In The News – Austin Drum Corps Teaches Members More Than Music
Standing in the bed of a white pickup truck, head drum major John Filippone moved his white-gloved hands with brisk authority. At his command, 132 high-stepping musicians, and the truck, bounced in time with the theme song from “The Phantom of the Opera.”
Welcome to the world of big-time drum corps competition. Austin-based Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps is one of three Texas teams that vie for honors under Drum Corps International, the governing body for an activity that involves some 5,000 high school and college students, mostly from Texas, California and Florida. DCI calls itself “marching music’s major league.”
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