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2021 DCI event series slated for Indy in August

by Drum Corps International

Drum Corps International is pleased to announce plans for a series of drum corps events to be held in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium August 12, 13 & 14, 2021.

DCI and each of its individual organizations continue to gather information and closely monitor the evolving public health and safety conditions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Guided by a Tour Reopening Task Force of medical professionals and other experienced leaders both inside and outside of the marching arts, participating ensembles have been presented with information and options for their consideration regarding 2021 activities.

With considerable and unique challenges being faced by individual groups, often with widely differing state, regional and local public health requirements, each participating organization is encouraged to proceed in the best interest of their performers and their respective organizations—not only for 2021 but for the long-term as well.

“The coming season will, by necessity, be ‘different’ to say the least; but we are determined to safely create a stage like no other in order to offer performance opportunities in the summer of 2021 as a ‘bridge’ to a tour in 2022 and the celebration of DCI’s 50th anniversary season,” Drum Corps International CEO Dan Acheson said. “Not only are we anticipating that the corps will offer an incredible experience for their performers in 2021, but we are confident beyond any doubt that fans who support our activity will be delighted by their performances.”

Subcommittee meetings, additional research, and ongoing discussion will continue during the coming days and weeks in preparation for the next full meeting of corps directors, to be held at the 2021 DCI (Virtual) Annual Meeting in January.

“We anticipate that if circumstances improve with regard to controlling the pandemic, we will seize every safe opportunity available to add events in addition to those being planned for Indianapolis,” Acheson said.

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“Bridge to a tour in 2022”. IMO this is good that DCI recognizes that what ever may happen in 2021 ain’t gonna be like 2019. Going to take some time to rebuild. (Boy do I know what a rebuilding corps is like)

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If I'm reading DCI's announcement correctly, right now the only event(s) scheduled are the 3 days in August.

Doesn't seem exactly practical.

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I do appreciate the following statement:

With considerable and unique challenges being faced by individual groups, often with widely differing state, regional and local public health requirements, each participating organization is encouraged to proceed in the best interest of their performers and their respective organizations—not only for 2021 but for the long-term as well.

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This announcement is getting pounded pretty good on the DCP FB page.  Not that I agree, but that's the discussion there.

I do not have personal confirmation of this, but a member has posted there that members of BD and SCV have been receiving news today that their 2021 season is cancelled?

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10 hours ago, Fred Windish said:

But .....But .... But .........

 

Not really. I am thrilled to hear positive news from DCI. That’s the spirit!  🤙

there is a 30 plus page document floating about ( marked confidential i may add) detailing all of the logistical concerns, guidelines and procedures a corps has to follow. given that list and mentally calculating the costs, i can't imagine this option makes zero financial sense. revenues are going to be very limited. I get it...I want drum corps too, but this half baked, and any corps trying this is risking the well being of their members.

 

last i heard it made it to reddit but may have been yanked. i rarely go there anymore

 

and now BD and SCV just announced they are not travelling to Indy. 

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15 minutes ago, wonker said:

This announcement is getting pounded pretty good on the DCP FB page.  Not that I agree, but that's the discussion there.

I do not have personal confirmation of this, but a member has posted there that members of BD and SCV have been receiving news today that their 2021 season is cancelled?

just released by BD

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