Drum Corps International Presents the 2018 Summer Tour -- 52-day Schedule Includes 100+ Competitive Marching Music Events Nationwide

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Drum Corps International – Marching Music’s Major League™ (DCI) announces its schedule for the 2018 DCI Summer Tour. The world’s most elite marching music ensembles are set to entertain thousands in football stadiums across the United States, beginning with the Tour Premiere this coming Thursday, June 21.

Drum Corps International 2017 World Champion Blue Devils -- Photo Credit DCI

DCI's 52-day nationwide tour features 109 captivating shows in 37 states on the road to the DCI 2018 World Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Drum Corps International – Marching Music’s Major League™ (DCI) announces its schedule for the 2018 DCI Summer Tour. The world’s most elite marching music ensembles are set to entertain thousands in football stadiums across the United States, beginning with the Tour Premiere on Thursday.

Since its founding in 1972, DCI 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 Excellence, Education, and Experience.

Last year, the organization continued to set new attendance records at shows across the country, as it has for several years running. More than 418,000 fans attended live summer events in 2017 with 48,000+ at the season-ending DCI World Championships – numbers DCI looks forward to topping again in 2018.

This year’s extensive tour schedule includes 109 shows in 37 states where 47 drum corps will vie for this year’s World Championship titles in Open, World and International Class divisions. The tour will return to Florida in July for an action-packed event in Orlando, and the season will have new features including a new regional championship event in St. Louis, Missouri on July 15. The full schedule is available by date and location below and at http://www.dci.org/events.

DCI Executive Director Dan Acheson said, “Drum Corps International is anticipating having our marching music performers raise the bar even higher this year with their unmatched creativity and distinctive styles. As always, they will captivate us with their talents all summer at competitive events all across the country.”

The 52-day nationwide tour will open on Thursday, June 21 at Ford Field in Detroit during a star-studded event that will be broadcast live to nearly 500 movie theaters across the country. Featured groups will include many of the top finishers from the 2017 season.

The official tour will then move across the U.S. throughout the summer and culminate for more than 5,600 high school- and college-aged performers at the world’s biggest show in marching music – the DCI World Championships August 6-11 starting in Michigan City, Indiana, and ending in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium. The week-long series will include exciting competitions, exhibitions, and unique 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 Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan; Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California; Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California; Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida (formerly the Citrus Bowl); TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota; The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri; The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas; Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado; Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia; BB&T Field at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and New Era Field in Buffalo, New York. Regional championships will be marked by the events in St. Louis, 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 will also feature two wildly popular programs that have been sweeping the globe. Now in their fifth 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.

With an action-packed year on the international scene with events taking place in Ireland, England, Indonesia, Japan, Germany, and all over the United States, both programs will add even more excitement to the fast and furious traditional DCI competitions of the 2018 summer season. During DCI World Championships Week, the 3rd Annual SoundSport® International Music & Food Festival will feature more than 35 ensembles from the U.S. and Canada and from as far away as the United Kingdom and Colombia to compete in downtown Indianapolis the morning and afternoon of Saturday, August 11.

The 2018 DCI Summer Tour promises to deliver more electrifying performances than ever!

