Drum Corps International has joined with the popular DrumCorpsPlanet.com, an online discussion forum for drum corps fans, to create a regular feature called "DCI Direct." The column, coordinated by DCI Marketing Director Bob Jacobs, will feature commentary and insight on a variety of topics, with the goal of providing a "direct connection" between the readers of Drum Corps Planet and the Drum Corps International headquarters.

"There is little doubt that some of the most passionate and engaged fans of junior, all-age and alumni drum corps are regular contributors to the discussion forums of Drum Corps Planet," said Jacobs. "By broadening our existing partnership through offerings like DCI Direct, it is our goal to improve the reliability and frequency of communication to the worldwide community of drum corps fans, and to help facilitate discussion on topics of importance."

The first installment of DCI Direct, published on Thursday, Dec. 3, delves into Drum Corps International's preparations for the 2010 World Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and steps that are being taken to improve the acoustics and listening experience inside the state-of-the-art facility.

Read and discuss the column on DrumCorpsPlanet.com.