Nation’s Top Marching Bands Ready to Dazzle

The Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps of Concord, Calif. is among the world-class marching band units competing at Drum Corps International's DCI Pittsburgh event at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, at Warrior Stadium in Elizabeth, Pa.

PITTSBURGH — Drum Corps International will present 2019 DCI Pittsburgh on Sunday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. at Warrior Stadium in Elizabeth, Pa., located just south of Kennywood along the Monongahela River.

The show is part of the 2019 Summer Tour that includes more than 100 shows in 37 states with 45 drum corps on the road to World Championship Finals in Indianapolis Aug. 10.

DCI Pittsburgh will be a jam-packed show of fierce competition among nine of the highest-ranking corps. Those participating will be The Academy of Tempe, Ariz.; Blue Devils of Concord, Calif.; Genesis of Austin, Texas; Madison Scouts of Madison, Wisc.; The Spirit of Atlanta based in Atlanta; and Seattle Cascades from Seattle; and the Troopers of Casper, Wyo.

Each competing group features musical ensembles of up to 150 brass musicians, percussionists and dance performers ranging in age from 14 to 22. Staged on the football field, these corps’ performances feature spellbinding visual formations and stunning choreography set to musical arrangements in a diverse array of classical, jazz, pop and rock music. During the summer touring season, many of these elite groups will travel more than 10,000 miles and rehearse an average of 10 hours a day to compete at the highest levels of musical and performance excellence.

Founded in 1972, DCI is entering its 47th year of setting the standard for producing programs for the most elite marching and musical performance ensembles in the world.

The non-profit organization focuses on education, excellence and experience — providing exceptional opportunities for achievement that inspire students and audiences around the world.

On Thursday, one of Drum Corps International’s top ensembles, the Bluecoats of Canton, Ohio, performed in their hometown before a national audience as the featured entertainment during the halftime of the NFL Hall of Fame Game with their show celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ “White Album.”

For the 2019 Summer Tour, there are 45 world and open class corps participating, with international corps representing Canada, The Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and a growing number of other countries. More than 70 percent of the members are full-time college students, many of whom are pursuing degrees in music education.

Advance tickets for DCI Pittsburgh are available at www.dci.org/events or by calling 317-275-1212. Tickets also will be sold at the gate.

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