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TCF Bank Stadium will play host to 3,200 young drum corps performers July 17.

World's top drum and bugle corps to compete at TCF Bank Stadium

Marching Music’s Major League™ is largest drum and bugle corps competition ever hosted in Minnesota

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Contacts: Nina Shepherd, 612-599-1148
Preston Smith, University News Service, smith@umn.edu, 612-625-0552

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (07/12/2010) —Dazzling marching formations, stunning choreography and exemplary musical talent guaranteed to thrill will be on display by the 23 best drum and bugle corps in the world when they compete July 17 at TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota starting at 2 p.m.

DCI Minnesota, produced by Drum Corps International, will feature 3,200 young performers – including a number of Minnesotans – from throughout the country who will showcase their world-class musical, marching and dancing talents in the largest drum and bugle corps competition ever hosted in Minnesota.

Performing what organizers call "a football halftime show on steroids," these elite and exclusive marching music ensembles each feature up to 150 brass musicians, percussionists and dancers ages 14 to 22. Their performances wow audiences with an energetic blend of challenging musical arrangements and spellbinding marching formations and dance choreography that are delivered with precision, artistry and showmanship. The music is an array of classical, jazz, pop, rock music and show tunes, from George Gershwin and Gustav Maher to Jon Bon Jovi and The Beatles.

The evening’s grand finale will be a performance by the 2009 defending world champion Blue Devils, the Santa Clara Vanguard and about 100 Minnesota students who will be attending a band camp July 14-17, which will be held in conjunction with DCI Minnesota.

Two Minnesota-based all-ages drum corps also will be competing. Minnesota Brass of St. Paul is the highest scoring all-ages drum corps west of Pennsylvania, having placed second at the Drum Corps Associates World Championships in 2008 and 2009. The Govenaires, from St. Peter, compete in the smaller Class A division and are the defending 2009 DCA Class A World Champions.

DCI Minnesota is one of 115 stops across the nation that comprises the annual Drum Corps International Tour. From June through mid-August, these elite groups cover more than 10,000 miles and rehearse an average of 10 hours a day, traveling with a convoy of busses, semi trucks and support vehicles at night and sleeping on school gym floors. The competitions are at the some of country’s top venues, including the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., and INVESCO Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo. The tour culminates with the 2010 Drum Corps International World Championships Aug. 12-14 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Ensembles competing during DCI Minnesota include the Blue Devils of Concord, Calif.; Carolina Crown of Ft. Mill, S.C.; The Cadets of Allentown, Pa.; The Cavaliers of Rosemont, Ill.; Santa Clara Vanguard of Santa Clara, Calif.; Bluecoats of Canton, Ohio; Boston Crusaders of Boston, Mass; and Blue Stars of La Crosse, Wis.

Twin Cities high school band students participating in the System Blue Marching Skills Camp will be practicing with The Santa Clara Vanguard and The Concord Blue Devils on the field of TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota Thursday, July 15 and Friday, July 16. The students, who start camp at the University on Wednesday, July 14, will perform at the event’s grand finale at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 17 with the Blue Devils, last year’s reigning DCI champions and the world record holder for the most titles awarded to any corps.

Tickets for DCI Minnesota start at $27 and can be purchased online at www.DCI.org/tickets or at the stadium box office beginning at 11 a.m. on the day of the event. Performances begin at 2 p.m. Special group rates are also available. Visit www.DCI.org for additional event details. TCF Bank Stadium is located at 2009 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis.

About Drum Corps International
Drum Corps International is the world leader in producing events for the world’s most elite and exclusive marching ensembles for student musicians and performers. Founded in 1972, DCI has developed into a powerful, nonprofit, global youth organization with far-reaching artistic, educational and organizational influence. Drum Corps International is Marching Music’s Major League™. Learn more about the exciting world of Drum Corps International and its member corps on the Web at www.DCI.org or call (317) 275-1212. Drum Corps International is located in Indianapolis.

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