ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN) — Marching band students from across Texoma marked the halfway point of the annual Texoma Marching Arts and Leadership Academy on Wednesday. 

"If you can give kids more confidence, to think and know that they can do it, then that's going to help them succeed in whatever they choose to do," said camp director Chauvin Aaron. 

"My first year here I did not talk to anyone," said Ardmore 11th grader Tristan Sanchez. "I was just to myself I didn't talk much, but it helped me get out my comfort zone and communicate to others."

One of the highlights of the week was Wednesday night, where students got to see elite marching bands in action. 

"We want to send these kids back to their band programs fired up and in love with band all over again like the 6th grade," said Guardian Drum Corps International director Michael Bell. "This is a great opportunity for these younger kids from smaller schools to come see what DCI is all about."

"It's just great to see how fired up these kids are about what they do," added Zephyrus DCI director Aaron Morton. "And to be the version on the next step they might take."

Drum Corps International bands travel across the country on tours all summer long.

"Where you could be in a few years from now is really really awesome," said Dickson 11th grader Teddy Pafu. "I could one day be as good as they are and be in a band like this."

This camp was the inspiration for one former Ardmore band student who gained his spot as a member of DCI. 

"I just saw them and I was like, 'I want to do that one day.' And now here I am," said Maddux Teel Zephyrus. "When I was at Ardmore, I marched bass drum, and I just fell in love with marching band because of the directors here."

Campers will showcase their skills once again at the end of the week on the final day of camp.