CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Tournament of Drums, which traces its history back to 1950, was held Friday, Aug. 4, 2023, at a new location.
The annual competition, featuring seven drum & bugle corps from across the United States and Canada, moved to the Prairie High School stadium for the first time.
Known as the Hawkeye Tournament of Drums when it originated June 17, 1950, at Hawkeye Downs, the competition moved in 1956 to Kingston Stadium, where it was held for decades, with a turn at Linn-Mar High School in Marion due to construction in 2019.
A scheduling conflict at Kingston Stadium led to the relocation to Prairie High School, which has a connection to generations of drum corps alumni in Cedar Rapids as a rehearsal site for the Emerald Knights Drum & Bugle Corps.
The show – a three-time recipient of the Best Drum Corps International Open Class Tour Event – featured 2022 DCI Open Class runner-up Gold of Bakersfield, Calif.; the Colt Cadets of Dubuque; The Battalion, of Salt Lake City, Utah; River City Rhythm of Anoka, Minn.; Southwind of Mobile, Ala.; and Les Stentors of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. Conquest, of Geneseo, Ill., performed in exhibition.
A picture-perfect night with warm temperatures greeted the crowd and performers.