HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)–From its modest beginnings almost three decades ago, Drum Corps International has developed into a powerful, global youth activity. The level of talent and performance is soon coming to a stadium near you.
DCI has chosen Alabama A&M University to host a regional competition this summer. They are athletes, artists and performers–do not call them a marching band–they are much more. 14 competing drum and bugle corp groups are slated to visit the rocket city this summer. Tuesday, DCI officials toured Louis Crews Stadium in preparation for the event.
“One of the things that we like to do,” explains DCI executive director and CEO Dan Acheson, “is make sure that all the logistics, planning and so forth are done way in advance, making sure that once both spectators and the groups show up its ready to go.”
The event marks the first time DCI has partnered with a historically black university to host one of its premier competitions. it is great news for “the hill”, but also an opportunity for tourism and the local economy. The event could draw 3,000 or more spectators to the seats of Louis Crews Stadium.
“It’s great family fun and entertainment,” says Acheson. “These are marching music units that are at their peak performance at that time of the year because this is just one event of 100 we have in an 8 week period.”
Alabama A&M Athletic Director Bryan Hicks says the event should further open up the campus to the Huntsville community, legions of drum corps fans and even potential students.