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The best drum corps in the world return to north Texas on Monday, July 24 to compete at the 41st anniversary of Drum Corps International (DCI) Dallas. This is the only competition each year in Dallas-Fort Worth.

This year’s elite line-up includes the Bluecoats (last year’s World Champion), Blue Devils (17-time World Champions) and the Cadets (10-time World Champions). Six of the ten drum corps competing at DCI Dallas this year were finalists in the 2016 World Championships.

Location: Lake Highlands High School Stadium (9449 Church Road, Dallas)

Box Office-3:00pm;   Gates Open-5:30pm;   Competition Begins-7:00pm

Drum corps are groups of 150 collegiate and high school brass and percussion musicians plus guard performing highly sophisticated, musically complex, and visually stunning performances. Click here to see a 4-minute montage from last year's World Championships which includes performances from several of this year’s DCI Dallas competitors.

DCI Dallas tickets are selling quickly and a very large turnout is expected again this year. Organizers strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance at 

Please arrive early to locate parking. On-site paid parking will be available and free remote parking will be provided less than a mile from the stadium (signs will direct you). There will be free shuttles between remote parking and Wildcat Stadium starting at 5:30pm. All parking proceeds go directly to local Lake Highlands school bands. DCI restricts attendees from being seated during a performance, so you must be in your seat beforehand or wait until the next corps takes the field.

The drum corps competing at DCI Dallas are:

  • Bluecoats – Canton, OH
  • Blue Devils – Concord, CA
  • Boston Crusaders – Boston, MA
  • Cadets – Allentown, PA
  • Carolina Crown – Ft. Mill, SC
  • Colts – Dubuque, IA
  • Crossmen – San Antonio, TX
  • Jersey Surf – Camden County, NJ
  • Mandarins – Sacramento, CA
  • Troopers – Casper, WY

Each corps spends weeks of 11-hour+ rehearsal days to perfect their performance before the competition season begins. They travel across the United States each summer, typically logging over 10,000 miles as they move daily from state to state to compete at many of the 100+ DCI competitions held around the country.

This will be the final DCI competition in Texas this year. Come join music lovers and drum corps enthusiasts from across the region, state, and nation for this incredible evening on Monday, July 24.