On Sunday, March 22, the Board of Drum Corps Associates held an emergency
conference call with all their member corps directors to discuss the ongoing
concerns and impact of the Coronavirus on its member corps as well as the
entire DCA community. The corps directors shared their concerns, challenges
and options as it relates to its members, staff and sponsors. The DCA board
has been in constant communication with our host sponsor, Lycoming County
Visitors Bureau and the City of Williamsport, who have assured DCA that they
will work with DCA and are excited about future opportunities to host the
DCA World Championships.
All DCA corps have canceled their in person rehearsals and meetings adhering
to Federal, State & Local laws, restrictions and guidance (President’s
Guidelines PDF 0316). DCA member corps have been utilizing virtual and
cloud technologies in order to keep their membership(s) engaged. Some of
the issues discussed on the call concern the availability of show venue
sites, what would an abbreviated season look like, and what kind of
strategic planning would be required should the entire season be canceled.
The DCA board and its member corps agreed to meet on a regular basis while
monitoring the situation over the next few weeks.
The DCA Board as well as all its DCA member corps continue to be vigilant
and committed to protecting performers, staff, families, volunteers, fans,
corporate sponsors, and all who partner with the DCA community.