Drum Corps International introduces the newest addition to its historic audio/video collection, the Essentials Collection — Champions.

Experience 13 legendary Championship performances like never before with audio re-mastered in 5.1 surround and video up-converted to high definition. "Essentials" utilizes cutting edge technology to create the highest quality audio and video possible from original source materials.

The Blu-ray disc is currently available for pre-order from DCI's online store, and will also be available to take home for the very first time this Saturday, July 21 at the DCI Southwestern Championship in San Antonio.


"Essentials" includes 13 performances from seven corps, spanning 35 years of Drum Corps International history. Included are some of DCI's most-loved and most-remembered Championship shows, including a previously unavailable performance of the 1973 Santa Clara Vanguard from historic Warhawk Stadium in Whitewater, Wis.

• 1973 Santa Clara Vanguard

• 1975 Madison Scouts

• 1984 Garfield Cadets

• 1986 Blue Devils

• 1989 Santa Clara Vanguard

• 1991Star of Indiana

• 1994 Blue Devils

• 1996 Phantom Regiment

• 1999 Blue Devils

• 2000 The Cavaliers

• 2005 The Cadets

• 2006 The Cavaliers

• 2007 Blue Devils

Technical specifications

• DTS HD Master Audio Lossless 5.1


• Original television aspect ratio preserved

What people are saying

Although "Essentials" will not be available until the DCI Southwestern Championship, fans and drum corps enthusiasts across the country have already been able to preview the Blu-ray at many DCI Tour events this season.

Here's what some well-known drum corps personalities had to say:

"This is exactly how I remember these corps sounding. The details are all there!"

— Donnie VanDoren, DCI Hall of Fame Member, 2004

"'The Essentials' delivers every voice, every counter-line and every attack exactly the way I remember it that night from the sideline. The clarity and depth is amazing! Without question, this is a restoration not a remix."

— James Elvord, DCI Hall of Fame Member, 1997

Stop by the Drum Corps International merchandise booth in the Festival Marketplace at the Alamodome this Saturday, or order your copy today from the DCI online store.

This single-disc Blu-ray which comes encased in a collectible box, is priced at $59.

Learn more, and pre-order your copy today.