Ashland, OR – After a long absence from the Rogue Valley, Drum Corps International (DCI) will make a holiday return in grand fashion, performing in the Ashland 4th of July Parade as well as a huge exhibition called RogueDCI at SOU's Raider Stadium the next evening, July 5th.
DCI will call Ashland it's home over the 4th of July holiday because of a collaboration between the Ashland High School Music Department, Southern Oregon University (SOU), the Medford School District, the Ashland Schools Foundation (ASF), and the Ashland Chamber of Commerce. AHS Band Director Travis Moddison first hatched the idea of bringing DCI to Ashland due to his prior work with the organization as a competition judge. Moddison noted, “There's a reason DCI is called 'Marching Music's Major League'. Their performances are like marching band meets Broadway.”
Ashland will host four DCI drum corps for RogueDCI July 5th, and at least one of the corps will march in Ashland's 4th of July parade. Participating in RogueDCI will be the Santa Clara Vanguard from Santa Clara, CA, the Blue Knights of Denver, CO, The Academy from Tempe, AZ, and the Troopers from Casper, WY. Each DCI corps consists of up to 200 performers and staff. RogueDCI on July 5th will feature over 500 performers.
As a result of the effort to bring DCI back to the Rogue Valley, one of DCI's most decorated corps, the Santa Clara Vanguard, will call Ashland and SOU its home for 4 weeks in May and June, before returning again for the July 5th RogueDCI show. They will provide a sneak-preview of the work they've been practicing at SOU on Thursday, June 7, at 8PM in SOU's Raider Stadium. This preview is open to the public, free of charge.
Santa Clara Vanguard will also offer a special all-day clinic for Rogue Valley music students who wish to get an introduction to what it's like to be part of a world-class drum and bugle corps, on June 2. The clinic is open to students of all ages who play brass, woodwind, & percussion instruments, as well as students interested in color guard performance. Each student must bring their own instrument and lunch will be provided. There is a nominal $10 fee for this clinic. For more info about this clinic please see: https://donate.scvanguard.org/event/the-vanguard-experience-ashland-or/e180845.
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