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Everything We Know About the 2020 Tour

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What We Know:

Based on a recent article posted on DCI's website today (https://www.dci.org/news/2020-dci-tour-will-return-to-st-louis-dome), DCI will return to the Dome At America's Center in St. Louis, MO on Sunday July 12, and feature "A huge lineup of World Class corps is slated to compete including the Blue Devils, Blue Stars, Bluecoats, Boston Crusaders, Cadets, Carolina Crown, Cavaliers, Colts, Crossmen, Jersey Surf, Madison Scouts, Music City, Pacific Crest, Phantom Regiment and Spirit of Atlanta. They will additionally be joined by Open Class groups Legends, Colt Cadets and Shadow."

The Eastern Classic will return to J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, PA on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1, with (assuming) all World Class corps and maybe 1-2 Open or International Class corps (Encorps, Beeches, Kidsgrove) will be in attendance over the duration of the two nights.

The DCI World Championships will return to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN from Thursday, August 6th to Saturday, August 8th. It can be assumed from previous years that Open Class Championships will be hosted in Marion, IN on Monday and Tuesday of that week, the DCI Performers Showcase on Wednesday, and the Soundsport International Music and Food Festival on the morning of Finals (Saturday).

The same article mentioned above revealed that the full schedule will be announced on Wednesday, November 20th

In terms of membership Kidsgrove Scouts and Beeches Performance Ensemble will arrive from the UK in late-July/early-August and attend some events and World Championships marking the first time DCI has had multiple International Class ensembles since 2015. Beeches will perform a program based on popular music icon Queen. They will feature their show in the US at Allentown, Avon Lake, Marion, and Indianapolis.

Phenom, a Soundsport ensemble under the umbrella of the Academy has applied for Open Class membership.

Blue Devils B has recently announced they will be returning to Indy in 2020.

The Madison Scouts will become co-ed for the first time in the corps history leaving the Cavaliers as the only all-male corps.

Update November 13, 2019:

Due to scheduling conflicts with the Alamodome, DCI has redesigned 2020's Texas Tour and will split the 20+ World Class corps (and any possible Open or Soundsport competitors) between San Antonio, Texas and Corpus Christi, Texas on the assumed Southwestern Regional's date, Saturday, July 18th. The 2020 Texas Tour will be:

DCI Denton
Thursday, July 16
Apogee Stadium at the University of North Texas | Denton, TX

DCI Austin presented by FloMarching
Thursday, July 16
Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex | Austin, TX

DCI Katy presented by Band Shoppe
Friday, July 17
Legacy Stadium | Katy, TX

DCI San Antonio presented by Fred J. Miller, Inc.
Saturday, July 18
D.W. Rutledge Stadium at Judson High School | San Antonio, TX

DCI Corpus Christi presented by Fred J. Miller, Inc.
Saturday, July 18
Wildcat Stadium at Calallen High School | Corpus Christi, TX

DCI Mesquite presented by The U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps
Monday, July 20
Mesquite Memorial Stadium | Mesquite, TX

DCI McKinney
Tuesday, July 21
McKinney ISD Stadium | McKinney, TX

Source: https://www.dci.org/news/texas-tour-gets-a-fresh-look-in-2020

Assumptions/Speculation for 2020:

It can be assumed shows sponsored in part by corps will return in their usual place in the schedule such as Drums Along the Rockies, the Seattle Summer Music Games, and NightBEAT just to name a few.

Based on previous years and with the hope of no stadium conflicts, it is more than likely the DCI Southwestern Championship will be on Saturday, July 18th at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX with all World Class corps and 2-3 Soundsport or Open Class Corps in attendance (Guardians, Arsenal, Compass, maybe Phenom). Additionally, the DCI Southeastern Championship will likely be on Saturday, August 25th at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA with all World Class corps and likely 2-3 DCA or Soundsport groups in attendance (Carolina Gold, Atlanta CV).

DCI will likely be pushing Allentown hard as the season begins as they had two news articles about it in the span of a week as well as a two night package deal for tickets which is the only other show besides Championships with a similar deal on sale before the release of the full tour schedule. 

If Phenom is approved for Open Class in early-2020 it is likely they will have a regional tour based around California, Arizona, and maybe Texas.

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New Texas Tour information from DCI
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Due to a scheduling conflict, no DCI Southwestern Championship at the Alamodome in 2020. Instead, we have a revamped "Texas tour."

https://www.dci.org/news/texas-tour-gets-a-fresh-look-in-2020?fbclid=IwAR0ZH4_rPG_dLuYY5307Njp10bo2cDUFp-6jSk0PTHyPe8HP7iIhSRysWac

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Well, bleargh. There goes my annual pilgrimage to the Alamodome. I suppose I will check out how they split that show across San Antonio and Corpus Christi. 
 

Happy to see the St. Louis news, though. 

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5 minutes ago, MikeN said:

I wonder what the conflict was?

Mike

I heard that some church group took the stadium, but the Alamodome's website only lists events through May, so I can't confirm.

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Word is beginning to trickle out about next year’s schedule and my guess is after Grand Nationals this weekend, lots of info, some accurate and some inaccurate will make the rounds. It won’t last long. The schedule is set to be released on November 20th. What I heard last summer in Indy and continue to hear is there will be fewer shows this year and some new venues. Though new safety procedures were put in place last year, the schedule was set before the new rules were adopted about travel time, rest, etc. This probably played a role in scheduling. 

DCI wants to broaden the audience. This would mean shows in new areas where there is an interest and good sized crowds. Corps want to host shows that will make money for their organization. In some cases,  ticket sales at these shows are not as important as who is in the crowd. Get a certain number of alums to attend shows and donate and your show will bring in more money than souvenir sales. Don’t forget that ad books and gifts from local businesses that can increases show profits. Show sponsors who are not affiliated with DCI or a corps are on shaky ground as we saw last year with  Bristol, RI (technically Cranston since the venue changed). 

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26 minutes ago, Tim K said:

Word is beginning to trickle out about next year’s schedule and my guess is after Grand Nationals this weekend, lots of info, some accurate and some inaccurate will make the rounds. It won’t last long. The schedule is set to be released on November 20th. What I heard last summer in Indy and continue to hear is there will be fewer shows this year and some new venues. Though new safety procedures were put in place last year, the schedule was set before the new rules were adopted about travel time, rest, etc. This probably played a role in scheduling. 

DCI wants to broaden the audience. This would mean shows in new areas where there is an interest and good sized crowds. Corps want to host shows that will make money for their organization. In some cases,  ticket sales at these shows are not as important as who is in the crowd. Get a certain number of alums to attend shows and donate and your show will bring in more money than souvenir sales. Don’t forget that ad books and gifts from local businesses that can increases show profits. Show sponsors who are not affiliated with DCI or a corps are on shaky ground as we saw last year with  Bristol, RI (technically Cranston since the venue changed). 

Much truth in your post but any corps assigned to Corpse Christi might want to compete in t-shirts and shorts- heat is equal to AZ with humidity thrown in for laughs. Sunset might happen about 8:30. Afternoon rehearsal will be a cool and refreshing 93. The joys of touring. 

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Bring back Drums Across the Arctic! (safety concerns are minimal here.)

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ugh that most likely means toggling between shows on that night on Flo.

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