Last Audition Camps Give Window Into DCI "Offseason"

The final weekend in April marks the last chance for corps to get together before the month of move-ins/spring training begins. Mid-May means the beginning of at least four weeks of rigorous training for most World Class drum and bugle corps before they head out on the summer tour.

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Before that all happens though, the corps' cast must be set at the final "audition camp," often set in the last weekends of April due to WGI's claim on the first half of the month. This final weekend consists of the most important color guard auditions, which usually include all veterans, callbacks and sometimes many first-time auditionees. 

The Blue Devils look to be doing their typical April camp photo/video shoot that they usually use as a backdrop for their show announcement.

On the brass side of things, Bluecoats released a clip of a typical crowdpleaser in the finals lot—a chord progression written by Dave MacKinnon called "Thumbs."

It's important to be on the lookout for any hints or sneak peeks for show information coming from each group as they open up the window into their offseason shenanigans. 

Completely unrelated, a guest artist, Cara Wildman, visited The Cavaliers at their April camp to teach the bass and front ensemble sections traditional Irish and bodhran technique. It will be interesting to see if The Cavaliers are bringing Ireland to the field in 2019.

Now that most of the corps have convened for their final time before spring training, that means they have had their final chance to meet and tell the members their show concepts for the 2019 season. That is often the final step before corps start making announcements to the public including show titles, full repertoire lists, and perhaps the most exciting—first looks at 2019 uniforms. Keep your eyes peeled.

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Dan Schack: Pros & Cons Of Judges Being Pulled Off The Field

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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Watch Guide: Texas Tour Block Party Coming Wednesday @ 7 PM

It's time for Texas Tour! Quench your thirst for DCI by catching this week's Block Party, streaming live on Wednesday, July 17, starting at 7 PM CT!

Weekly Watch Guide: Texas Tour Is Here!

Watch two incredible events LIVE on FloMarching down in the depths of Texas—DCI Central Texas and the 2019 DCI Southwestern Championship! This week, it's the start of the regional season. Most of the World Class corps will be in the same place for the first time this week as they get closer and closer to San Antonio.

Schedule/Seedings For DCI Southwestern Champs Released

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Check out the official schedule for the 2019 DCI Southwestern Championship. You can watch all 25 corps perform live on FloMarching. San Antonio will be the first location of the summer that is hosting all of the World Class corps so that they may start fighting for their seeds for the 2019 DCI World Championships. San Antonio is just the start of that seeding, though.

Recap: 2019 Tour Of Champions - Northern Illinois

With three shows streamed by FloMarching yesterday, die hard drum corps fans had gone as far as to create spreadsheets combining the streaming schedules so they could figure out when to watch their favorite corps at each show. Mother Nature had other ideas, however, delaying the Memphis competition and turning Drums Along the Rockies into a standstill. Fortunately, the 2019 Tour of Champions - Northern Illinois event went off without a hitch. Let's review some of the takeaways from last night's show.

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Instant Recap: 2019 Tour Of Champions - Northern Illinois

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Huskie Stadium on the campus of Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois, site of tonight’s Tour of Champions - Northern Illinois Drum Corps International Competition! My name is Kevin Gamin, Managing News Editor of Drum Corps Planet, and I will be providing you tonight’s live blog of this show.

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Premium Watch Guide: Three Streams In One Night, July 13

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For the first time on FloMarching, we will have THREE streams going at one time, this Saturday night, July 13. This article will be your one-stop-shop for everything you need to navigate the three events' storylines, schedules, and make sure you see as many corps as possible!

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Recap: 2019 Celebration In Brass

Ankeny, a suburb just north of Des Moines in Iowa, is about a 3 hour drive from the Colts' home base from Dubuque. A lot of Colts fans made that drive and cheered both them and the Colt Cadets on tonight, giving the 2019 Celebration in Brass a very home field vibe for the Red Teams.

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Instant Recap: 2019 Celebration In Brass

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to this live blog of the 2019 Celebration in Brass drum corps competition, brought to you by FloMarching! My name is Kevin Gamin, Managing News Editor of Drum Corps Planet, and I will be bringing you commentary on each of the performing drum corps tonight as it happens! The show starts at 8 PM Eastern/7 PM Central, so be sure to get your stream up and running in time for all of the action!

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Preview: Drums Along the Rockies

Another great DCI show in the Mile High Stadium will be coming LIVE to FloMarching this weekend, starting at 6:30 PM MT. Drums Along the Rockies is always a great show for the Blue Knights to shine in their home city, plus it always brings out two Open Class corps that we don't get to see too often on FloMarching. The two corps kick off the show so don't miss Columbians and The Battalion.