Drum lines from six different countries will square off this weekend during a DrumLine Battle at the Virginia International Tattoo.

Fans of marching music around the world will be treated to an historic first this weekend, as talented percussionists from six different nations will square off in DrumLine Battle?„? events in two North American countries simultaneously.

For Eric Hjellming, program manager for DrumLine Battle events, the excitement is obvious. "We're very pleased to have such outstanding support from our rapidly growing list of partners around the world. The remarkable expansion of DrumLine Battle events signals even bigger things to come as drummers from around the globe work to create entertaining, high-energy performances showcased on an international stage which only Drum Corps International can provide."

Marching into DrumLine Battle action at the spectacular Virginia International Tattoo at the Scope Arena in Norfolk will be ensembles from:

The United States of America
U.S. Marine Corps Band, Quantico
Bethel High School, Hampton, VA
Nansemond River High School, Suffolk, VA
Green Run High School, Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Tech Regimental Band "The Highty-Tighties," Blacksburg, VA

Le Bagad de Lann-Bihou?©

United Kingdom
1st Battalion Scots Guards
Closkelt Pipe Band

The Royal Danish Navy Band

Canadian Forces Base Trenton 8 Wing Drums

Republic of Korea
Republic of Korea Traditional Army Band

As a special bonus, the Republic of Korea Army Band percussionists will compete with Marine Band Quantico percussionists in a "rematch" of a similar impromptu battle which took place last year and was captured for posterity on YouTube.

Learn more about the Virginia International Tattoo DrumLine Battle.

Also this weekend in Canada will be a DrumLine Battle event at Iroquois Ridge High School in Oakville, Ontario. The event is presented in partnership with Corey Pearce Percussion and Drumline Ontario and will feature DrumLine Battle teams including:

Morning Star ?“ Mississauga, Ontario
Community Living Drum Corps ?“ Hamilton, Ontario
MM Robinson Percussion ?“ Burlington, Ontario
Impact Percussion ?“ Hamilton, Ontario

Learn more about the Canadian DrumLine Battle in Ontario.