DCI is proud to announce that the 2005 DCI World Championships will be presented by the Framingham, Mass.-based A.J. Wright, a division of TJX Companies, Inc. As part of the overall championship sponsorship for 2005, A.J. Wright also will serve as the on-air sponsor of the live cinecast for the 2005 DCI World Championship Quarterfinals shown at Regal, United Artists and Edwards theaters around the country on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005. "Drum Corps International has enjoyed a couple of high-powered relationships over the years with major corporations that have helped to further the drum corps activity, and of course we are blessed to have several industry manufacturers that work with the corps and DCI in the form of endorsement programs and sponsorships. However, the new A.J. Wright agreement has moved DCI further into the mainstream of the sponsorship world. This rapidly expanding division of the TJX Companies has made a commitment to support youth in the pursuit of excellence through the drum corps experience because it aligns with their corporate values. Drum Corps International hopes to live up to the expectations of A.J. Wright not only in creating awareness for their company, but also in showing how loyal drum corps fans are to those corporations that support the activity," said DCI executive director Dan Acheson. A.J. Wright president George Iacono is a longtime fan of both Drum Corps International and Drum Corps Associates. "A.J. Wright is proud to be bringing the 2005 World Championships to our home state of Massachusetts, and we look forward to the most successful DCI Championship season ever!" Iacono said. A.J. Wright is part of The TJX Companies, the world's largest off-price retailer.
The company's commitment to the community is well-documented. According to the A.J. Wright Web site, "In the workplace and throughout the community, we respect equality and celebrate differences. In all aspects of conducting business, we foster an environment of openness, honesty, and integrity. We also believe in giving back. We serve our local communities nationwide with events, giving, and involvement." Drum Corps International welcomes A.J. Wright and extends its gratitude to all of its employees for the amazing support of the 2005 DCI World Championships.