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Top Secret, military groups set to go head-to-head in DrumLine Battle
Switzerland's Top Secret Drum Corps will battle the U.S. Air Force Drum and Bugle Corps Veterans on Friday.Photo by: Drum Corps International

Top Secret, military groups set to go head-to-head in DrumLine Battle

by Drum Corps International

Competition is set to be fierce this weekend as DrumLine Battle™ returns to headline the 20th annual Virginia International Tattoo in downtown Norfolk.

From military ensembles to highland dancers and pipe and drum bands, this annual event will  feature more than 900 performers from eight countries. It all takes place at Scope Arena in downtown Norfolk, Virginia, Thursday, April 21 through Sunday, April 24.

“The Tattoo is a very inspiring show, with its patriotic themes, participation by the U.S. military branches and international military groups,” said J. Scott Jackson, Virginia International Tattoo Director/Producer.

A special guest of this year’s event and making its DrumLine Battle debut will be Switzerland’s Top Secret Drum Corps, a world-renowned drum line that is known for its high-intensity performances that have generated millions of views on YouTube.

“DrumLine Battle has truly set roots down around the world, and there has never been a better opportunity for our fans in the U.S. to see what a global phenomenon it has become than what will be on display this weekend,” said John DeNovi, DCI Director of Global Business Development.

All DrumLine Battle events in conjunction with the Virginia International Tattoo will be free and open to the public. Follow DrumLine Battle on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

Thursday, April 21
6:00 p.m. ET – Jordan Armed Forces Bagpipe Band vs. Combined Australian Drum line (51 ACU & PLC Pipe Band)
6:15 p.m. – Top Secret Drum Corps vs. U.S. Air Force Drum and Bugle Corps Veterans
6:30 p.m. – Winner 1 vs. Winner 2

Friday, April 22
6:00 p.m. ET – U.S. Marine Corps Band, Quantico  vs. U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Band
6:15 p.m. – Canadian Forces Base 8 Wing Trenton Pipes and Drums vs. Rhythm Project
6:30 p.m. – Winner 1 vs. Winner 2

Saturday, April 23
5:00 p.m. ET – Canadian Forces Base 8 Wing Trenton Pipes and Drums vs. U.S. Marine Corps Band, Quantico
5:15 p.m. – Old Dominion University vs. Top Secret Drum Corps
5:30 p.m. – Winner 1 vs. Winner 2

Sunday, April 24
1:00 p.m. ET – Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums vs. Rhythm Project
1:15 p.m. – Police Scotland Fife vs. Top Secret Drum Corps
1:30 p.m. – Winner 1 vs. Winner 2

DrumLine Battle is a program of Drum Corps International that showcases percussion ensembles of any instrumentation and skill level year-round, spotlighting their unique talents and creativity in a high energy face-to-face competition. Learn more at DrumLineBattle.com.