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DS Drumline Invitational

The Dripping Springs Band Program will sponsor its Annual Drumline Contest, Thunder In The Hills, on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Dripping Springs ISD Tiger Stadium. Now in our 8th successful year, the Dripping Springs contest has become a permanent fixture in Texas outdoor percussion events. Our last event included twenty-four 5A and 6A high school drumlines from throughout Texas, and audience attendance exceeded expectations once again as word has spread about this outstanding competition. Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to ensuring the contest is an exceptional experience for all. Please join us in September, and check this website often as we continue to plan for our next competition.

Jason Dye, DSISD Percussion Director


The deadline for entering this year's Thunder in the Hills contest is Friday, September 7, 2016.


Location and Participation Details

Location: Dripping Springs Tiger Stadium, 111 Tiger Lane, Dripping Springs, TX
Audience Entry Fee: $8 general admission; $5 students/senior

Complimentary passes are provided for directors, pit crew, and drivers.
(Limit of 12 wristbands to 5A entrants, and 18 wristbands to 6A entrants.
Additional pit crew wristbands are available for a fee; please contact Jason Dye for more information.)

A full concession menu will be offered during the contest for your convenience and dining pleasure.
Contest T-Shirts will be available for sale at the event.
The DSMS Gymnasium will serve as our alternate indoor rain site.

Download Directors Information

Download the 2016 Schedule

2016 Judges

Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson is a world renowned performer, educator, clinician and designer for the marching arts. With a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from The Ohio State University, he provides education in forms ranging from private instruction to program consultation. Tim completed his marching career with four years at the Concord Blue Devils (2003-06), and six indoor seasons with Rhythm X (2002-07). Jackson won honors as the PASIC MultiTenor champion in 2005, and the DCI Individual and Ensemble Multi-Tenor champion four consecutive years from 2003 to 2006.
After two seasons on percussion staff with Blue Devils, Tim spent five years with the Bluecoats serving as battery coordinator, choreographer, and ultimately visual caption head in 2012. He has also been a visual instructor with the Blue Stars from Lacrosse, Wisconsin. In indoor percussion competition, Tim has been a show designer, battery arranger and choreographer for Rhythm X since 2008.
Tim and his wife Amy live in Columbus, Ohio, were he works with numerous local high school percussion programs, provides consulting services for groups around the world, and operates a home renovation company. A proud endorser of Innovative Percussion, Evans drumheads and the D'Addario product family, Tim has instructed, consulted, and provided clinics and master classes across the United States, Western Europe, Korea and Japan.

Caleb Rothe

Caleb Rothe

Caleb Rothe

Caleb Rothe is the Percussion Education Coordinator for WGI Sport of the Arts. He has previously served as a program director, arranger, and instructor for Ayala HS (1997-2009), Pulse Percussion (2004-2007), and Rancho Cucamonga HS (2000-2004). He also served as a front ensemble arranger and instructor for Upland HS (2004-2006), Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps (2010), and Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps (2004-2006). He has been a percussion educator in Southern California since 1997, worked with more than 20 different high schools, independent percussion ensembles, and drum and bugle corps, and written for numerous groups across the United States and Japan.
An internationally sought-after adjudicator and clinician, Caleb has served at events across the United States, Europe, and Asia, including WGI Sport of the Arts, Drum Corps International, the Malaysia World Band Competition, and local and regional marching arts organizations and events.
Caleb is a founding member and President of the Southern California Percussion Alliance. He previously served as the Vice President of Percussion for the WGI Board of Directors and as a member of the WGI Percussion Advisory Board and Percussion Steering Committee.
Caleb has led ensembles to a number of local, regional, national, and international titles with a variety of organizations including WGI Sport of the Arts, Drum Corps International, and Bands of America. His students have been named finalists at events over 100 times, won over 40 medals, and named International Champions six times.
Caleb received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in the spring of 2003 and his teaching credential from the University of Redlands in the winter of 2007. He currently teaches algebra and percussion at Cope Middle School in Redlands, California. He lives with his wife Kelly and sons Cameron and Carter in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Brad Meyer

Brad Meyer

Brad Meyer

Dr. Brad Meyer (www.Brad-Meyer.com) is a percussion educator, artist, and composer with an extensive and diverse background. Currently, Brad is the Director of Percussion Studies at Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX) where he directs the percussion ensemble and steel band (“Jacks of Steel”), teaches private percussion lessons and the percussion methods course, and is the coordinator/arranger for the SFA Lumberjack Marching Band’s percussion sections.
Dr. Meyer frequently tours to universities and high schools both nationally and internationally to present recitals, workshops, masterclasses, and clinics on various topics, including: electro-acoustic percussion, contemporary marimba, concert snare drum, marching percussion, percussion ensemble, steel band, and world music. His international performances and clinics have taken him to Austria, Taiwan, France, South Africa, and Slovenia. Brad has been an active presenter/performer at numerous festivals and conventions, including: Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, Texas Music Educators Association’s national convention, Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention, International Computer Music Conference, Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States’ Convention, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Graz’s (Austria) Night of Percussion, Chiayi’s (Taiwan) International Band Festival, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’s Intermedia Festival, and Transylvania University’s Studio 300 Festival.
Brad is a composer with several compositions for snare drum, multi-percussion, and percussion ensemble published through Bachovich Publications. Dr. Meyer is a proud endorsee of Yamaha Instruments, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Evans Drumheads, and Tycoon Percussion.

Ray Ulibarri

Ray Ulibarri

Ray Ulibarri

Ray is beginning his eighteenth year as a percussion instructor in public schools. Prior to teaching at Reagan High School in San Antonio Texas, Mr. Ulibarri was the percussion director at Klein Forest High School and Pomona High School in Arvada Colorado. During his tenure with Pomona, the band won an unprecedented 11 State Marching Band Championships. In addition the Percussion ensemble was a two-time medalist at the WGI World Championships and perennial finalist. In 2002-03 Mr. Ulibarri was the percussion instructor of the University of Colorado Golden Buffalo Marching Band.
Mr. Ulibarri is the former Percussion Arranger for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corp and the former caption Head of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. He is also the former front ensemble arranger and caption head of the Blue Knights World Percussion Ensemble. Both groups are recognized as innovators in the world of percussion and have placed in the top three in the world. As an arranger Ray has arranged music to be played in two Tournament of Roses Parades. His custom percussion arrangements are in demand throughout the country and he is a freelance composer.
Mr. Ulibarri has studied with Ralph Hardimon Gray Barrier, Doug Walter Doug Rosener, Amy Smith and Mark Foster. He is endorsed by Innovative Percussion, Evans, Zildjian and Yamaha. Ray Ulibarri is an active music adjudicator and clinician throughout the country.

Interested in sponsoring the 2016 Contest?

Use the forms below to easily enter your tax-deductible event or trophy sponsorship

Event Sponsorship

Trophy Sponsorship

or download the 2015 Event Sponsor Form or 2015 Trophy Sponsor Form and mail today.

2015 Gold Sponsors


5-Star ER

AMM Collision

2015 Trophy Sponsors

5A Class Trophy Sponsor: Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, Dripping Springs

5A Caption Awards Trophy Sponsor: The Elliott Family

6A Class Trophy Sponsor: Constable Ron Hood

2015 Thunder in the Hills Contest Results

2015 TITH Contest Results

Congrats to all the winners, and thanks to all competitors
and our sponsors - see you next year!

Photo Galleries

You can view and purchase photos from past Thunder in the Hills Drumline Competitions at SmugMug