Kick Start Your Season with DCI and Fran Kick

Kick Start

Your Season with Drum Corps International

Join Fran Kick for a FREE DCI Experience this summer!

Increase your group’s commitment to excellence by bringing all of your students, staff and parents to Kick Start Your Season at one of three select 2020 DCI Tour events. Combining an interactive hands-on session with a DCI show creates a complete experience that’s fast-paced, learning-by-doing and not just sitting, listening, and watching. This stadium-sized, leadership-teambuilding session is FREE with tickets purchased for select shows where you can see, hear and feel the performance of Marching Music’s Major League™ LIVE!

Kick Start Your Season with an event that won’t simply fire a few students up, it will spark a fire in your entire organization! Show students what a commitment to excellence can create when everyone works together. Inspire your students to reach new levels of responsibility, discipline, and self-awareness, all while nurturing the core values that will help them succeed in life.

Bring your students and reinforce the lessons of:

  • Paying attention and responding appropriately.
  • How focus powerfully influences your ability.
  • Explore the collaborative responsibility between leading and following, teaching and learning.
  • Discover the difference between “telling people what to do” and “people actually doing it.”
  • Celebrating excellence and maintaining the self-motivation needed to work hard, get better at what you do, and have fun in the process.

Plus you will get to see some of the finest DCI performers “live in action” pursuing personal and performance excellence both on and off the field.

Teacher Guide included with lesson plans for NAfME National Standards.


Band Booster Parent
My daughter is a lover of all things band. She's a very accomplished musician and plans to become a high school band director. While her personal musical skills are stellar, and her individual achievements quite notable, she is currently in a very frustrating leadership position. I am so proud of her attitude towards this, which is to continually step up and do all she can to foster change and a desire for excellence among her fellow band members. To help her continue on this ‘mission,' she attended your Kick Start session at the DCI Southeastern Championship last weekend and loved it! It gave her a renewed excitement and encouragement as she went to band camp the following Monday. Thank you for your wise words and willingness to reach out to kids! You're awesome!DCI 2014 Tour

Leslie Schwegler, Band Director
Lincoln High School, Ypsilanti, MI
I thought it was extraordinary for our students to hear such a motivational speaker to get ready for the marching season.Leslie Schwegler

zRiddick via YouTube
Student Participant, San Antonio, TX
OMG FRAN KICK He was at my leadership thing (TBA). He is the best and most hilarious speaker ever!DCI 2013 Summer Tour

Scott Spradling, Director of Music
Concord High School, Elkhart, IN
It was satisfying to hear many of the things we talk about emphasized in the hands-on Kick Start session. It always helps for students to hear things in a different way. Our students worked together with kids from other schools—something I always appreciate. As teachers, we also learned about different ways to work with kids.Scott Spradling

ryanthornton23 via YouTube
Student Participant, San Antonio, TX
He was an awesome speaker!DCI 2013 Summer Tour

Cecilia Clark, Fine Arts Chair
McEachern High School, Powder Springs, GA
Kick Start was a huge part of our Marching Band Camp! It was an outstanding way for many of our students to have a taste of leadership training and team building. While leadership camps are a wonderful way for students to prepare for the responsibilities of leadership, not everyone is able to make the decision to attend a residential camp. Plus, many of our students who are not currently on the Student Leadership Team chose to participate too! It got everyone fired up for our season. We are so grateful to have such an exciting and engaging opportunity so close to home!Cecilia Clark

Brent Turner
Youth In Music
Fran Kick is an amazing teacher and motivator. If you get a chance to do the DCI Kick Start, DO IT! If you have tickets to these special events the seminar is FREE!Brent Turner

Susie Ferreira, Group Experience Specialist
Drum Corps International
It was great to see students so completely engaged during the session. Fran's expertise on leadership and personal responsibility and the way he incorporates those topics into interactive activities, creates an immediate response from all who are participating. For students, parents, and band directors alike, Fran’s energy and passion are contagious.Susie Ferreira



Kick Start Your Season Interview

Kick Start Your Season Overview (2019)

Kick Start Your Season Overview (2018)

Kick Start Your Season (2016)

Kick Start Your Season (2015)

Kick Start Your Season in Alamodome (2014)

Kick Start Your Season Overview (2013)

Kick Start Your Season Student Review (2013)

Kick Start Your Season Thank You (2013)

Kick Start Your Season Overview (2012)

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DCI Kick Start Your Season sessions begin two hours before the first drum corps steps off at each show (except at the DCI World Championships).

DCI Tour Premiere
Ford Field, Detroit, MI
Thursday, June 18, 2020 at TBD 6:45PM± Show Details

DCI McKinney
McKinney ISD Stadium, McKinney, TX
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at TBD 5:00PM± Show Details

DCI World Championship Finals
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
Saturday, August 8, 2020 at TBD 3:30PM± Show Details



DCI Kick Start Your Season Flyer

2019 DCI Kick Start Flyer

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Teacher Guide

DCI Teacher Guide

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Article + Activity Handout

Article + Student Activity Handout

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DCI Kick Start Your Season Registration

To register your group simply visit, call 1-317-275-1212 or email Elaine Toon at


Kick Start Your Season with DCI and Fran Kick