Band directors in the Rockford, IL or Charleston, WV area that are interested in bringing a top notch drum corps to your school for a day should contact us at (815) 226-2835 or by email ASAP.
Bringing a drum corps into your school is great exposure for your high school band members! Besides, you can get free tickets to the show! The Regiment places corps in each of our shows (Rockford, IL and Charleston, WV) into local high schools for a day.
Here’s what a typical schedule might look like: 5:00am – Arrive. This is probably the only toughest part – being there, or having someone there, to greet them this early in the morning 🙂 The corps members will sleep in the gym; staff and volunteers will sleep in 3-4 classrooms; and the drivers will sleep in 1-2 classrooms that are away from everybody else and are air conditioned and dark so they can get a good days sleep.
9:00am – Breakfast. Corps will make all meals out of their food truck. Only thing they’ll need would be access to a water spicket, access to normal 110v outlets, and access to the garbage dumpsters.
10:00am – Rehearsal. Hopefully the weather is great so they will all rehearse outside. They will need 2 to 3 full size football fields – or grass space large enough for a football field. Don’t worry about having no lines, as all corps know how to paint their own football fields using water based athletic spray paint. Access to the football stadium or other area with a high vantage point is always a good thing!
1:00pm – Lunch
2:00pm – Rehearsal. BTW – all rehearsals are generally open to the public. So this is a great time for your students to come and watch them rehearse. Some corps are happy to have a instructor or two talk to your group if planned in advance.
5:00pm – Dinner and clean up.
7:00pm – Depart school
Of course, this is just an example of a typical schedule as each corps varies.
If you are interested, or want more details, please contact us at (815) 226-2835 or by email.
Dear Phantom Regiment, I had the opportunity to attend a practice session recently in Durand, IL. I was awestruck as to your ability, professionalism and discipline. Spartacus is breathtaking.
Many years ago Alex Haddad took a bunch of Rockford kids, some talented and some wanna be’s and whipped them into first a parade corp and then a winning entity on the field. Some of those people are still with you today. That was then.
Most of you are more talented than we ever were, but the same DNA runs through all of us who have marched with the Phantom Regiment. Our guys coined the word S.U.T.A. and that spirit will live in your hearts forever along with the friendships you form with your fellow corp members. This part of your life, you will later find to be one of your most outstanding and cherished experiences. The hard work and discipline you practice now with your music will follow you into life making any chosen vocation easier to attain.
You are inspiring and awesome. You make us so proud when we see you on the field. You are world class and deserve the number one spot this year. Wishing you a great season!
Always a fan, Sara Mulvain (Phantomette) circa ’57-61′
P.S. In spite of my comment in Durand, I do believe that drummers (percussionists) are some of the most interesting and colorful people you will meet. 🙂
It’s been several years, but we are pleased to again be offering Regiment Block Tickets for the 2008 DCI World Championships to be held at Memorial Stadium on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, Ind., on Aug. 7-9. Besides being able to sit with a group of Regiment fans by purchasing your tickets through us, you are also helping to raise money for the Regiment! A commission on ticket sales will be given back to the Regiment.
These blocks of tickets are not assigned by DCI until later, so we do not have exact seating locations right now. The ticket prices are the face value as set by DCI and we are only adding our normal convenience fee of $2.50 per ticket, like we do with our Show of Shows and Drums Across the Tri-State shows.
Please note: this is the 2nd offering of championship tickets – therefore, DCI does not guarantee that you will be in the same block of Regiment fans.
If you’re ready to enjoy the 2008 Phantom Regiment’s production of SPARTACUS click here to purchase tickets to finals!
The Phantom Regiment Winter Guard has once again teamed up with Magical Charters from Tampa, Florida as the official transportation provider for the winter guard.
Jimmy Newman (Magical Charters) and Adam Sage (Phantom Regiment) have known one another since 1987. Newman was the percussion instructor at Cape Coral High School, where Sage attended high school.
Both are excited to work together in this partnership with the winter guard. “I have always been a fan of the Phantom Regiment, and to be able to be a part of the organization with Adam is very exciting. I am also pleased to have had the pleasure of working with Rick Valenzuela, he is one of the nicest people in the activity”, Newman says.
Magical Charters and Tours has continued to grow as a motor coach operator with its fleet of 12 coaches providing ground transportation for DCI and WGI past and current groups listed below:
Phantom Winter Guard Fahrenheit Winter Guard Blessed Sac Winter Guard Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps Heat Wave Drum and Bugle Corps Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps
For more information on Magical Charters, click on the banner above or go to www.magicalbuscharters.com.
Hello, my name is Christina Rutan, I’m from Indiana, and this was my sixth weekend with the Phantom Regiment Winter Guard! The weekend for me began with about a five-hour trip to Bowling Green, Kentucky right after my last class ended on Friday. I arrived there around 7pm only to find out that our practice site that night was even farther than normal so by the time Glenn and I finally arrived it was actually already 12:30am! After the ten-hour drive though I was still ready to jump right in when we got there. That’s the amazing thing about these people and this organization, no matter what I’ve had to do to get there and back on the weekends, when I get there, none of that matters because I just love it so much. So when we did finally get to practice, Glenn and I saw that everyone was working in their own sections, the flags were with Adam learning and making some changes to their show with some beautiful and new flag work, the rifles were working together as well as the sabers with Stephanie. Then the dancers, the section Glenn and I are in, were actually working with Jay Jernigan, an amazing and unique choreographer who founded the Metro Movement Ensemble, who has started coming in on the weekends to choreograph. I was instantly excited for the chance to learn from him, and Glenn and I tried to catch up as quickly as possible on what he had already taught. After that, he continued writing for the dancer/flag partner work, and the movement that follows. We then ran the new movement a few times before it was time to call it a night. It was a little after 1am when we packed up the tarp and headed to our respective locations for the evening, which is the part I always dread. For me, it’s like as soon as I get there it seems like I have to be separated from everyone right away when I just want to hang out with them all night long. However, I don’t think it would be possible to all fit in one house, so Joey, Glenn, Morgan, Brian and I all headed for Brian’s house. I’ve never stayed there before, but apparently it’s closer to the practice site on Saturday, and with how our group likes to sleep, we were all about that. So as we were driving back, we all had a big craving for Taco Bell, but the one we stopped at was totally closed already, what kind of fourth meal is that?! We continued on our journey when Glenn and I spotted an open Taco Bell, but were at the end of the caravan so we couldn’t stop – oh and also Brian wouldn’t pick up his phone! Our last hope was the Taco Bell off of Brian’s exit, but alas it was closed as well. So we finally gave up and just went to McDonalds-lame! As soon as we got to Brian’s we all were so exhausted that we basically just crashed on a huge couch until it was time for practice again. Saturday’s practice began at 10am with the most hilarious thing I’ve seen in a while: our staff member, Stephanie, giving us a fantastic performance to the lip gloss song (My lip gloss be poppin’, my lip gloss be cool, etc)- HYSTERICAL and very convincing. I love that our staff loves having fun just as much as we do. After we were all waken up by the lively performance, we did a little stretching on our own because our dance instructor Jonathon was unfortunately not able to be here this weekend. Then, Stephanie told us to get a partner who we don’t usually hang out with and do a mirror activity where one person has to start and the other mirror them, and the person who leads continually changes throughout the activity without any exchange of words. This exercise Stephanie explained, was to show us how connected we are with one another and that connection is what we need to find on the floor, and to feed off of it in order to be the best color guard we can be. After that we set up in our current flag feature set and cleaned and added a slight alteration to the feature on how we get out of the ground. We ran the feature many times, helping us to get m