This August, FREE Players, a drum corps of special-needs musicians from Old Bethpage, New York, had the experience of a lifetime performing at the DCI Eastern Classic in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

“It’s honestly a lifelong dream for them,” director Brian Calhoun said following his corps' performance. “So many of our members are really big fans of DCI and big fans of all the DCI corps.”

The corps has grown exponentially since its founding in 2010. The group continues to add sections and travel to a variety of events, including the WGI World Championships in 2014.

“Each and every year they’ve grown so much,” Calhoun said. “Today, we’re a 65-member drum corps with a drum line, color guard and front ensemble. After this year, we want to continue to make history. We want to come here and show that these guys are just as passionate about drum corps as all of the performing DCI corps.”