LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A group of McNeese State University students recently returned from participating in an extremely competitive world competition known as Drum Corps International.
Drum Corps International is a world of competitive drum and bugle corps is an intense, choreographed musical experience.
Taylor Teague, Michael Royer, and James Williford auditioned for different corps across the country and beat out more than 200 musicians for a spot on corps.
Teague, a snare drummer for MSU, started his journey with the Blue Knights and competed in various competitions throughout the country.
"It's just so many experiences, so many states, so many people, so many everything, it was just amazing," said Teague.
Royer recently competed his third year with the Blue Stars, and he said it's something every musician should do.
"It really teaches you a lot about yourself and what you need to do in life to be successful," said Royer.
Williford, a tuba player for MSU, participated in the Santa Clara Vanguard for a third year in a row.
Despite the hard work, the musicians said it's something that brought him back to the roots of his passion for music.
"The crowd is the whole reason you're doing this," said Williford. "You feel the presence of 149 other people around you and you're pushing to the end and I wish everyone could experience that."
"My hands are much better, I can feel the beat and listen better and I think it's made me a much better player," said Teague.
If you are interested in auditioning for next year's corps, click on "Drum Corps International" to the right.