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Michigan City Journal | October 19, 2018

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Drum Corps International Returns to Michigan City for Open Class Championships

Drum Corps International Returns to Michigan City for Open Class Championships
Luis Izquierdo

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — Drum Corps International, an organization that brings hundreds of musicians together every year to compete against each other in a marching band sound-off, is headed back to Michigan City to host their annual Open Class World Championship competition at Ames Field on August 6 and 7.

Michigan City has been a regular stop for the organization for decades as they tour across the United States hosting marching band competitions throughout the country.


This year, 16 bands will compete in the preliminaries on August 6 starting at 4 p.m. at Ames Field located at 2501 Franklin Street to see who goes on to the World Championship Finals on August 7.

The finals will begin at 6 p.m. with 12 out of the 16 bands competing for the glory of being the 2018 Drum Corps International Open Class World Champions.


The bands that will be competing are: 7th Regiment from New London, Connecticut; Blue Devils B from Concord, California; Colt Cadets from Dubuque, Iowa; Gold from Oceanside, California; Golden Empire from Bakersfield, California; Guardians from Houston, Texas; Heat Wave from Inverness, Florida; Jubal from Dordrecht, Netherlands; Legends from Kalamazoo, Michigan; Louisiana Stars from Lafayette, Louisiana; Raiders from Burlington, New Jersey; River City Rhythm from Anoka, Minnesota; Shadow from Oregon, Wisconsin; Southwind from Mobile, Alabama; Spartans from Nashua, New Hampshire; and Vanguard Cadets from Santa Clara, California.

Tickets for the preliminaries and the finals are currently available for pre-purchase online and at MC Interiors located at 1102 Franklin Street Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at discounted pricing.


General Admission tickets for the preliminaries on August 6 at 4 p.m. can be pre-purchased for $20 each at or at

Tickets for the Finals on August 7 can also be pre-purchased at the above-mentioned websites at $25 per person for premium center seating or $20 per person for general admission.


Ticket prices will go up by $5 per person if purchasing at the gate on the day of the competition.


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  1. Jay

    Maybe try to get a picture of an actual Open Class corps next year instead of the World Class Colts? Also they are known as "Corps" not "Bands".

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