University of Central Arkansas sophomore music eduation majors Heather E. Hinesley, of Conway, and Jared M. Cronk, of Cabot, were 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. Musicians will visit and perform in several states throughout the summer, living either on the tour bus or in school gymnasiums.
The tour begins the end of May and wraps up Aug. 11, following the National DCI Championships in Indianapolis at the Lucas Oil Stadium on August 10.
Participation requires skill, passion for the activity and a big time commitment, including signing a contract to honor the commitment.
Hinesley and Cronk both auditioned and were chosen to participate in the Corp Color Guard.
Hinesley will march with "The Troopers" based in Laramie, Wyo. "The Troopers" are the only competitive junior drum and bugle corps in the state. The corps, founded in 1957 by Casper businessman James E. Jones, represents the state 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 march with "Carolina Crown" based in Fort Mill, S.C. The Carolina Drum Corps Association was founded in 1988 with the desire to bring a drum corps to the Carolinas. "Carolina Crown" was founded the following year by the 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 also members of the UCA BMB Marching Band Color Guard.
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.