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2018 Drum Corps International Tour schedule
Drum corps will criss-cross the United States during the 2018 DCI Tour which will conclude in August at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Photo by: Drum Corps International

2018 Drum Corps International Tour schedule

by Chris Weber

Marching from the Motor City to the Circle City, the Drum Corps International Summer Tour will break new ground in 2018 before returning to Indianapolis for the 10th anniversary of DCI World Championship events in Indianapolis.

Spanning 52 days from June into August, the 2018 DCI Tour will showcase more than 75 drum corps and SoundSport teams participating in 108 competitive events in 37 states.

“There’s a lot to look forward to during Drum Corps International’s 46th anniversary season,” said DCI executive director Dan Acheson. “In addition to many of the familiar stops on our expansive tour across the U.S., we’re excited to add a number of new dates, locations and venues to this year’s schedule, the likes of Ford Field in Detroit, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, and a St. Louis event potentially at The Dome at America’s Center.”

Season-opening events

Ford Field, DetroitThe DCI Tour Premiere will kick off the 2018 summer season for the very first time in Detroit.

The DCI Tour Premiere presented by DeMoulin Bros. and Co. will find a new home for 2018, bringing a lineup of six of last season’s top-12 corps to Detroit.

Ford Field, which recently underwent a $100-million renovation, will be the site of the event on Thursday, June 21, that will feature the debut performances of the Blue Stars, Bluecoats, Boston Crusaders, Carolina Crown, Cavaliers and Phantom Regiment.

“This year’s opener will be a historic first,” said Susan Kuehnhold, DCI senior director of event development. “Though we’ve been in the vicinity on several occasions including an event at the old Pontiac Silverdome in 1976, 2018 will be the very first time in more than 45 years that DCI has brought a competitive event into the city of Detroit.”

Out west, DCI’s pacific region corps will get their start to the season in California on Friday, June 22 in Clovis and Saturday, June 23 in Stanford. Joining corps including the Blue Devils and Santa Clara Vanguard will be members of The Cadets, who will spend the beginning of their season in the Golden State for the first time since 2011.

“It’s been some time since we traveled [west] and we are excited to bring the 85th edition of The Cadets to the ‘other coast,’” Cadets director George Hopkins said.

For those unable to catch the kickoff events of 2018 at the stadium, the DCI Tour Premiere is expected to be presented live from Ford Field in Detroit in movie theaters across the country, with the DCI West event in Stanford among the first of 2018 to be shown via live streaming on FloMarching.com.

Premier Events

Camping World Stadium, OrlandoDrum corps will head to Orlando's Camping World Stadium on Sunday, July 8.

Anchoring the DCI Tour schedule in some of the biggest and most popular venues of the summer will be Drum Corps International’s Premier Event series.

Several new events and venues will highlight this year’s lineup that will include familiar stops at locations like TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday, July 7 and Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Sunday, July 8.

An expected return to the Bloomington/Normal, Illinois area for the first time since 2010 on Wednesday, July 11, will put corps in a position to get to St. Louis for a brand new event on Sunday, July 15, which is anticipated to be held at The Dome at America’s Center (formerly the Edward Jones Dome).

“This St. Louis stop is one of the most significant changes and additions to this year’s tour schedule,” said Kuehnhold. “With a dense concentration of drum corps fans in and around the St. Louis area, we anticipate that the DCI Midwestern Championship will become as noteworthy a regional event as our other annual stops in San Antonio and Atlanta.”

A total of 19 World and Open Class corps are expected to perform as part of the St. Louis lineup in 2018.

With a familiar start date on Thursday, July 19 for a tandem of events, Drum Corps International’s annual “Texas Tour” will see a bit of a shakeup in 2018.

Half of the corps traveling to Texas will perform on the 19th at a soon-to-be announced location in the central part of the state, with the other half traveling to the familiar C.H. Collins Stadium in Denton.

Corps will make another new stop at Legacy Stadium in Katy, Texas on Friday, July 20, as the precursor to the DCI Southwestern Championship at the San Antonio Alamodome on Saturday, July 21.

The Alamodome event will feature a lineup of all 24 of DCI’s World Class corps, the first time during the 2018 DCI Tour that they will face each other head-to-head.

Finally, Monday, July 23 will mark the final stop for a number of corps as they make their way out of the Lone Star State by way of Mesquite.

Kicking off the final weeks of the 2018 DCI Tour, corps will once again head to Vanderbilt University in Nashville on Friday, July 27, before the DCI Tour makes its triumphant return to Atlanta on Saturday, July 28 for the DCI Southeastern Championship.

The Atlanta event will be the first that Drum Corps International will host in the brand new $1.6 billion state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Officially opened late in the summer of 2017, the venue was built in the shadow of the Georgia Dome, which for more than a decade hosted the annual regional championship event.

“This new facility is one that we're anticipating will offer our drum corps fans and participants an event-day experience unlike anything they may have had outside of the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis,” Kuehnhold said.

The last weekend of the regular season will showcase DCI’s entire complement of World Class corps at historic J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Pennsylvania, split over two days of competition on Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4.

Buy tickets to both nights of the DCI Eastern Classic.

Serving as waypoints between these Premier Events will be the bulk of the 2017 DCI Tour schedule.

“Many thanks go out to our national network of Tour Event Partners who work tirelessly to give DCI ensembles additional performance opportunities throughout the entire summer season,” Kuehnhold said.

World Championship events

Lucas Oil Stadium2018 will mark the 10th anniversary of World Championship events at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

For more than a decade, Open Class corps have kicked off DCI’s World Championship series of events in Michigan City, Indiana. They will do so once again with Prelims and Finals competitions scheduled for Monday, August 6 and Tuesday, August 7 at Ames Field.

