Drum and Bugle Corps is an activity that has been around since the 19th century. It started out in relation to military activities, but in the later part of the 20th century became more of a musical performance and pagentry arts activity in its own right.
Bloomington was home to the legendary Star of Indiana drum and bugle corps from 1984 through 2005. Bloomington was host to a small Drum Corps show called the Pride of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps Show from 1982 through 1988, which was held at Bill Armstrong Stadium. In 1989, the event moved to IU's Memorial Stadium and became a DCI regional event called DCI Mid-America and ran until 1993. Many of the top drum corps from around the country and world performed in these events.
Recently, Bloomington has come into the drum corps limelight again as DCI's announcement that the DCI World Championships will take place in Indianapolis every year starting from 2008 through 2018. These will take place at the Lucas Oil Stadium which is still to be constructed. In the event that the stadium is not finished in time for the 2008 finals, the World Championships would be held in Bloomington at IU's Memorial Stadium.
On April 4th, 2008, it was announced that indeed they would be holding the 2008 Drum Corps International World Championships in Bloomington at the stadium of Indiana University because Lucas Oil stadium will not be finished in time. This will be the first time a Drum Corps event will be held in Bloomington since 1993 and the first time ever that a World Championships will be held here. During the week of DCI finals (August 6th - August 9th, 2008), there will be several drum corps practicing in the area, warming up and performing. It should be quite noticable. You can also expect all the hotels in a 50 mile radius to fill out as 50,000 drum corps fans pour into the area. This will actually be the first time since 1974 that the finals have been held in a small city or greater than 25 miles away from a large city.