Tickets Now on Sale for Drum Corps Associates World Championships in Rochester, NY

Championship Weekend Begins with FREE Performance Celebrating Music of Chuck Mangione

Rochester, N.Y. (August 21, 2023) – The Drum Corps Associates (DCA) World Championships are returning to Rochester NY, September 1-3, 2023. Performances and competition will take place over the weekend at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center (September 1) and the Rochester Community Sports Complex (September 2-3).

Tickets are now on sale for the premiere event in competitive drum and bugle corps.

Competitive drum and bugle corps are musical marching units consisting of brass instruments, percussion instruments and color guard. During the DCA Championship fans will enjoy electrifying performances, featuring synchronized routines between musicians and dancers. The DCA Championship weekend is a family-friendly event ideal for spectators and drum corps fans of all ages. Tickets are on sale now at, and will also be available at the door.


Musical Tribute to Chuck Mangione on Friday, September 1

The 2023 DCA Championship Weekend will feature a special musical tribute to Rochester musical icon, Chuck Mangione. Mangione’s work is of great significance to the drum and bugle corps community; his pieces are often performed in competition. The musical tribute to Mangione will be offered as part of the DCA Individual/Ensemble & Mini-Corps Competition, a FREE performance for the Rochester community by visiting musicians. The I&E and Mini Corps Competition begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 1 at the Floreano Convention Center. The Chuck Mangione Tribute Performance begins at 8:00 p.m. The DCA Individual/Ensemble & Mini Corps Competition features performances by individuals and ensembles in a party-like atmosphere at the Convention Center.

“The DCA Individual/Ensemble & Mini Corps Competition is our gift to the Rochester community,” said John Carr, DCA President. “The DCA World Championships bring performers from around the country and the world to Rochester. The Friday night I&E Competition is a time to come together with the Rochester community to celebrate the weekend ahead, and to enjoy a range of drum and bugle performances. We are especially excited to honor Rochester’s own Chuck Mangione during this year’s I&E performance,” said Carr.


DCA World Championship Schedule

The main event for the weekend begins on Saturday, September 2 at 4:00 p.m. at the Rochester Community Sports Complex with the DCA World Championship Prelims. Performances continue on Sunday, September 3 with an Alumni Spectacular, featuring performances by alumni corps, at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 3. The grand finale of the weekend begins at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 3 with the DCA World Championship Finals, where the highest-rated corps square off for the World Championship title.


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.

Visit Rochester
Visit Rochester is the official tourism promotion agency for Greater Rochester and Monroe County. Visit Rochester is a membership organization with over 400 members representing, lodging, retail, restaurants, services, and community organizations. Working together with our members and partners, we strive to provide the best experience to all visitors to our community, including both business and leisure travelers.


For More Information, Contact:

Rachel Laber,, 585.279.8325