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Winthrop News Wednesday, June 21, 2010 Page 12 by Karl Dyre did mostly class reunions and dance Justin TenEyck and Jason competitions at the schools. But the Portner, both of Winthrop, are busy very fit-st one that got them going men and have been best friends ever was a call from Jennifer Haas for the since the first grade. Both have a Voltage Dance Line for GFW. They full-time job. They are on the fire play the music for the GFW football department together and both have games as well. They have played for families. But what some people county fairs and a lot of weddings. don't know is that they have a DJ "We played for the firemen's business on the side--Thunder and street dance. We did a special gig Lighting. for the special needs kids and it was Neither could not recall how so much fun. Those kids were hav- they came up with the name. Their ing a blast. It didn't matter what we friends ask which one is Lighting played they were out there dancing. and which is Thunder. Well, it It was great," they stated. makes that easy being Justin is an Their first equipment was pur- electrician chased at Sears. They got some rest- They started out when they were dential speakers that weighed 60 just 15 years old. They were at a sur- pounds. They built cases to protect prise 30th birthday party at the them. Neither one had a vehicle to VFW, now Tanker Bay. They started haul the equipment in. They had to playing a bunch of music and people borrow Jason's dad's truck and he came up to them saying that they had to buy a topper for it. should be DJ's. "The first thing as a "It was a pain to set up and take 15 year old, we were thinking of down," Justin stated. "By the time three things--money, a nice sound we got home it was late. We took system and girls," stated Jason. turns storing the equipment at each Brian, a guy from Gibbon, was other's homes. We would have to getting out of his DJ business so store it in our bedrooms or in the they bought a lot of his music. He basement. About seven years ago we had a lot of '50s, '60s and '70s bought a trailer. It's so nice to have. music which doesn't go out of style. We can just load up and unhook the When they first started out, they trailer and go home. I think if we Justin TenEck and Jason Portner has spent half their life teamed up as Thunder & Lighting DJs. were still loading up and bringing the equipment to the basement, we would not be doing it anymore. Things were a little hard back in the day. They would have to buy CD's that were costly and would sometimes just play one to two good songs on them. Once they were at a wedding dance, and looking for the couples first song. They went and looked for the CD and it was gone. "i believe it was my sister that took it out," stat- ed Jason. Justin and Jason put in another CD and had to run out to K- Mart to buy the CD. "When we got back, a guy came up to us and said, 'Do you know that it is July and you have a Christmas CD in?' But I don't think anyone noticed". New technology has made things easier as you can pull music off of the computer and download songs. "When people request the music we have it. As long as we have an inter- net connection, we can pretty much get any kind of music that people want now days," Justin stated. "We have over 8,000 songs and to hear--rap, country, Spanish, rock. 200 gigs. "It's nice cause we can set could play music for 28 days in a Once we had to do a party that was our own pace. We don't want to be row without hearing the same song," half English and half Spanish." gone away from our families every Jason stated. "We have just about By word of mouth, they have week," both stated. every kind of music that you want done about 130 weddings, and over MARK IT ON YOUR CALENDAR! Winthrop Game Protective League POW WOW Fun Shoot Sunday, August 1 10:00 ann. - 4:00 p.m. watch for more details next week FOR SALE BY OWNER 3 Bedroom Home on 4.26 Wooded Acres. Adjacent to City Limits. 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