With an unforgettable and transformative decade about to be in the rearview, the forward focus is 2020.

The upcoming Drum Corps International Tour will look relatively similar to seasons past, with a handful of new additions and tweaks to a familiar format.

Showcasing the high-energy musical and visual masterpieces of Marching Music’s Major League™ from coast-to-coast, this summer will feature more than 100 competitive events over the course of 52 days, from the DCI Tour Premiere in Detroit on Thursday, June 18, all the way through the DCI World Championship Finals in Indianapolis on Saturday, August 8.

A Familiar Start

DCI Tour Premiere 2019The Boston Crusaders color guard warms up outside Ford Field in Detroit during last summer's DCI Tour Premiere.

The season-opening DCI Tour Premiere pres. by DeMoulin Bros. & Co. will be back at Ford Field in Detroit for the third consecutive season. Six of 2019’s finalists will be on hand to get things started at an event that will also be broadcast live to movie theaters across the U.S. The lineup is set to include the Bluecoats, Boston Crusaders, Cavaliers, Blue Stars and Carolina Crown. New to this year’s mix is the Crossmen who will be making their Motor City debut.

The day following 2020’s premiere, the DCI Tour will once again feature a series of West Coast events in the Bay Area, as several of DCI’s California and western-state ensembles compete in Clovis, California on Friday, June 19 before making their way to the popular DCI West event in Stanford.

The month of June, in general, will look almost identical to 2019’s iteration, featuring a number of key events in familiar venues like Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium and Muncie, Indiana’s Ball State University.

Regionals Reimagined

The Dome at America's CenterThe 2020 DCI Tour comes to The Dome at America's Center on Sunday, July 12.

The always-anticipated July weekends will have a bit of a different look this season, and are largely the main form of change along the 2020 tour. Starting on July 5, last season’s DCI Menomonie event, held at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, will take place this year at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse which is a venue that’s been a familiar stop for DCI Tour events in recent years.

The following Sunday, July 12, while a lineup of corps compete at Mile High in Denver, the first “regional” of the season will take place at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis. The DCI Midwestern Championship pres. by DeMoulin Bros. & Co. was first introduced to St. Louis in 2018, and will return this summer after a short hiatus.

2020 DCI Tour will return to St. Louis’ Dome

Often considered the turning point of the DCI season, the “Texas Tour” got a noticeable makeover for 2020. Due to a scheduling conflict with the Alamodome, the annual DCI Southwestern Championship pres. by Fred J. Miller, Inc. will be split between two venues in San Antonio (Judson HS) and Corpus Christi (Calallen HS) on Saturday, July 18.

While shows in Denton (July 16), Katy (July 17) and Mesquite (July 20) make their returns to DCI’s swing through the Lone Star State, venues in Austin (July 16) and McKinney (July 21) add even more depth to a pivotal series.

“Texas Tour” gets a fresh look in 2020

Wrapping up the month of July, the DCI Southeastern Championship pres. by Stanbury Uniforms in Atlanta will be held at the Peach State’s iconic venue, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, for the third year in a row. Due to this year’s alterations to the Texas schedule, the Atlanta event will be the only opportunity prior to the DCI World Championships to see every single World Class corps in one place on the same day.

That said, all 22 corps will roll through Allentown, Pennsylvania and J. Birney Crum Stadium once again for the DCI Eastern Classic, split across two nights — Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1 — as usual.

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In the days between these weekend headliner competitions, dozens of other events will take place throughout the country, serving as “dot connectors” for ensembles as they criss-cross the country between each major stop on the tour.

“We’re continuing our focus on increased safety and improving the overall quality of experience for performers, fans and volunteers across the tour,” DCI senior director of event development Sue Kuehnhold said. “The designers and instructional teams of the participating ensembles work tirelessly to extend the creative boundaries of the remarkable performances of those in their charge. Our job is to make sure that the efficiency of the tour and the competitive performance environment provides them with every opportunity to continue to set the standard for excellence in the marching arts.”

Final(s) Steps

Lucas Oil Stadium2020 will make a dozen years that the DCI Finals have been held under the roof of Lucas Oil Stadium.

DCI’s World Championships Week will be back in the state of Indiana in 2020 as it has been for more than a decade.

The last days of the season will begin in Marion, Indiana, as 15 competitors vie for 2020’s Open Class World Championship title across two days of performances at Indiana Wesleyan University’s Wildcat Stadium. Spartans will look to defend their Open Class gold medal, and will be rejoined by all 14 of the corps that competed in Marion in 2019.

But this year, a new face joins the ranks of those competing for glory in the Hoosier State. In 2020, The Battalion — based out of Salt Lake City and founded in 2016 — will perform at the DCI World Championships for the very first time.

The Utah corps has rapidly improved over its first four years, both in terms of score — its final tally has increased by more than 30 points in just four seasons — and in terms of organizational prowess, having extended its tour schedule from five events in 2016 to 11 in 2019.

