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 DCI.org, 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.

GuardiansSanAntonio2016

Mid-Atlantic Regional Lights Up Northeast

The University of Delaware will play host to 26 bands from along the East Coast at Saturday’s 2018 BOA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. This weekend marks BOA’s return to the Mid-Atlantic region after a one-year hiatus in 2017.

2017 Finalists Return To Short BOA NorCal Regional

TOP 5: Drill Moves BOA 2018 Week 4

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Indy Kicks Off Super Regional Season

It’s the middle of October and the fall marching season is in full swing. Now it’s time to up the game and start the Super Regional season. That’s right folks, the first BOA Super Regional is already here!

Wando Holds Off The Field In South Carolina

Wando High School defended its home state of South Carolina up against a highly-touted visitor from Tennessee, winning the Bands of America South Carolina Regional Championship by a slim margin at the top.

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Kiski Area Narrowly Prevails In Canton

The BOA Northeast Ohio Reginal Championship is officially in the books. Groups from all over the Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and even Georgia came together in Canton to give their all on the field, and used the fire beats, hot horn licks, and sizzling guard moves to drive the northern chill away. 

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BOA Goes Back To Orlando In Style At Florida Regional

It's been 10 years since a BOA regional has been held in Florida—and tonight's regional finals definitely made the wait worth it. The seats were filled in Camping World Stadium and the fans were not quiet throughout the night, giving it up as each group went on. 

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Weekly Watch Guide: Bands of America 2018 - Week 5

It's Super Regional Season! We're in the home stretch for the 2018 BOA Grand Nationals as competition intensifies and groups push to clean! The Indianapolis Super Regional is first on the schedule, with St. Louis and San Antonio coming in the following weeks.

Waco Regional Is Final Tune Up For San Antonio

The 2018 BOA season has been a barn burner so far with 8 different bands winning regional championships at 9 different events. Four of those events have been in the state of Texas but we still have 2 more Texas events to go. The San Antonio Super Regional will undoubtedly be one of the biggest events of the year. However, the final regional will happen this weekend in Waco, Texas. 

BOA Hits The Palmetto State In Week 4

Twenty bands from the Carolinas will descend on the campus of Gaffney High School in South Carolina—however, one of the three outsiders will be gunning for that first place finish.

BOA Returns To Florida, Tarpon Springs Makes 2018 Debut

Tarpon Springs Show Release 2018

For the first time since 2008, Bands of America is going to be back in the Sunshine State this weekend, on Saturday, October 13! Prelims competition will begin with Cooper City (FL) at 7:15 AM ET, nice and early under the morning lights of Camping World Stadium!