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Encyclopedia > Drum Corps International

Drum Corps International (DCI), formed in 1972, is the non-profit governing body operating the North American drum and bugle corps circuit for junior corps, whose members are between the ages of 14 and 22. DCI consists of only a small full-time executive and administrative staff in Addison, Illinois, however it was announced on August 8, 2006, that DCI headquarters would be relocating to Indianapolis, Indiana by 2008. Policy is created, carried out, and enforced by the Board of Directors, which is primarily composed of the executive directors of its member corps. The board meets several times a year to discuss the issues facing the activity. The primary purpose of DCI corps is their competitive summer tour, consisting of DCI-sanctioned competitions throughout the United States and Canada, culminating in August with the week-long DCI World Championships. Duelists Convocation International logo This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, a DCI Division I corps from Rosemont, Illinois. ... Addison is a village located in DuPage County, Illinois. ... August 8 is the 220th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (221st in leap years), with 145 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Indianapolis redirects here. ...


Many other drum corps associations around the world are based upon DCI. It continues a tradition of exceptionally high-quality drum corps, with membership in the top corps highly sought after and extremely competitive, attracting the interest of potential members from many countries.


DCI splits corps into 3 divisions. Corps from all 3 divisions often compete together at smaller shows, but are still ranked separately by the DCI judging system.

  • Division I (formerly Open Class) corps are the elite corps in the activity, with more than enough applicants to fill out their 135 member maximum. The top 12 corps as determined from the previous season are given voting rights to help govern the DCI circuit as well as increased performance purses and preferential touring schedules. Corps gain Division I status at the discretion of the DCI Board of Directors, based on its opinion of a corps' financial and competitive readiness.
  • Division II (formerly 'A' Class) and Division III (formerly 'A-60' Class) corps are generally less competitive as far as gaining membership. Since horn players comprise about half of all needed members in a full-size corps, there are almost always spots available to anyone who is willing to commit and able to learn. Drummers, avid and in abundance, can still be quite competitive for spots even at the "lower" levels. Division II corps may have 80 to 135 members. Division III corps have memberships of no less than 30 and no more than 70. Corps with 71 to 79 members have a choice between Division II or III distinction.
The Madison Scouts, a DCI Division I member corps and two-time DCI World Champions
The Madison Scouts, a DCI Division I member corps and two-time DCI World Champions

The DCI circuit is highly competitive and rehearsal schedules are significantly more intense than those in other circuits. Beginning in late fall or early winter, corps hold weekend rehearsal camps once a month. The first two or three camps are primarily to audition members, though the audition process is not necessarily formal. At the end of the college school year in May, camps cease and members of full-time corps report for move-in, that is, move to the locality where the corps rehearses. Corps then spend 12- to 16-hour days refining the music and movement of their show, as there is little time remaining before the beginning of the competitive season in June. Image File history File links Focus on a Scout Soprano player at Drum Corps International World Finals. ... Image File history File links Focus on a Scout Soprano player at Drum Corps International World Finals. ... Madison Scouts The Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps is a non-profit, youth, musical organization. ...


For members of all Division I corps and the most-competitive II/III corps, the activity is a full-time summer commitment. Members are on the road performing in competitions and parades across the U.S. and Canada virtually non-stop until the DCI Championship week in mid-August. Corps travel by coach buses in convoy with tractor trailers holding equipment and field kitchens. Once on the road, members generally sleep on the buses as the corps travels at night, and in sleeping bags on school gym floors once the next destination is reached. They practice their show for as long as schedule allows during the day, and then load up for the evening competition nearby. After the show is over, the cycle repeats.


Some smaller II/III corps do not have the finances or member commitment to tour the entire summer. Such corps are called weekend-only corps. In late April or early May, they typically increase the frequency of camps from monthly to bi-weekly or weekly. A few weeks before DCI Championships, members will typically move-in for an abbreviated tour. However, some corps—especially feeder corps associated with a Division I organization or relatively new corps—will not travel to championships at far away locations, only attending local competitions.


The DCI Championships are the epitome of the drum corps activity in North America. They are held the first or second week of August. Championships have been held at a variable location each year, but beginning in 2008, they will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis until at least 2018.[1] The Championships last for the better part of a week. Division I quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals are held at a professional or large college football stadium. Division II/III prelims and finals are held at a nearby, smaller facility. For a list of past champions and repertoires, see the DCI Division I World Champions article. The DCI World Championships began television broadcast in 2005 on ESPN2. 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lucas Oil Stadium is a retractable roof sports and entertainment facility currently under construction in Indianapolis, Indiana. ... The Indianapolis skyline Indianapolis is the capital of the U.S. state of Indiana. ... 2018 (MMXVIII) will be a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Every summer, Drum Corps International (DCI) Division I corps compete to earn the title of DCI Division I World Champion for that years summer season. ... ESPN2 debuted on October 1, 1993, as a sister station of ESPN. Nicknamed the deuce, ESPN2 was to be branded as a network for a younger generation of sports fans featuring edgier graphics as well as extreme sports like motocross, snowboarding, and BMX racing. ...


During championships week, there is also an Individual & Ensemble (I&E) competition, which is typically held at a nearby indoor facility such as a convention center. Members of all attending corps are welcome to compete, but it is optional. Participating members often use what little free time they have throughout the season readying their I&E routine. There are categories, called captions, for every individual brass and percussion instrument, individual auxiliary members, brass ensembles, percussion ensembles, auxiliary ensembles, and mixed ensembles. In the 2005 season, I&E included woodwind instruments for the first time. The first woodwinds at I&E were two saxophonists from The Cavaliers, a flutist from Pioneer, and an oboist from the Oregon Crusaders.


See also

The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, a DCI Division I corps from Rosemont, Illinois. ... Every summer, Drum Corps International (DCI) Division I corps compete to earn the title of DCI Division I World Champion for that years summer season. ... The following contains a list of Drum Corps International drum corps: Division I 1 The Cadets and The Crossmen are members of Youth Education in the Arts (YEA) and have no traditional home location. ...

External links

  • Drum Corps International
  • Drum Corps International at DrumCorpsWiki

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Drum Corps International - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (966 words)
Drum Corps International (DCI), formed in 1972, is the non-profit governing body operating the North American drum and bugle corps circuit for junior corps, whose members are between the ages of 14 and 22.
Corps then spend 12- to 16-hour days refining the music and movement of their show, as there is little time remaining before the beginning of the competitive season in June.
The DCI Championships are the epitome of the drum corps activity in North America.
Drum Corps International - DrumCorpsWiki (336 words)
Drum Corps International (DCI) is a non-profit organization serving Drum Corps around the world.
Drum corps that compete and participate in Drum Corps International are split into DCI Division I, DCI Division II, and DCI Division III.
One of Drum Corps International's goals was to standardize rules and adjudication procedures for the Junior Drum Corps activity.
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