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"Marching band's Major League" comes to Monroe in DCI show

Monroe, LA - The University of Louisiana Monroe will host the Drum Corps International 2024 Summer Tour on Wednesday, July 24 at Malone Stadium. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at

DCI performers are students from across the nation ages 16 to 22. Offering a fast paced and highly athletic performance, these musicians often practice 8-12 hours a day as they dedicate their summer to the pursuit of excellence.

Dr. Allen Parrish, ULM director of Athletic Bands, says " If you are passionate about music, even just a little bit, and you come watch these groups just the level of execution is inspirational. It is hard to show up to this event and not be inspired. Even if you don't know anything about marching band or music it is accessible, so you can see and feel the music as it's performed."

According to Parrish, although small, these made up of only 140-170 members, so they can be more powerful than some of the biggest college marching bands.

Corps featured in DCI Monroe include Santa Clara Vanguard from Santa Clara, CA; The Cavaliers from Rosemont, IL; Blue Stars from La Crosse, WI; Blue Knights from Denver, CO; Genesis from Austin, TX; Troopers from Casper, WY; and Jersey Surf from Camden County, NJ.

Parrish says the most convenient way to secure a ticket is at H encourages patrons to purchase tickets online before the event.

“We hope that lots of community members and middle/high school students attend this event. I absolutely love watching these incredible performances and to be able to watch it in my ‘backyard’ is an incredible experience,” said Parrish.

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