Drum Corps Tour of Champions

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Drum Corps Tour of Champions
Returns to DeKalb and NIU 

The sounds of brass and beating of the drums returns to DeKalb and NIU Huskie Stadium as the 2018 Drum Corps Tour of Champions promises to bring excitement and pageantry with its returns to the campus of Northern Illinois University. Local concert promoter and Special Event coordinator Michael Embrey will again be the regional host for this special tourism event. “We are very happy to have this special concert show return to our area and even more excited that the show will be on Saturday evening, July 14”, says Embrey, a long time Drum Corps promoter. Embrey feels that with the show on Saturday evening  there could be up to 7,000 visitors to the DeKalb area.

“This event brings thousands of tourism dollars to the DeKalb area”,  says Debbie Armstrong, Executive Director for the DeKalb CVB. “This show is held on a Saturday evening and will attract many new people to the area, a great summer time event”. 

The list of Championship type Drums Corps include; The Cavaliers from Rosemont, IL, 
Phantom Regiment from Rockford, ILBlue Devils from Concord, CA,  Colts from Dubuque, IA, Crossmen from San Antonio, TXThe Pioneers from Milwaukee, WI, Blue Stars from La Crosse, WI, and The Madison Scouts from Madison, WI.

Brad Hoey from NIU feels this type of event also helps to promote the university in a positive way as well as providing a great venue for this event. The Drum Corps show helps university staff get ready for the annual High School ISHA football playoffs held at Huskie Stadium.

Jeff Dobie, CEO of Fatty’s Pub, says this is the busiest weekend during the summer for all local DeKalb restaurants. Last year many alumni Drum Corps members hosted parties prior to the show at several of the restaurants.

Phantom Regiment Drum Corps will be the host home town corps. This show is in partnership with Kishwaukee Fest and they are proud to present the Tour of Champions, an event series. Once the home of the annual Drum Corps Midwest Championships, Huskie Stadium on the campus of Northern Illinois University will again host this fantastic night of family entertainment! It offers the top drum & bugle corps in the world in one of the Midwest’s finest & largest stadiums! The Tour of Champions event series is an exciting live entertainment format featuring the top groups in the world, giving fans the opportunity to immerse themselves in the drum corps experience.
Tickets range from $35.00 to Premiere seating at $75.00. The show starts at 7:00 PM, and the gates open at 5:50 PM. Note that you will need a few minutes to get to your seats in Huskie Stadium, so be sure to show up early enough so that you don’t miss out on any of the action!  Local Tickets can be purchased from FunME Events and Kishwaukee Fest offices. Please call 815-756-1263 for details. For additional Drum Corps information please contact Michael Embrey at M.Embrey@FunMEevents.com

Groups in Competition.
Pioneer – Milwaukee, WI
Colts – Dubuque, IA
Crossmen – San Antonio, TX
Blue Stars – La Crosse, WI
Madison Scouts – Madison, WI
The Cavaliers – Rosemont, IL
Blue Devils – Concord, CA
Phantom Regiment – Rockford, IL


For More Information about DeKalb County CVB
Please contact Debbie Armstrong: 815-756-1336
darmstrong@dekalbcountycvb.com
For More Information about FunME Event & Kish Fest
Please contact Michael Embrey: 815-756-1263
M.Embrey@FunMEevents.com
            Phone 815-756-1273
Drum & Bugle Corps Tour of Champions:
Saturday, July 14 (7:00 PM – Doors open at 5:30 PM)
Northern Illinois University Huskie Stadium
Host Drum Corps is the Phantom Regiment (Rockford, IL), a two-time DCI World Champion (1996, 2008)
and has been a DCI World Championship Finalist every year since 1974.Other Corps in the show include:
Pioneer – Milwaukee, WI
Colts – Dubuque, IA
Crossmen – San Antonio, TX
Blue Stars – La Crosse, WI
Madison Scouts – Madison, WI
The Cavaliers – Rosemont, IL
Blue Devils – Concord, CA
Phantom Regiment – Rockford, IL

This pageant entertainment show is one of the premiere summer events in DeKalb, Illinois, drawing the largest attendance of any special event during the summer months.

Sponsored by DCI/Phantom Regiment and Co-hosted by Kishwaukee Fest

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