Photo: Sacramento Mandarins

The Sacramento Mandarins perform at the 2007 Moonlight Classic in Stockton. Photo by Bruce Reyes-Chow. (Bruce Reyes-Chow / May 30, 2012)

The "Moonlight Classic," touted as one of the longest continuously running drum and bugle corps events in the country is moving from Stockton to Sacramento.

Previously held at the A.A. Stagg Memorial Stadium on Stockton’s University of the Pacific campus, the event will have its first year at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium June 24.

Drum corps is described as “marching band on steroids.” Up to 150 performers between the ages of 13 and 22 play brass and percussion instruments or dance with flag, saber or rifle props in each corps. These groups tour across the country every summer.

Sacramento’s own Mandarins will appear at the Moonlight Classic. Four other California corps, the Concord Blue Devils, Santa Clara Vanguard, Pacific Crest (from Diamond Bar) and Renegades, a senior corps from San Francisco, will also perform.

Other notable performances will be from Denver, Colo.’s Blue Knights, Rockford, Ill.’s Phantom Regiment and the Boston Crusaders.

To learn more about the Moonlight Classic and Drum Corps International, the organization hosting the event, click here.