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The Phantom Regiment Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made a significant and long-lasting positive impact on the Phantom Regiment organization.
The Hall of Fame began in 2016, with 36 inductees enshrined that inaugural year . Prior, Phantom Regiment recognized those who have made a significant impact on the organization by adding their names to the “Heritage Plaque”. To better honor them with a more traditional recognition, Phantom Regiment created the Phantom Regiment Hall of Fame during its 60 th anniversary year.
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Any person who has made a significant and long-lasting, positive impact on the Phantom Regiment organization will be considered by the committee as a possible recipient of the Hall of Fame Award.
The voting body includes the existing Hall of Fame Members (living), PR Board Members, PRAA Board Members (one vote per person).
The Hall of Fame inductee(s) are announced each year at the Show of Shows in Rockford.
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The Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps is a World Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps based in Rockford, Illinois.
The first two drum and bugle corps in the Rockford, Illinois, area were sponsored by VFW Post 342 and American Legion Post 62. Both corps' members were men who were both veterans and members of the posts. The Rockford area has had several drum corps since that time, but the most successful by far has been the Phantom Regiment (aka Phantom, aka The Regiment).
Formed in 1956 by a group of VFW 342 members, under the direction of Alex Haddad, the corps was provisionally named the Rockford Rangers with all-boy drums and bugles sections and an all-girl color guard to be named the Rangerettes. However, when many of the charter members were impressed by the Stetson D. Richmond recording of the Syracuse Brigadiers performing the 1952 Leroy Anderson composition "The Phantom Regiment," the corps' name was changed before the unit made its debut, and the all-girl color guard was labelled the Phantomettes.
While the corps was in its developmental stages, a substantial emphasis was placed on the competitive guard aspect of the activity. Almost overnight, both the Phantomettes and a corps-sponsored all-boy color guard called the Raiders were competitively successful.
The drum and bugle corps struggled competitivelyuntil the corps bought a set of high quality bugles from the Commonwealth Edison Drum and Bugle Corps in 1962. A new brass arranger also sped the growth process. Also in 1962, the Phantom Regiment Cadets feeder corps was formed and received the old set of bugles.
Despite the Phantomettes having placed second at the 1962 color guard national championships, the 1963 Regiment was an all-male corps, but scores fell from the previous season. The Phantomettes returned in 1964 and, after a very successful recruiting drive, the Phantom Regiment, dressed in new uniforms, had its most successful year to date, while the Phantomettes were memorialized on the City of Rockford's vehicle registration stickers.
Just as it looked as if the Regiment was on its way to becoming a championship-caliber corps, on August 21, 1964, Regimental Hall, the corps' home was badly damaged by a fire. The organization was forced to sell its instruments and those new uniforms to pay off some of its debts. The Phantom Regiment was inactive for the next three seasons.
A new board of directors, made up of former members and staff of the original corps, reorganized and incorporated the Phantom Regiment on September 11, 1967. Included was the mission statement: "To organize, maintain, and operate a musical marching unit, band, color guard, and related activities, and in general, promote and encourage drum and bugle corps activities, parades, concerts, contests, and to further the musical talents and interests of young persons."
The reorganized Phantom Regiment began its first season in three years as a small corps that signed its first roster on Jan. 10, 1968. There were 28 members.
The first season for the reborn corps included many parades and a few contests. The corps uniform included black pants with a red windbreaker and a black and white vertical stripe on the left side of the windbreaker. The equipment truck was a red step van, the only vehicle the corps owned. In that first year of the corps' return, perhaps the corps' greatest asset was its new musical arranger, Phantom Regiment alumnus and future DCI Hall of Fame member, Jim Wren, who would go on to arrange the unit's brass music for the next 32 years.
As the years passed, the number of contests grew, the distance traveled in the tour increased, and the Phantom Regiment began to creep up the ladder of drum corps success.
In 1970, the corps was able to put the members in actual uniforms for the first time since the fire. These were cadet-style uniforms with a jacket that featured a diagonal sash of red dividing the black right side from the white left side and black pants with a white stripe. The uniforms were accented by white buck shoes and shakos with 12-inch plumes. That 1980 corps included 40 horns, 14 drums, 24 color guard, 10 rifles, and one drum major, for a total of 89 members.
By 1971, the first hints of Phantom's ultimate t rademark classical style were beginning to appear, as Wren started adding classical music pieces to the usual pop music that most corps were playing.
Legend has it that a sign of the corps' increased confidence was that, on Friday, August 13th, 1971, all of the corps' buses ran out of fuel; the equipment truck caught fire, not just once, but twice; yet the corps went out and won that night's contest.