Once events in Marion conclude, the DCI World Championships will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the 12th-straight season. Three days of competition featuring more than 40 World and Open Class corps will be the capstone series of the 2020 DCI Tour.

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The 2020 DCI World Championship lineup will also feature two corps competing in the International Class ranks for the first time ever. British powerhouses Kidsgrove Scouts and Beeches Performance Ensemble will both be coming to the United States for a brief stint of performances, concluding in Indianapolis.

International flair will also be on display on the final day of the DCI Tour, Saturday, August 8, with the fifth-annual SoundSport International Music & Food Festival. A variety of local, national and international groups are expected to perform, including a return of the Calgary Stampede, 2018’s dual SoundSport and DrumLine Battle champion out of Canada. This year’s event will find a brand-new home even closer to Lucas Oil Stadium, right across the street from the north gates of the venue.

Don’t miss a beat of the 2020 DCI Tour

Early this December, tickets to more than 35 of the most popular events of the 2020 DCI Tour will go on sale through the DCI Box Office and Ticketmaster, including single-day tickets to the DCI World Championships.

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View the complete schedule of 2020 DCI Tour events

Premier Event Series

Detroit, MI
DCI Tour Premiere presented by DeMoulin Bros. & Co.
Ford Field
Thursday, June 18

Stanford, CA
DCI West
Stanford Stadium
Saturday, June 20

Zionsville, IN
DCI Crossroads
Zionsville Community High School
Sunday, June 21

Muncie, IN
DCI Central Indiana
Scheumann Stadium
Friday, June 26

Pasadena, CA
Drum Corps at the Rose Bowl
Rose Bowl Stadium
Saturday, June 27

Richmond Area, VA
Stadium TBA
Thursday, July 2

La Crosse, WI
DCI La Crosse
Veterans Memorial Stadium
Sunday, July 5

Orlando, FL
DCI Orlando
Camping World Stadium
Sunday, July 5

Memphis, TN
DCI Memphis
Liberty Bowl Stadium
Saturday, July 11

Denver, CO
Drums Along the Rockies
Broncos Stadium at Mile High
Sunday, July 12

St. Louis, MO
DCI Midwestern Championship presented by DeMoulin Bros. & Co.
The Dome at America’s Center
Sunday, July 12

Ardmore, OK
DCI Ardmore
Ardmore High School
Tuesday, July 14

Denton, TX
DCI Denton
Apogee Stadium
Thursday, July 16

Austin, TX
DCI Austin presented by FloMarching
Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex
Thursday, July 16

Katy, TX
DCI Katy presented by Band Shoppe
Legacy Stadium
Friday, July 17

San Antonio, TX
DCI San Antonio presented by Fred J. Miller, Inc.
Judson High School
Saturday, July 18

Corpus Christi, TX
DCI Corpus Christi presented by Fred J. Miller, Inc.
Calallen High School
Saturday, July 18

Mesquite, TX
DCI Mesquite presented by The U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps
Mesquite Memorial Stadium
Monday, July 20

McKinney, TX
DCI McKinney
McKinney ISD Stadium
Tuesday, July 21

Hattiesburg, MS
DCI Hattiesburg
M.M. Roberts Stadium
Wednesday, July 22

Little Rock, AR
DCI Little Rock
War Memorial Stadium
Wednesday, July 22

Montgomery, AL
DCI Montgomery
Foshee-Henderson Stadium
Thursday, July 23

Trussville, AL
DCI Birmingham
Hewitt Trussville Football Stadium
Friday, July 24

Murfreesboro, TN
The Masters of the Summer Music Games presented by Jupiter, Mapex & Majestic
Middle Tennessee State University
Friday, July 24

Atlanta, GA
DCI Southeastern Championship presented by Stanbury Uniforms
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Saturday, July 25

Syracuse, NY
DCI Syracuse
Stadium TBA
Thursday, July 30

Allentown, PA
DCI Eastern Classic presented by Big, Loud & Live
J. Birney Crum Stadium
Friday, July 31 & Saturday, August 1

Charleston, IL
DCI Eastern Illinois
Eastern Illinois University
Saturday, August 1

Pittsburgh, PA
DCI Pittsburgh
Baldwin High School
Sunday, August 2

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DCI World Championships

Open Class Prelims
Marion, IN
Indiana Wesleyan University
Monday, August 3

Open Class Finals
Marion, IN
Indiana Wesleyan University
Tuesday, August 4

World Championship Prelims presented by GPG Music
Indianapolis, IN
Lucas Oil Stadium
Thursday, August 6

World Championship Semifinals presented by EARasers & InEarz Audio
Indianapolis, IN
Lucas Oil Stadium
Friday, August 7

SoundSport International Music & Food Festival presented by Motif Music
Indianapolis, IN
North side of Lucas Oil Stadium
Saturday, August 8

World Championship Finals
Indianapolis, IN
Lucas Oil Stadium
Saturday, August 8