More than 17,000 people around the continental United States flocked to a Regal Cinema this past Aug. 5 to witness the first-ever telecast of Drum Corps International's quarterfinals competition.

The telecast was so resoundingly successful that DCI and Regal CineMedia have already penciled in the date of Aug. 11, 2005, as the triumphant return of DCI to a big screen near you.

"Drum corps fans around the country were overwhelmingly enthusiastic about our quarterfinals telecast this past August, and the event was a huge success," said DCI executive director Dan Acheson. "So fans in 2005 who can't make the trek to World Championships will once again have the opportunity to catch excellent drum corps action in the comfort of their own hometown theaters."

"It was exciting to work with DCI to bring the thrill of drum corps competition to the big screen for the first time," said Deb McKenney, director of CineEducation with Regal CineMedia Corporation. "Thousands of fans in 44 Regal Entertainment Group theatres in cities across the country were able to experience the next best thing to being on the field in Denver, and I look forward to making an even bigger splash next year."