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

Premium Watch Guide: Must-See Guide To WGI Weekend #2

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The very first weekend of WGI Percussion/Winds competition is finally coming to FloMarching this Saturday, February 16! Also, in Indianapolis, we will see one of the strongest schedules of the season at a show that's not a Power Regional. 

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Troopers Announce 2019 Show "Beyond Boundaries"

Earlier this week, the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps released their show concept for the upcoming Drum Corps International season, "Beyond Boundaries." 

Preview: ConneXus, INov8 Make PIW Premiere @ WGI Dayton

Just seven weeks before WGI World Championships return to the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, 27 percussion ensembles and a trio of winds ensembles will take the all-too-familiar stage for an early-season, two-day regional, Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17.

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Preview: WGI Indianapolis Brings All-Star Lineup To Flo

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This weekend's WGI Indianapolis Regional has a line-up that could go head-to-head against the Power Regional schedules in late March. This is going to be a good one, folks, so stick around for the whole weekend.

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Graham: A-Class Spotlight, 10 Of The Top Guards Since 2014

Having spent 7 years competing in A-Class myself, I understand the amount of work members are putting in, often not even to make it past the preliminary round in Dayton.

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RECAP: West Coast Guards Make Debut @ WGI Riverside

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First and foremost, I want to bring attention to the Palm Desert school district winter guards, all three of them. I don’t know what they’re putting in the water in the Coachella Valley, but these kids are ridiculously good. I’ve been involved in this activity since 1986 (I started spinning when I was 4-years-old, here in the Northeast), and I’ve seen a lot of very good, very young guards (St. Ann’s in the mid-1990s, I’m looking at you). That said, I couldn’t be more impressed with these programs.

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RECAP: Class-By-Class Highlights @ 2019 WGI Dallas Regional

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The 2019 WGI Dallas Regional featured a lot of tough competition in Scholastic A and Open class. With 32 SA entries in prelims, only 15 were able to move on to finals. Of the 8 SO groups in Prelims, only 6 moved on to Finals. 

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Joe Roach Takes Over As Music City Drum Corps Director

Music City Goes Off The Rail In Atlanta

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Today, February 8, Music City Drum and Bugle Corps made the announcement that Joe Roach, a long-time administrative staff member of The Cavaliers, will now take over as the new corps director. 

Schack: Show Design From The Ground Up, A Process

Dan Schack is the Battery Coordinator/Choreographer of Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps and the Creative Director of George Mason University Indoor Drumline. Outside of his musical endeavors, Dan is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the University of Delaware.

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Weekly Watch Guide: WGI Weekend #2 Feb. 16-17

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Making their 2019 debut on FloMarching in weekend #2 of the Winter Guard International season—percussion and winds! The divisions will join guard in competition over the two-day regional in Dayton, OH. Meanwhile, some of the best color guards that the United States has to offer will be competing in Indianapolis at Warren Central and Greenfield Central High Schools.