Drum Corps International
Drum Corps International (DCI) is a non-profit organization serving drum corps around the world. Drum corps that compete and participate in Drum Corps International are split into World Class and Open Class.
Drum Corps International (DCI) is a nonprofit youth organization serving junior drum and bugle corps around the globe. From modest beginnings in 1972, DCI has developed into a powerful youth activity with artistic and organizational influence on the world's drum and bugle corps, marching bands, and related activities. Regional, focus, sponsored, and sanctioned shows have brought the drum corps experience to several million more in hundreds of towns and cities throughout North America.
The 13 charter members of the organization were: Anaheim Kingsmen, Argonne Rebels, Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights, Blue Rock, Blue Stars, Boston Crusaders, Cavaliers, De La Salle Oaklands, Garfield Cadets, Madison Scouts, Santa Clara Vanguard, Troopers and 27th Lancers.
The full Drum Corps International summer tour lasts seven weeks and culminates with one week of Championships. World Class corps will generally tour this full amount of time, covering more than 10,000 miles. Open Class corps generally tour only on weekends during this time, with a one or two week tour preceeding Championships.
One of Drum Corps International's goals was to standardize rules and adjudication procedures for the Junior Drum Corps activity. Prior to DCI's existence, corps tailored their shows towards the rules specifications of either American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Currently, drum corps are judged by eight or nine adjudicators. The technique used to assign scores by these adjudicators is based on a "buil-up" system. This means that corps are awarded for things they do well rather than penalized for errors.
The highest score possible is 100. This score is broken down into three categories: General Effect, worth 40 points; Visual, worth 30 points; and Music, worth 30 points. These three categories are further broken down into subcategories.
Adjudication breakdown and definition
Individual & Ensemble
DCI sponsored, during the week of Finals, an event called Individual & Ensemble. These were events in which individual members, or small ensembles, would showcase themselves in their respective instrumentation. These events were also judged. This varied on the type of event.
Rehearsal time for these event were done on the performers own time when their corps was not rehearsing, which was usually at lunch, dinner, after rehearsal, after a corps performance or on days off.