Before Drum Corps International (DCI) was founded in 1972, the Phantom Regiment, like most corps of the time, was strictly a local organization with members and staff from Rockford and its surrounding communities. Travel to contests was generally limited to no more than a few hours of driving, with an immediate return home after the show. The only "National" competition Phantom had ever entered before 1972 was the 1964 VFW championships in Cleveland. In 1972, Phantom Regiment attended the first DCI World Championships in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Even that was a short trip, since Whitewater is only a bit over 50 miles north of Rockford.
As the corps moved into the realm of touring corps in 1972, it also established the new role of "program coordinator" to oversee the staff and the creative design process. The position was filled by Phantom Regiment charter member Dr. Daniel Richardson, who would hold the job for all but two of the next twenty years. He would also take on nearly every other job in the organization at one time or another through 2017. "Dr. Dan" was elected to the DCI Hall of Fame in 2011 for his efforts.
Phantom Regiment placed 23rd among the 39 corps at that first DCI Championships. Through 2017, the Regiment remains one of only five corps to have attended DCI every year.
During the fall and winter before the 1974 season, every member of the corps took individual marching and brass lessons. It was to be the first year that Phantom played an all-classical music program. It was also the first time the Regiment went on an actual "tour" to contests in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts en route to the DCI Championships in Ithaca, New York. With a corps marching the then-maximum 128 members, Phantom Regiment was beating many of the activity's traditional powers and was earning a reputation as a new powerhouse on the scene. Many drum corps fans were shocked when Phantom placed 8th in semifinals. In its first DCI Finals, the corps finished 11th. They have been a fixture in the DCI top 12 ever since.
In the fall of 1974, Phantom Regiment debuted a new uniform that would give the corps its long-term identity: long white jackets with a black sash, a two-colored cape with red on the inside and black on the outside, black pants, and the special element that remains today: the pith helmet.
The remainder of the 1970s would be years of rapid advancement for the Regiment as the corps matured to become a contender for the DCI crown. In 1975, the corps placed 10th, and in 1976, it placed fourth. Then, in 1977, 1978 and 1979, Phantom Regiment had the incredible run of glory mixed with frustration, as the corps placed second, three years in a row. In 77 & 79, the corps was solidly behind the Blue Devils, as was every other corps. In 1978, the Regiment finished only a tenth of a point behind Santa Clara Vanguard in the closest finish up to that point in time.
The 1981 production of the ballet "Spartacus" was a project two years in the making. Although loved by audiences everywhere, the program failed to significantly excite the judges and placed only 5th. A reworking of the program in 1982, with additional musical selections, only rose to 4th place.
Even though the Regiment produced some of the most innovative programs on the field of competition for year after year, from the runner up run of 1977-79 through 1995, Phantom remained an also-ran, with a lowest finish of 10th place in '86.
Following the 10th place finish, Michael Ceasario became the Regiment's designer, introducing the all-white uniforms at the beginning of a three-year rise that led to a fourth second place trophy in 1989 with Phantom's score of 98.400 tying the previous highest DCI score ever. That 1989 corps joined the Kansas City Symphony on stage in a performance of "Elsa's Processional to the Cathedral" so powerful that a newspaper reviewer wrote that he felt like he might never recover.
The 1990s was a time of continued success and evolution, even with what was considered by the organization as a "disastrous" eighth place finish in 1992. The Regiment rebounded with back-to-back third place finishes in '93 and '94
The 1995 all-Rachmaninoff program, "Adventures Under a Darkened Sky" was accompanied by a change of the uniforms from all-white to all-black.
In 1996 came "A Defiant Heart: The Music of Dimitri Shostakovich." With it came the culmination of the dream of everyone involved with the Phantom Regiment organization over the previous 30 years, when the Regiment tied the Concord Blue Devils for its first DCI World Championship.
Maybe it was a case of relaxing after finally having that winning year, when Phantom went into a relative decline and fell out of the top six in three of the next four years. Following the 1999 season, the organization discontinued the cadet corps, which had begun as the Phantom Regiment Cadets in 1962 and had been competing as the Phantom Legion for several years. The feeder corps had maintained more of a local base than had the Regiment, as had the younger Phantom Regiment Pre-Cadets, which had been suspended a few years earlier.
