UCA music students to attend Drum Corps International

Jared & HeatherHeather E. Hinesley from Conway and Jared M. Cronk from Cabot, both Sophomore Music Education majors from UCA, have been chosen to participate in Drum Corps International (DCI) for the summer of 2013.

Musicians chosen for the annual tour spend several weeks in May living and rehearsing in Indianapolis, Indiana before beginning a summer tour schedule with their individual corps assignments. The musicians visit and perform in several states throughout the summer, living either on the tour bus or in school gymnasiums. This tour begins the end of May and wraps up August 11, following the National DCI Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. at the Lucas Oil Stadium on August 10. To participate requires skill, a passion for the activity, and a big time commitment. Each participant signs a contract that they will honor this commitment.

Both Hinesley and Cronk auditioned and were then chosen to participate in the Corp Color Guard.

Hinesley will be marching with “The Troopers” based in Laramie, Wy. “The Troopers” are the only competitive junior drum and bugle corps in the state of Wyoming. The corps, founded in 1957 by Casper businessman James E. Jones, represents the state of Wyoming in numerous performances and events during the year. The group has won eleven national titles and has made DCI World Championship finals nine times. The Division I corps is known for their long and storied history, and is often called “America’s Corps”.

Cronk will be marching with “Carolina Crown” based in Fort Mill, South Carolina. The Carolina Drum Corps Association was founded in 1988 with the desire of its founders to bring a drum corps to the Carolinas. “Carolina Crown” was founded the following year by that association. The corps won the Drum Corps International Division II World Championship in 1993, and now competes as a Division I unit.

Hinesley and Cronk are members of the UCA BMB Marching Band Color Guard, and music education majors.

From modest beginnings more than three decades ago, Drum Corps International (DCI) has developed into a powerful, nonprofit, global youth activity with far-reaching artistic, educational and organizational influence. Through the annual DCI Tour and more than 35 World Championships in 17 North American cities, Drum Corps International provides entertainment to millions through live performances and nationally-televised events. Drum Corps International is Marching Music’s Major League™.

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