DCI St. Louis Drum Corps Competition Returns to McKendree on July 11

(LEBANON, Ill., May 26, 2016) - McKendree University will host Drum Corps International’s annual “DCI St. Louis” competition on Monday, July 11. Performing this year are The Academy, of Tempe, Ariz.; Carolina Crown, of Fort Mill, S.C.; Music City, from Nashville, Tenn.; Pacific Crest, of Diamond Bar, Calif.; Phantom Regiment, of Rockford, Ill.; and Shadow, of Oregon, Wis. The All-Star Marching Band, made up of St. Louis area high school musicians, will also perform.

The 7:30 p.m. 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, Ill. Gates will open at 6 p.m.

Earlier in the day, Phantom Regiment will conduct an open rehearsal outdoors at Leemon Field from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The corps will also host a drum major camp at McKendree July 9-12; for more information, visit regiment.org/camps.

Tickets for “DCI St. Louis” are available online. Prices range from $15 to $40 for reserved premium seating. Groups of 20 or more qualify for a $5 discount in select sections. Call DCI at 317-275-1212 to purchase group tickets or wheelchair accessible seating. Advance orders will end approximately one week before the event. The show is expected to sell out, however any remaining tickets may be purchased on site at the box office after 3 p.m.

“We are very excited to have the DCI St. Louis show back on the McKendree campus on our newly renovated turf field,” said David Boggs, director of athletic bands at McKendree University. “Belleville, Alton and the metro-east have a long-standing history of great fans and supporters of drum corps activity and we at McKendree University are pleased to be a part of Marching Music’s Major League again this year.”

“DCI St. Louis” is on “Marching Music’s Major League’s” 44th annual summer tour, which culminates at the world championships in Indianapolis in August. Proceeds from “DCI St. Louis” support the McKendree University Music Department’s interactive “Music in Our Schools” program for pre-K through 12th grade students.