Start your drum corps research now, if you haven't already. Online voting for the 2006 DCI Classic Countdown -- the ultimate drum corps cinema showdown -- begins next Monday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m. Central time on DCI.org! The polls close Monday, Feb. 13, at 5 p.m. Central time. The DCI Classic Countdown features the top 12 shows voted on by drum corps fans. The 12 shows will then be shown in larger-than-life proportion in select theaters across the country on April 27. The 12 shows from last year's version of the DCI Classic Countdown will not be eligible to appear this year. "We are very pleased with the response to and success of last year's Classic Countdown, and I'm very excited to see which 12 corps will be selected for this year's version," said DCI executive director Dan Acheson. "I love the opportunity that this showing gives to fans to experience the history of DCI." Jessika Filler, a member of the Seattle Cascades who viewed the 2005 Classic Countdown in Dublin, Calif., said about last year's experience, "The theater we were in was absolutely packed, and it really felt like we were watching a drum corps show! Everyone was screaming, applauding, laughing, cheering, it was so much fun!" Slightly different from 2005, in this round fans will be asked to choose two corps from the 1970s, four corps each from the 1980s and 1990s and two corps from the 2000s. No corps can appear on the countdown more than once during the evening, so as many times as you may vote for your one favorite corps, only the highest vote-getting year of a corps will be shown. Voting will begin on DCI.org sometime in late January around the DCI winter meetings, and the 12 Classic Countdown corps for 2006 will be announced in mid-February. Stay tuned to DCI.org in the coming months for complete details. As a special incentive this year, and as our way of saying thank you, all voters will be offered a 10 percent discount for a DCI Season Pass subscription (for a full year or three-month subscription).
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