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CANTON, OH (July 20, 2012) – The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Drum Corps International Competition will be held on Monday, Aug. 6, at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon. The Drum Corps International Competition will signal the conclusion of the 19-event Enshrinement Festival in 2012.The competition will be hosted by the Enshrinement Festival department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Canton’s Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. The stadium will open at 5:30 p.m., with pre-show at 6:30 p.m. and the first corps stepping off at 7 p.m. The Drum Corps Competition will feature eight corps, all at peak performance just days away from the international championships to be held in Indianapolis, Ind. Competing against Canton’s own Bluecoats at the Enshrinement Festival show will be some of the nation’s top-ranked corps, including (in alphabetical order):The Academy from Tempe, Ariz.; Blue Knights from Denver, Colo.; Boston Crusaders from Boston, Mass.; The Cadets from Allentown, Pa.; Pacific Crest from Diamond Bar, Calif.; Phantom Regiment from Rockford, Ill.; and Pioneer from Milwaukee, Wis. Tickets can be purchased online at www.profootballhofef.com/tickets, in person at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce in downtown Canton, or at these outlets: Canton and Massillon Auto Clubs, Dumont’s Seed Company, R & H Music and Zampino’s Drum Shop. Premium reserved seats are $25 in advance and $27 at the gate. Reserved seats are $20 in advance and $22 at the gate. General admission is $16 and $18 at the gate for adults and $9 and $11 at the gate for children 12 and under. The stadium’s box office will open at noon the day of the competition. VISA, MasterCard, Discover Card and American Express are accepted. For questions or ticket inquiries, please contact Kim Miller, ticket manager, at (330) 458-2048, or visit www.profootballhofef.com.

2012 DRUM CORPS COMPETITORS

In 2001, a group of corps fans decided that Arizona needed a drum and bugle corps, giving birth to what was to eventually be named The Academy (Tempe, Ariz). For its first three seasons, the corps had less than sixty members. In 2005, a guard was added and the corps grew to 130 members. This growth resulted in the corps’ first national tour in 2006, where the group won the Drum Corps International Division II Championship. In 2007, the corps moved to Division I status, taking the next big step in its rapid competitive development. Read More: http://bit.ly/dciacademy The Bluecoats (Canton, Ohio) organization was founded in 1972 as an outreach program of the Canton Ohio Police Boys’ Club. The corps’ name was then chosen to serve as a tribute to the city’s retired police officers. Making their competitive drum corps debut in 1974, the corps has historically been known for incorporating jazz and swing music into its programs. Fans traditionally welcome the corps to the field with a signature cheer of “BLOO!” The corps has finished as a DCI World Championship finalist every year since 2000, winning its first medal ever in 2010 with a third place finish. In 2009, they won the Enshrinement Festival show for the first time in 21 years, and took top prize again in 2010. Read More: http://bit.ly/dcibluecoats Founded as a parade corps in 1958, Blue Knights (Denver, Colo.) has been a Drum Corps International World Championship finalist many times. The corps is known for its often dark-sounding musical programs and strong use of body movement in their visual offerings. The Blue Knights organization also offers a winter brass ensemble that performs throughout the Denver area, two competitive indoor marching percussion ensembles, and "Stampede," the official drum line of the NFL's Denver Broncos. Read More: http://bit.ly/dciblueknights Boston Crusaders (Boston, Mass.) was founded in 1940 and is the third-oldest drum and bugle corps in the United States. Originally named Most Precious Blood Crusaders, the corps has been a Drum Corps International World Championship finalist every year since 1999. For many years, the corps ended each year's show with "Conquest" (from the film, "Captain from Castile") and since has hidden snippets of this signature melody in their musical program. Read More: http://bit.ly/dcibostoncrusaders The Cadets (Allentown, Pa.), originally named the Holy Name Cadets when founded in 1934, is the oldest continually operating Division I group in Drum Corps International. The corps is known for pushing the artistic envelope of innovation and has won nine World Championships since 1983, becoming the first corps to win three consecutive titles in 1985. The Cadets have performed at a wide variety of highly public, non-drum corps events, including the Statue of Liberty rededication in 1986 and the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta. Read more: http://bit.ly/dcicadets Pacific Crest (Diamond Bar, Calif.) was created in 1993 and marched only 33 members their first season. The corps continued to grow throughout the next ten years, and in 2003 they took their first extended tour to DCI World Championships. This tour allowed first-time viewers of the corps to witness the group’s presence in Division I Semifinals, a feat that caught many other corps by surprise. At four weeks long, the corps’ 2007 tour is the longest in corps history. Read more: http://bit.ly/dcipacificcrest Phantom Regiment (Rockford, Ill.) was originally founded in 1956 as the Rockford Rangers, but the corps’ name was quickly changed after staff members heard the popular Leroy Anderson song, “The Phantom Regiment”. The corps has been a Drum Corps International World Championship Division I finalist every year since 1974 and the group earned its first World Championship in 1996. Read more: http://bit.ly/dciphantom In 1953, The Thunderbolt was created in Cedarburg, a suburb of Milwaukee. In 1961, a Milwaukee parish founded the Imperials of St. Patrick, known for its Irish heritage. Those two corps merged in 1973 to form The Thing; so identified as the corps lacked a sponsor and new name. Their current name, Pioneer (Milwaukee, Wis.), was adopted in 1974 to honor a major sponsor. Pioneer won the DCI Division III World Championship in 1991, and then moved to Division II status, winning that World Championship in 1994 and 1995. The group then advanced to Division I competition in 1997 and is best known for its Irish music and themes. Read more: http://bit.ly/dcipioneer