Parking, security updates issued for 20th anniversary Drums Along the Waterfront event

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The 20th annual Drums Along the Waterfront – Tour of Champions event, featuring the top eight drum corps in the world, returns to New Era Field in Orchard Park at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6.

Sanctioned by Drum Corps International (DCI), Western New York’s premier “music in motion” event will have a noticeable “blue” theme this year. Drum corps scheduled to compete include the reigning world champion Bluecoats of Canton, Ohio, along with the 17-time DCI World Champion Blue Devils of Concord, California. Also participating are the Blue Knights of Denver, Colorado; Blue Stars of La Crosse, Wisconsin; The Cadets of Allentown, Pennsylvania; Carolina Crown of Ft. Mills, South Carolina; Phantom Regiment of Rockford, Illinois; and Santa Clara Vanguard of Santa Clara, California. This colorful lineup has captured a total of 41 DCI World Champion titles!

Plenty of free parking will be available at the stadium via the Abbott Road and Big Tree Road entrances. Parking lots and the Box Office will open at 4 p.m., with stadium gates opening at 5:30 p.m.

Drivers are encouraged to approach the stadium from both the north and south; please note that traffic is usually most congested near the intersection of Abbott Road and Southwestern Boulevard. Also, additional time may be required to enter the facility this year as NFL security policies such as metal detectors and the purse/bag policy will be enforced. Please visit for more information.

Advance tickets for the 20th anniversary event range in price from $25 to $45, with children 12 and under half price and discounts available for seniors, members of the military and groups. For ticket information, please visit

Sponsors of Drums Along the Waterfront include West Herr New York, WGRZ, The Buffalo News, Townsquare Media, Hampton by Hilton, Staybridge Suites, Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Days Hotel, Wingate by Wyndham, the Cattaraugus Community Center and Burgio/Campofelice. For sponsorship information, please contact event director Jack Gaylord Jr. at (716) 867-1618.

To learn more about the event, please visit or follow Drums Along the Waterfront on Facebook for frequent updates.

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