DeKALB – The Tour of Champions drum and bugle corps championship will take place at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb on Sunday, July 14.
Seven of the world's top drum and bugle corps will perform in the show.
The days of the old, military-style drum and bugle corps have given way to choreographed shows many musicians call "Broadway on grass." This performance was brought to DeKalb by local special event coordinator Michael Embrey of FunME Events, and is sponsored in part by The NICE Society and Kishwaukee Fest.
"Trying to bring back a championship drum corps show has been one of my goals," Embrey said. "It is both an entertaining musical art form and a wonderful boost for local tourism."
Embrey noted that other than the national championship, the top eight corps perform together in only a handful of locations around the nation.
"We were picked as one of four sites in the U.S.," he said. "Most of the time, they send one or two of the top corps and then five or six smaller corps."
Jeff Dobie, owner of Fatty's Pub & Grille, the official host restaurant for the event, is happy to see the show return.
"The drum corps show has been a great event for DeKalb and helped fill the summer void of activities and events," he said.
Groups competing in the championship are Phantom Regiment, The Cadets, Santa Clara Vanguard, The Cavaliers, Carolina Crown, Bluecoats and Blue Devils. This year's show will also welcome alumni from many Midwest drum and bugle corps that are no longer active as well as alumni from local high school and college bands.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets range from $25 to $75 and are available at the NIU box office in advance and at the stadium the night of the show.
For more information, call 815-758-0197.
Tour of Champions
7:30 p.m. July 14