July 30, 2019 the Salem Band Boosters, in conjunction with Drum Corps International, will sponsor the Summer Music Games of Southwest Virginia. Members of eight top Drum and Bugle Corps will compete and perform at Salem Stadium.
Drum Corps International (DCI) exists to showcase the very best in the musical arts and pageantry entertainment. Members of each corps spend hours each day to achieve perfection and participate in an eight-week tour of the United States, culminating in the DCI World Championships held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Corps from Japan, Canada, Sweden, and many of the continental United States have all made appearances in the competition held here in Salem. We will host 8 Corps this year with music ranging from jazz to classical to contemporary, and will be enjoyed by a crowd of over 4,500. Although the Salem Band Boosters sponsors the program, it coordinates with surrounding school divisions in order to host these drum corps.