Celebration in Brass event returns to Waukee

WAUKEE – Celebration in Brass will return to central Iowa at 7 p.m. July 10 at the Waukee High School Stadium.

The premier drum and bugle corps competition event is expected to draw more than 3,000 spectators, showcasing seven corps from across the country with approximately 1,000 young performers and support staff. The Waukee Band Boosters and the Colts Youth Organization serve as the organizers.

“The show is a real highlight on the summer entertainment calendar,” said David Cunningham, event chair for the Waukee High Band Boosters. “It brings people together from all over the state and from all parts of the country. We are thrilled to bring a show of this caliber to our community and it is equally important as a fundraiser to meet the needs of our growing band program.”

Celebration in Brass is one of more than 100 events as part of the annual Drum Corps International (DCI) “Marching Music’s Major League” tour throughout the United States each summer.

Each year, more than 8,000 students audition for the fewer than 3,500 positions in the top tier Drum Corps International members’ corps. These young performers, 18-21 years of age – 72 percent college students many of whom are music majors – pay for the opportunity to travel the country all summer long to perfect a 12-minute program of precision marching, with drum lines, bugles and color guards. Each individual corps travels the United States with three or four tour motor coaches with multiple support vehicles carrying equipment and mobile kitchens.

Corps competing this year at Waukee’s Celebration in Brass include: Madison Scouts, Madison, Wis.; Santa Clara Vanguard, Santa Clara, Calif.; Spirit of Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga.; The Academy, Tempe, Ariz.; Cascades, Seattle, Wash.; and Colt Cadets, Dubuque. All six corps ranked in the top 25 in the world last year, and the Madison Scouts and the Santa Clara Vangard have won multiple DCI World Championships.

Celebration in Brass event tickets start at $15 and may be purchased at the Waukee Fareway, located at 200 SE Laurel Street and at Chocolaterie Stam’s Valley West Mall, Ingersoll and Ames locations. Tickets are also available online at www.colts.org or by calling 563-582-4872. For group sales, please contact Dave Cunningham at davidcunningham@msn.com. A $5 discount per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more.

For additional information, please visit www.celebrationinbrass.com or www.colts.org.