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Stirring National Drum and Bugle Corps Competition at Rose Bowl Brings Together 1,400 Performers

Published on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 | 5:45 am

The Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena is hosting Drum Corps International’s Corps at the Crest on Saturday, June 30, featuring elite marching bands that will perform an intricate blend of music and movement from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

The national drum and bugle corps competition spotlights 1,400 youth from 13 drum and bugle corps. The show is part of Drum Corps International’s summer tour of 100 similar events across North America.

Some of the bands performing will be the Academy Drum and Bugle Ensemble, now the Academy Drum and Bugle Ensemble, from the Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts in Tempe; the Blue Devils, which represents Blue Devils Performing Arts in Concord, California; the Blue Stars, from Lacrosse, Wisconsin; the Blue Knights, the official drum line and brass ensemble for the NFL’s Denver Broncos; and Pacific Crest, representing more than 70 cities and about 100 high schools, colleges and universities in Southern California.

For nearly a half century, Drum Corps International, Marching Music’s Major League, has been the leader in producing events for the world’s most elite and exclusive marching ensembles for student musicians and performers.

Thirteen original member organizations formed the Drum Corps International collective in 1971 to organize youth-focused competitive drum corps events throughout North America.

In 1972, the collective established a non-profit entity, and today DCI supports numerous programs around the globe while sanctioning participating recognized drum corps, SoundSport performance ensembles and DrumLine Battle teams performing in more than 100 competitive events that make up the annual Drum Corps International Tour.

Tickets for Drum Corps at the Rose Bowl start at $36.

For a complete list of the bands and other information, visit

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