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Drum Corps Association World Championships To Be Held Here Labor Day Weekend

Some of the world’s finest drum and bugle corps will be competing at Williamsport Area High School’s STA Stadium Friday, August 30 through Sunday, September 1. Twenty-five of these drum corps will strutting their stuff at the Drum Corps Association World Championships. This event has been described as the “Super Bowl of Drum Corps Competition.”

Some of the world’s finest drum and bugle corps will be competing at Williamsport Area High School’s STA Stadium Friday, August 30 through Sunday, September 1. Twenty-five of these drum corps will strutting their stuff at the Drum Corps Association World Championships. This event has been described as the “Super Bowl of Drum Corps Competition.”

“We are extremely excited to be once again hosting the DCA World Championships here in Williamsport. This has been a true community effort in bringing them here including the Williamsport Area School District, City of Williamsport and numerous volunteers that have stepped forward to help coordinate this event over the last year. Williamsport and Lycoming County have a strong history in the performing arts, and this event adds to that legacy. Now when we finish up with the Little League World Series, people can now turn their attention to another world-class event here in our community with the DCA World Championships. We are excited to be working with DCA this year and for many years to come.” Jason Fink, President/CEO Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, told Webb Weekly.

Over 25 corps will be coming to Williamsport for the various activities associated with the championship. The corps will be practicing at various sites in Lycoming County during their stay here over Labor Day weekend. Programming begins Friday, August 30 in downtown Williamsport with the Individual and Ensemble competition. This event begins at 6 p.m. and will take place in various locations in the central business district. It will culminate with the finals for the I&E competition taking place inside the Community Arts Center. The Friday night program is being sponsored by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. Saturday, August 31 the focus turns to the Williamsport Area High School at STA stadium. The DCA Preliminary Competition will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will go until approximately 11 p.m. On Sunday, September 1, the Alumni Show kicks off the day at 10 a.m. The World Championships begin at 6 p.m. and expect to wrap-up at 11 p.m. Paid parking at the high school is available. Free parking with shuttle service is available at Williamsport Area Middle School. Sponsors for the Drum Corps World Championships in addition to the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau include UPMC Susquehanna, Panda Patriot, and Wegmans. Tickets for the event are available online by going to http://www.dcabilltown.com or by purchasing them at the STA Stadium box office on August 30 and September 1.

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