FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHERE CAN I GET TICKETS?
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?
We are a 'rain or shine' event. The safety of both our spectators and performers is our #1 concern. If weather dictates, a set protocol by the DCI administration is implemented, this could include delaying the event. If needed, we will make show decisions based on the safety of everyone involved.
WHERE DO THE CORPS STAY?
The corps are hosted by areas high schools where they stay in the gym and rehearse on the football field stadium and spaces around the school campus.
HOW CAN WE GET A CORPS TO STAY AT OUR SCHOOL?
Can I go watch the corps? what is the best time?
All rehearsals are free and open to the public as long as spectators are respectful and quiet to the rehearsal process. These corps are here for our entertainment, however, they are also competing in a thorough and rigorous competition in pursuit for the world championship title—the 'Super Bowl' for Music in Motion, if you will! They will be rehearsing all day from approximately 9 am – 4 pm the day of the show. Mid-afternoon during ensemble rehearsal is the best time to observe the corps.
What time do the parking lots open on the day of the show?
Parking lots open at 3 pm EDT the day of the show.
What is the best route to take to avoid any stadium traffic congestion?
Please do your best to access the stadium parking via the entrance on Big Tree Road / 20A. The Abbott Road entrance off of Southwestern Blvd has a tendency to get congested around the start time of the event. The best way to get in as quickly as possible is the Big Tree / 20A entrance.
Is there a cost to park?
Parking is FREE!
What time does the Box Office open the day of the show?
The box office opens at 3 pm EDT the day of the show.
Do ticket prices go up on the day of the show?
All ticket levels increase $8.00 day of the show except for the 'value seats,' which increase $7.00 on the day of the show.
Are there assigned seats or is it general admission?
All seating is assigned.
Where is the best place to sit?
All seating for our event are great seats! That said, the closer to the center of the field, the better the view which our ticket prices reflect. There are people who like to sit higher for the “full panoramic view,” and there are people who like to sit lower hoping to get their hair blown back by the amazing sound.
What time do the stadium gates open?
Gates open at 4:30 pm, so you have plenty of time to stock up on your favorite DCI Corps merchandise and still get to your seat in time for the show!
Can we tailgate?
We welcome tailgating in anticipation for Western New York's Annual Music in Motion Event! As always please be respectful of other people and parties around you and safely celebrate Marching Music's Major League!
Is there Handicap Parking?
Yes! Please make sure you have your handicap vehicle tag.
Is there seating for those with wheelchairs/special needs?
Yes. Please contact the Buffalo Bills Box Office at 1-877-228-4257 for assistance. The Buffalo Bills Guest Services can also assist you in getting to your seat, including providing a wheelchair, if needed.
Are there items I can’t take into the stadium?
Can I take photos or videos?
All content included in the shows is the property of Drum Corps International, Inc., and is protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. All rights are reserved. Materials copyrighted or trademarked by Drum Corps International, including, but not limited to, audio recordings, video recordings, logos, graphics, photographic images, print materials; event results, score reports, and recaps; trademarks, and service marks (whether or not the material is included on this site) may not be used without express written permission from Drum Corps International. This includes audio and video recordings as well as still images of performances at Drum Corps International events.
Will I have to use stairs to get to my seat?
Yes. There are two sets of stairs, one set right after you enter the gate (taking you to the concourse) and the second set from the concourse to your seat. If needed, there is an elevator to take you to the concourse. If stairs are a difficulty, please contact the Bills Box Office (877-228-4257) for seating that minimizes stair use.
Are there concessions available?
Yes, stadium concessions will be open available for purchase.
Is there an intermission?
Yes, there will be an intermission halfway through the event.
How long will the show last?
The event begins at 6:00 pm and will end at approximately 10:30 pm after ten performing corps, an encore, and score announcements.
Is it a competition?
Yes, it is. One of the final ones before the world championships in Indianapolis a week later!
How long will each drum corps perform?
Each corps show is approximately 12 minutes long, and has 18 minutes maximum on the field for setup and breakdown.
What are the ages of the performers?
Performers in the corps range in age from 15 – 22.
Is it like the movie Drumline?
Similar in many ways, yes!
Will there be a souvenir program book?
Yes, they will be available for purchase. Find out the inside scoop with great articles and photos by the best in the business all the while supporting Drums Along the Waterfront!
Will I be able to purchase souvenirs from the corps?
Yes. Before, during, and after the show, corps have souvenir merchandise trucks that will be located inside the entrance gate. Supporting the corps by purchasing souvenirs helps to keep them going on the road!
We need hotel accommodations. Is there a hotel associated with the show?
Yes! We are very proud to have Salvatore's Grand Hotel, the official hotel of the Drums Along the Waterfront - Tour of Champions! Please go to http://salvatoresgrand.com or call 716-362-5300 to make reservations. But make sure to mention 'Drums Along the Waterfront!' Please support those who support us!
Is there a hometown team?
No specific corps from Buffalo, but we are proud and excited to support all of the performing corps in our show event! You will find local kids marching amongst those participating in the show.
My son/daughter would like to take lessons. Can you assist?
There are many very qualified music instructors around Western New York. We advise that you consult with your local school band director or music teacher to receive a list of available and qualified music educators in your town as well as surrounding towns. Also reference ECMEA.org, the official website of the Erie County Music Educators Association.
How can I join a drum corps? Is there a cost?
HOW CAN MY BUSINESS SUPPORT DATW?
Email Jack Gaylord at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 716-867-1618 for information on how to support Drums Along the Waterfront. We have many needs for a successful and enjoyable show for everyone, and any way your business or organization can help would be very appreciated.
HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER?