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By Sarah Baldwin - bio | email

June 20, 2008

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - More than a hundred teens and young adults from all over the southeastern U.S. and a even a few from Japan, are in Thomasville this week. They're the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps  of Jacksonville, Florida.

They're part of what you could call the major leagues of marching bands, and they're kicking off their national tour in Thomasville.    

The 140 members of Teal Sound and their instructors have taken over the field at Thomasville High School this week. But this is by no means the beginning of their work which started with an audition camp back in December.  

"Once the corps is set we have camps once a month. We rehearse musically, we learn how to march," says Bobby Duncan, Drum Major.

Now that they're here, they'll have 11 days of a grueling practice schedule. "We rehearse everyday very hard for about 12 hours a day," Duncan said.

This is leading up to their national tour.  "We're getting everything together. Perfecting our show, learning our moves, getting everything we need to have, in order to be able to compete," said Brian Fisher, Asst. Director.

Hours on the practice field. and sleeping on high school gym floors; it's hard work. But in her second year with Teal Sound, Trumpet Section Leader Stephanie Diaz says its all worth it. "I marched four years in high school and then I took a year off in college, and then I heard about Teal Sound. All my friends were doing it, and I missed marching band. So I came here and fell in love."

The corps is giving a couple concerts here in Thomasville and will perform in around 25 shows nationally. But it's their last competition at the end of the summer that most of these kids live for. 

"It will all culminate in Bloomington, Indiana this year and we'll be at the Indiana University in their stadium there, that's the national competition," said  Fisher.

"We hope to take the gold, that's our goal, that's what we're striving toward right now." says Duncan.

But even when its all over, Diaz, like other members, says music will always have a place in her life. "It's a passion, just always do it on the side and just bring it to every aspect of my life."

It's that shared passion and dedication that will march them to victory. Teal Sound will play at Thomasville High School saturday night.

If you can't make it this weekend they'll play again in Valdosta on July 11th. Learn more at www.tealsound.org .

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