Purple Thunder season kicks off this weekend

Cheerleader Jenny Miller and Purple Thunder Photo by Jarrett Frazier

WCU ensemble Purple Thunder is raising the bar and promises shows that are even better than the last year.

Last winter season Purple Thunder blew fans and students away with their premiere show, “Sexy Transformation” featuring music from LMFAO, Chris Brown and Lil Wayne during the men’s basketball games.

This year they will debut this Saturday Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. during the men’s home basketball game against Georgia Southern. The title of this year’s show is “Hit the Lights.” This year’s show is guaranteed to top last year’s music track, to find out what music is being used come out and show your school spirit.

Purple Thunder is an ensemble collaborated with Pride of the Mountains drummers, Western Carolina University’s dance team, and cheerleaders. The ensemble creates a short performance created with drum cadences to the latest music, and hip hop routines which they perform. Purple Thunder is overseen by Matt Henley, Pride of the Mountains Assistant Band Director. In addition to Henley, Purple Thunder is also overseen by dance team and cheerleading coaches, Jessica Graning, Kim Cherry-Beck, and Eddie Wells.

Student can reserve tickets online. Non-student tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 13-17, and free for children under 12 years.