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



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 $5,200 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 $3,582 by March 31.

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution today. If you contribute by March 31, your name will appear in the book! You will receive a free copy of the book for each $100 you donate.

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 include the name(s) as you'd like them to appear in the book. And if donating more than $100, please indicate if you'd like to pick up your book at ToD or have it shipped to you.)

how to order the book

 Beginning April 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 at the Tournament of Drums at Kingston Stadium on July 31, 2020. If you would like the book shipped to you, the price is $45.00, which includes shipping and handling.   Questions? Email us at