Date(s) - July 16, 2017
Saffron Lane Athletics Stadium
The 2017 Drum Corps UK summer season continues on Sunday, July 16th at Safron Lane Athletics Stadium in Leicester.
2017 marks the first time this competition will host a SoundSport division. Designed to open up a new avenue to participation in the Drum Corps activity, Drum Corps International’s SoundSport program aims to encourage new and re-emerging ensembles to participate. Teams can be alumni corps, small drum corps or even from colleges/schools – whatever you can dream up. There are no age restrictions and each SoundSport ensemble consists of just 5 or more members. SoundSport teams allow any instrumentation during their 5-7 minute performance staged on a 30 yd by 20 yd performance area.
“DCUK was re-launched in 2008 and at that time we saw the membership increase however over the past 2 to 3 years there has been a slight reduction in the number of Corps taking an active role and across the activity there has been a general decline in competing units year on year…” said Alan Thompson on behalf of DCUK, “…and so bringing SoundSport® into the range of opportunities we can offer performing groups, specifically with the support and backup that DCI provide, is part of a medium to long term strategy to ensure we can secure our future”.
“We’re excited to expand the SoundSport concept through this partnership with DCUK,” said John DeNovi, DCI’s Senior Director of Global Business Development. “SoundSport was created to allow groups of all shapes, sizes and instrumental configurations worldwide the opportunity to take their place on stage in a low-cost, low-barrier to entry marching music performance experience. We’re enthusiastic about the large and immediate potential for growth of the marching arts in the UK.”
For additional information on DCUK SoundSport events, please visit www.dcuk.org.uk/about/ss_dlb.
We want to make sure that you are the first to experience this season like never before, so put these events on your calendar today! All event inquiries and persons who are interested in forming a SoundSport ensemble are invited contact us at SoundSport@dci.org.