A few fans in the stands showed concern about the Regiment’s actions during retreat. This was the first year of a new retreat policy that had changed many times up to the very last minute. The idea was to make it more festive not only for the fans, but for the participants as well.
For those interested, the major difference was that corps’ were not allowed to mingle and congregate on the field at the conclusion of the scores being announced. This was in an effort to clear the field as quickly as possible for the champions encore.
Many corps have come to have certain traditions that take place on the field, let alone taking pictures of each other on the “finals” field. Our tradition has been the leaving of the dog tags.
With this new retreat policy, we weren’t going to be able to do that, so instead, Executive Director Rick Valenzuela decided to reverse the procedure for the corps.
Once the corps was introduced and entered onto the field, the dog tag pile began, along with the members taking pictures from the field to remember their time with 2009 PR on Lucas Oil field. This all took place while the other corps were coming onto the field.
Once the drum majors were called front and center, the Regiment does what it always does, and setup the retreat block as stoic as always.
“Doing it this way was by no means was an act of disrespect to any corps or the activity”, says Valenzuela, “but rather to allow our members to continue a tradition that has meant a lot to them. I also wanted them to enjoy each others company and take photos that they could look back in 20 years like they have been able to for the past many years.”
“But once it was time for business, we did and acted like anyone would expect.”
There are two gatherings of Regiment alums and fans from all over the world this weekend in or near Indy!
Friday, August 7th There will be an informal gathering of Phantom Regiment Alumni at the Oliver Winery on Friday, August 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (or longer). The Oliver Winery is located on the far north side of Bloomington, IN at 8024 N. State Road 37 (about a 45 minute drive from downtown Indy). The gathering will be a nice way to warm-up for the PRAA Alumni party on Saturday.
Saturday, August 8th To end the drum corp season, alumni and friends of the Phantom Regiment will be gathering as we do every year, in the hours just prior to DCI finals. This year the event will be held on August 8th from Noon – 5:00 PM at the Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 10 West Washington Street in Indianapolis which is located about 4 blocks north and 2 blocks east of Lucas Oil Stadium.
Please plan to join us in the Billiards Room, aka basement, and come hungry! Thirsty never seems to be an issue with these phans! We have a minimum purchase agreement with the restaurant so any and all food and drink ordered from our venue will be credited to the contracted amount. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
Questions? Contact Renee at firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you can join us and please help spread the word about both events!
If you love all those iPhone or iTouch applications, AND you’re a Phantom Regiment phan – then you’ll love our new Regiment application! The cost is only $1.99, and 50% of the proceeds go directly to the organization.
For those fans that took advantage of our LAST CHANCE DCI TICKETS please remember we are not mailing them out to you – you MUST pick them up at the DCI Headquarter Hotel, The Westin, 50 Capitol St, Indianapolis, either Thursday, Friday or Saturday from 11am-12pm only, in the lobby.
If by chance something has come up in the last week and you are unable to get to The Westin to pick up your tickets, other arrangements can be made to Federal Express them to you for an extra charge, however you MUST contact the office by Tuesday, August 4 before 5pm Central Time. Do NOT call the office, but please send an email to email@example.com. We are not able to pick up phone messages before we leave for Indianapolis Wednesday morning. If you leave a message we will not get it until after DCI finals next week. If there is a conflict we don’t want you to miss finals!!
If you check the status of your order through our website and it states the order/tickets have been mailed – that is not correct. In our system, in order to complete the order, it must be marked as shipped, but unless you made previous arrangements to have tickets sent to you via Federal Express, your tickets have NOT been mailed and you must pick them up as it states above.
We are so pleased we were able to offer more DCI finals tickets for our wonderful fans to purchase in the 11th hour! Safe travels and we’ll see you in Indi!