See the Top Drum Corps Compete at McKendree on July 15

Tickets Still Available for ‘DCI St. Louis’; Corps to Practice at Local High Schools

Lebanon, Ill. — Tickets are available at www.dci.org/tickets to see the country’s top drum corps meet at McKendree University for “DCI St. Louis,” presented by Drum Corps International on Monday evening, July 15.

The Blue Devils, of Concord, Calif., Carolina Crown, of Ft. Sill, S.C., and Phantom Regiment of Rockford, Ill., won the gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively, at the 2012 DCI World Championship. The Blue Devils will make their “DCI St. Louis” debut, along with The Academy from Tempe, Ariz. Returning are the Blue Stars from La Crosse, Wis., Music City from Nashville, Tenn., Pioneer from Milwaukee, Wis., and the Troopers from Casper, Wyo.

“The marching band community is very excited to have the top three placing drum and bugle corps from last year performing at ‘DCI St. Louis’ this year, said David Boggs, director of bands at McKendree University, who is also on the brass staff of Nashville’s Music City corps. “This show has an incredible line-up of drum corps for audiences to enjoy.”

“DCI St. Louis” is part of “Marching Music’s Major League’s” 41st annual summer tour, which culminates at the world championships in early August. The show will take place at Leemon Athletic Field on campus, adjacent to the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts at 400 N. Alton St. in Lebanon.

Ticket prices range from $20 to $45 for reserved premium bleacher seats. Groups of 20 or more qualify for a $5 discount in select sections; call 317-275-1212 for details. Advance orders will end approximately one week before the event. The show is expected to sell out, however any remaining tickets may be purchased from the box office on the afternoon of the show. Proceeds from the show support the McKendree University’s Music Department’s interactive, hands-on “Music in Our Schools” program for pre-K through 12th grade students.

Music City will rehearse at McKendree University on July 14 and 15. Other corps will be rehearsing on July 15 at the following local high schools: Pioneer, Lebanon High School; Phantom Regiment, Highland High School; Carolina Crown, Freeburg High School; Blue Devils, Edwardsville High School; The Academy, Vandalia High School; The Troopers, Centralia High School; and Blue Stars, Francis Howell High School, St. Charles, Mo.

 

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McKendree University ranks among the top quarter of regional universities nationwide in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges” report. It is also a College of Distinction, among “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” and recognized as a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media for 2013. Founded in 1828, the historic Lebanon, Ill., campus is 25 miles from downtown St. Louis. McKendree also has campuses in Louisville and Radcliff, Ky., and offers programs at Scott Air Force Base and other sites throughout Illinois and Kentucky.