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

Sunday, August 2, 2015

drum-roll-2Drum 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.

Gate 2 Plaza

Buglers Hall of Fame Buffalo Regional Musical Event

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sikora Post #1322, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda NY

Please join the Ghost Riders support this fun event.

“The excitement of Drum Corps” is again returning to North Tonawanda, NY. This is the 2nd annual “Bugler’s Hall of Fame Buffalo Regional”. Music will take center stage for “An Afternoon of Drum Corps Music” on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 at the Sikora Post. Tickets for the show are $10.00 and will be available at the door. There will be food and refreshments served all day. The doors open at 12:00 pm. The individual and ensemble performances start at 1:00 pm and the show will continue with mini corps plus alumni corps for an all-day affair.

The Drum Corps performing include:

  • The Niagara Militaries
  • The Hamburg Kingsmen
  • Toronto Optimists Canada
  • Cadre Blue & Cadre Red Percussion Ensembles
  • St Joe’s Brass Ensemble of Batavia NY
  • The Hitmen
  • Prime Time Brass
  • Mighty St Joes Alumni Corps of Leroy, NY
  • The Ghost Riders from Parts Unknown (a suburb of Batavia, NY)

For additional information check out the event listing or download a pdf flyer.

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Thank You

“All High” Stadium takes on a whole new meaning when seven of the world’s top drum corps take to the field. “To the stratosphere” is more like it. Sunday’s Tour of Champions spectacular was a testament to the hard work, dedication and talents of many people. There aren’t enough words to express our gratitude to everyone on the field and behind the scenes; the show wouldn’t have been possible without you.

Drums Along the Waterfront - August 3 - Hans Kloppert -¬ -DSC_3998First, to the amazing musical athletes on the field and the legions of volunteers, parents, and staff members that keep these corps moving — thank you. The discipline and showmanship of every corps member are unparalleled; the world is bettered through your example of commitment, teamwork, and grit.

Thank you to Drum Corp International Executive Director Dan Acheson and his staff, especially for their support with our last-minute venue change.

Our gratitude goes out to Sue Eager and the Buffalo Public Schools, and the All High Stadium crew headed by Rick Finnegan for stepping up to the plate after Ralph Wilson Stadium and the University of Buffalo became unavailable. We’d also like to thank the Buffalo United Charter School as well as the Buffalo Parks and Recreation Department.

A special thank you to Demone Smith and the Buffalo Common Council for their support. Hats off to the Buffalo Police Department and Chief Kevin Brinkworth for keeping things running smoothly and for providing a caravan escort for the Santa Clara Vanguard as they made their way from Riverside High School to the stadium.

We’d like to thank our media partners: The Buffalo News, WKBW-TV Channel 7, and Town Square Media/WYRK-FM. Your support over many years has been invaluable in keeping the drum corps activity alive and well in Western New York.

Drums Along the Waterfront - August 3 - Hans Kloppert -¬ -DSC_4778To our sponsors Tim Hortons Cafe and Bakeshop and Comfort Suites Downtown Buffalo, thank you for making our event more comfortable and a little sweeter. A special thank you to First Student Transportation for providing the free parking shuttle service, and also to the NFTA for their help.

Special thanks to Drums Along the Waterfront Webmaster Dave Gilbert, Joe Kirchmyer and Kirchmyer Media, Ken Dobmeyer of Media Pros, John Disciullo and WBBZ-TV, Trey Measer of Bee Publications, and Community Papers of Western New York.

For getting the crowd primed for a great show to come, thanks to Downbeat Percussion and Prime Time Brass for your master showmanship during the pre-show.

Thank you to our housing coordinator, Judy Thomas and her crew, and to our host schools, Akron High School, Attica High School, Bennett High School, Eden High School, Lancaster High School, Orchard Park High School, and Riverside High School.

Last but certainly not least, we couldn’t put on such a great show without the help of an incredible staff of volunteers including Dave Robbins, Joanne Thweatt, Pastor James Giles and the Buffalo Peacemakers, and volunteer crews from Univera Healthcare and Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

Drums Along the Waterfront - August 3 - Hans Kloppert -¬ -DSC_4236Drums Along the Waterfront has been serving drum corps fans of Western New York, southern Ontario, and the surrounding area for many years with music in motion and artistic excellence. We’ve also been active in community outreach and support for the arts education of young people for almost twenty years. From the smallest of corps to the world champions that you saw on the field this year, none of this could have happened without you, the fans. Thank you for keeping the activity of drum corps alive in Western New York. We hope to see you back for many more shows to come.

2014 DATW Scores

The results are in, the Blue Devils scored 97.55 to win the night.

1Blue Devils97.550
2The Cadets95.900
4Carolina Crown95.150
5Santa Clara Vanguard94.050
6The Cavaliers92.100

View Recap: http://www.dci.org/scores/recap/recap_window.cfm?event=46745b9f-e323-4f0c-a89a-0aa560205349

2014 Tour of Champions

2014 Tour of Champions

Introducing the 2014 Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions Poster!


Click the links below to download a pdf copy of the posters (the posters are high resolution and may take a several minutes to download.)

Drums Along the Waterfront Poster 11 x 17

Drums Along the Waterfront Poster 8.5 x 11

2014 Tour of Champions – Line Up

Leading the charge will be the Casper Wyoming Troopers along with: Co-Champions of last year’s event, the reigning World Champion Carolina Crown and 15x World Champion Blue Devils, plus the Bluecoats, The Cadets, The Cavaliers and Santa Clara Vanguard. What a line-up!








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