2018 Drum Corps International Summer Tour Schedule*

Thursday, June 21 – Detroit, MI – DCI Tour Premiere presented by DeMoulin Bros. and Co.
Friday, June 22 – Clovis, CA – MidCal Champions Showcase
Saturday, June 23 – Stanford, CA – DCI West
Saturday, June 23 – Akron, OH – Innovations in Brass
Saturday, June 23 – Whitewater, WI – The Whitewater Classic
Sunday, June 24 – Sacramento, CA – Moonlight Classic
Sunday, June 24 – Michigan City, IN – Pageant of Drums
Monday, June 25 – Mason, OH – Summer Music Games in Cincinnati
Wednesday, June 27 – Evansville, IN – Drums on the Ohio
Thursday, June 28 – Pittsburgh, PA – Innovations in Brass – Pittsburgh
Friday, June 29 – Oceanside, CA – Corps at the Crest – San Diego
Friday, June 29 – Muncie, IN – DCI Central Indiana presented by Woodwind & Brasswind
Saturday, June 30 – Pasadena, CA – Drum Corps at the Rose Bowl
Saturday, June 30 – Lisle, IL – Cavalcade of Brass
Saturday, June 30 – Allentown, PA – Drum Corps: An American Tradition
Sunday, July 1 – Riverside, CA – Western Corps Connection
Sunday, July 1 – Lawrence, MA – East Coast Classic
Sunday, July 1 – La Crosse, WI – River City Rhapsody – La Crosse
Monday, July 2 – Mesa, AZ – Drums Across the Desert
Monday, July 2 – Lynn, MA – The Beanpot
Monday, July 2 – Mankato, MN – The Thunder of Drums
Tuesday, July 3 – Cranston, RI – Summer Music Preview
Tuesday, July 3 – Cedarburg, WI – Rotary Music Festival
Thursday, July 5 – Clifton, NJ – Drum Corps: An American Tradition
Thursday, July 5 – Ashland, OR – Rogue DCI
Thursday, July 5 – Wausau, WI – The Northwoods Encore
Friday, July 6 – Sacramento, CA – DCI Capital Classic Corps Show
Friday, July 6 – Rockford, IL – Show of Shows
Friday, July 6 – Vancouver, WA – Drums of Fire
Saturday, July 7 – Minneapolis, MN – DCI Minnesota by The U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps
Saturday, July 7 – Lexington, SC – CrownBEAT
Saturday, July 7 – Renton, WA – Seattle Summer Music Games
Sunday, July 8 – Orlando, FL – DCI Orlando presented by Great East Music Festivals & Music Store
Sunday, July 8 – Rochester, MN – River City Rhapsody – Rochester
Sunday, July 8 – Waukesha, WI – Drums on Parade
Monday, July 9 – Tri Cities, WA – Drums Along the Columbia
Tuesday, July 10 – Valdosta, GA – Drums Across America –Valdosta
Tuesday, July 10 – Sioux City, IA – DCI Morningside
Tuesday, July 10 – Boise, ID – Drums Along the Rockies – Boise Edition
Wednesday, July 11 – Hoschton, GA – Drums Across America
Wednesday, July 11 – Johnston, IA – Celebration in Brass
Wednesday, July 11 – Zionsville, IN – DCI Crossroads presented by SoundSport International Music & Food Festival
Wednesday, July 11 – Ogden, UT – Corps Encore presented by Ascend Performing Arts
Thursday, July 12 – Knoxville, TN – Drums Across the Smokies
Friday, July 13 – Millbrook, AL – Drums Across the River Region
Friday, July 13 – Dubuque, IA – Music on the March
Friday, July 13 – Casper, WY – Drums Along the Rockies – Casper Edition
Saturday, July 14 – El Cajon, CA – Gold Showcase
Saturday, July 14 – Denver, CO – Drums Along the Rockies by Ascend Performing Arts
Saturday, July 14 – Hiram, GA – Atlanta Brass Classic
Saturday, July 14 – DeKalb, IL – Tour of Champions – Northern Illinois
Saturday, July 14 – Alexandria, KY – DCI Northern Kentucky
Sunday, July 15 – Norwalk, CA – So Cal Classic
Sunday, July 15 – St. Louis, MO – DCI Midwestern Championship presented by DeMoulin Bros. and Co.
Monday, July 16 – Bentonville, AR – Music on the Move
Monday, July 16 – Olathe, KS – Brass Impact
Monday, July 16 – El Dorado, KS – Drums Across Kansas presented by City of El Dorado Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tuesday, July 17 – Broken Arrow, OK – Tour of Champions – Oklahoma presented by Drums of Summer
