Nashville, TN United States
The Music City Drum and Bugle Corps is a World Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps based in Nashville, Tennessee.
A group of music educators and drum corps fans who were interested in starting a drum and bugle corps in the Nashville area formed Music City Youth in the Arts in July 2008 and created a website.. When several hundred interested people responded to the website, the board of directors decided to build an actual corps for the 2009 season. In an attempt to establish financial stability for the corps, the board decreed that practice and travel would be limited.
The first season saw a 47-member corps competing in seven shows in the Mid-South and Midwest on the way to the Drum Corps International (DCI) Open Class Championships in Michigan City, Indiana where they finished thirteenth of nineteen corps..
In 2010, the corps expanded to 64 members, and Music City began the season with the corps' very first contest win, in a defeat of two other Open Class corps in Wichita, Kansas. The corps' tour also went to Oklahoma and Texas, back home to Tennessee, then on to Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Ohio along the way to the DCI Open Class Championships in Michigan City and Indianapolis. The corps ended the season in Open Class Finals, placing 6th of sixteen corps.
Music City made a decision to grow the corps in 2011 and more than doubled the unit's size, putting a corps of 145 members on the field. The corps toured that summer only with World Class corps, and after having had Open Class prelims rained out, Music City did not march against any other Open Class corps until the class finals in Michigan City, where they finished 8th of sixteen corps. The corps then advanced to World Class Prelims in Indianapolis, placing 32nd of 41 corps.
In 2012, Music City was 9th of 14 Open Class corps with the quirky "Phantoms of the Grand Ole Opry" program, and the corps then entered World Class Prelims in Indianapolis, placing 31st of 35 corps.
In 2013, the corps picked up wins in Open Class competitions in Minnesota and Arkansas, then placed 5th of 14 corps in Open Class at Michigan City. Moving on to World Class Prelims in Indianapolis, Music City's "Postcards From Havana" show advanced to DCI World Championships Semifinals, placing 25th and earning full DCI membership. That was the good news.
The bad news came shortly after the 2013 DCI Championships, when Music City Youth in the Arts announced that the organization was financially unable to continue, and that the corps would fold.
Not wanting to lose another member corps, the DCI Board of Directors responded immediately, and the organization stepped in to assist the corps' board in reorganizing the unit's finances and helping to initiate an on-line fundraising effort to save the corps. As a result, Music City returned to the field in 2014.
Although the corps' Open Class placement dropped to 8th in 2014, it would move up to 7th in 2015 and 6th in 2016, while the corps placed 27th in World Class all three years.
During the 2017 season, Music City marched a "Tribe" of 149 members, with a "hole" at the end of the snare drum line, where, early in the season, that member had died following an attack of a chronic condition that had been thought to be under control. At the DCI Open Class championships in Michigan City, where they placed 4th among 16 corps, the corps made known its desire to compete in World Class in 2018. Later in the week in Indianapolis, the corps advanced to semifinals for the first time since 2013 and placed 24th in World Class, strengthening its case for moving up. On October 4, 2017, DCI announced that Music City had been approved to compete in World Class.
[Music City Youth in the Arts; Drum Corps World (multiple issues); Drum Corps International]
Highest Score 80.400
Final show in DCX Archives August 7, 2009 DCI World Championships Open Class Semifinals Indianapolis IN placed 13 with a score of 80.400
Highest Score 88.500
Final show in DCX Archives August 14, 2010 Open Class Finals Indianapolis IN placed 6 with a score of 88.500
Highest Score 84.800
Final show in DCX Archives August 11, 2011 DCI World Championship Prelims Indianapolis IN placed 32 with a score of 62.200
Highest Score 83.850
Final show in DCX Archives August 9, 2012 DCI World Championship Prelims Indianapolis IN placed 31 with a score of 62.850
Highest Score 90.350
Final show in DCX Archives August 9, 2013 DCI World Championship Semifinals Indianapolis IN placed 25 with a score of 72.750
Highest Score 72.975
Final show in DCX Archives August 7, 2014 DCI World Championship Prelims Indianapolis IN placed 27 with a score of 71.575
Highest Score 71.325
Final show in DCX Archives August 6, 2015 DCI World Championship Prelims Indianapolis IN placed 27 with a score of 69.625
Highest Score 73.450
Final show in DCX Archives August 11, 2016 DCI World Championship Prelims presented by Earasers Musicians Earplugs Indianapolis IN placed 27 with a score of 71.725
Highest Score 76.763
Final show in DCX Archives August 11, 2017 DCI World Championship Semifinals presented by Earasers Indianapolis IN placed 24 with a score of 74.275
Highest Score 78.175
Final show in DCX Archives August 10, 2018 DCI World Championship Semifinals Indianapolis IN United States placed 21 with a score of 78.175