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Complete 2012 World Championship Schedule of Events

Plan your trip to the DCI World Championships with this handy guide to events






The Drum Corps International World Championships, Aug. 6-11, 2012, will mark a week-long celebration of the “very best” in the world of marching music. Featuring a high level of performance excellence coupled with an intense competitive spirit, 40 drum and bugle corps made up of some 5,000 young performers will take the field throughout the course of the week, creating unparalleled excitement as they vie for the World Championship title.

But the World Championships are more than competition and placements. With thousands of fans, supporters and alumni traveling from all over the world, “Finals Week” is also the biggest social gathering of the year for the entire drum corps community. In and outside the stadium, individuals can meet with friends both old and new to share their common passion for drum corps.

Use this guide below to plan your week and take advantage of everything Drum Corps International and the cities of Michigan City and Indianapolis have to offer. Bookmark this page, as we’ll be updating this guide throughout the week of the Championships with additional events and new information that becomes available!

New and notable for the 2012 World Championships:

  • Michigan City’s Ames Field in Northwest Indiana will once again host the Open Class World Championship in its entirety over two days of competition.

  • All World and Open Class corps will go head-to-head starting with the World Championship Prelims at Lucas Oil Stadium.

  • The Open Class Individual & Ensemble Competition will take place on Wednesday at the Indiana Convention Center.

  • The Celebrate Indy Arts! Parade on Saturday morning will feature all non-finalist corps and members of the local Indianapolis arts community. An en masse finale of all participating corps will take place on the picturesque steps of the Indiana War Memorial immediately following.

  • Working with the Indiana State School Music Association and Indiana Bandmasters Association, DCI will present the "biggest middle school band ever." INpact: Indiana's Future-Band will perform at two large-scale events during World Championships week.

  • The Grand Reunion After-Party — promising to be "the largest drum corps reunion party in history" — will bring together alumni and fans from all over to celebrate 40 years of rich, drum corps history.

  • DCI will host several free educational events for current and future music educators and for students Saturday, Aug. 11 including the Marching Music Academy Sampler and Kick Start Your Season workshops.

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Eastern time zone unless otherwise noted.


Ames Field

MONDAY, AUGUST 6

Open Class Semifinals
Where: Ames Field, 2501 Franklin St./State Route 421, Michigan City
When: Gates open 2 p.m. (CT)
Admission: $15 general admission
About: In its fifth anniversary in Michigan City, the Open Class Semifinals will kick off all 2012 World Championship events. Taking place at Ames Field, an intimate stadium built with drum corps in mind, this event will feature all participating Open Class corps.

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Open Class Finals

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7

Open Class Finals
Where: Ames Field, 2501 Franklin St./State Route 421, Michigan City
When: Gates open 5 p.m. (CT)
Admission: $25 reserved, $15 general admission
About: The DCI World Championships continue on Tuesday, Aug. 7 as the 12 top scoring Open Class corps from the Prelims compete for the title of World Champion.

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Hall of Fame Kickoff Party

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8

Open Class Individual & Ensemble Competition
Where: Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis
When: 2 p.m.
Admission: Free and open to the public
About: Open Class corps will head to downtown Indianapolis on Wednesday, giving their individuals and small ensembles the chance to shine.

View the schedule of I&E performances.

Hall of Fame Kickoff Party
Where: Historic Union Station Grand Ballroom, 23 W. Louisiana St., Indianapolis
When: 9:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Admission: Access to the ballroom is free and open to the public
About: A wildly popular event started in 2009, Drum Corps International hosts its fourth annual Hall of Fame Kickoff celebration to start the 2012 World Championships in Indianapolis off with a bang. Evening festivities include live music, games and auctions, with a special presentation recognizing the DCI Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Proceeds will benefit various Hall of Fame projects, one of which is the Jim Jones Leadership Scholarship, an award administered by a committee of Hall of Fame members.

Learn more about the 2012 Hall of Fame inductees.






