May 30, 2019 – Ashland, OR – After performing to a sellout crowd at SOU's Raider Stadium last summer, Drum Corps International (DCI) will once again help the Rogue Valley celebrate Independence Day, performing in the 2nd RogueDCI show July 3rd, 2019. This family-friendly musical show features over 500 elite dancers, percussionists, and horn players from some of the most decorated drum & bugle corps in the world. Doors open at 6PM and the show begins at 7:30PM. Tickets can be purchased at the door, with more information available at RogueDCI.com
Continuing a collaboration between the Ashland School District, Southern Oregon University (SOU), the Medford School District, the Ashland Schools Foundation (ASF), and the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, four DCI corps will perform throughout the Rogue Valley as part of this year's RogueDCI. Spearheaded by Ashland High School Band Director Travis Moddison, RogueDCI brings “Marching Music's Major League” to Southern Oregon as a non-profit fundraiser for regional schools. Show producers John Williams and David French plan to improve this year's event with a variety of public performances, easier ticketing, and community outreach. Moddison, who has helped DCI for years as a competition judge, noted, “This is an incredible opportunity for families to be inspired by some of the best marching and musical performances you can see, right here in our backyard.” Moddison added, “These drum corps give back to our community in a wide variety of ways, in addition to the generous funds they raise for local music education.”
The 2019 RogueDCI show July 3rd will feature three DCI “World Class” corps: the Blue Devils from Concord, CA, the Genesis from Austin, TX, and the Blue Knights from Denver, CO. Additionally, one of last year's RogueDCI drum corps, the Troopers from Casper, WY, will be in Ashland June 19 and 20th with a free performance at the Ashland City Band concert June 20, in Lithia Park. The Ashland and Eagle Point 4th of July celebrations will each feature one of these corps in their parades, as well. The Blue Devils are the most decorated corps in the history of DCI and have won the DCI World Championship title more than any other performing group in North America. This year, their show is called "Ghostlight".
Last year, one of the drum corps at RogueDCI, Santa Clara Vanguard, practiced at SOU for several weeks in May. That practice paid off, because the Vanguard won the drum corps world championship later that summer, and also brought several hundred thousand dollars in revenue to Ashland. But it also caused concern from several SOU neighbors who took issue with the long, loud practice schedule the Vanguard utilized. This year, no drum corps are conducting prolonged practices anywhere in the Rogue Valley, and the RogueDCI producers will announce the show to SOU neighbors.
DCI is a nearly half century-old collective which organizes and manages competitive drum corps events across North America. Considered North America's most elite drum and bugle corps organization, DCI sponsors the annual World Championship for competitive marching bands and is a frequent crowd favorite at the nation's biggest venues, including the televised halftime portion of Super Bowl LII last February. There are currently 24 DCI corps in their “World Class” division spread out all over North America, as well as even more corps in their second division, called “Open Class.” Each corps conducts clinic and sectional practices throughout the winter, then convene late in the spring to begin practicing a new routine for the coming summer. These routines are brought on the road throughout the summer, often taking corps from coast to coast. Most of the corps performing in Ashland will play at an event in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena just a few days before playing in Ashland.
The Ashland Schools Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit public benefit corporation, organized exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. Their mission is to support quality education in the Ashland public schools through fundraising in the community. They are currently funding over $250,000 in the Ashland public schools. For more information, visit www.AshlandSchoolsFoundation.org.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
John F. Williams, Producer
Email: John (at) RogueDCI.com