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World class Drum and Bugle Corp Show “Celebration in Brass” comes to Iowa July 2, 2014

Posted May 29, 2014 in Community Web Exclusives, Waukee

WAUKEE, IowaCelebration in Brass will return to central Iowa on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Waukee High School Stadium. The premier drum and bugle corps competition event is expected to draw over 3,000 spectators, showcasing eight corps from across the country with approximately 1,000 young performers and support staff. The Waukee Band Boosters and the Colts Youth Organization serve as the organizers.

“The show is a real highlight on the summer entertainment calendar,” said David Cunningham, Event Chair for the Waukee High Band Boosters. “It brings people together from all over the state and from all parts of the country. We are thrilled to bring a show of this caliber to our community and it is equally important as a fundraiser to meet the needs of our growing band program.”

Celebration in Brass is one of more than 100 events as part of the annual Drum Corps International (DCI) “Marching Music’s Major League” tour throughout the United States each summer. Each year, more than 8,000 students audition for the fewer than 3,500 positions in the top tier Drum Corps International (DCI) members’ corps. These young performers, 18-21 years of age – 72% college students and many are music majors — pay for the opportunity to travel the country all summer long to perfect a 12-minute program of precision marching, with drum lines, bugles and color guards. Each individual corps travel the United States with three or four tour motor coaches with multiple support vehicles carrying their equipment and mobile kitchens.

Corps competing this year at Waukee’s Celebration in Brass include:  Blue Stars, Lacrosse, WI; Jersey Surf, Camden County, NJ;  Blue Devils, Concord, CA; The Cavaliers, Rosemont, IL; Phantom Regiment, Rockford, IL; Troopers, Casper WY; and The Colts and the Colt Cadets both from Dubuque, IA. All seven corps ranked in the top 25 for World Class corps last year, and the Blue Devils (13 times), Phantom Regiment (3 times) and Cavaliers (2 times) have won multiple DCI World Championships.

Celebration in Brass event ticket start at $15 and may be purchased at the Waukee HyVee, located at 1005 East Hickman Road, Waukee and at Chocolaterie Stam’s Valley West Mall, Ingersoll and Ames locations. Tickets are also available online at or by calling 563-582-4872. For group sales, please contact Dave Cunningham at A $5 discount per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more.

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