band are invested in creating and maintaining a warm and welcoming environment where the contributions of all are valued and appreciated. We consistently strive for the highest degree of performance while representing the University of South Florida with class, dignity, and enthusiasm.

Marching Band

The 300 members of the USF “Herd of Thunder” (HOT) Marching Band perform 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, feature twirlers, and all wind players. Rehearsals are held throughout the fall semester on Mondays & Wednesdays from 7-9:30pm, and Fridays from 6-8pm. There is a modest fee to cover consumables (t-shirt, hat, etc), but members receive a small “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.

Pep Band

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.

Ceremonial Band

The 30 piece USF “Horns Up” Ceremonial 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.

Guard & Feature Twirlers

The USF Herd of Thunder Color Guard and Feature Twirlers is one of the most visible aspects of the HOT Marching Band. This select group of young men and women is chosen by audition in the spring for the following academic year. The Color Guard and Feature Twirlers presents the visual story of the band’s music through the use of flags, rifles, sabres, batons, pom-poms , and dance. As a member of the Color Guard and Twirlers, you will get to perform on our home field at Raymond James Stadium, among other places, and benefit from choreography and instruction by some of the activity’s leaders.

Founded in 2003, the USF Winter Guard represents the university off campus in their competitive season both locally and internationally. The Winter Guard participates in the FFCC local circuit as well as WGI regional and international events. Auditions for Winter Guard are held in early Fall for the following winter/spring season. With a long history of success and experience in A, Open, and World competitive classes, the Winter Guard chooses themes and ideas to explore and represent through choreography, soundtrack, and movement. As a member of the Winter Guard, you will get to perform choreography and benefit from detailed instruction by some of the activity’s leaders.

Please contact our director, Liz Bannon, for questions or more information.