College of Fine Arts and Design

UCO To Host Top National Drum Corps In Yukon

June 30, 2011

The University of Central Oklahoma will host eight top drum corps from across the nation at 7:30 p.m., July 26 at the Yukon High School Stadium for the Drum Corps International (DCI) Central Oklahoma Show, including the nine-time world champion corps, The Cadets from Allentown, Pa., the oldest continually operating Division I group in the DCI.           

The show is a part of the DCI Summer Music Games Tour and will feature competitive drum and bugle corps, made up of high school and college students from around the world, performing a dynamic, choreographed musical experience.

UCO is one of almost three-dozen chosen hosts for the Summer Music Games Tour and will be revisited each year by the DCI.           

"These drum corps execute difficult, precise, lightning-fast formations all while playing music. It is pure artistry and great entertainment for the whole family," said David Hanan, Central's associate director of bands.           

DCI bills itself as "marching music's major league," with more than 400,000 people attending their live drum corps events each summer.             

Joining The Cadets will be the Santa Clara Vanguard from Santa Clara, Calif.; The Cavaliers from Rosemont, Ill.; the Bluecoats from Canton, Ohio; The Academy from Tempe, Ariz.; the Oregon Crusaders from Portland, Ore.; Forte from Grand Prairie, Texas; and Genesis from Edinburg, Texas.             

Single general admission tickets purchased in advance are $15, reserved seats are $20 and chair back special reserved seats are $25. Group rates are available. Purchase tickets in advance at www.dci.org/tickets. Advance ticket orders end July 22.             

Tickets are also available the day of the show but prices increase $3 per ticket. Proceeds from ticket sales will support band scholarships at UCO.            

For more information about the performance, contact Hanan at (405) 974-3428 or dhanan@uco.edu