Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps

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Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps
Genesis logo.png
Logo for the Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps
LocationAustin, Texas
DivisionWorld Class
DirectorChris Magonigal

The Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps is a World Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Austin, Texas, Genesis performs in Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions.[1]

History[edit | edit source]


Genesis was founded in September, 2009 by Chris Magonigal, Dillon Ingle, Aaron Sandoval, and Robert Flores as a means for youth of the Rio Grande Valley to compete in drum corps, which they saw as "the next level of musical competition" beyond marching band. Success was far from certain, at a time when national and worldwide economics were causing the demise of dozens of long-established corps. After an examination by DCI to determine the group's organizational stability, on May 21, 2010, DCI announced that Genesis was approved to compete in that summer's competitive season.

In its inaugural season, Genesis surprised many with its crowd-pleasing Latin-jazz program when it premiered at home in Texas. The corps then toured to Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio en route to the DCI Open Class World Championships in Michigan City, Indiana where the 69 member corps placed 9th of 16 corps.

After its first year, Genesis' staff made the decision to have each season be a "rebirth of the corps," combining new genres of music and visual ideas with the traditional drum corps idiom. With 76 members in 2011 and 84 in 2012, the corps moved up in Open Class, placing 6th both seasons before moving on to World Class prelims, where they finished 30th and 29th. The 2011 corps won DCI's "Most Improved Corps" award for Open Class.

2013 saw the corps grow to 113 members, and its "mOZaic" program, featuring music from multiple "Oz" sources helped the corps rise to a 3rd-place finish at DCI Open Class Championships (behind only three-time class champions Vanguard Cadets and Blue Devils B). Genesis then competed in the DCI World Class World Championships at Indianapolis, advancing to semifinals, placing 23rd, earning full DCI membership, and winning the World Class "Most Improved Corps" award. Additionally, Chris Magonigal was named DCI's Open Class Director of the Year.

On January 17, 2014, Genesis announced that the corps was moving its operations from Edinburg to Austin, Texas. Posting on the corps’ website, corps director Chris Magonigal stated: “With its centralized location, dedication to the arts, and its financial possibilities, Austin is the perfect city from which to operate our program.“

At the annual DCI meeting on January 27, 2017, Genesis was approved to compete as a World Class corps.[4]

Sponsorship[edit | edit source]

Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) musical organization which has a Board of Directors, director, and staff assigned to carry out its mission. Chris Magonigal is Executive Director, program coordinator, and corps director. Genesis also sponsors the Teatro Indoor Percussion Ensemble, competing in the Winter Guard International Independent Open division.

Show summary (2010–2022)[edit | edit source]


Gold background indicates DCI Championship; pale blue background indicates DCI Class Finalist; pale green background indicates DCI semifinalist; pale purple background indicates Open Class finalist (but not champion) and World Class semifinalist.

Year Theme Repertoire Score Placement
2010 One Night in the Valley Quien Sabe (Who Knows) & La Suerte de los Tontos (from Cuban Fire Suite) by Johnny Richards /
Autumn Leaves by Joseph Kosma and Jacques Prévert, adapted by Johnny Mercer /
Mambo Inn by Mario Bauzá, Edgar Sampson, and Bobby Woodlen /
23 Degrees N, 82 Degrees W by Bill Russo / Malagueña by Ernesto Lecuona
84.000 9th Open Class
2011 Big Top After Dark Scenes of a Psychotic Circus by Key Poulan / Send in the Clowns (from A Little Night Music) by Stephen Sondheim 86.850
6th Open Class
30th World Class
2012 Epic Strength of 1,000 Men by Thomas J. Bergersen / Someone Like You by Adele Adkins and Dan Wilson /
Original music by Edward Gobble / United We Stand, Divided We Fall by Thomas J. Bergersen
6th Open Class
29th World Class
2013 mOZaic Over the Rainbow, We're Off to See the Wizard, If I Only a Brain, and Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead! from The Wizard of Oz
by Herbert Stothart, Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg, and Modest Mussorgsky /
Ease on Down the Road from The Wiz by Charlie Smalls / For Good from Wicked by Stephen Schwartz /
Brain Damage by Pink Floyd / Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
3rd Open Class
23rd World Class
2014 Art of Darkness Strength of 1,000 Men & United We Stand, Divided We Fall by Thomas J. Bergersen /
Lux Aeterna (from Requiem for a Dream) by Clint Mansell / Mad World by Roland Orzabal
3rd Open Class
23rd World Class
2015 Phantom Revisited The Music of the Night / All I Ask of You / Masquerade / Think of Me / Angel of Music /
Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again / plus quotes from all the other tunes
from Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber
4th Open Class
22nd World Class
2016 Hell Hath No Fury Dance of Vengeance from Medea by Samuel Barber /
Selections from Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev / Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet by Nino Rota /
My Heart is Broken by Amy Lee, Terry Balsamo, Tim McCord, Will Hunt, and Zach Williams (Evanescence) /
Dies Irae from Requiem Mass by Giuseppe Verdi / Uninvited by Alanis Morissette
4th Open Class
23rd World Class
2017 The Other Side of Now Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap / Blue Shades by Frank Ticheli /
Master of Puppets by Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, and Lars Ulrich (Metallica) /
Land of Confusion by Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, and Phil Collins (Genesis) /
Habanera (from Carmen) by Georges Bizet / Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell /
Pure Imagination (from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory) by Leslie Bricusse, & Anthony Newley
76.213 23rd
2018 RetroVertigo The Day Begins by Peter Knight and Graeme Edge / The Rhythm of the Heat by Peter Gabriel /
Retrovertigo by Trevor Dunn / None of Them Knew They Were Robots by Trey Spruance
Inside Straight by John Zorn / Enter Sandman by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett /
Hope by Jonathan Elias / Qué Sera Sera by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
74.475 24th
2019 From the Ground Up Organic Forest & Bulldozers and the Height of Industry by Key Poulan, Dave Marvin, Dan Bryan, and Shawn Glyde /
The Sound of War by Susanne Sundfør / The Corinthian Song by V. Michael McKay /
Original music by Key Poulan, Dave Marvin, Dan Bryan, and Shawn Glyde
78.725 20th
2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 There's No Place Like Home Kansas, The Tornado, Landing in Oz, Yellow Bricks, Poppies, Approaching the Emerald City, and The Wicked Witch and the Dark Castle by Key Poulan, Shawn Glyde, Mike Huestis, and Dan Bryan /
Power by Kanye West / Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
2022 Dorothy Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg / Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John and Bernie Taupin /
Songs from the Wood by Ian Anderson / Ballad of Heroes by Benjamin Britten
78.813 21st

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Corps". Drum Corps International. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Genesis". DCX: The Drum Corps Xperience. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  3. "GENESIS Drum and Bugle Corps - Austin, Texas - Non-Profit Organization - Timeline". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  4. "Austin, Texas' Genesis approved for World Class competition". Drum Corps International. January 27, 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2017.

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