Boston Crusaders bass drummers
warm up July 13 in Minneapolis.
While there's no denying that the football field lies at the heart of any Drum Corps International corps' performance, some say that the competition starts hours before in the parking lot, where corps assemble to begin warming up for the day's event. If they can find them tucked away behind buildings and other remote locations on the outskirts of the stadium, fans can catch an up-close glimpse of their favorite corps practicing before their members don their uniforms and march into the stadium. And if they're lucky, those fans will be treated to and witness the goose-bump inducing sounds of horn lines and drum lines in an intimate performance setting unlike any other. To give you a taste of what it's like in the lot at a DCI Tour event, we've assembled a list of some of our favorite videos from the 2013 summer season so far.

Carolina Crown Horn Line

Enjoy sounds of the 2013 Carolina Crown horn line preparing for its performance of "E=MC2" at Drums Along the Rockies in Denver, Colo. on July 7.

The Cadets Drum Line

Watch the 2013 Cadets drum line play sections of its production, "Side By Side" July 8 before the first 2013 Tour of Champions series event in Warrensburg, Mo.

Crossmen Horn Line

The Crossmen perform the "Some Nights" selection from their 2013 production "Protest" on June 28 in Muncie, Ind.

Blue Stars Front Ensemble

Hear the Blue Stars front ensemble preparing for its July 13 performance of "Voodoo: I Put a Spell on You" at DCI Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Bluecoats Horn Line

The Bluecoats rehearse sections of their 2013 production " Look for America" July 13 in Minneapolis.

Santa Clara Vanguard Drum Line

Watch the Santa Clara Vanguard drum line play through its opener prior to its performance of "Les Miserables" at the first 2013 Tour of Champions series event in Warrensburg, Mo.

Phantom Regiment Horn Line

Hear the 2013 Phantom Regiment horn line preparing for its July 14 show in DeKalb, Ill.

Blue Devils Drum Line

Watch the 2013 Blue Devils drum line warming up for its July 13 performance of "The re:Rite of Spring" at the DCI Minnesota event in Minneapolis.

Madison Scouts Drum Line

The Madison Scouts line drums away before the DCI Central Indiana event on June 28 in Muncie, Ind.

Cavaliers Drum Line

An early-season look at the Cavaliers' drum line on June 22 in Akron, Ohio.

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