Though Nashville’s Music City will not be seen among the Open Class lineup in Michigan City this summer as the corps makes its transition into DCI’s World Class division, Golden Empire from Bakersfield, California is expected to make it’s very first trip to the DCI World Championships.

Also unique to the Michigan City lineup will be an appearance by Jubal from the Netherlands. The Dutch corps will spend almost two weeks in the U.S. competing as part of the DCI Tour in the International Class division. 2018 will mark the group’s first trip to North America since 2015.

The action heads south to downtown Indianapolis beginning Wednesday, August 8, when the DCI Performers Showcase features individuals and ensembles at the Indiana Convention Center and iconic Indianapolis Artsgarden.

Open and World Class corps will square off when the action moves under the roof of Lucas Oil Stadium for the Prelims competition on Thursday, August 9, as Drum Corps International celebrates the 10-year anniversary of World Championship events at the venue.

The top 25 corps will advance to the Semifinals on Friday, August 10, with the top 12 vying for the title of World Champion on Saturday, August 11.

SoundSport® and DrumLine Battle

SoundSportThe third-annual SoundSport International Music and Food Festival will take place in downtown Indy during World Championships Week.

Complementing a number of high-profile DCI Tour events will be Drum Corps International’s SoundSport and DrumLine Battle programs. The wildly popular competitive musical showcases provide a stage for an exciting variety of performance ensembles, along with traditional upstart and reemerging drum corps that include local, independent and international groups.

In addition to a series of ongoing events produced around the world throughout the year, this summer's North American SoundSport and Drumline Battle schedule will feature stops in Florida, Texas, Georgia and Pennsylvania, before wrapping up on Saturday, August 11 with the third-annual SoundSport International Music and Food Festival in downtown Indianapolis.

How you can experience the 2018 DCI Tour

Starting Monday, December 4, tickets to more than 35 of the most popular events of the 2018 DCI Tour will go on sale through the DCI Box Office and Ticketmaster, including single-day tickets to the 2018 DCI World Championships.

Sign up for Drum Corps International’s "Box Office Alerts" to receive email notification when tickets to 2018 events near you will be going on sale throughout the winter months.

View the complete schedule of 2018 Drum Corps International Tour events.

Premier Event Series

The recently-rennovated Alamodome in San Antonio will see all 24 of DCI's World Class corps perform on July 21.

Detroit, MI
Presented by DeMoulin Bros. and Co.
Ford Field
Thursday, June 21

Stanford, CA
Stanford Stadium
Saturday, June 23

Santa Barbara, CA
San Marcos Senior High School
Wednesday, June 27

Muncie, IN
Presented by Woodwind & Brasswind
Ball State University
Friday, June 29

Pasadena, CA
Rose Bowl Stadium
Saturday, June 30

Minneapolis, MN
Presented by U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps
University of Minnesota
Saturday, July 7

Orlando, FL
Camping World Stadium
Sunday, July 8

Central, IL
TBA
Wednesday, July 11

Alexandria, KY
Campbell County High School
Saturday, July 14

Denver, CO
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Saturday, July 14

St. Louis, MO
Presented by DeMoulin Bros. and Co.
The Dome at America's Center
Sunday, July 15

Central, TX
Presented by FloMarching
TBA
Thursday, July 19

Denton, TX
C.H. Collins Stadium
Thursday, July 19

San Antonio, TX
Presented by Fred J. Miller, Inc.
The Alamodome
Saturday, July 21

Mesquite, TX
Presented by Pageantry Innovations
Mesquite Memorial Stadium
Monday, July 23

Little Rock, AR
War Memorial Stadium
Wednesday, July 25

Hattiesburg, MS
University of Southern Mississippi
Wednesday, July 25

Birmingham, AL
Samford University
Thursday, July 26

Dothan, AL
Dothan High School
Friday, July 27

Atlanta, GA
Presented by Lone Star Percussion
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Saturday, July 28

Centerville, OH
Centerville High School
Monday, July 30

Allentown, PA
J. Birney Crum Stadium
Friday, August 3 & Saturday, August 4

Pittsburgh, PA
Baldwin High School
Sunday, August 5

Tour of Champions Event Series

NashvilleVanderbilt University Stadium in Nashville will host a Tour of Champions series event on Friday, July 27.

DeKalb, IL
Northern Illinois University
Saturday, July 14

Broken Arrow, OK
Broken Arrow Memorial Stadium
Tuesday, July 17

Katy, TX
Presented by Band Shoppe
Legacy Stadium
Friday, July 20

Nashville, TN
Presented by Jupiter, Mapex & Majestic
Vanderbilt University
Friday, July 27

Winston-Salem, NC
Wake Forest University
Sunday, July 29

Chester, PA
Talen Energy Stadium
Wednesday, August 1

Buffalo, NY
TBA
Sunday, August 5

Massillon, OH
Paul Brown Tiger Stadium
Monday, August 6

DCI World Championships

Ames Field, Michigan CityOpen Class corps will kick off World Championships Week action in Michigan City, Indiana on August 6.

Open Class Prelims
Ames Field, Michigan City, IN
Monday, August 6

Open Class Finals
Ames Field, Michigan City, IN
Tuesday, August 7

DCI Performers Showcase
Indiana Convention Center
Wednesday, August 8

World Championship Prelims
Presented by Gary P. Gilroy Publications
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
Thursday, August 9

World Championship Semifinals
Presented by Earasers
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
Friday, August 10

SoundSport International Music & Food Festival
Georgia Street & Pan Am Plaza, Downtown Indianapolis
Saturday, August 11

World Championship Finals
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
Saturday, August 11

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