Frenship High band brothers join Drum Corps International group

The Quackenbush brothers didn’t really have much planned for the summer.
When the opportunity came up to join a drum and bugle corps, they jumped.
Branden, 16, and Cody, 17, are members of the Frenship High School band, where they usually play clarinet and trumpet, respectively. But Branden, who will be a junior this fall at Frenship High School, is now playing a euphonium in the GENESIS Drum and Bugle Corps, while his brother, Cody, a senior, continues to play trumpet.
“It was kind of like a surprise deal,” said Cody. “They asked us to come in and fill some spots.”
The brothers said they’ve always wanted to participate in a Drum Corps International group, and when they opportunity presented itself, they couldn’t turn it down.
They will miss a bit of the summer band program at FHS — but they both laughed and said they would probably have marching fundamentals firmly down when they return to Wolfforth in August.
Cody said the music they are learning is amazing.
“It’s way past what we do in high school,” said Branden.
Those who attend the group’s exhibition performance Saturday are in for a treat, Cody said.
“I don’t expect that you’ll be able to stay sitting,” he said.
The experience of practicing and learning with GENESIS is very intense, Cody said.
“It’s one of the most efficient and motivated musical experiences I’ve ever been a part of,” he said.
“Second on that,” said Branden.
Both of the Quackenbush brothers agreed they may pursue music, at least as a minor, while in college.

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