Debuted during the summer of 2012, Drum Corps International's newest addition to its historic audio/video collection is the Essentials Collection – Champions.

This Blu-ray disc features 13 legendary Championship performances presented like never before, with audio re-mastered in 5.1 surround and video up-converted to high definition. recently caught up with those responsible for the production of the Essentials Collection to learn how new life has been given to these classic drum corps performances dating all the way back to 1973. The interview is included in the following video.


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

Learn more about the Essentials Collection – Champions and order today.