Precision marching, resounding percussion and the ability to rock the stadium are once again featured in the Drum Corps International World Championship Quarterfinals in its exclusive, annual in-theatre even, “Big, Loud & Live 5″ on Thursday, August 7. Celebrating its fifth anniversary bringing the best-of-the-best marching music ensembles to the big screen, the presentation will be seen in more than 340 movie theatres this year, nearly triple the number of venues from last year.
Tickets for “Big, Loud & Live 5″, presented by NCM Fathom in High Definition with 5.1 audio, are available at presenting theatre box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of presenting theatre locations and prices please visit the Web site (theatres are subject to change).
Fans can experience these powerful corps performances from Indiana University’s Memorial Stadium LIVE on the big screen beginning at 6:00 PM Eastern / 5:00 PM Central / 4:00 PM Mountain / 3:00 PM Pacific, exclusively at select AMC Entertainment Inc, Celebration! Cinema, Cinemark USA Inc., Goodrich Quality Theaters, Georgia Theatre Co., Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres, Marcus Theatres, Malco Theaters, National Amusements and Regal Entertainment Group movie theatres, as well as the Penn Cinema (Lititz, PA) through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network, North America’s largest cinema broadcast network.
Hosting more than 35 World Championships in 16 North American cities since its founding in 1972, DCI continues the in-theatre tradition again this year with the 2008 World Championship Quarterfinals featuring the top 15 World Class drum corps performing their competitive programs in their entirety. The event will also include highlight clips of the first five corps that performed earlier in the day preceeding the live simulcast. Drum corps competing in the 2008 DCI World Championship Quarterfinals include:
The Academy – Tempe, AZ
Blue Devils – Concord, CA
Blue Knights – Denver, CO
Blue Stars – La Crosse, WI
Bluecoats – Canton, OH
Boston Crusaders – Boston, MA
The Cadets – Allentown, PA
Carolina Crown – Ft. Mill, SC
The Cavaliers – Rosemont, IL
Colts – Dubuque, IA
Crossmen – San Antonio, TX
Glassmen – Toledo, OH
Madison Scouts – Madison, WI
Mandarins – Sacramento, CA
Pacific Crest – Diamond Bar, CA
Phantom Regiment – Rockford, IL
Pioneer – Milwaukee, WI
Santa Clara Vanguard – Santa Clara, CA
Spirit – Jacksonville, AL
Troopers – Casper, WY
“Our fans asked for it, and we’re thrilled to have tripled the number of theaters that will showcase the world’s most elite and exclusive marching music ensembles,” said Dan Acheson, executive director and CEO of Drum Corps International. “There are now more opportunities than ever for fans across the United States to experience Marching Music’s Major League on the big screen.”
“DCI fans have continued to come out to theatres to see and support their favorite drum corps live in this electrifying annual competition,” said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom. “DCI continues to attract fans of all interests from across the country who can’t travel to the event in Indiana and give them an opportunity to experience spellbinding performances, all from the comfort of their local, air-conditioned movie theatre. We are proud to once again bring this family event to local communities and give them a front-row view of the exciting competition on the field.”
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NCM LLC produces and distributes its FirstLook pre-feature program; cinema and lobby advertising products; comprehensive meeting and event services and other entertainment programming content. NCM LLC’s national network includes over 17,000 screens of which over 14,500 are part of the company’s Digital Content Network (DCN).
NCM LLC’s network covers 170 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50). During 2007, approximately 685 million patrons attended movies shown in theatres currently included in our network. National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 42.3% interest in and is the managing member of NCM LLC. For additional information, visit www.ncm.com or www.FathomEvents.com.