The corps once again took on a new look in 2000 with another Michael Cesario-inspired uniform. The all-black was replaced by tan jackets and white pants with a red baldric; only the traditional Phantom Regiment helmets remained. Unfortunately in July, 2000, while traveling through Mississippi, a fire destroyed Phantom's souvenir trailer--- a substantial financial loss. Under the leadership of corps director Patrick Seidling and following the vision of board members like Tim Farrell and Dan Farrell, the Regiment experienced a resurgence in the early 2000s, returning to the top five at DCI Finals 2001-07. Seidling was chosen as DCI's director of the year in 2003
The 2004 show was a departure for the traditionally classical corps, as they presented "Apasionada 874," a performance of music by the master of the tango, Astor Piazolla. The theme encouraged much passionate emoting by the horn line and "a graceful tango across the field" by 12 contrabass buglers.
In 2008, Phantom reached back into the corps' history and brought back "Spartacus." This time around, not only was the show loved by audiences everywhere, but the judges responded when the crowds screamed their delight at every contest. At DCI Finals, Phantom Regiment defeated the Blue Devils by a minescule margin of only 0.025 points to win its second DCI World Championship (and first without a tie).
Through 2019, Phantom Regiment has continued to be a DCI Finalist, with the streak extending through 46 consecutive Top Twelve finishes.
The 2020 season was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The corps returned to the field for the non-competitive 2021 season.
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Highest Score 69.000
Final show in DCX Archives June 14, 1958 IL VFW State (finals) Rockford IL
Highest Score 70.420
Final show in DCX Archives August 8, 1959 1st Spectacle Skokie IL placed 5 with a score of 70.420
Highest Score 80.400
Final show in DCX Archives August 24, 1960 VFW Nationals (junior prelims) Detroit MI placed 12 with a score of 80.400
Highest Score 84.100
Final show in DCX Archives September 4, 1961 IDBCA Labor Day Parade and Contest Rockford IL placed 6 with a score of 62.725
Highest Score 80.100
Final show in DCX Archives September 8, 1962 Accent on Music? Aurora IL placed 6 with a score of 51.900
Highest Score 75.100
Final show in DCX Archives September 1, 1963 Summer Sound Off sponsored by the Emerald Cadets of Rochester NY Rochester NY placed 4 with a score of 68.200
Highest Score 88.000
Final show in DCX Archives September 7, 1964 Rockford IL placed 4 with a score of 68.000
Highest Score 43.230
Final show in DCX Archives August 1, 1965 V-J Day Pageant of Drums Woodstock IL placed 6 with a score of 43.230
Highest Score 62.100
Final show in DCX Archives August 9, 1969 Gladiolus Festival Momence IL placed 5 with a score of 38.200
Highest Score 61.550
Final show in DCX Archives September 5, 1970 Festival of Music & Motion Kewanee IL placed 5 with a score of 49.600
Highest Score 73.700
Final show in DCX Archives July 18, 1971 McHenry IL placed 4 with a score of 63.050
Highest Score 77.600
Final show in DCX Archives August 26, 1972 Loves Park IL placed 5 with a score of 73.700
Highest Score 78.750
Final show in DCX Archives August 19, 1973 World Pageant of Drums sponsored by the Wisconsin State Fair (finals) West Allis WI placed 7 with a score of 78.750
Highest Score 81.800
Final show in DCX Archives August 24, 1974 Loves Park IL placed 3 with a score of 76.300
Highest Score 83.100
Final show in DCX Archives August 23, 1975 Loves Park IL placed 2 with a score of 83.100
Highest Score 88.700
Final show in DCX Archives August 21, 1976 DCI World Championships Philadelphia PA placed 4 with a score of 87.750
Highest Score 90.700
Final show in DCX Archives August 19, 1977 DCI World Championships Denver CO placed 2 with a score of 90.300
Highest Score 91.500
Final show in DCX Archives August 18, 1978 DCI World Championships Denver CO placed 2 with a score of 91.450
Highest Score 92.750
Final show in DCX Archives August 18, 1979 DCI World Championships Birmingham AL placed 2 with a score of 92.750
Highest Score 88.450
Final show in DCX Archives August 16, 1980 DCI World Championships Birmingham AL placed 5 with a score of 88.450
Highest Score 90.850
Final show in DCX Archives August 22, 1981 DCI World Championships Montreal QUE Canada placed 5 with a score of 90.850
Highest Score 93.100
Final show in DCX Archives August 21, 1982 DCI World Championships Montreal QUE Canada placed 4 with a score of 92.150
Highest Score 91.450
Final show in DCX Archives August 20, 1983 DCI World Championships Miami FL placed 4 with a score of 91.450
Highest Score 95.600
Final show in DCX Archives August 18, 1984 DCI World Championships Atlanta GA placed 4 with a score of 95.600
Highest Score 91.600
Final show in DCX Archives August 17, 1985 DCI World Championships Madison WI placed 8 with a score of 90.100
Highest Score 87.900
