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"Aging-out" is the process of a member of a drum corps becoming ineligble for junior drum corps competition due to their age.

The age limit for many competitive circuits varies. In the case of DCI and most North American circuits a person may march up to their 22nd birthday.

A corps member participating in their last show, often the DCI championships or other last show of a circuit's season, is said to be "aging-out".

During the history of the DCI circuit several junior corps have been disqualified from competition due to the presence of over-age members in their ranks.


It is a tradition in many North American junior corps that aging-out members leave their shoes on the field as they leave after the retreat ceremony of their final constest, usually the Drum Corps International championships.

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