Drum Corps International 2016 Summer Tour Includes Intense Schedule of 113 Marching Music Events – Bigger, Faster, Louder and Live

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Drum Corps International – Marching Music’s Major League™ (DCI) announces its schedule for the 2016 DCI Summer Tour. The highly anticipated series of competitive events will visit cities and towns in 39 states throughout the country while featuring more ensembles and individual performers than ever.

Drum Corps International's 2015 World Grand Champions -- The Blue Devils from Concord, California

Bigger, Faster, Louder and Live!

Drum Corps International's 2016 Summer Tour will be bigger, faster, and louder than ever.

Drum Corps International – Marching Music’s Major League™ (DCI) announces its schedule for the 2016 DCI Summer Tour. The highly anticipated series of competitive events will visit cities and towns throughout the country while featuring more ensembles and individual performers than ever.

Since its founding in 1972, Drum Corps International has been furthering its mission to promote and inspire unparalleled excellence in music and performing arts throughout the world. Each year, the organization delivers entertainment and education to hundreds of thousands through live performances and nationally broadcast events while delivering its core values of Excellence, Education, and Experience.

2016’s extensive schedule includes 113 shows in 39 states where 39 drum corps will vie for this year’s World Championship titles in Open and World Class divisions. The tour will make a return to Florida in July for the first time since 2012, and the season will include several important milestones and anniversaries along the way. The full schedule is available by date and location below and at http://www.dci.org/schedule.

DCI Executive Director Dan Acheson said, “The outstanding student musicians and performers in all of our drum corps will undoubtedly raise the bar ever higher this year with their unmatched creativity and distinctive styles. We’re looking forward to showcasing their talents all summer at competitive events all over the country.”

Entering its 44th year, the 54-day nationwide tour will open on Thursday, June 23 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, during a star-studded event that will be broadcast live to hundreds of movie theaters across the country. Featured groups will include several of the top finishers in 2015.

The official tour will then move across the U.S. throughout the summer and culminate for more than 5,000 high school- and college-aged performers at the world’s biggest show in marching music – the DCI World Championships August 8-13 in Michigan City, Indiana, and in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium. The week-long series will include exciting competitions, exhibitions, and special events filling the streets of downtown Indianapolis beginning on Wednesday of DCI World Championships Week.

The season will feature events hosted in spectacular top-tier venues such as the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado, the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, and the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. There will also be three regional championships in San Antonio, Atlanta, and Allentown, Pennsylvania. These expanded competitions help to determine the overall seeding and standings for competing groups going into the DCI World Championship Finals in Indianapolis.

In addition to the traditional competitive tour, DCI activities also feature two wildly popular programs that have been sweeping the globe. Now in the fourth year, the innovative SoundSport® and DrumLine Battle™ programs continue to provide more musicians in more venues in more countries with the opportunity to participate in sanctioned performance events to showcase their talents.

After an action-packed year on the international scene with events in Canada, Columbia, Guatemala, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Scotland, Thailand, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom, both programs will add even more excitement to the fast and furious traditional DCI competitions of the 2016 summer season. During DCI World Championships Week, the newly branded SoundSport® International Music & Food Festival will feature more than 35 ensembles from the U.S. and Canada and from as far away as Hong Kong and Colombia to compete in downtown Indianapolis the morning and afternoon of Saturday, August 13.

From premiere to championships, the 2016 DCI Summer Tour will deliver pageantry and excitement for audiences coast to coast.

