About Drum Corps International (DCI)
DCI was formed in 1972 as the nonprofit governing body for junior drum and bugle corps in North America. Drum corps are composed of not more than 150 members who are 22 years of age and younger. DCI is composed of member corps who have earned their membership through competition. DCI develops and enforces the rules of competition and is the sanctioning body for drum corps competitions. The stated purpose of all DCI corps is "...to provide a life changing experience for youth through the art of marching music performance."
"From modest beginnings more than three decades ago, Drum Corps International (DCI) has developed into a powerful, nonprofit, global youth activity with far-reaching artistic, educational and organizational influence. Through the annual DCI Tour and more than 35 World Championships in 17 North American cities (known as the Summer Music Games) Drum Corps International provides entertainment to millions through live performances and nationally-televised events. Drum Corps International is Marching Music’s Major League™. " - DCI.org