Corps Warm-Up Zone at Military Park

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9

DCI Headquarters Open House
Where: 110 W. Washington St., Suite C (Northwest corner of Illinois and Washington Streets, below Panera and Weber Grill)
When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: Free and open to the public
About: Stop on by and have a chat with Drum Corps International employees while taking a tour through the DCI corporate headquarters in downtown Indianapolis. Be sure to make a stop at the Percussive Arts Society's Rhythm Discovery Center which is located right next door.

Corps Warm-Up Zone
Where: Military Park, 601 W. New York St., Indianapolis
When: Early morning until last performing corps warms up
Admission: Free and open to the public
About: Come see your favorite corps warming up before their competitive Prelims performances at historic Military Park, a 14-acre green space bordering the campus of IUPUI.

Learn more about Military Park.


The Festival Marketplace at Lucas Oil Stadium
DCI Festival Marketplace
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis
Marketplace Hours: 8 a.m. until stadium clears at the end of the Prelims event
Admission: Free with your ticket to the Prelims
About: Grab some cool new gear from DCI, your favorite corps and DCI’s corporate sponsors! Entertainment, souvenirs, information, and other items and activities will be awaiting. Immediately upon entering Lucas Oil Stadium’s east-side entrance, fans will find themselves immersed in the Festival Marketplace with booths lining the concourse leading to the seating area.

World Championship Prelims
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis
When: Gates open 10 a.m.
Admission: Tickets start at $25
About: Following 2011's twist to the traditional World Championship format, the Prelims competition will feature a veritable “all-skate” of DCI corps. In addition to the performances of all 22 World Class groups, Open Class corps will also be invited to compete at this event. 40 corps are scheduled to go head-to-head in this all-day competition at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Big, Loud & Live 9 Theater Broadcast
Where: More than 600 movie theaters across the U.S.
When: 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT
Admission: $18 (may vary by theater location)
About: If you can’t make it to Lucas Oil Stadium, you can still watch the incredible corps performances. Celebrate the “best of the best” as Drum Corps International presents its 2012 World Championship Prelims on the big screen! Presented by DCI and National Cinemedia’s Fathom Events, Big, Loud & Live 9, will be broadcast from Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium bringing you the complete live performances of the top 15 corps and highlights from throughout the day.

Learn more and find a theater near you!






Lucas Oil Stadium

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10

DCI Headquarters Open House
Where: 110 W. Washington St., Suite C (Northwest corner of Illinois and Washington Streets, below Panera and Weber Grill)
When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: Free and open to the public
About: Stop on by and have a chat with Drum Corps International employees while taking a tour through the DCI corporate headquarters in downtown Indianapolis. Be sure to make a stop at the Percussive Arts Society's Rhythm Discovery Center which is located right next door.

Corps Warm-Up Zone
Where: Military Park, 601 W. New York St., Indianapolis
When: Approx. noon until the last performing corps warms up
Admission: Free and open to the public
About: Watch your favorite corps warm up before they take the field for the Semifinals competition. Military Park is a little less than a mile from Lucas Oil Stadium. A shuttle bus to and from Lucas Oil Stadium and the Warm-Up Zone will run from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Age-Out Ceremony at Lucas Oil Stadium
DCI Festival Marketplace
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis
Hours: 12:30 p.m. until stadium clears after the Semifinals event
Admission: Free with your ticket to the Semifinals
About: Purchase souvenirs and other merchandise from your favorite World and Open Class corps, Drum Corps International and more! The Festival marketplace in 2012 is located throughout the main stadium concourse leading from the stadium’s east entrance to the seating areas.

World Championship Semifinals
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis
When: Gates open to marketplace 12:30 p.m., First corps steps off 2 p.m.
Admission: Tickets start at $25
About: The World Championship Semifinals features the top 25 corps as determined by Thursday’s Prelims event. These corps will duke it out for a spot in the coveted "Top 12," giving them one more chance to perform on Saturday.

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Al Chez and the Brothers of Funk Big Band
Age-Out Ceremony & Grand Reunion Festivities
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis
When: Following Semifinals performances
Admission: Included as part of Semifinals admission
About: While taking a look back at and celebrating its rich 40-year history, Drum Corps International alumni will welcome the graduating class of 2012 – corps members who have dedicated their time, passion and hard work to the drum corps activity over many years in this special ceremony.