2016 Drum Corps International Summer Tour Schedule*

Thu, Jun 23, Indianapolis, IN, 8:30 p.m. (ET) -- DCI Tour Premiere presented by French Lick Resort
Fri, Jun 24, Fresno, CA, 6:30 p.m. (PT) -- MidCal Champions Showcase
Sat, Jun 25, Massillon, OH, 7:30 p.m. (ET) -- Innovations in Brass - Massillon
Sat, Jun 25, Whitewater, WI, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- The Whitewater Classic
Sat, Jun 25, Sacramento, CA, 6:00 p.m. (PT) -- Moonlight Classic
Sun, Jun 26, Michigan City, IN, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- Pageant of Drums
Sun, Jun 26, Stanford, CA, 5:30 p.m. (PT) -- DCI West
Mon, Jun 27, Hamilton, OH, 7:00 p.m. (ET) -- Summer Music Games in Cincinnati
Tue, Jun 28, Dublin, OH, 7:00 p.m. (ET) -- Emerald City Music Games
Tue, Jun 28, Pittsburgh, PA, 7:30 p.m. (ET) -- Innovations in Brass - Pittsburgh
Wed, Jun 29, Evansville, IN, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- Drums on the Ohio
Wed, Jun 29, Oxnard, CA, 8:00 p.m. (PT) -- DCI on the SoCal Coast
Thu, Jun 30, Allentown, PA,7:30 p.m. (ET) -- Drum Corps: An American Tradition
Fri, Jul 1, Muncie, IN, 7:00 p.m. (ET) -- DCI Central Indiana presented by Woodwind and Brasswind
Fri, Jul 1, Clifton, NJ, 7:30 p.m. (ET) -- Drum Corps: An American Tradition
Fri, Jul 1, Oceanside, CA, 6:00 p.m. (PT) -- Corps at the Crest San Diego
Fri, Jul 1, Auburn, WA, 7:00 p.m. (PT) -- Seattle Summer Music Games
Sat, Jul 2, Chestnut Hill, MA, 5:30 p.m. (ET) -- East Coast Classic
Sat, Jul 2, Lisle, IL, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- Cavalcade of Brass
Sat, Jul 2, Pasadena, CA, 5:45 p.m. (PT) -- Corps at the Crest Los Angeles presented by Pacific Crest Youth Arts Organization
Sat, Jul 2, Tigard, OR, 7:00 p.m. (PT) -- Drums of Fire
Sun, Jul 3, Lynn, MA, 7:00 p.m. (ET) -- The Beanpot Invitational
Sun, Jul 3, Cedarburg, WI, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- Rotary Music Festival
Sun, Jul 3, Riverside, CA, 6:00 p.m. (PT) -- Western Corps Connection
Tue, Jul 5, Cranston, RI, 7:00 p.m. (ET) -- Summer Music Preview
Tue, Jul 5, La Crosse, WI, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- River City Rhapsody - La Crosse
Tue, Jul 5, Mesa, AZ, 7:30 p.m. (MT) -- Drums Across the Desert
Tue, Jul 5, Tri Cities, WA, 7:00 p.m. (PT) -- Drums Along the Columbia
Wed, Jul 6, Mankato, MN, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- The Thunder of Drums
Wed, Jul 6, Boise, ID, 7:30 p.m. (MT) -- Drums Along the Rockies - Boise Edition
Thu, Jul 7, Chickasha, OK, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- Live in Chickasha
Thu, Jul 7, Ogden, UT, 7:00 p.m. (MT) -- Corps Encore
Fri, Jul 8, Lexington, SC, 6:30 p.m. (ET) -- CrownBEAT
Fri, Jul 8, Mountain House, CA, 6:00 p.m. (PT) -- Loudest Show on Earth
Fri, Jul 8, Casper, WY, 7:30 p.m. (MT) -- Drums Along the Rockies - Casper Edition
Sat, Jul 9, Lakeland, FL, 7:30 p.m. (ET) -- DCI Central Florida
Sat, Jul 9, Rockford, IL, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- Show of Shows
Sat, Jul 9, Denver, CO, 6:30 p.m. (MT) -- Drums Along the Rockies
Sat, Jul 9, Sacramento, CA, 6:00 p.m. (PT) -- DCI Capital Classic Corps Show
Sun, Jul 10, Madison, WI, 6:00 p.m. (CT) -- Drums on Parade
Mon, Jul 11, Jupiter, FL, 7:30 p.m. (ET) -- DCI Jupiter
Mon, Jul 11, Omaha, NE, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- Drums Across Nebraska
