It’s Showtime!

Mike Lawson • Percussion • June 6, 2019

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Drum Corps International is presenting its 47th season, and the world’s most elite marching music ensembles will entertain thousands across the United States.

The 2019 Summer Tour will kick off again this year in Detroit at Ford Field, with the venue having been so popular last year.

Opening night has become the newest tradition of DCI and fans all over the country can share in the excitement of the first show of the year on June 20 while experiencing the live broadcast in movie theaters nationwide. Find the theater nearest you and get in on the action – You can also follow the progress of every corps all season long at or download the mobile app to your phone to see the latest scores.

Honoring Service

Since 1985, the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame has honored outstanding achievements of marching music’s creators, administrators, instructors, judges, and others with significant contributions to the activity. This year, three highly talented inductees will join the current members of the prestigious Hall of Fame.

John Meehan – Brass instructor and arranger, Meehan has been a part of the Blue Devils brass staff since 1994, helping to lead the corps to an impressive number of Jim Ott Best Brass Performance awards and DCI World Championship titles.

Bob Morrison – Front ensemble percussion arranger, Morrison is known by many as “the father of the front ensemble,” and he has also been a tireless advocate for music education in schools through his work at the National Association of Music Merchants where he oversaw the promotion and implementation of the National Standards for Arts Education, spearheaded the battle to have the arts included in federal law as a core subject, and led the creation of the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

Douglas Thrower – Brass instructor and arranger, Thrower enjoyed a long and successful career as a brass instructor and arranger for several Canadian drum corps before joining the Bluecoats where he has spent nearly three decades playing a critical role in the corps’ success.

Each of these individuals have touched countless lives through their years of arduous instruction and innovation. Without dedication like theirs and so many like them, marching music excellence would not be possible. Their formal induction ceremony will take place during the 2019 World Championships in Indianapolis in August.

Coming to a City Near You

Beginning that Thursday night in June in Detroit, the 52-day 2019 Drum Corps International Tour will feature more than 70 drum corps and SoundSport teams participating in 108 competitive events in 35 states. There are several new venues and events including DCI Memphis at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on July 13 and Apogee Stadium at the University of North Texas on July 18.

Find out when DCI will be in your part of the country at and get your tickets now. With so much to see and hear, you don’t want to miss a beat. It’s showtime!

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