Marching bands offer a unique blend of musical prowess, intense discipline and sheer fun, competing in high-level international championships and putting on one-off spectaculars. Whether you want to attend Drum Corps International competitions, or just book seats at a conventional concert, you can find marching band tickets all over the world at StubHub.
A little background information for marching band tickets buyers
It may not be the most famous international sport in the world, but marching bands compete for huge prizes (and plenty of glory as well). Under the umbrella of Drum Corps International (DCI), the finest marching bands from military corps and schools get together at venues all over the USA, Canada and even the UK to show off their finely honed musical skills.
The world of drum corps is divided into a series of classes. In major competitions, the teams are categorised as "Open Class" (which is open to pretty much any corps regardless of quality) and "World Class" (which is where you'll find the highest quality bands). There's also an "International Class" featuring bands from countries as diverse as Guatemala, Indonesia and Sweden.
The DCI season tends to run from mid-June to August, although you can attend "camps" in the pre-season, where band members audition to make the final line-up. When the season kicks off, there are competitions every week until the prestigious DCI World Championships.
Along with the DC team events, you can also buy tickets for what are called DrumLine Battles, where a couple of teams fight it out, head to head. And with glory and money riding on these events, marching band competitions are some of the most exciting musical spectacles around.
Highlights from marching band history
Marching bands might be a new phenomenon to some people, who have only seen them before football matches or on TV, but competitive marching has been organised for decades. In fact, the first DCI World Championship was held in 1972 in Whitewater, Wisconsin. There, the Anaheim Kingsmen brought home the trophy, with a set featuring classics like When Johnny Comes Marching Home and King of Kings.
Since then, the competition has moved around, being hosted by Quebec, Madison, Denver and Orlando, before finding a permanent home in Indianapolis at the 70,000 capacity Lucas Oil Stadium. The new venue has witnessed some unforgettable performances, with bands branching out to new styles and song choices. For instance, California's Blue Devils won in 2014 with a selection inspired by Italian film director Federico Fellini, while Ohio's Bluecoats included Pink Floyd's Great Gig in the Sky in their successful 2016 set.