CHARLOTTE, NC -- Like the team they support, they come to play.
PurrCussion – spelled that way on purpose – is the Panthers official drum line.
“It’s the most fun I've ever had playing drums in my entire life,” Jason Meyer said. He’s one of the 25 members.
“You got your tenors, your base drums, your snares, cymbals, we all come together and put different elements of our musical abilities to make one pretty cool piece,” explained Tyler Hamlett.
They play every home game, before and during, entertaining the fans.
“It’s electric, it’s insane, everybody loves it. The little kids we get to play for, all fans that come to the game – it’s just awesome to be a part of the experience,” Meyer says.
The group is as much about musicianship as it is about showmanship and this year they are in the spotlight more than ever thanks to a much loved tradition.
“We have the ‘keep pounding’ drum. It's a very large drum!”
All part of the PurrCussion playbook.
“It’s amazing, especially with the fans getting all into the game and getting behind the team,” Hamlett says.
Meyer says making it to the playoffs has been incredible.
“Every game day is electric but you go into the playoffs and everybody hopes to have the post season. And we’re here to do it and just enhance that experience for everybody.”
And no matter what happens on Sunday, you can bet they'll keep pounding!