BANDtastic! is a program of Drum Corps International designed to celebrate the commitment to excellence made by middle school music programs all across the United States.

“For more than a decade, it’s been incredible to see the impact DCI’s BANDtastic! program has had on thousands of middle school band students throughout the state of Indiana,” said Sue Kuehnhold, senior director of ensemble services for Drum Corps International. “We’re excited to continue to foster this important program and see it expand into other parts of the country.”

Participation in this program motivates middle school students to consider the arts as they make important skills development decisions for their high school years and beyond, and impact lifelong arts behaviors.

Students who participate in the BANDtastic! program will enjoy the following opportunities:

  • Experience a once-in-a-lifetime performance in front of thousands of spectators as a part of the national schedule of DCI Tour events
  • Take part in rehearsals and sectionals with professional artists and engaging educational clinicians
  • Participate in an educational leadership session with an exciting motivational speaker that is specially designed to inspire and excite the minds of middle school students.
  • Take part in additional structured activities that promise to be packed full of engaging performances and speakers
  • Tickets to the corresponding DCI Tour event and the opportunity to observe performances from the “best-of-the-best” marching music ensembles
  • Exclusive BANDtastic! gear and “Swag” bags

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