Record Crowds Gather at DCI Events, But That's Just Half the Story

In case you haven't noticed, crowds at DCI events are getting bigger and bigger -- just check out some of the insane numbers we've posted below.

2016 Finals Crowd
Night crowd at the Drum Corps International Championship Finals -- paid attendance was 22,200.

2016 2015 2014
Atlanta Regional 17,453 Atlanta Regional 19,362 Atlanta Regional 16,923
San Antonio 14,104 San Antonio 12,219 San Antonio 11,669
Keep in mind, these numbers only represent paid attendance -- that doesn't include the folks who brave 100-plus-degree temperatures to watch the warm-up in the lots outside the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Crowds at finals this year may have dipped slightly due to the weather, but nationwide numbers suggest DCI is growing. Take a look at the paid attendance for the regional events held at the Alamodome and the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

According to, more than 330,000 fans packed stadiums across the country during the 2015 campaign. This included a three-day total attendance of 44,132 at finals in Indianapolis.

Just by glancing around, it's easy to see hundreds, if not thousands, of fans milling around outside the venues; as a result, it wouldn't be a reach to add another 10,000 fans to the total summer attendance. Just take a look at the warm-up for Guardians this year at the San Antonio Regional. They performed at 2PM for a robust crowd.


'Philadelphia Inquirer' Releases Investigation Of Drum Corps Misconduct

An investigation by "Philadelphia Inquirer" into misconduct between instructors and participants in youth organizations of the marching arts was released today. 

ONYX: The Three-Part Series

'Just One Of The Ways Onyx Moves Down A Hallway'

Get an intimate look at one of the most recognizable organizations in the Winter Guard International world, ONYX. We spoke with some of the most incredible and creative minds in the marching arts to give fans a deeper look than they've ever had into a top, world-class organization.

ICYMI: FloMarching Offseason Update & News

With Thanksgiving behind us, we can finally breathe and start taking in this 2018 offseason as fall band quiets down and the WGI/DCI rehearsal schedules pick up. I thought I'd put together a quick update since we've been doing a lot of planning behind the scenes to get some pretty cool content over the next couple months and we're ready to share some of that.

YEA Discontinues Cadets2 To Reign In Finances

Youth Education in the Arts, or YEA!, announced today that they would cease the operation of their Drum Corps Associates (DCA) participating corps Cadets2 and reduce their in-office staff in by one-third in Allentown, PA.

Drum Corps Embrace #GivingTuesday In 2018

After a week of crazy, celebration-induced holiday shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes a day to look inward and give to organizations in the marching arts—Giving Tuesday.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Bands To Look Out For

As one of the most mainstream opportunities to watch great marching bands, the 2018 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has a lineup worth paying attention to! Twelve marching bands will be featured in this year's parade on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22.

Drum Corps Come Out Of Hibernation For Auditions

Grab your fanny packs, it's time for the 2019 drum corps audition season!

DCI Releases 2019 Tour Schedule With Exciting Changes

Drum Corps International released their schedule for the 2019 DCI Summer Tour this morning, just days after the door swings closed on a fantastic season of high school marching band in Bands of America. The last spectators are still leaving Lucas Oil Stadium as we speak—pretty sure the security guards are STILL asking for the last Carmel parents to stop taking pictures.

Weekly Watch Guide: FMBC State Championships

Thought we were done? Nope! One more event coming to you for the fall marching band season, possibly the last state championships in the country--Florida! They don't have to experience the snow and sub-freezing temperatures like the rest of us.

Relive The 2018 BOA Grand National Finalists

Rewatch the 2018 BOA Grand National Championship finalist bands in order of how they finished. 

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