KEYSER - Local legendary band Thunderhill is reuniting for their 50th anniversary and "World Tour IX" by playing two concerts to benefit the locker rooms and athletic facilities at Keyser High School.
The first concert will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 1 p.m. at the Honi Honi Bar at Deep Creek Lake. Also performing will be The Remedy and the Honi House Band.
The second performance will take place Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Stray Cat Wing Shack in Keyser, beginning at 2 p.m. Featured in that show will be Ray Heater, Reid Boden, Public Menace, and the Three Ironics.
The legend of Thunderhill began in 1963 when the musical group won the West Virginia State Centennial talent Contest and appeared on nationwide TV over the CBS network.
The group toured and recorded until 1984, when they retired as a regular traveling unit. Thunderhill did continue to do charity and reunion concerts until 2013, however, giving them a total career of 50 years.
A major part of Thunderhill's early career was as a folk trio with an accent on comedy. The group consisted of Ed Jordan (lead guitar and banjo), Jerry Marsh (bass), and Jim Broome (rhythm guitar). Drummer Rich Frush was added in 1977.
All four combined on vocals and Thunderhill evolved into a country band. The comedy remained.
Rex Broome became the bass player in 1989 and switched to lead guitar in 2010. The group added Tom Heckman as guitar player and Miranda Broome (age 23) became the new bass player in 2012.
Appealing to a variety of musical tastes, Thunderhill's repertoire includes folk, bluegrass, country and western, novelty tunes and rock and roll.
The group was named for a small mountain located west of Keyser, where their career began. Thunderhill played the East Coast resorts from Maine to Florida during their heyday, appeared nationwide on the CBS television network, and released many successful records.
Their latest CD, a 55-song recording titled "Thunderhill: Local Legend 1963-2011," will be on sale at the upcoming concerts.
The Honi House Band is regarded by many as one of the best musical groups on the East Coast. The band consists of a rotating collection of very talented local artists and musicians. The band brings a new sound every time they get together and play.
Band members Mike Dellagatti, Jimmy Flanigan, and Tom Harrison will sit in with Thunderhill on some numbers.
Donations from the concert will go to benefit the locker rooms and athletic facilities at Keyser High School.