The 40th Anniversary Drum Corps International Summer Tour is just months away, and if you're under 22 years of age and dreaming to take the field with the finest of Marching Music's Major League in 2012, there's still time to make that dream a reality. Though most DCI corps typically do their major recruiting throughout the fall and winter months, even when the spring rolls around, many groups across the country are still looking to fill out their brass, percussion and color guard sections. Whether you've been on the football field before, or if you've never picked up a brass instrument in your life, some of the best learning opportunities for those looking to get involved in the drum corps activity are available through the groups that make up DCI's Open Class. Typically touring less extensively than most of their World Class counterparts, and often with a focus on accepting any member no matter his/her skill level, OC groups frequently are the entry-level ticket for marching musicians looking to get involved. This feature published in the 2011 Drum Corps International Souvenir Yearbook, takes a look at the Open Class experience, and how those groups welcome new members and fans by producing great entertainment and friendly—but fierce—competition.