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Drum corps teams face off in Charlotte for annual competition

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    The Cadets of Allentown, PA go through their performance during the Tour of Champions NightBEAT presented by Carolina Crown at American Legion Memorial Stadium on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Approximately 8,000 spectators attended the Drum Corps International sanctioned competition between seven DCI drum and bugle corps. Carolina Crown of Fort Mill, SC are the 2013 World Class Champions.
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    The Cavaliers of Rosemont, Ill., perform during the NightBeat Tour of Champions Drum Corps International competition at American Legion Memorial Stadium on Sunday.
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    Spirit of Atlanta from Atlanta perform during the NightBEAT Tour of Champions Drum Corps International competition at American Legion Memorial Stadium on Sunday.
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    David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Spirit of Atlanta from Atlanta perform during the NightBEAT Tour of Champions NightBEAT Drum Corps International competition at American Legion Memorial Stadium on Sunday.
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    David T. Foster III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    The Cavaliers of Rosemont, Ill. perform during the NightBEAT Tour of Champions Drum Corps International competition at American Legion Memorial Stadium on Sunday.

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Seven drum corps teams from around the country competed in front of a crowd of 8,000 on Sunday at American Legion Memorial Stadium.

The event was hosted by Drum Corps International, a nonprofit headquartered in Indianapolis that has organized youth drum and bugle corps since 1972. Members travel from all over the world to take part in competitions.

Sunday’s competition, called The NightBEAT Tour of Champions, featured performances by The Cadets of Allentown, Penn.; The Cavaliers of Rosemont, Ill.; Spirit of Atlanta of Atlanta; Santa Clara Vanguard of Santa Clara, Calif.; Blue Devils of Concord, Calif.; Phantom Regiment of Rockford, Ill.; and Carolina Crown of Fort Mill.

The Fort Mill team was named Drum Corps International’s “World Class” team in 2013.

“It’s a very different type of entertainment,” said Carolina Crown CEO Jim Coates. “It’s the pinnacle of the marching band world.”

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