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Media Tour/Media Availability: Pre-Season Training Camp for Marching Music’s Major League™ June 16, 2008

Posted by ICVA Communications in Events.
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See them NOW – this Friday!
They won’t be back to Indiana until the World Championships in August!

Local/regional media is invited to be guided through the lifestyle of world class drum and bugle corps members about to embark on a more than 10,000 mile journey that will conclude this August in Bloomington, Ind. for the 2008 Drum Corps International World Championships event.

Collect b-roll, interview corps members, understand the phenomena.

Receive an inside look before Drum Corps International (DCI), the non-profit event producer of the world’s most elite and exclusive marching music ensembles, brings its World Championships to Bloomington beginning Thursday, August 7.

Come see Carolina Crown from Fort Mill, S.C., one of more than 40 competing marching ensembles, in an exclusive pre-season preview at their Bloomington, Ind. training camp area. Watch rehearsals and see how a 150-member ensemble lays camp inside a gymnasium, eats food prepared on a commercial size kitchen semi-trailer, and travels on charter buses that will take them across North America.

WHO: Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps from Fort Mill, S.C. http://carolinacrown.org

An opportunity to experience a 150-member world class drum corps’ training site, sleeping quarters, travelling kitchen trailer and tour buses.

Your best available time on Friday, June 20 between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Practice: 9 – 12 p.m.
Lunch: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Practice: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6 p.m.
Dress Rehearsal around 8 p.m.

WHERE: Binford Elementary
2300 East 2nd Street
Bloomington, IN 47401

HOW: See how they rehearse. See how they eat. See how they sleep. See how it intense it all is — on the professional level. Warm-up with one of the most elite groups of young musicians as they gather for an afternoon practice session led by world class instructors. Watch a team of volunteers feed 150 students and their staff from the back of a semi-trailer kitchen. Take a tour through their entire camp site to gather more information. Stay around past eight o’clock and be blown away by a full dress rehearsal performance.

About the 2008 Drum Corps International World Championships
The 2008 Drum Corps International World Championships is the pinnacle of 115 live competitive events that will occur across North America as part of the annual Drum Corps International Summer Tour. Between June and August, the tour will feature ensembles comprised of up to 150 brass, percussion and color guard students aged 14 to 22. These groups will travel more than 10,000 miles, rehearsing an average of 10 hours each day.

This August, Indiana will host the Drum Corps International World Championships in Michigan City, Indianapolis, and Bloomington from August 5-9, 2008. The semifinals and finals will take place in Memorial Stadium on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium will host the World Championships each year starting in August, 2009. Hundreds of volunteers are now being sought to help stage this August’s event. Tickets have gone on sale this week for this showcase of “Marching Music’s Major League™” at www.dci.org.

About Drum Corps International
Drum Corps International (DCI) is the world leader in producing events for the world’s most elite and exclusive marching ensembles for student musicians and performers. Founded in 1972, Drum Corps International has developed into a powerful, nonprofit, global youth organization with far-reaching artistic, educational and organizational influence. Drum Corps International is Marching Music’s Major League™. Learn more about the exciting world of Drum Corps International and its member corps on the Web at DCI.org, or call (317) 275-1212. Drum Corps International is located in Indianapolis, Ind.

Media Contacts:
Diane Peasel
Drum Corps International

Tosha Daughtery
Bloomington/Monroe County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Bob Schultz
Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association