EventAfter three years separated along divisional lines in San Antonio and Indianapolis, Drum Corps International's Individual & Ensemble (I&E) Championship presented by System Blue is set to return to its original format in 2013. Members from World and Open Class will compete against each other as part of World Championships Week in Indianapolis, tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 7, beginning at 10 a.m. ET. Each year, I&E gives corps members the opportunity to show off their individual and group talents, performing solo and ensemble pieces perfected outside of their normal corps rehearsal schedules. Even further, vocal and woodwind categories give members whose primary instruments may not be included in a normal drum corps setting the chance to perform. The I&E Championship is a free event and open to the public.
Date/TimeWednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 — 10 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m.
VenueGeorgia Street — Downtown Indianapolis Georgia St. between Capitol & Illinois — Ensembles & Exhibitions Georgia St. between Illinois & Meridian — Individual Brass & Woodwind Performance Georgia St. between Meridian & Pennsylvania — Individual Percussion Performance Arts Garden (110 W. Washington St.) — Visual/Vocal
Indianapolis' Georgia Street combines a pedestrian walkway with urban landscaping, shopping, restaurants and more.
ScheduleFrom 10 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m., members from 24 World and Open Class corps will showcase their talents. Performers and performance times are subject to change.
Highlights• This will be the first time since 2010 that both World and Open Class corps will participate in a single combined Individual & Ensemble competition. • More than 300 corps members representing 24 World and Open Class corps will compete. • Performances will be spread across four venues on Georgia Street and at the Indianapolis Arts Garden on Washington and Illinois Streets. • An awards ceremony will take place beginning between 3:30 and 4 p.m. in venue 1 on Georgia Street (located between Capitol Ave. and Illinois St.) • 12 martial artists, performing this season with Open Class corps Gold, will present a special exhibition performance just prior to the awards ceremony. The performers come from the largest martial arts school in the world, Laizhou Zhong Hua, located in Laizhou Shandong Province.
JudgesAndy Cook – Vocal Albert Lo – Trumpets Mike Rubino – Low Brass, Horns Mike Davis – Multi-Tenor, Keyboards Jeff Prosperie – Snares, Multi-Percussion, Timpani Chester Phillips – Brass Ensembles Chris Romanowski – Percussion Ensembles Beth Fabrizio – Woodwinds Kyle Miller and Deborah Torchia – Flags, Dance, Auxiliary, Guard.
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