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What to Watch this Weekend: DCI Live! from Murfreesboro and Atlanta
Shows in Atlanta and Murfreesboro will be featured on DCI Live! this weekend.Photo by: Drum Corps International

What to Watch this Weekend: DCI Live! from Murfreesboro and Atlanta

by Drum Corps International

Friday begins another huge weekend of competition on the DCI Tour, with a Tour of Champions series event on Friday in Murfreesboro as the prelude to the DCI Southeastern Championship on Saturday in Atlanta. Both will be webcast through the DCI Live! streaming video platform.

The Masters of the Summer Music Games presented by Jupiter, Mapex & Majestic kicks off the weekend’s events, with the first corps stepping off at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT Friday. The next day, the first corps in Atlanta takes the field at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT.

These DCI Live! webcasts will be available for viewing on desktop computers, with mobile streaming available exclusively through the DCI.org iPhone and iPad app, or the DCI.org Android app. The webcasts can both be accessed as part of a season-long subscription package or separately by pay-per-view.

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Note: All times listed below Eastern Time Zone

Masters of the Summer Music Games presented by Jupiter Mapex & Majestic
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro
Friday, July 24

8:20 PM Welcome and National Anthem

8:30 PM Music City - Nashville, TN
8:47 PM Bluecoats - Canton, OH
9:04 PM Blue Knights - Denver, CO
9:21 PM The Cadets - Allentown, PA
9:38 PM Carolina Crown - Ft. Mill, SC

9:55 PM Intermission (17 min.)

10:12 PM Santa Clara Vanguard - Santa Clara, CA
10:29 PM Blue Devils - Concord, CA
10:46 PM The Cavaliers - Rosemont, IL
11:03 PM Phantom Regiment - Rockford, IL

11:25 PM Encore: Blue Devils
11:35 PM Awards Ceremony

What to Watch: Murfreesboro

• The Masters of the Summer Music Games is the fourth of eight Tour of Champions series events. The show in Murfreesboro is also the first of five TOC shows over the next 11 days. In Murfreesboro, the eight competing World Class corps will jostle for position as the season kicks into its last final leg before corps make their way to Indianapolis for the DCI World Championship.

• The top five corps, in particular, will all be trying to gain an edge on the competition. Going into Thursday’s events, none had broken 90 points, but all five -- the Cadets, Blue Devils, Carolina Crown, Bluecoats and Santa Clara Vanguard -- realistically have a chance of doing so this weekend, underscoring how tight the race for the top is this year.

• Music City will also make an appearance in Murfreesboro, a home show for DCI’s only Tennessean corps. The corps had taken a week off from competition before returning to the DCI Tour on Wednesday in St. Louis. A little home cooking may be just what Music City needs to propel itself through the Open Class Championship, which is now less than two weeks away.

DCI Southeastern Championship
Georgia Dome | Atlanta
Saturday, July 25

1:50 PM National Anthem

2:00 PM Alliance – Atlanta, GA
2:17 PM Carolina Gold – Greensboro, NC
2:34 PM Atlanta CV – Atlanta, GA
2:51 PM Heatwave – Inverness, FL
3:08 PM Southwind – Mobile, AL
3:25 PM Pioneer – Milwaukee, WI
3:42 PM Pacific Crest – Diamond Bar, CA
3:59 PM Jersey Surf – Camden County, NJ
4:16 PM Cascades – Seattle, WA

4:33 PM Intermission (51 minutes)

5:24 PM Spirit of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA
5:41 PM Oregon Crusaders – Portland, OR
5:58 PM Mandarins – Sacramento, CA
6:15 PM Troopers – Casper, WY
6:32 PM The Academy – Tempe, AZ
6:49 PM Colts – Dubuque, IA
7:06 PM Crossmen – San Antonio, TX
7:23 PM Blue Stars – La Crosse, WI
7:40 PM Boston Crusaders – Boston, MA

7:57 PM Intermission (17 minutes)

8:14 PM The Cavaliers – Rosemont, IL
8:31 PM Phantom Regiment – Rockford, IL
8:48 PM Madison Scouts – Madison, WI
9:05 PM Blue Knights – Denver, CO
9:22 PM Santa Clara Vanguard – Santa Clara, CA
9:39 PM Bluecoats – Canton, OH
9:56 PM The Cadets – Allentown, PA
10:13 PM Blue Devils – Concord, CA
10:30 PM Carolina Crown – Ft. Mill, SC

11:00 PM Awards Ceremony

What to Watch: Atlanta

• Can anyone dethrone the Blue Devils in Atlanta? The Concord, California corps hasn’t lost this show since 2006, but may face the biggest threat to its Georgia Dome dominance in the form of the Cadets, who have topped the Blue Devils at major events the last two weekends in San Antonio and Minneapolis, and who haven’t lost since July 12.

• Watch out for the Madison Scouts. Earlier in the season, the Wisconsin corps suffered losses to the Blue Stars and maintained leads of mere tenths over the Crossmen and Boston Crusaders. But recently, the Scouts have caught fire and are dancing their way up the standings. The Men of Madison were the ninth corps to break 80 points this year when they did so on Wednesday, and are now gaining ground on eighth place and Phantom Regiment. Can the Scouts break into the top eight in Atlanta?

• Three tight packs of three can be found throughout the rest of the lineup. The Blue Stars, Boston Crusaders and Crossmen have been shuffling positions all year, with each corps earning multiple wins over each other. Right behind them, the Troopers have bested the Academy and Colts in the majority of competitions, but that race is too close to call. And representing the West, the Mandarins, Oregon Crusaders and Pacific Crest are also constantly switching places. If you want a challenge, try predicting how these three groups shake out in Atlanta.

• In addition to the complete lineup of all 22 World Class corps, two Open Class corps will also take part in Saturday’s festivities. Heat Wave of Florida and Southwind, out of Alabama, both new to the DCI Tour, will attempt to weather the competition in Atlanta as they take part in their first-ever regional competition. Also at the top of the event will be two local All-Age Class corps, Alliance and Atlanta CV, along with Carolina Gold from Greensboro, North Carolina.

Two incredible lineups of corps will be featured on DCI Live! over the next two days. Don’t miss a second of this weekend’s action!

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