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Drum Corps Associates World Championships Set to Begin in Rochester

Friday, September 2, 2016 1:00 PM by Rachel Laber

10,000 Competitors and Fans to Visit Rochester

Rochester, N.Y. (Sept. 2, 2016) – Officials from Drum Corps Associates (DCA), Monroe County, the City of Rochester and Visit Rochester today announced the start of the 52nd annual DCA World Championship Weekend. The 2016 Drum Corps Associates World Championships begin Friday, September 2, and will continue through Sunday, September 4.

2016 marks the 18th year in the organization’s 52-year history that DCA’s World Championships have been held in Rochester, N.Y., – more than in any other city.

"On behalf of this entire community, I want to welcome the Drum Corps Associates to Monroe County," said Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo. "We are so proud to host the World Championships once again, a clear reminder of the great partnership this community has with the DCA. I look forward to this weekend's many competitive events and the outstanding entertainment they offer for local families."

The 2016 DCA Championship is expected to draw thousands of attendees and fans from all over the world to Rochester over the Labor Day holiday weekend.  The event is expected to generate 4,000 hotel room nights across Rochester and Monroe County and attract nearly 10,000 people to downtown Rochester throughout the weekend's schedule of events and competition.

“This holiday weekend thousands of visitors from across the country will visit Rochester for this world-class competitive drum corps event,” said Don Jeffries, president and CEO, Visit Rochester. “I couldn’t think of a better way to cap off a summer season filled with fun, festivals, music and sports than with a ‘major league’ marching event. On behalf of Visit Rochester, we welcome DCA competitors, spectators and fans to our community.”

The DCA Championship brings competitors and fans from around the world to Rochester for three days filled with the booming sounds of competitive drum and bugle corps.

“For the 18th time – more than any other city – the Drum Corps Associates have chosen to hold their world championships in Rochester, bringing in almost 10,000 people and a positive, upbeat presence to our Center City,” Mayor Lovely A. Warren said. “Conventions and tourism are an integral part of the Rochester-area’s economy, bringing in more than $1 billion in economic impact, and creating more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and quality educational opportunities. I would like to thank the Drum Corps Associates for once again choosing Rochester, and we all look forward to a great event.”

Festivities commence Friday evening at 6 p.m. with the Individual and Ensemble competition marching down Main Street, closing it from 4-11 p.m. This event features individuals and small ensembles in competition on brass and/or percussion instruments or various color guard implements.

The sights and sounds of Drum Corps will fill Rochester over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Corps performing and competing this weekend will utilize practice sites across Monroe County, including Monroe County parks, such as Highland Park and Mendon Ponds, City recreation centers, and Rochester City School District fields, as well as sites in the town of Irondequoit including Bishop Kearney and McAvoy Memorial Park.

On Saturday DCA's preliminary competition begins, featuring 19 of the finest all-age drum and bugle corps in the United States. Several alumni corps will be on-hand to perform, including corps traveling to Rochester from Quebec and Ontario, Canada, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

The main event for the weekend will take place on Sunday, September 4, at Rochester Rhinos Stadium beginning at 5:00 p.m., when the top competitive drum and bugle corps in the world compete for the title of World Champion.

“DCA is thrilled to return to Rochester for our World Championship. Rochester has hosted the DCA Championship more times in our organization’s history than any other city in the world,” said Allen Buell, Drum Corps Associates president. “As a community, Rochester has embraced the traditions and legacy of competitive drum corps with open arms.”

Tickets for shows on Saturday and Sunday are still available and can be purchased on-line at www.dcacorps.org and day-of at Rochester Rhinos Stadium.  For full performance schedule and start-time of competition at Rochester Rhinos Stadium please visit www.dcacorps.org

     contact: Allen Buell, President, Drum Corps Associates 585-330-4546


Drum Corps Associates
Formed in 1964, DCA is a non-profit organization which strives to provide an organization of drum & bugle corps with rules and regulations which provide for continuous progress and growth for drum corps. Using entertainment as a primary goal, DCA performances are unique and represent "state of the art" in mass appeal drum and bugle corps. DCA strives to provide performers with stimulating and rewarding social experiences, to provide a competitive outlet for performers, and to entertain and excite the audience.


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Author: Rachel Laber

Rachel Laber is the Director of Communications and Public Relations for Visit Rochester. If you are interested in learning more about Rochester and the Finger Lakes, contact Rachel at (585) 279-8325. Journalists, bloggers, and travel writers interested in visiting the Rochester/ Finger Lakes region learn more here.

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