Grand Reunion After-Party
Where: Crane Bay Event Center, 551 Merrill St., Indianapolis
When: Following Grand Reunion festivities
Admission: Open to the public, tickets are $40
About: The largest drum corps reunion party in history will cap-off the night, bringing together hundreds of drum corps fans and alumni from a variety of corps spanning the 40-year history of DCI. The after-party will feature Late Show trumpet player Al Chez and his band, The Brothers of Funk.

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Celebrate Indy Arts! Parade

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11

Marching Music Academy Sampler
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis
When: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Admission: Free and open to current and future music educators with a ticket to the Finals
About: DCI presents a "sampler" edition of its acclaimed Marching Music Academy, featuring some of the world's most recognized experts in marching music.

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Celebrate Indy Arts! Parade
Where: North and Pennsylvania streets, Downtown Indianapolis
When: 11 a.m.
Admission: Free and open to the public
About: The Celebrate Indy Arts! Parade will bring all non-finalist corps (both Open and World Class) together with members of the local Indianapolis arts community for the most musical, creative and fun-filled parade to ever hit the streets of the Circle City. Stepping off at 11 a.m., the parade will wind through the streets of downtown Indianapolis. Serving as Grand Marshal of the parade will be former American Idol contestant Shaun Canon. Immediately following the parade, more than 2,000 brass musicians from all of the participating corps will assemble on the Indiana War Memorial Mall (431 N. Meridian St.) to play an en masse rendition of the National Anthem and "Simple Gifts."

View the parade route.


Kick Start Leadership Workshop
Kick Start Your Season Leadership Workshop
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis
When: 1 p.m.
Admission: Free and open to high school and college students with a ticket to the Finals
About: Kick start your season with DCI and motivational speaker Fran Kick. Kick's interactive and engaging leadership presentation will help students learn how they can "Kick It In" this fall marching season.

Learn more about "Kick Start."

Corps Warm-Up Zone
Where: Military Park, 601 W. New York St., Indianapolis
When: Approx. 4 p.m. until last performing corps warms up
Admission: Free and open to the public
About: Watch your favorite corps warm up before they take the field for their final performances of the 2012 season. A shuttle bus for fans will run between Lucas Oil Stadium and Military Park from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Lucas Oil Stadium "Backstage" Experience
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium (meet Missouri St. Loading Dock on west side of stadium), 500 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis
When: 3 p.m.
Admission: Free with ticket to the World Championship Finals
About: Feel the anticipation and excitement through a corps member’s eyes
right before heading into competition. During this backstage tour of Lucas Oil Stadium, we’ll take you from the stadium entrance tunnel right out onto the field. Bring your camera so you can take your photo next to the DCI Founders Trophy!


World Championship Finals
DCI Festival Marketplace
Hours: 3:30 p.m. until stadium clears after the Finals event
Admission: Free with your ticket to the Finals
About: Depending on how many Championship events you’ll be attending this week, here’s either your first or final opportunity to purchase souvenirs from Drum Corps International, the corps and DCI's corporate sponsors!

Pre-show Performances
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis
When: Preceding World Class Finals competition
Admission: Free with your ticket to the Finals
About: INpact Indiana's Future-Band, the "biggest middle school band ever," will perform "Live for Music" with former American Idol contestant Shaun Canon. The Commandant's Own, the U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, will also make their traditional performance at the event.

World Championship Finals
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis
When: 3:30 p.m. gates open to Festival Marketplace, Awards Ceremony 10:30 p.m.
Admission: Tickets start at $35
About: The Top 12 corps will compete for the last time in 2012 and for the chance to be named Champion. These 12 fantastic corps will put on a show you won’t want to miss!

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Special events and times subject to change.


HELPFUL LINKS

General World Championships information: DCI.org/indy

Tickets: DCI.org/tickets

Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association: VisitIndy.com

Indianapolis maps and visitors guides: VisitIndy.com

Downtown Indianapolis parking: IndyDT.com