Drum Corps International members rehearse in dangerous heat ahead of scheduled performance – 102.3 KRMG

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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — On Tuesday night, Broken Arrow Memorial Stadium will host nine elite drum corps competing as part of the Drum Corps International (DCI) summer tour.

This week’s performance sets the stage for the 2022 World Championship final scheduled for Indianapolis next month. Tuesday’s performance marks the first time full competitions have been held since 2019, before the pandemic.

Billed as the Major League of Marching Music, FOX23 News caught up with 165 members who compete with Carolina Crown at Sapulpa High School on Monday morning.

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The elite marching band rehearses in the heat, taking frequent water and shade breaks.

The set, which arrived around 5:30 a.m. Monday morning after playing in Memphis, is carefully monitored by three athletic trainers who take frequent heat and humidity readings to ensure student athletes are not in the the danger zone.

It was around 93 degrees when we stopped, and the band is only rehearsing in a two-hour block before taking a lunch break and heading inside for more indoor rehearsal time.

While they will rehearse on Tuesday when temperatures are expected to reach near 108, executive director Jim Coates says they will rehearse on a shorter schedule and do most of their exercises indoors.

Carolina Crown will face 7 other elite groups Tuesday night starting at 8:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. The departure time was postponed due to the heat.

This year, Drum Corps International celebrated 50 years of elite marching music performances across the United States.

Tulsa’s Drum and Bugle Corp also performs for the first time at DCI in Broken Arrow on Tuesday.

The group, formed in 2018, has about 40 members and eventually hopes to build a program to represent Tulsa in Indianapolis.

Tickets for Tuesday night’s event at Broken Arrow Memorial Stadium are available from DCI. You can buy them here.

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