McKinney ISD stadium selected to host Drum Corps International competition next summer

The city of McKinney has been selected to host one of the Drum Corps International tour stops at its McKinney ISD stadium next summer. (courtesy city of McKinney)
The city of McKinney has been selected to host one of the Drum Corps International tour stops at its McKinney ISD stadium next summer. (courtesy city of McKinney)

The city of McKinney has been selected to host one of the Drum Corps International tour stops at its McKinney ISD stadium next summer. (courtesy city of McKinney)

The city of McKinney announced Nov. 13 that it has again landed a major event at its new $70 million stadium, according to a press release.

Marching Music Made in McKinney will take place July 21 at the McKinney ISD Stadium and Community Event Center, located at 4201 Hardin Blvd., McKinney.

This music competition will be one of several stops for the Drum Corps International Tour, which takes place every June and features the most elite and exclusive marching ensembles among musicians and performers ages 17-21, according to DCI’s website.

We are thrilled that a world-class organization like DCI has chosen McKinney ISD Stadium as one of the performances and competition sites for its upcoming 2020 season,” MISD Superintendent Rick McDaniel said in a Nov. 13 city news release. “MISD has a long, proud history of outstanding band and fine arts programs, with students who have gone on to compete in DCI, so I can’t think of a more fitting event for us to host. DCI sits at the pinnacle of marching band and drum corps competition, so we know that attendees will be treated to top-notch performances in a world-class facility, and we couldn’t be happier to be part of it.”

The DCI Tour features performances full of intricate and complicated marching skills and choreography. Auditioning for the tour is a rigorous process and, for those who are selected, it is an experience in musicianship, artistry and athleticism, the release said.


McKinney’s event takes place two weeks before the final destination of the tour, which is the annual DCI World Championships in Indianapolis on Aug. 6.

According to DCI, the lineup for next summer’s Texas events will be released Nov. 20 in addition to the complete DCI tour schedule.

Tickets for the McKinney event will be available sometime in spring 2020.
By Emily Davis
Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August 2018.