Final show in DCX Archives August 16, 1986 DCI World Championships Madison WI placed 10 with a score of 85.000
Highest Score 96.100
Final show in DCX Archives August 15, 1987 DCI World Championships Madison WI placed 5 with a score of 94.300
Highest Score 94.500
Final show in DCX Archives August 20, 1988 DCI World Championships Kansas City MO placed 6 with a score of 93.500
Highest Score 98.400
Final show in DCX Archives August 19, 1989 DCI World Championships Kansas City MO placed 2 with a score of 98.400
Highest Score 95.300
Final show in DCX Archives August 18, 1990 DCI World Championships Buffalo NY placed 4 with a score of 95.300
Highest Score 95.400
Final show in DCX Archives August 17, 1991 DCI World Championships Dallas TX placed 3 with a score of 95.400
Highest Score 93.700
Final show in DCX Archives August 15, 1992 DCI World Championships Madison WI placed 8 with a score of 91.500
Highest Score 96.200
Final show in DCX Archives August 21, 1993 DCI World Championships Jackson MS placed 3 with a score of 96.200
Final show in DCX Archives August 20, 1994 DCI World Championships Foxboro MA placed 3 with a score of 96.200
Highest Score 94.100
Final show in DCX Archives August 12, 1995 DCI World Championships Buffalo NY placed 5 with a score of 94.100
Highest Score 97.400
Final show in DCX Archives August 17, 1996 DCI World Championships Orlando FL placed 1 with a score of 97.400
Highest Score 94.300
Final show in DCX Archives August 16, 1997 DCI World Championships Orlando FL placed 4 with a score of 94.200
Highest Score 90.500
Final show in DCX Archives August 15, 1998 DCI World Championships Orlando FL placed 8 with a score of 90.400
Highest Score 91.700
Final show in DCX Archives August 14, 1999 DCI World Championships Madison WI placed 8 with a score of 91.200
Final show in DCX Archives August 12, 2000 DCI World Championships College Park MD placed 7 with a score of 90.650
Highest Score 91.900
Final show in DCX Archives August 11, 2001 DCI Championships - DCI I Finals Buffalo NY placed 6 with a score of 91.900
Highest Score 93.200
Final show in DCX Archives August 10, 2002 World Championships Finals Madison WI placed 5 with a score of 92.400
Highest Score 94.750
Final show in DCX Archives August 9, 2003 DCI Championships - Div I Finals Orlando FL placed 4 with a score of 94.750
Highest Score 93.575
Final show in DCX Archives August 14, 2004 Tour of Champions San Jose CA
Highest Score 96.825
Final show in DCX Archives August 13, 2005 DCI World Championships - Div I Finals Foxboro MA placed 3 with a score of 96.825
Highest Score 96.850
Final show in DCX Archives August 12, 2006 DCI World Championships - Division I Finals Madison WI placed 2 with a score of 96.850
Final show in DCX Archives August 11, 2007 DCI World Championships Finals Pasadena CA placed 4 with a score of 94.850
Highest Score 98.125
Final show in DCX Archives August 9, 2008 World Class Finals Bloomington IN placed 1 with a score of 98.125
Final show in DCX Archives August 8, 2009 DCI World Championships World Class Finals Indianapolis IN placed 9 with a score of 89.900
Highest Score 93.150
Final show in DCX Archives August 14, 2010 World Class Finals Indianapolis IN placed 6 with a score of 93.150
Highest Score 95.050
Final show in DCX Archives August 13, 2011 DCI World Championship Finals Indianapolis IN placed 5 with a score of 95.050
Highest Score 96.550
Final show in DCX Archives August 11, 2012 DCI World Championship Finals Indianapolis IN placed 3 with a score of 96.550
Highest Score 93.250
Final show in DCX Archives August 10, 2013 DCI World Championship Finals Indianapolis IN placed 6 with a score of 93.250
Highest Score 91.550
Final show in DCX Archives August 9, 2014 DCI World Championships World Class Finals Indianapolis IN placed 7 with a score of 91.425
Highest Score 90.325
Final show in DCX Archives August 8, 2015 DCI World Championships World Class Finals Indianapolis IN placed 7 with a score of 90.325
Highest Score 90.600
Final show in DCX Archives August 13, 2016 DCI World Championship Finals Indianapolis IN placed 8 with a score of 89.963
Highest Score 89.888
Final show in DCX Archives August 12, 2017 DCI World Championship Finals Indianapolis IN placed 9 with a score of 88.125
Highest Score 87.750
Final show in DCX Archives August 11, 2018 DCI World Championship Finals Indianapolis IN United States placed 11 with a score of 86.950
Highest Score 87.775
Final show in DCX Archives August 10, 2019 DCI World Championship Finals Indianapolis IN United States placed 12 with a score of 87.238
Highest Score 0.000
Final show in DCX Archives August 14, 2021 DCI Celebration - Indianapolis Indianapolis IN United States
Final show in DCX Archives August 13, 2022 DCI World Championship Finals Indianapolis IN USA placed 8 with a score of 90.675
Highest Score 93.163
Final show in DCX Archives August 22, 2023 DCI Semifinals Indianapolis IN United States placed 7 with a score of 93.163
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The corps was founded in 1956 by Alex Haddad, a member of the Col.
