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Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps

Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps
Location Austin Texas
Division Open Class
Founded 2009
Director Chris Magonigal
Uniform Black sleeveless jacket
w/silver buttons
Black long-sleeved
mock-turtleneck shirt
Black gloves (brass)
Black pants
Black shoes and socks
Blue shako w/black trim,
silver chain & black plume

The Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class (formerly Divisions II & III) competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Austin, Texas, Genesis performs in Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions.[1]


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Genesis was founded in September, 2009 by Chris Magonigal, Aaron Sandoval, Robert Flores, and Dillon Ingle 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 one of six new or renewed corps 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.“


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(2010–2015)

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Year Theme Repertoire Score Result
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 Music from The Wizard of Oz: 1939 Version by Herbert Stothart, Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg, and Modest Mussorgsky /
The Wizard of Oz: 2010 Adaptation by Andrew Lloyd Webber / Music from The Wiz by Charlie Smalls /
Music from Wicked by Stephen Schwartz / Music from Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd /
Music of The Doors / Music of Deadmau5 / Music of Skrillex
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 of the Opera Musical selections TBA TBD TBD

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