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"A drum corps dream come true": Fans discuss the DCI on the  big screen sneak preview

"A drum corps dream come true": Fans discuss the DCI on the big screen sneak preview

by Drum Corps International

Drum corps members and fans alike gushed over the "DCI on the big screen" free event held this morning at the Regal Lincolnshire 20 theater in Lincolnshire, Ill. "This is a drum corps dream come true!" said Cami Janzen-Guare, of Grayslake, Ill., one of the more than 400 fans that braved the 9 a.m. start time.

Fans take in the DCI telecast on Saturday.
The telecast, a sneak preview of the Aug. 5 showing of DCI Division I quarerfinals, which will be aired on 92 big screens in 43 theaters nationwide in a special, closed-circuit telecast, consisted of the 2003 DCI World Championships television broadcast. For Janzen-Guare, the event signified a longtime dream. "Every time, I go to the movie theater, I think, 'Wouldn't it be great to see drum corps here?'" Janzen-Guare said. Katrina Panovich, a Colts baritone player from Warrenville, Ill., said the telecast reignited her spirits for the coming summer. "I thought it was awesome. It was a great experience, and it kind of reinvigorated me for the summer. I'm really excited that there's going to be a larger audience," Panovich said. Alessandra Souers of Indianapolis, a mellophone player with Capital Regiment, said the event primed her emotions as well. "I thought it was pretty incredible. I can't wait to march this summer. It made me remember being there (during World Championships), and I can't wait," Souers said. Other marching members said the telecast brought forth all the emotions of being on the field. "I had goosebumps, and I was crying. It was amazing and it was fun," said Leslie Knopoff, a Colts mellophone player. Other fans noted that the nationwide telecast will give fans who can't make the trek to Denver a chance to experience the power of World Championships. "It's a great option for people who aren't going to be able to travel to Denver," said Tim Guare of Grayslake, Ill. (Janzen-Guare's husband). "This is an excellent idea."
"I thought it was wonderful! If you can't be in Denver, you gotta come here," said fan Jan Bouremis of Bartlett, Ill. Younger fans also enjoyed the screening this morning. Panovich's younger brother, Jake, said, "It was almost like being there. The close-ups were really nice on the big screen." High school band members checking out the DCI telecast this morning were blown away. "It was great watching all the different drum corps -- they're all amazing," said Katie Walsh of Wheeling, Ill. DCI fan Ed Bierzychudek of Chicago echoed Panovich's sentiment. "It was almost like being there, I felt. It was really well done. Outstanding," Bierzychudek said. Nate Cook of Michigan City, Ind., also said the cinema experience was like being present in a stadium on quarterfinals night. "It was an experience to remember. It was just like being there. I plan on coming to the closest movie theater (to watch the telecast this summer)," Cook said. Any complaints? "It wasn't loud enough," said Jimmy Critchfield of Palatine, Ill. "But it was pretty cool." Critchfield's suggestion will be answered on Aug. 5, when the telecast will be aired in full-blown, wall-shaking Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Information about group sales List of Regal Cinemas showing DCI quarterfinals Map of North American Regal Cinemas showing DCI quarterfinals Group tickets (for parties of 25 people or more -- each ticket costs $12) for the DCI quarterfinals telecast on Thursday, Aug. 5 at Regal Cinemas nationwide are on sale now. Call 800.792.8244 to order group tickets then press 4 to talk to a sales representative.

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