Mon, Jul 11, Lebanon, IL, 7:30 p.m. (CT) -- DCI St. Louis
Tue, Jul 12, Daytona Beach, FL, 7:30 p.m. (ET) -- DCI Daytona Beach
Tue, Jul 12, Overland Park, KS, 7:30 p.m. (CT) -- Brass Impact
Wed, Jul 13, Sioux City, IA, 6:00 p.m. (CT) -- DCI Morningside
Wed, Jul 13, Metamora, IL, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- Show of Shows - Metamora
Thu, Jul 14, Dubuque, IA, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- Music on the March
Thu, Jul 14, Wausau, WI, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- River City Rhapsody - Wausau
Fri, Jul 15, Huntsville, AL, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- DCI North Alabama presented by U.S. Army Bands
Fri, Jul 15, Rochester, MN, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- River City Rhapsody - Rochester
Fri, Jul 15, Bakersfield, CA, 7:00 p.m. (PT) -- Resound
Sat, Jul 16, Minneapolis, MN, 4:30 p.m. (CT) -- DCI Minnesota presented by the US Marine Drum and Bugle Corps
Sat, Jul 16, Dallas, GA, 6:30 p.m. (ET) -- Atlanta Brass Classic
Sat, Jul 16, Alexandria, KY, 7:00 p.m. (ET) -- DCI Kentucky presented by DeMoulin Bros. and Co.
Sat, Jul 16, Escondido, CA, 6:30 p.m. (PT) -- Gold Showcase at the Ranch
Sun, Jul 17, Bellflower, CA, 4:00 p.m. (PT) -- So Cal Classic Open Class Championship
Sun, Jul 17, Waukee, IA 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- Celebration in Brass
Sun, Jul 17, DeKalb, IL, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- Tour of Champions - North Illinois
Mon, Jul 18, El Dorado, KS, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- Drums Across Kansas presented by the City of El Dorado and Conventions & Visitors Bureau
Mon, Jul 18, Warrensburg, MO, 7:30 p.m. (CT) -- Tour of Champions - Central Missouri
Tue, Jul 19, Bentonville, AR, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- Music on the Move
Wed, Jul 20, Broken Arrow, OK, 7:30 p.m. (CT) -- Drums of Summer
Thu, Jul 21, Belton, TX, 6:00 p.m. (CT) -- DCI Central Texas presented by Band Shoppe
Thu, Jul 21, Denton, TX, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- DCI Denton presented by The Cavaliers for Red River Thunder
Fri, Jul 22, Houston, TX, 7:30 p.m. (CT) -- Tour of Champions - Texas, presented by THE exSIGHTment OF SOUND
Sat, Jul 23, San Antonio, TX, 1:30 p.m. (CT) -- DCI Southwestern Championship presented by Fred J. Miller, Inc.
Sat, Jul 23, Manchester, NH, 5:30 p.m. (ET) -- Fiesta De Musica
Mon, Jul 25, Dallas, TX, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- DCI Dallas presented by North Texas Festival of Drums and Bugles
Mon, Jul 25, Lafayette, LA, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- Drums Across Cajun Field
Tue, Jul 26, Biloxi, MS, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- Mississippi Sound Spectacular
Tue, Jul 26, Mustang, OK, 7:30 p.m. (CT) -- DCI in the Heartland
Wed, Jul 27, Little Rock, AR, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- DCI Arkansas presented by Jupiter, Mapex and Majestic
Wed, Jul 27, Hattiesburg, MS, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- DCI Southern Mississippi
Wed, Jul 27, Oskaloosa, IA, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- Drum Corps Mid-America
Thu, Jul 28, Birmingham, AL, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- DCI Birmingham
Fri, Jul 29, Opelika, AL, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- Alabama Sounds of Summer