Thursday, July 19 – Denton, TX – DCI North Texas presented by Stanbury Uniforms
Thursday, July 19 – Belton, TX – DCI Central Texas presented by FloMarching
Friday, July 20 – Bakersfield, CA – Resound
Friday, July 20 – Katy, TX – Tour of Champions – Texas presented by Band Shoppe
Saturday, July 21 – Pleasant Hill, CA – Diablo Valley Classic Pacific Open Class Championship
Saturday, July 21 – Glens Falls, NY – The Glens Falls Music Academy Showcase
Saturday, July 21 – San Antonio, TX – DCI Southwestern Championship presented by Fred J. Miller, Inc.
Sunday, July 22 – Gloversville, NY – Cavalcade of Champions
Monday, July 23 – Lafayette, LA – Drums Across Cajun Field
Monday, July 23 – Mesquite, TX – DCI Mesquite presented by Pageantry Innovations
Monday, July 23 – Salt Lake City, UT – Drums Along the Wasatch
Tuesday, July 24 – Denver, CO – Mile High Showcase
Tuesday, July 24 – Mustang, OK – DCI in the Heartland
Wednesday, July 25 – Little Rock, AR – DCI Arkansas
Wednesday, July 25 – Hattiesburg, MS – DCI Southern Mississippi
Thursday, July 26 – Birmingham, AL – DCI Birmingham
Thursday, July 26 – Johnsonburg, PA – A Blast in the Burg
Friday, July 27 – Dothan, AL – DCI Southern Alabama
Friday, July 27 – Cape Girardeau, MO – Drums Along the Mississippi
Friday, July 27 – Sheffield, PA – Music on the Mountain
Friday, July 27 – Murfreesboro, TN – The Masters of the Summer Music Games presented by Jupiter, Mapex & Majestic
Saturday, July 28 – Atlanta, GA – DCI Southeastern Championship presented by Lone Star Percussion
Sunday, July 29 – Oskaloosa, IA – Drum Corps Mid-America
Sunday, July 29 – White Lake, MI – Legends Drum Corps Invitational
Sunday, July 29 – Winston-Salem, NC – NightBEAT Tour of Champions
Monday, July 30 – Centerville, OH – Soaring Sounds
Monday, July 30 – Salem, VA – Summer Music Games of Southwest Virginia
Monday, July 30 – Charleston, WV – Drums Across the Tri-State
Tuesday, July 31 – Plymouth, IN – DCI Hoosier Heartland
Tuesday, July 31 – Annapolis, MD – Drum Corps: An American Tradition – Annapolis
Tuesday, July 31 – Farmington, MN – March On!
Wednesday, August 1 – Dixon - Rock Falls, IL – Petunia City Brass
Wednesday, August 1 – Chester, PA – Tour of Champions – Chester
Wednesday, August 1 – East Troy, WI – Spring City Showcase
Thursday, August 2 – Lawrence, MA – CYO Nationals
Thursday, August 2 – Rome, NY – Drums Along the Mohawk
Friday, August 3 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Tournament of Drums
Friday, August 3 – Plainwell, MI – Legends Drum Corps Open
Friday, August 3 – Allentown, PA – DCI Eastern Classic
Saturday, August 4 – East Peoria, IL – Metamora Music in Motion
Saturday, August 4 – Avon Lake, OH – Shoremen Brass Classic
Saturday, August 4 – Allentown, PA – DCI Eastern Classic
Sunday, August 5 – Buffalo, NY – Tour of Champions – Drums Along the Waterfront
Sunday, August 5 – Pittsburgh, PA – DCI Pittsburgh presented by Three Rivers SUMMER MUSIC GAMES
Monday, August 6 – Michigan City, IN – DCI Open Class World Championship Prelims
Monday, August 6 – Massillon, OH – Tour of Champions – Massillon presented by The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival
Monday, August 6 – Erie, PA – Lake Erie Fanfare
Tuesday, August 7 – Michigan City, IN – DCI Open Class World Championship Finals
Thursday, August 9 – Indianapolis, IN – DCI World Championship Prelims presented by Gary P. Gilroy Publications
Friday, August 10 – Indianapolis, IN – DCI World Championship Semifinals presented by EARasers & InEarz Audio
Saturday, August 11 – Indianapolis, IN – DCI World Championship 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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