The DCI Prelims will be held on Aug. 5th at 3:45 p.m. and the Finals will be held on Aug. 6th at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are on sale at dci.org/schedule.
Hosting DCI is especially exciting for IWU as the University will debut a marching band for the first time in 2021. The band will perform at all home football games during pregame and halftime, with additional possible appearances at parades, high schools, and other venues.
It is expected that the marching band will be comprised of about 75 students the first year, with the potential to grow to 100-125 students within the next two years.
Indiana Wesleyan University will be hosting the following corps this week for DCI:
- 7th Regiment – New London, CT
- Colts Cadets – Dubuque, IA
- Gold – San Diego, CA
- Golden Empire – Bakersfield, CA
- Heat Wave – Cape Coral, Fl
- Legends – Kalamazoo, MI
- Les Stentors – Sherbrooke, QC
- Louisiana Stars – Lafayette, LA
- Raiders – Burlington, NJ
- River City Rhythm – Anoka, MN
- Shadow – Oregon, WI
- Southwind, Mobile, AL
- Spartans, – Nashua, NH
- Guardians, – Houston, TX
In the Prelims, 14 competing groups will participate, and the top 12 scoring groups will return to compete in the Finals on Tuesday.
The Canton, Ohio Bluecoats will be preparing for the World Class Championships to be held at Lucas Oil Stadium on Aug. 10th. Rehearsal will be at Wildcat Stadium on Wednesday Aug.7th and is free and open to the public.
DCI is the “leader in producing events for the world’s most elite and exclusive marching ensembles for student musicians and performers” (DCI.org). For more information on DCI’s corps groups, visit https://www.dci.org/corps.
Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church committed to global liberal arts and professional education. IWU-Marion represents nearly 3,000 students who are enrolled in traditional programs on the residential campus in Marion, Indiana. IWU-National & Global represents 9,000 adult learners who study at education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, and online. IWU’s global ministry includes a close partnership with Excelsia College in Sydney, Australia.