Drum Corps International

Drum Corps International

For nearly a half century, Drum Corps International, Marching Music’s Major League™, has been the leader in producing events for the world’s most elite and exclusive marching ensembles for student musicians and performers.

Thirteen original founding member organizations formed the Drum Corps International collective in 1971 to organize and unify leadership for youth-focused competitive drum corps events throughout North America. Directors of those competing groups sought to unite their corps by providing opportunities to perform together—in the end building a foundation for future success.

A non-profit entity was officially established in 1972, and today DCI supports numerous programs around the globe while sanctioning participating recognized drum corps, SoundSport® performance ensembles and DrumLine Battle™ teams performing in more than 100 competitive events that make up the annual Drum Corps International Tour.

With a vast reach online at DCI.org, through corporate sponsorship, annual broadcast initiatives, and outreach to high school music programs, Drum Corps International delivers the message of “excellence in performance and in life” to more than 7.2 million young people, ages 13-22 involved in the performing arts across the United States.




  110 W. Washington St, Suite C, Indianapolis, IN 46204




SoundSport International Music & Food Festival...

Program description

The SoundSport International Music & Food Festival will return to downtown Indianapolis, offering a family-focused community gathering as part of Drum Corps International World Championships festivities.

Building upon the wildly popular SoundSport® and DrumLine Battle™ events now in their 7th year, the event will feature more than 35 ensembles from the U.S., Canada and around the globe competing in downtown Indy the morning and afternoon of Saturday, August 10.

The exciting day of performances will mark the culmination of the summer portion of the year-round performance opportunities for the global SoundSport and DrumLine Battle programs, all taking part in a festival-like atmosphere with some of Indianapolis’ best food vendors onsite and entertainment aplenty.

Booking / scheduling contact

Tina Pliagas



Program detail
Artistic discipline: Dance, Multi-Discipline, Music, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Other
Program type: Field Trip, Student Showcase Opportunities
Population served: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 12, Adults, Students with Disabilities
Subject: Fine Arts: Music
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Saturday, August 10th

Available times:

10am – 5pm

Space / technical requirements:

SoundSport® and DrumLine Battle™ events showcase instrumental ensembles of any instrumentation and any skill level year-round, spotlighting their unique talents and creativity like never before:

  • Participating teams can be colleges, high schools, middle schools, independent, alumni corps, small drum corps or whatever you can dream up
  • Teams consist of five or more members
  • There are no age restrictions and all instruments are legal

It is a goal of SoundSport® and DrumLine Battle™ to be local, low cost and entertaining for both the participants and the audience


Pan Am Plaza, Georgia Street and the Pan Am Pavilion in Downtown Indianapolis.

Fees / Ticketing:

This is an outdoor celebration of the arts that is free and open to the public.  All are welcome.


Anchor Standard 1 - Connect with a varied repertoire of music by exploring the relationships between music and personal experience:
Anchor Standard 2 - Connect with a varied repertoire of music by exploring the relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
Anchor Standard 3 - Connect with a varied repertoire of music by exploring the relationships between music and history and culture.
Anchor Standard 6 - Listen and respond to a varied repertoire of music by interpreting and expressing music through movement.
Anchor Standard 8 - Perform a varied repertoire of music by playing instruments, alone and with others, from rote memory and written notation.
Anchor Standard 9 - Create a varied repertoire of music by improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Connects to State (IDOE) and/or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Cancellation Policy

Public component has no cancellation requirements.  Participating ensembles will be given information regarding cancellation upon contacting the DCI office.