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Elite marching band travels to Ardmore

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The Austin-based Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps rehearsed at Ardmore's Noble Stadium on July 17, 2018. (KTEN) The Austin-based Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps rehearsed at Ardmore's Noble Stadium on July 17, 2018. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- The Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps of Austin, Texas, made the 22nd stop on its nationwide tour in Ardmore on Tuesday.

This elite marching band is aiming for a world championship performance.

Branded as the "major league of marching music," Drum Corps International teams like Genesis travel all across the country to hone their skills in time for the world championships in Indiana this August.

While winning is the main goal, the Genesis Corps just wants to give a good show.

"The world championships, of course, will be the largest crowd we face all season," said the group's founder Chris Magonigal. "Just trying to get those people to stand on their feet and enjoy what the kids are doing is our end result and end goal."

Genesis is on its 42nd straight day of grueling travel, with more than 20 to go. 

"The passion they have for performing every night is unmatched anywhere in the country," Magonigal said. "They really live to put on the uniform and make people smile and clap and cheer."

But performing outdoors in triple-digit temperatures makes simple hydration extremely important.

"As we get further south, we do more shade rehearsals... we stress more water consumption," Magonigal said. "The kids are drinking five to six gallons of water a day."

The Genesis corps had plans to rehearse for 13 hours in Ardmore. Their schedule next takes them to events in Temple, Texas on Thursday and then on to San Antonio on Saturday.

"If you're in an area where drum corps shows are happening, get out and support your local shows, because the drum corps need your help," Magonigal said.

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