Drum Corps International Touring Band

The owner of Carlisle Educational Services, John (J.R.) Carlisle has been a part of the education field for nearly three decades. His experience as a former principal in the Cincinnati Public Schools helped him gain the experience necessary for fulfilling a role as a consultant. In his present position, John R. Carlisle partners with schools nationwide to offer training and improve scholastic programs. Additionally, he dedicates his expertise in music and the arts to serving as an adjudicator for Drum Corps International.

Established over three decades ago, Drum Corps International (DCI) provides an outlet for student musicians. The organization hosts an annual tour in addition to a myriad of competitions nationwide. During its live summer performances, the DCI touring band reaches more than 400,000 fans. On average, the age of touring band members is 19. Of the members, 72 percent are full-time college students, of which nearly 60 percent are pursing music education degrees.

To gain a spot among the elite musicians ranging from 13 to 22 years of age, more than 8,000 students must auditions to compete for the privilege of joining the top DCI member corps. Audition dates are posted on the DCI website, along with tips on how to join a drum corps. Visit http://www.dci.org for more details.