The Drum Corps International Tour gallops into Texas on Thursday with two events: DCI Central Texas presented by Band Shoppe in Belton, and DCI Denton presented by the Cavaliers for Red River Thunder in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. Fans will have the opportunity to watch a live webcast of either event through the DCI Live! streaming video platform.
A lineup of 12 corps will step off from Belton at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. An hour later, the show in Denton will get underway, with the first of 11 corps stepping off at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Note: All times listed Eastern Time Zone
|DCI Central Texas
6:50 PM National Anthem
7:00 PM Genesis - Austin, TX
8:42 PM Intermission (17 min.)
8:59 PM Crossmen - San Antonio, TX
10:44 PM DrumLine Battle: The Academy vs. Madison Scouts
7:50 PM National Anthem
8:00 PM Guardians - Houston, TX
9:42 PM Intermission (17 min.)
9:59 PM Santa Clara Vanguard - Santa Clara, CA
11:24 PM Encore: The Cavaliers
PLEASE NOTE: This DCI Live! webcast will be available for viewing primarily on desktop computers. Mobile streaming is available through the DCI.org iPhone app, with the anticipated launch of brand new custom mobile apps designed for the Android phone and iPad in the coming weeks. Both webcasts can be accessed as part of a season-long subscription package or pay-per-view.
What to Watch: Belton
- DCI Central Texas is the first major confluence of East and West Coast drum corps. While the Blue Devils and Santa Clara Vanguard have been on the other side of the country for weeks, many of the remaining corps on the coast and in the mountains have been gradually trekking through the Rockies toward Texas. Mandarins, Pacific Crest, the Academy, and the Blue Knights will all get their first looks at the Blue Stars, Boston Crusaders, and Crossmen tonight. Other Midwest corps, like the Madison Scouts and Pioneer, meet up with the Western corps on Wednesday in Mustang, Oklahoma. But Thursday will be the first time that fans are treated to an even split of Western-touring and Eastern-touring corps.
- As the only corps to break 80 going into Thursday’s event, the Blue Knights have to be considered the favorite in Belton. The Denver corps will renew its newfound rivalry with Phantom Regiment, who leapfrogged the Blue Knights on the last night of the World Championship Finals in 2014. The Rockford corps toured California with BK throughout June, and had the upper hand in all but one of their seven meetings this year. But the Blue Knights have posted superior scores since the two split apart, and will look to move back in front--and stay in front--as the 2015 DCI Tour continues.
- The fight for a spot among the top-12 corps that advance to the World Championship Finals will be as fierce as it has ever been, and fans will get a look at that tight competition on Thursday. The Madison Scouts, Blue Stars, Troopers, Boston Crusaders, Crossmen and Academy were slotted 9th-14th in this week’s simulated lineup. All six of those corps will be performing in Belton and will look to stake their own Finals claim.
- The Mandarins topped Pacific Crest for the first time in more than a year on Saturday in Denver. Pacific Crest came back to regain the lead on Monday in Fremont, Nebraska, but this California rivalry is clearly heating up as summer continues.
What to Watch: Denton
- With the Blue Devils absent from competition, the rest of the top corps will have their sights set on overcoming the Cadets, who opened up a 1.45-point lead over the Denton field on Monday night in Warrensburg. The Bluecoats have already topped the Cadets once this year (in Akron on June 20). Can they do it again?
- It’s time to break that tie. Carolina Crown and Santa Clara Vanguard were level on Monday in Warrensburg (82.750 each), and haven’t matched up since. In three meetings this season, Vanguard has won once, Crown has won once, and the third was the tie. One of the corps must surely pull ahead tonight, but with both shows looking strong, it’s nearly impossible to tell who it will be.
- Speaking of dead heats, the Colts and Spirit of Atlanta have been locked in one of their own this season. Spirit of Atlanta took the first four meetings of 2015, and even opened up a three-point lead on the Iowa corps. But the Colts came back and have defeated Spirit in their last five meetings. With the Colts beginning to open up a lead of their own, Spirit of Atlanta will look to close the gap tonight in Denton. But they’ll need to check the rear-view mirror as well--the Oregon Crusaders are lurking behind them.
- Say hello to the Guardians. The corps from Houston will kick off its sophomore season on Thursday night as the only Open Class corps in attendance. They’ll continue touring their show, “Light of Gold,” through Texas this week. Guardians will perform in exhibition in Columbus, Texas on Friday, compete at the San Antonio regional event on Saturday, and close their 2015 tour the following Monday in Dallas.
Two strong lineups march into Texas on Thursday. If you’re not able to attend a show, tune into DCI Live! to check out the competition.