Music City Drum and Bugle Corps is a marching music education organization from Nashville, Tennessee. Membership consists of high school and college students ages 16-21. DCI (Drum Corps International) supervises the summer tours of Music City and approximately 50 other drum corps nationwide.
What is a drum and bugle corps you ask?! You will often hear a drum corps described as being a “professional marching band” or a “Broadway show on a football field.” The modern drum corps has evolved for almost a century from the military-inspired youth groups once sponsored by VFW and American Legion posts. While plenty has changed over the years, the discipline required to achieve the highest performance levels remains at the activity’s core.
Music City is the flagship performance ensemble of Music City Youth in the Arts, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The corps had 47 members its first season in 2009 and grew to 64 members the following year. Music City has had a full-sized corps of 125-150 members each year since. In its short nine-year history, Music City has become known for its fan-friendly productions and is a crowd favorite wherever it performs.
Every December approximately 400 young people audition for a position in the corps. Monthly weekend rehearsal camps are held in the winter and spring. A three-week training camp is held in June prior to the corps embarking on a six-week tour that culminates at the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis.
Many of the corps’ musicians plan to become band directors after graduating from college. The drum corps experience provides an opportunity to hone their skills while receiving instruction of the highest caliber. The intense rehearsal and performance schedule also allows the students to learn valuable life lessons such as responsibility, teamwork and respecting others.
It is the goal of this organization to become a more visible musical ambassador for the community and to continue to improve the opportunities afforded the talented participants who will be our educators and leaders of tomorrow.