Citizens of Indianapolis got a lunchtime treat Wednesday, June 23, as the Glassmen set up on the steps of the iconic Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument and showed fans and passerbys a glimpse of what's in store when corps head to the Circle City this August for the DCI World Championships. It was more than just a concert. It was a completely interactive event. The drum line played exercises and even gave excited spectators the chance to play on their drums. Two young boys, or perhaps future corps members and band directors, helped conduct warm ups for the brass section. And though standing concert performances rarely showcase the color guard, Glassmen guard members spun their flags in warm-up for a beautiful visual display.
The Glassmen's performance was a promotion for a brand new highlight of the three-day championship series of events, the Come Feel the Music Festival which wiill take place during the World Class Quarterfinals on Thursday, Aug. 12. In addition to the drum corps performances taking place on the field, a bevy of performers and activities will be in and around Lucas Oil Stadium that day. Special guests already slated to appear include: Al Chez from the Late Show band, the Hip Pickles Percussion Ensemble, the West Point Hellcats, "Wanna Play? Experience" Free Music Lessons presented by NAMM, interactive drum circles, the School Jam USA Rock Band Finalist, and more! "The Come Feel the Music Festival is a way for us to bring both new and veteran drum corps fans to the stadium during the Quarterfinals," said DCI Director of Business Development John DeNovi. "With a marathon of some seven hours worth of performances and activities taking place throughout the day, we want people to know that even if they can't make it to the stadium at the start of the event, that there is plenty of fun and excitement to be a part of." While Come Feel the Music Festival Events will be available to all World Championship spectators, a special discount on tickets exclusive to Indiana residents will offer two free tickets for kids (12 and under) with every $10 adult ticket.