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DCI welcomes visitors this week as Indianapolis plays host to national and international music events

DCI welcomes visitors this week as Indianapolis plays host to national and international music events

by Diane Peasel

The excitement of the very best in marching music was not forgotten following the 2009 DCI World Championships this past August, and this week, Indianapolis will once again transform into a metropolis of music, marching and education. From Nov. 11 – 14, the Circle City's downtown will light up with marching arts enthusiasts who will be in town for the Percussive Arts Society International Conference (PASIC) and the Bands of America Grand National Championships. Drum Corps International will be there every step of the way along with many of DCI's member organizations and corps members, staff and directors. Here's a look at many of the exciting events scheduled for this week in Indy.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Lucas Oil Stadium
Drum Corps International Board of Directors Meeting Where: DCI Headquarters, 110 W. Washington St., Suite C When: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Highlights: During the fall and winter months, planning never stops for next year's DCI Tour. Members of DCI's board of directors will meet at the DCI corporate office suite over two days to continue preparations for the summer of 2010. Indiana Public Schools (IPS) Marching Band Tournament Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Ave. When: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Highlights: IPS marching bands will perform at Lucas Oil Stadium to kickoff Bands of America's week-long series of Grand Nationals events. Drum Corps International will give special recognition to the IPS schools that provided housing for corps during the DCI World Championships this past August as part of the event. MusicForAll.org

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Indiana Convention Center
Drum Corps International Board of Directors Meeting Where: DCI Headquarters, 110 W. Washington St., Suite C When: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bands of America Grand National Championships Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Ave. When: 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Highlights: One-hundred high school marching bands will compete over three days of competition at the home of the DCI World Championships, Lucas Oil Stadium. • Visit Drum Corps International and several of its member corps along the main concourse of the stadium. Purchase the brand new 2009 World Championship DVDs and CDs, and learn more about the upcoming audition season. Don't leave without signing up for our mailing list so you can walk away with exclusive DCI decals for your practice pads and instrument cases. MusicForAll.org Percussive Arts Society International Conference (PASIC) Where: Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave. When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Highlights: PASIC is the largest percussion event in the world featuring more than 150 concerts, educational clinics, master classes, labs, workshops, panels and presentations. • Don't miss DCI on the energetic exhibition floor where you'll find more than 115 percussion-related manufacturers, publishers and organizations. Stop by the DCI booth to purchase the brand 2009 World Championship CDs and DVDs, grab DCI decals for your practice pad, and learn more about the latest happenings in the world of Marching Music's Major League. • Starting at 5 p.m., the PASIC 2009 Marching Percussion Festival will feature individual and small ensemble groups competing for top honors. Participants will be judged by a number of Drum Corps International-affiliated staff members, judges and Hall of Famers. PASIC.org

Friday, November 13, 2009


Drum Corps International Headquarters
DCI Headquarters Open House Where: DCI Headquarters, 110 W. Washington St., Suite C When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Highlights: Drum Corps International will open the doors of its world headquarters from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this day. Drum corps fans, stop by to chat with staff members about next season and to take a guided tour of the facility. Don't leave without taking your photo by the legendary DCI World Championships trophy! Bands of America Grand National Championships Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Ave. When: 7:15 a.m. to 9:30 pm Highlights: Visit Drum Corps International and its member corps along the main concourse of the stadium. MusicForAll.org Percussive Arts Society International Conference (PASIC) Where: Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave. When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Highlights: Visit the Drum Corps International booth on the exhibition floor from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Stop by the Rhythm! Discover Center, the Percussive Arts Society's brand new interactive museum located right next door to the Drum Corps International headquarters in downtown Indy (110 W. Washington St.). Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart will be on hand to sign autographs from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. From Nov. 12 to 15 PASIC attendees will receive complimentary admission to the Rhythm! Discovery Center, which will be officially opened on Nov. 21. • As part of the second day of the Marching Percussion Festival, a new interactive educational clinic from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. will give students and educators the opportunity to work with clinicians including DCI Hall of Famer Dennis DeLucia. PASIC.org

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Phantom Regiment Front Ensemble
Bands of America Grand National Championships Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Ave. When: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Highlights: Visit Drum Corps International and a number of its members corps along the main concourse of the stadium. MusicForAll.org Percussive Arts Society International Conference (PASIC) Where: Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave. When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Highlights: Visit the DCI booth on the PASIC expo floor. • Members of the Phantom Regiment front ensemble will be featured during an educational clinic at 1 p.m. Under the instruction of Sandi Rennick, the session titled "Addressing the Expanding Demands of the Present Day Front Ensemble," will showcase the world-class talent of current Phantom Regiment corps members. • World-renowned percussionist and former member of the Bridgemen Drum & Bugle Corps, Tommy Igoe, will perform with his Birdland Big Band during an evening concert at 8 p.m. Igoe has recorded and toured with artists including Art Garfunkel, Lauryn Hill, and Blood, Sweat and Tears. He also composed the drum parts for the Broadway adaptation of "The Lion King." PASIC.org

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