DRUM CORPS INTERNATIONAL - DCI
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Drum Corps International - DCI Tickets
Organization: Drum Corps International
Headquarters: Indianapolis, Ind.
CEO: Dan Acheson
Notable Member Corps: Blue Devils, Spartans, The Cavaliers
Drum Corps International - DCI TicketsDrum Corps International, or DCI, has for nearly 50 years led the world in producing shows and competitions for the world's most elite student musicians and performers. Founded in 1971 by a group of 13 original member organizations and established as a nonprofit group the following year, the DCI was created to unify the leadership of competitive drum and bugle corps organizations throughout North America. These groups brought their corps together to compete and perform, establishing a precedent that DCI follows to this day. As a philanthropic organization, DCI brings marching music programs and opportunities to over 7.2 million young people across the United States. As with many sports teams, rivalries and champions keep things exciting throughout DCI. Over 100 competitive events make up the annual Drum Corps International Tour, showcasing the best and brightest student musicians going head-to-head. Grab your DCI tickets at StubHub to see a show you will never forget.
What is a drum and bugle corps?A drum and bugle corps is a type of marching band typically consisting of brass and percussion instruments as well as choreographed movements with a color guard. Drum and bugle corps offer performances that are similar to those of traditional marching band organizations, but often with a stronger emphasis on showcasing technical skill (via their competitive element) and their focus on percussion and brass instrumentation. Additionally, most marching bands are affiliated with high schools and universities, while DCI-affiliated corps are self-financing, independent organizations that recruit elite performers from multiple schools. It's important to note that while there are commonalities between the various corps that make up DCI, each corps has a distinctive organization, mission and heritage that they instill into their members and incorporate into their performances thematically and through their choice of music. This cultural focus is also an important distinction, and it can make competitions deeply meaningful contests between the different corps.
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When can I see DCI performances?DCI corps tend to perform on summer touring circuits that take them around the country and sometimes the world. These summer tours can last over 12 weeks, and each performance features multiple corps in competition with each other. DCI has scheduled more than 100 competitions to take place over 52 days this summer, beginning with the DCI Tour Premiere at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich., on Thursday, June 18, and ending with the DCI World Championship Finals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., on Saturday, Aug. 8. There will be stops across America in between.
What can I expect from a DCI performance?DCI performances have a lot in common with those of marching bands, but they also present a unique experience. Since each corps has its own distinctive culture and values, they often plan their performances around set themes and repertoires that support their values. They then compete with other corps also displaying their heritage and values through their music and performance choices. This "call and response" aspect is a significant part of the competitive element of DCI. Musical selections range from classical to contemporary, with corps sometimes focusing on specific genres like rock, jazz or blues, or on specific artists (renditions of Beatles songs, for example). The corps will adapt those songs and genres to their own style and add technical flair. You can also expect stunning visual performances from the color guard, whose costumes and flags will match the broad themes and artistic choices of the music. DCI competitions are a must-see event.
Which corps has the most competitive record?The Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps has finished first or second for the past 13 DCI seasons (2007-2019) and has placed no lower than fifth since 1975. During this time they have racked up 19 titles. They also hold the record for the highest score in the history of the DCI with a near-perfect 99.65 during the 2014 DCI World Championships.
How many DCI Corps are there?There are 22 world-class members of DCI. Six of these were part of the original 13 founding members of DCI in 1971 and have the longest history and heritage of all the various corps.
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