DCI, DCA From Marching Agreement

In a historic agreement, Drum Corps International (DCI) and Drum Corps Associates (DCA) have decided to collaborate on certain sales and marketing efforts.

“We’re identifying areas in which we can take advantage of the synergy that already exists naturally,” says Bob Jacobs, director of marketing for DCI.

The agreement emerged out of the fact that DCA—an all-age organization—will be moving its championships event starting in 2012 from Rochester, N.Y. to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., a location familiar to DCI.

“DCA wanted to make it easier for customers to buy tickets and pick their seats,” Jacobs says. “So DCI produced a proposal on how they would go about helping DCA with championships tickets.”

But the two groups are also brainstorming other opportunities such as cross-promotion of events, ticket packages, joint merchandising and video production.

“We have had a very good rapport in helping each other in a very friend-to-friend sort of way,” Jacobs says. “With the challenges of not just drum corps but everyone in the arts [facing] declining attendance, … it’s time for us—before we have no audience left— to get together and look at this thing more holistically.”

Previously, the two groups had informal arrangements that allowed all-age groups to perform at DCI events. While DCI hosts more than 100 events each summer, DCA typically organizes 20 to 25.

“We’re looking forward to a two-way exchange of information and practices as we come together to offer the drum corps community … increased levels of service,” said Gil Silva, president of DCA, in a press release.

So, with these new collaborations, is a merger or acquisition in the works? “It would be premature to say that it would never be more formalized,” Jacobs says. “For now, [we’re taking] a look at how we could make each other stronger. There’s no directive, no plan, no agenda to flesh out any kind of merger plan, not by a long shot. DCI and DCA will remain autonomous for the foreseeable future.”

About the author

Christine Ngeo Katzman

Christine Ngeo Katzman has played the flute since the age of 8. She marched in the Northwestern University Marching Band, including the 1996 Rose Bowl and 1997 Citrus Bowl. She graduated cum laude from Northwestern with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1997. Since then, she has worked in the publishing industry as a writer and editor and helped launch Play Music, a magazine for recreational musicians, sponsored by American Music Group (now Music and Arts Center). In the summer of 2006, Christine worked at Yamaha where she interacted with staff and students in various marching bands and drum corps. Christine earned her MBA with honors from the University of Southern California in May 2007.

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