Fri, Jul 29, Sheffield, PA, 8:00 p.m. (ET) -- Music on the Mountain
Fri, Jul 29, Cedar Rapids, IA, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- Tournament Of Drums
Fri, Jul 29, Nashville, TN, 7:30 p.m. (CT) -- The Masters of the Summer Music Games presented by Jupiter, Mapex, and Majestic
Sat, Jul 30, Atlanta, GA, 2:00 p.m. (ET) -- The DCI Atlanta Southeastern Championship presented by Lone Star Percussion
Sat, Jul 30, Troy, MI, 7:00 p.m. (ET) -- Legends Drum Corps Invitational
Sat, Jul 30, Minneapolis Area, MN, 7:00 p.m. (CT)    
Sun, Jul 31, Winston-Salem, NC, 6:30 p.m. (ET) -- NightBEAT Tour of Champions
Sun, Jul 31, Three Rivers, MI, 7:00 p.m. (ET) -- Legends Drum Corps Open
Sun, Jul 31, Waukesha, WI, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- Show of Shows Waukesha
Mon, Aug 1, Salem, VA, 7:00 p.m. (ET) -- WDBJ-7 Summer Music Games of Southwest Virginia
Mon, Aug 1, Charleston, WV, 7:30 p.m. (ET) -- Drums Across the Tri-State
Tue, Aug 2, Ft. Wayne, IN, 7:00 p.m. (ET) -- DCI Ft. Wayne
Tue, Aug 2, Centerville, OH, 7:00 p.m. (ET) -- Soaring Sounds 37
Tue, Aug 2, Annapolis, MD, 7:30 p.m. (ET) -- Drum Corps: An American Tradition
Tue, Aug 2, Macomb, IL, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- DCI Western Illinois
Wed, Aug 3, Pittsburgh, PA, 7:00 p.m. (ET) -- DCI Pittsburgh presented by Three Rivers SUMMER MUSIC GAMES
Wed, Aug 3, Dixon, IL, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- Petunia City Brass
Thu, Aug 4, Quincy, MA, 7:30 p.m. (ET) -- CYO Nationals Tribute
Thu, Aug 4, Chester, PA, 7:30 p.m. (ET) -- Tour of Champions, PPL Park
Fri, Aug 5, Allentown, PA, 6:30 p.m. (ET) -- DCI Eastern Classic
Fri, Aug 5, Johnsonburg, PA, 7:00 p.m. (ET) -- A Blast in the Burg
Fri, Aug 5, Forest City, IA, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- North Iowa Festival of Brass
Sat, Aug 6, Allentown, PA, 6:30 p.m. (ET) -- DCI Eastern Classic
Sat, Aug 6, Avon Lake, OH, 7:00 p.m. (ET) -- Shoremen Brass Classic
Sat, Aug 6, Oregon, WI, 7:00 p.m. (CT) -- Shadow Showcase
Sun, Aug 7, Rome, NY, 7:00 p.m. (ET) -- Drums Along the Mohawk
Sun, Aug 7, Buffalo, NY, 7:00 p.m. (ET) -- Tour of Champions - Buffalo
Mon, Aug 8, Michigan City, IN, 4:00 p.m. (CT) -- DCI Open Class World Championships Prelims
Mon, Aug 8, Erie, PA, 6:30 p.m. (ET) -- Lake Erie Fanfare
Mon, Aug 8, Massillon, OH, 7:30 p.m. (ET) -- DCI Tour of Champions presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival
Tue, Aug 9, Michigan City, IN , 6:00 p.m. (CT) -- DCI Open Class World Championships Finals
Wed, Aug 10,    Indianapolis, IN, TBA -- DCI Performers Showcase presented by System Blue
Thu, Aug 11, Indianapolis, IN, 9:00 a.m. (ET) -- DCI World Championship Prelims presented by Earasers Musicians Earplugs
Fri, Aug 12, Indianapolis, IN, 2:00 p.m. (ET) -- DCI World Championship Semifinals
Sat, Aug 13, Indianapolis, IN, TBA     -- SoundSport International Music and Food Festival
Sat, Aug 13, Indianapolis, IN, 5:25 p.m. (ET) -- DCI World Championships Finals

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Drum Corps International is the world leader in producing and sanctioning competitive events for the world's most elite and exclusive touring marching music ensembles for student musicians and performers. For additional organization and program information, visit http://www.dci.org.

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