Drum Corps International

Perform at a DCI Tour Event

Drum Corps International is pleased to offer three performance opportunities to ensembles from around the world. Enter the spotlight of Marching Music’s Major League™ as you take the stage as part of DrumLine Battle, SoundSport or DCI’s International Class division!

DrumLine Battle™ puts your percussionists in the spotlight: in thrilling head-to-head matches featuring their best two minutes of drumming, stick tricks, exciting visuals, acrobatic stunts, high adrenaline movement and a whole lot of attitude! Rules are simple and the focus is on showmanship and getting the crowd to “give it up” for your performance. It’s “fast paced and in-your-face” in a fun format which showcases the talent and creativity of your students. Impress our three judges while winning over the audience and your percussion ensemble might just be crowned DrumLine Battle Champion!

SoundSport® gives your band members the opportunity to shine at the same event as touring DCI corps! Encourage your students to let their imaginations soar as you guide them in preparing a 5 to 7 minute non-adjudicated performance with a special focus on entertaining the audience. Choose an adjudicated performance and three judges will evaluate music, visual and overall impression on a stage that measures 30 yards wide by 20 yards deep. All instruments and ages are permitted so you can even create an all-star ensemble featuring your students along with instructors, parents and alumni in this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

International Class provides performance opportunities to ensembles outside of the United States to share the spotlight during the DCI World Championships. With several tour options and a grand stage to share, Drum Corps International’s International Class creates life-long memories with our friends from around the world.

Ready to bring your ensemble to perform at an upcoming DCI Tour event or need more information? Contact us today!


About DrumLine Battle

Getting Started

It's simple! Prepare a 1.5 to 2 minute drum line solo (battery percussion only). Then, toss in some visuals, stunts and stick tricks and you're good to go. It's that easy! You can even use material from your winter line or fall show, or if you're feeling adventurous, produce something just for this event!

  • Battles are staged head-to-head against another drum line.
  • Each drum line performs facing the other team in a 12x12 meter "battle zone," separated by a 2-meter-wide neutral zone.
  • Judges instantly determine the winner, based on drumming skills, movement, visuals, stick tricks, stunts and overall showmanship.
Where they're happening 

Battles can occur both live at DCI Tour events and virtually online. Email us at soundsport@dci.org to set up your performance opportunity today.

About SoundSport®

SoundSport provides a dynamic world-class stage for performance ensembles to experience the joy of the marching performing arts.

A program of Drum Corps International, SoundSport provides exciting performance opportunities for musical ensembles of all types, all ages, and all instruments, to encourage the creation of and support for community music-making everywhere.

SoundSport events showcase performance ensembles of any instrumentation, any skill level, and any age, with emphasis on entertainment, education, and creativity.

Features of the program include:

  • University, high school, and middle school marching bands, athletic bands, pep bands, and percussion ensembles
  • Independent drum & bugle corps, alumni corps, marching bands, and other community based musical organizations
  • Five or more performers
  • Any age performers playing any and all kinds of instruments
  • Programs (shows) that are 5 to 7 minutes in length with the option for movement or choreography
  • A performance space 20 yards deep by 30 yards wide – the size of a school gymnasium


SoundSport encourages performance ensembles to be community based and to keep costs low for participants.

Contact us to get started today!

About International Class

Drum Corps International offers a variety of performance opportunities to international ensembles who are interested in touring the United States to share the largest stage in marching music.

From weeklong performance tours where participants vie for the International Class Championship title to single day performances at the SoundSport International Music and Food Festival, we offer performance opportunities that fit the desires of ensembles of any size and budget.

Contact us today to start planning your U.S. performance tour now!

When is the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis?

August 8-10, 2024
August 7-9, 2025