Hear the rumble of the Carolina Panthers Drumline - PurrCussion - at every home game as they perform for fans outside Bank of America Stadium, introduce Panthers players before the game, rally the crowd during the game and much more! PurrCussion features a combination of groove, chops, visuals, choreography and dynamics, making them enjoyable to fans of all ages. The high energy ensemble brings instant atmosphere to the game day experience as well as at community and corporate events throughout the year.
Drawing talent from across the Carolinas, the ensemble consists of snare drums, tenor drums, bass drums, and cymbal players. The 25-member drumline incorporates a variety of percussion backgrounds, disciplines, and styles, ranging from university marching bands and drum corps to self-trained musicians. PurrCussionists hold careers in business, education, graphic design, information technology and more.
Auditions for PurrCussion are a comprehensive evaluation of musicianship, showmanship, personality, commitment and professionalism.
PurrCussion staff includes director of entertainment Tina Becker, entertainment assistant Kate Milstead and instructors Greg Shull and Greg Dearman.
Keep Pounding has become a mantra in honor of late Carolina Panthers player and coach Sam Mills. Mills first used the phrase "Keep Pounding" as a coach in an emotional speech to the team prior to the Panthers' playoff game versus the Dallas Cowboys on Jan. 2, 2004. He spoke about commitment, dedication to teammates, team effort and never giving up. Mills asked the players to "Keep Pounding." Following the coin toss before every home game, an honorary drummer hits the Keep Pounding Drum four times to signify four quarters.