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Drum and bugle corps competition returns to Stiehm Stadium

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WESTON — The Northwood’s Encore will bring seven Drum Corps International competitive drum and bugle corps to Stiehm Stadium at D.C. Everest Junior High School in July.

Corps scheduled to compete in The Northwood’s Encore include Blue Stars, La Crosse; Colts, Dubuque, Iowa; Genesis, Austin, Texas; Madison Scouts, Madison; Phantom Regiment, Rockford, Illionis; Pioneer, Milwaukee; and Shadow, Oregon, Wisconsin. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 5.

Each corps consists of a horn line, drumline, front ensemble and color guard. The 150 young men and women in each of the corps are 14 to 21 years old. The corps travel over 12,000 miles each summer, competing in over 35 events in two months.

While in north central Wisconsin, each corps will be housed at an area school and spend rehearsal time perfecting their summer programs, which conclude in mid-August at the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis.

All seats are reserved and ticket prices range from $15 for standard seating to $35 for VIP sections. Tickets for the performance can be purchased in advance at dcitickets.showware.com or by calling 317.275.1212. Group discounts are available.

A preshow tailgate party will start at 5:30 p.m. and will feature a performance by the Wausau Concert Band. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Volunteer opportunities

Various sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available for The Northwoods Encore. Anyone interested should contact Diane Goetsch, D.C. Everest arts education coordinator at 715-573-4406.

Forward Performing Arts and the Madison Scouts are also excited to offer Mad Skills, a marching arts clinic for band students of all skill levels, as well as their directors. Participants will learn from some of the top instructors in the marching activity, play side-by-side with the Madison Scouts and learn important skills that you can take back to your band program.

Combined with attending a Drum Corps International tour event, this is an excellent opportunity to learn from some of the best clinicians and then see some of the best drum corps perform live.

The Forward Leadership clinic will be held at D.C. Everest Junior High at 2 p.m. and is free for those who have purchased a ticket to The Northwoods Encore. To register or for more information, visit madisonscouts.org/forward-leadership-clinics/

Photo courtesy Drum Corps International.

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