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It’s BIG! It’s LOUD! It’s LIVE! It’s marching music innovation at its best!

For immediate release ­­ July 7, 2015 Minneapolis, Minn. ­­

Drum corps is not not like any other performance art form… it’s much, much more. Drum Corps International is Marching Music’s Major League! DCI Minnesota will step off on Saturday, July 11 at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus starting at 3 p.m. and will feature twenty of the finest drum corps in the world.

It is set to be one of the largest outdoor musical events in Minnesota this summer with close to 4,000 of the most talented young musicians in the world performing for an estimated 10,000 fans in attendance. Three Minnesota corps will be a part of the impressive line­up ­­ Minnesota Brass, River City Rhythm, and The Govenaires. Although drum corps is similar to traditional marching band, it is greatly enhanced by the incredible percussionists, brass musicians, and dance ensembles in intricate, difficult, colorful, spectacular shows. The activity is passionately popular for thousands in the Twin Cities. The groups begin rehearsing in weekend camps throughout the spring, come together in May to put their shows together, travel across the country in convoys of semi trucks, box trucks and buses, sleeping on gym floors and rehearsing at high schools and stadiums all over the country. Many of the top­tier World Class Corps will travel more than 20,000 on the road to World Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on August 7­9. Just this week, two of the World Class corps competing Saturday in Minneapolis performed The 1812 Overture with The Boston Pops Brass at Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts. 16-­time DCI World Champions, The Blue Devils of Concord, California, joined The Boston Crusaders to perform with the Bostons Pops Brass at the premier Tanglewood event (rehearsal footage). Drum corps will be rehearsing all over the Twin Cities at 20+ local high schools beginning this Thursday and will continue to prepare right up until show time. One of the most exciting aspects of a show is watching the ensembles warm­up and prepare to perform in various areas around the stadium. Tickets are available at dci.org for DCI Minnesota and at the TCF Box Office starting at 1 p.m. Saturday. The TCF Box Office is between Big Stone and Carlton counties on the South West Side of the Stadium. Learn more about Drum Corps International, Marching Music’s Major League. For more information about DCI Minnesota, contact Brent Turner brent@youthinmusic.org or 612­743­8760.

Pictured below: Blue Devils and Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps pictured with Boston Pops Brass. Photo Courtesy of Dave PrattBD Boston Crusaders and Boston Pops

One Comment

  • Chris Anderson says:

    Watched the corps for the first time on the DCI video feed, very impressive, i know a lot of hard work went into the show, especially loved how the corps took the field, it made a statement on what was to come.

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