The Countdown is on to Drums Along the Waterfront-Tour of Champions!
Ralph Wilson Stadium, One Bills Drive, Orchard park NY
Sunday, August 2, 2015

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Stadium box office open:  4:00pm
Stadium Parking Lots Open: 4:00pm. (Free Parking)
Stadium gates open: 5:30pm
Start Time: 7:00pm
End Time: 10:30pm

Witness Music in Motion! Presented by Drums Along the Waterfront and sanctioned by Drum Corps International (DCI), the top 8 drum corps in the world will compete for the “Tour of Champions,” title. Having an amazing 42 DCI World Championship titles among them, the lineup includes: The reigning  & 16x world champion Blue Devils (Concord, CA), Bluecoats (Canton, OH), The Cadets (Allentown, PA), Carolina Crown (Fort Mill, SC), The Cavaliers (Rosemont, IL), Phantom Regiment (Rockford, IL) Santa Clara Vanguard (Santa Clara, CA), and the Blue Stars (La Crosse, WI).

Drums Along the Waterfront is pleased to announce our partnership with Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop. ‘This is the 3rd consecutive year Tim Hortons has joined us, so obviously they see the benefit of partnering, “ said Jack Gaylord Jr., president of Drums Along the Waterfront. “Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shops with their tremendous product are immensely popular, with 169 locations in WNY/Rochester,”  added Gaylord. “Tim Hortons will be advertising our event in the weeks to come, and in turn we know our loyal fans will patronize their drive thrus & dining rooms.”

A fresh brewed toast to Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop! Welcome aboard!

Drum Corps Champion Blue Devils to visit Western New York on July 7

The reigning Drum Corps International world champion Blue Devils from Concord, Calif., will visit Western New York on Tuesday, July 7, as a prelude to the annual Drums Along the Waterfront “Tour of Champions” event taking place on Sunday, Aug. 2, at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.

MAN9192-1The Blue Devils will visit Riverside Institute of Technology, 51 Ontario St., Buffalo, from approximately 1 to 10 p.m. for a special rehearsal that will be free and open to the public.

“We are extremely fortunate to have the Blue Devils join us in preparation for Drums Along the Waterfront,” said Jack Gaylord Jr., organizer of the event. “Our teams practice extremely hard and travel both nationally and internationally, so we truly appreciate any opportunity to showcase their incredible musical and athletic talents. This will definitely help build momentum and excitement for our annual Tour of Champions event on Aug. 2.”

The internationally competitive Blue Devils A Corps is comprised of 150 members between the ages of 17 and 21. The most decorated corps in the history of Drum Corps International (DCI), The Blue Devils A Corps have finished in the top five for the last 30 consecutive years and have won the DCI World Championship title an unprecedented 16 times! For more information, please visit https://bluedevils.org/.

The Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions on Aug. 2 will feature the top eight drum corps in the world with 42 world titles among them, including the Carolina Crown, Santa Clara Vanguard, Blue Devils, Bluecoats, Cadets, Cavaliers, Phantom Regiment and Blue Stars. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.drumsalongthewaterfront.org.

Contact: Jack Gaylord Jr., President Drums Along the Waterfront: (716) 867-1618


2015 Tour of Champions Poster

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The DATW 2015 Tour of Champions poster (11” x 17”) and flyer (8.5” x 11”) are now available. You can download a pdf copy from the Tour of Champions page.


Official Hotel of DATW for 2015

comfort-inn-logo-2Comfort Suites Downtown is the Official Hotel of DATW for 2015.

‘Your adrenalin will still be pumping from the show, but eventually you’ll need a place to sleep..’ ..and dream about next year’s DATW show… view more.


Tickets Are Now On Sale!

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For ticketing information visit the Drums Along the Waterfront tickets page.

Witness Music in Motion! Presented by Drums Along the Waterfront and sanctioned by Drum Corps International (DCI). Having an amazing 42 DCI World Championship titles among them, 8 of the top drum corps in the world will compete for the “Tour of Champions,” title.


2015 DATW Tour of Champions will be held at Ralph Wilson Stadium!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Ralph Wilson StadiumDrum roll please…….It’s Official…..the 2015 Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions will be held at Ralph Wilson Stadium!

After a one year hiatus  from “The Ralph” due to stadium renovations, we are pleased to be back!

The stadium has a “Rich” history not only in name, but for hosting drum corps, as 3 DCI World Championships and 4 Drums Along the Waterfront’s have taken place at the Orchard Park, N.Y. facility.

Corps & fans alike will appreciate the recent stadium renovations. Fans will find the stadium entry to their liking with expanded gates and easier access to the concourse, just several of the new amenities.

The Bills have been gracious hosts over the years, and we are looking forward to opening the eyes of new Bill’s owners Terry & Kim Pegula to the world of drum corps!  The Pegulas are in quest of their 1st world title, so in the meantime we can  give them 42 world championship titles, the number achieved by the participating corps in this year’s event!

Stay tuned as we will be announcing our “on sale” date shortly.


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