DCI 2018 Retrospective

It’s hard not to feel a wealth of emotions at the culmination of each Drum Corps tour, and 2018 was no different. The excitement from a thrilling week of competitive performances at Lucas Oil lingered, while the reality of returning home to the “real world” hit hard for every performer, staff member, and volunteer. 

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From a competitive standpoint, this summer was one of the most memorable in recent history. The Santa Clara Vanguard won their first title since 1999, and their first outright title since 1989.

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We also saw The Boston Crusaders win the Colorguard Caption for the first time in their corps nearly 80 year history.

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And speaking of firsts, The Mandarins finished their season in 10th place - marking their first ever DCI Finals appearance.  

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From a costuming standpoint we saw more of the same, that is to say, more change! Corps continued the practice of adapting their uniforms to fit the theme of each show between both the colorguard and the musical performers.

We’ve even seen visual elements from uniforms and props make their way into show announcements and social media graphics, helping corps communicate the story of their show even more clearly throughout the course of the season.

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DCI’s Open class provided audience’s with an incredibly diverse array of shows in 2018. The level of competition and quality of shows from top to bottom has climbed steadily from year to year, with several Open Class groups making Friday performances at Lucas Oil a yearly staple.

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As the 2019 season begins, we look forward to a new set of stories. Stories on the field, carefully crafted by designers and staff - as well as stories off the field.

The stories of determination, growth, friendship, and more, told by each member who embarks on the journey of marching Drum Corps. 

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Humans of Drum Corps: Claire Wilcox

“I was pretty positive that I wouldn’t make it, so I thought I would audition just for the experience. It obviously ended up being more than that. Its been cool to kind of break the mold, and to be a part of the legacy of women who paved the path for me to be here as well. 


The biggest challenge has just been coming into this huge role as a rookie and not knowing anything. I’ve kind of learned the ropes the hard way. But my biggest advice to anyone auditioning is to not doubt yourself. I never thought I would be here back in December. A lot of it has been my willingness to come into a position where I don’t know everything, and learn from the people around me.”

- Claire Wilcox, Conductor: Phantom Regiment

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WGI Dallas Highlight Reel

The 2019 Winterguard season is off to an exciting start, with dozens of events having taken place nationwide. Last weekend, we had the chance to film the WGI Dallas regional while witnessing some of the incredible talent the North Texas area has to offer.

Several guards traveled from outside of DFW, and even crossed the Oklahoma state line to perform.

Many of the guards performing at this show will be back for the WGI Denton Power Regional on March 16 and 17th. We’ll be taking action shots at both venue’s all weekend, available the following week. Stay tuned to our Events Page to view them as soon as they go live!