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Drum Corps Returns to Williamsport

Jun 01, 2016 03:44PM ● By Erica Shames

Every summer, across the country and around the world, musician athletes gather to compete with the best of the best in tournaments that combine musicianship, athletics, and endurance on the football field, soccer field or baseball stadium—wherever a competition can be held. 

What’s it all about?

To see a drum corps show live in a stadium setting gives any music fan a true sense of the level of difficulty of the music as well as the complicated and physically demanding drill (marching) routines. Once you see a drum corps show, such as the Williamsport DCA Invitational, you get a true sense of just how hard these musician/athletes work to put on the best show possible. 

Who’s involved?

The people who make up a drum corps come from all walks of life: music teachers, business owners, along with college and high school students.  Each dedicates every weekend to training and competing from April to the final weekend on Labor Day when they reach the DCA World Championships.

Where can I see it?

In Williamsport the last of these events was held at Historic Bowman Field and now Drum Corps Associates is returning to the city with a tournament to be held at Williamsport Area High School’s newly renovated STA Stadium.  


Who will I see performing?

In a jointly sponsored event with the Hawthorne Caballeros the WAHS Marching Millionaires will be hosting eight drum corps organizations: Reading Buccaneers, Connecticut Hurricanes, Long Island Sunrisers, The White Sabers, NY Skyliners, The Bushwackers and the Hawthorne Caballeros. 

The Williamsport connection with Hawthorne, New Jersey came about due to the efforts of Marc Garside, the percussion instructor for the WAHS Marching Millionaires.  What began as a car load of people traveling to tryouts in Hawthorne has now grown to approximately 30 from the Williamsport area.  This year’s edition of the Caballeros will include six students from the Marching Millionaires.

Beyond the show at WAHS stadium fans and students will have a chance to watch each of the groups during their rehearsal times at schools located throughout the area.  Each group will have a ‘home rehearsal’ location where they practice the music and drill routines for the show in the evening.  As part of the arrangement, each corps will hold music clinics or sessions for the students in the music programs at that host school.

When is it? How do I get tickets?

The inaugural event for the Williamsport Marching Millionaires DCA Invitational will take place on Saturday, August 13th.  The gates will open at 4 pm and the show starts at 6 pm with special ceremonies.  Ticket information is available at

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