HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Drum Corps International (DCI) was in Huntsville for the fourth year in a row. The DCI North Alabama 2016 concert was held at Alabama A&M's Louis Crews Stadium Friday night.
Competing group, the Bluecoats Drum Corps, travels 13,000 miles over the summer for different shows. For two members, Friday's Huntsville show brought them home.
Decatur native and Bluecoats trumpet player Josh Meyer said it was his high school band directors who inspired him, taking him to his first DCI show just a few years ago. He said, "I saw it on the field. I said, 'I don't know what that is but I want to do that.' And 5 years later I'm here, and it's a dream come true in every sense of the word, to do what I love, back home, at the place that I love."
Huntsville is also Bluecoats trombone player Brenton Nash's hometown. He's been away for two summers with the corps, so being able to see loved ones makes this show extremely special, saying "It seemed like there was more people here to talk to me than I had time to talk to. It was such an overwhelming feeling of just, like, love."
10 drum corps groups competed in the show Friday night, from all across the United States. Going into this show, the Bluecoats were currently undefeated.