The 2020 DCI season is cancelled, so look for Tournament of Drums in 2021!

Cedar Rapids  Drum Corps History Book


During the previous 6+ years, a small group of passionate and dedicated alumni of the Emerald Knights and Nite Express Drum & Bugle Corps have happily worked to resurrect the Tournament of Drums and form a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and perpetuating drum corps in the community. 

YOU now have an opportunity to support their most recent endeavor: publishing the book Marking Time: A History of Drum & Bugle Corps in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The history of drum & bugle corps in Cedar Rapids dates back to 1928, when a French immigrant bugler organized what was known as the Playground Drum & Bugle Corps.

Learn about the earliest days of the city's drum corps through the present time in this professionally written and designed hardcover book, featuring personal stories of alumni, past staff, volunteers, drum  majors and directors.

Reminisce about your own experiences and see photos of the Musketeers, Boys YMCA Corps, Moose Girls, Cadets, Grenadiers, Emerald Knights, Nite Express, Grant Wood All-City Drum Corps and more, as well as memorabilia through the years in this specially created book. 

How to Help

We have raised $5,400 so far from generous individuals like you and the Linn County Historic Preservation Commission. To ensure this history book is produced, we need to raise an additional $3,382 by April 30.

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution today. If you contribute $25 or more by April 30, your name will appear in the book! And, you will receive a free copy of the book for each $100 you donate.  If you donate an amount that results in multiple complimentary books, you can choose to donate any of the books to a library of your choice. 

You can donate online via the "Donate Now" button, or send a check to:


PO Box 2758

Cedar Rapids, IA 52406

(If sending a check, please complete the form below and include it with your donation.)

Form for check donations

If making a donation by check, please print out this form, fill it out, and send it in with your donation. Thank you!

how to order the book

Beginning May 1, you will have the opportunity to pre-order the book, either online or by mail. The price of the book is $35.00 if picked up in Cedar Rapids (date/time TBD). If you would like the book shipped to you, the price is $45.00, which includes shipping and handling.   Questions? Email us at