THMS Thunder Band


The Thunder Band is a music program at Tony Hillerman Middle School, located on the west side of Albuquerque in New Mexico. Under the direction of Mr. Patrick Beare and Mr. Ian Davis, the Thunder Band is comprised of 8 musical ensembles including Steel Drum Band 1 and Steel 2, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Intermediate Band, Beginning Band, 5th grade Band, and World Drumming!


Hey Band!

We need your help. It’s been a tough year, but it is easy to help your student’s Band. With all fundraising efforts being halted due to Covid (and lots of covid-related expenses coming up for the Band as we potentially move to hybrid/in-person learning), the Band needs your support now more than ever! When you support the band, you are directly supporting your child.

There are things we’ll need to get soon and sometimes those things are not covered by the school and/or APS. Examples include additional instruments to eliminate sharing, and additional chairs or wipes to keep our students safe when we return. Each classroom gets some of these items, but our classroom is bigger than most and with 250+ students in band, we have more students than any other class at THMS and therefore our requirements will be higher.

Supporting your student’s band is easy- thanks to our boosters, we have a safe and effective (with your support) fundraiser. All you need to do is take a night off from cooking at home and visit the Chic-Fil-A location on 1058 UNSER Blvd. SE between the hours of 5pm-8pm on Thursday February 4th and show the attached flyer. You can take a picture/screenshot of the flyer, or print off a copy. You can also share the flyer on social media, which is a great way to help us if you cannot make it.

Thank you for supporting your student and their band so they can focus on creating music!

Flyer below:

Our Calendar

Our calendar of events is below. Many events are 'clickable', which will bring up additional information. The Thunder Band has many music ensembles within it, as such most calendar events use codes to help identify which ensembles the event pertains to. The codes are: BB=Beginning Band, IB=Intermediate Band, SB=Symphonic Band, SDB= Steel Drum Band (SDB1 is Steel Drum Band 1, SDB2 is Steel Drum Band 2), and JB=Jazz Band. Please check it often and consider adding this calendar to your phone for convenience! To do this, simply click the "+ Google Calendar" button found on the bottom right of the calendar below.