In 1962, the corps bought a set of high quality bugles that had belonged to the Commonwealth Edison Knights of Light Drum and Bugle Corps which had folded two years earlier.
But on August 21, 1964 Regimental Hall, the corps' home base, was badly damaged by a fire.
When scores fell behind those of the previous season, the Phantomettes returned to the corps for 1964.
The only "National" competition the corps had ever entered had been the 1964 VFW championships in Cleveland.
The Regiment's 1968 drum and horn lines dressed in black pants and a red windbreaker with a black and white vertical stripe on the left side; the guard wore the same windbreaker, black Bermuda shorts and an "Aussie" style hat.
By 1970, Phantom was able to outfit the corps in new uniforms; a cadet-style jacket with a red diagonal sash dividing the black white side from the white left side, black pants with a white stripe, white buck shoes, and a shako with a 12-inch plume.
In 1971, Wren started adding the classical music pieces that would become Phantom's trademark along with the usual pop music that most corps were playing.
In 1973, The corps returned to Whitewater and moved up to 14th place among 48 corps.
In 1974, Phantom presented its first full program of all-classical musical selections.
A fall to a 10th-place finish in 1986 led the corps to take a new approach.
At DCI, the Regiment earned its first Top Twelve Finalist placement, beginning a string that has held through 2019.
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Phantom Regiment is based out of Rockford, Illinois . The corps is a member of Drum Corps International and they compete within DCI Division I . The director of the Phantom Regiment is Rick Valenzuela.
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The Phantom Regiment is drum corps' classical music identity. The organization was originally founded by a VFW post in 1956 as the Rockford Rangers and the Rockford Rangerettes. Soon after, the corps and the all-female Color Guard changed their names to the Phantom Regiment and the Phantomettes .
In 1968 , Phantom Regiment re-emerged after a fire and reorganization to field a small competitive corps. Phantom has been a DCI powerhouse since first breaking into the coveted top twelve in 1974 . Since then, the corps has placed out of the top five only a handful of times, including winning the silver medal four times. Phantom was an innovator of the story line show, interpreting the classical strains of Spartacus on a 100-yard stage. It wasn't until 1987 that the corps became what it is known as today.
Always true to their classical roots, Phantom has thrilled their audiences with the complexity and grandeur of timeless music and sheer explosive power of modern drum and bugle corps.
In 1996 , with the celebration of their 40th year, the Phantom Regiment won their first DCI championship. They tied the Blue Devils for first place with a score of 97.40.
Drum and Bugle Corps is an original American art form. The beginning can be traced to veterans organizations such as the VFW and the American Legion , as well as to organizations such as the Catholic Youth Organization. Soldiers returning from World War I celebrated Veterans Day and the Fourth of July by marching in parades to the accompaniment of the drum and the bugle, just as they had during the war. The first two corps in the Rockford, Illinois, area, the VFW Post 342 and the American Legion Post 62, were composed of veterans who were male and members of those particular posts. There have been many drum corps in the Rockford area since that time. By far the most successful has been the Phantom Regiment.
Formed in 1956 by a group of VFW 342 members who wanted to see a competitive drum corps, the group was initially named the Rockford Rangers , with an all-girl color guard to be called the Rangerettes.
Many of the members did not feel the name "Rangers" was appropriate for their corps. Some of the members had been listening to Stetson D. Richmond records and were impressed with a 1952 Leroy Anderson tune the Syracuse Brigadiers had played entitled "The Phantom Regiment." Thus, before the corps had made any public appearances, the corps name was changed to Phantom Regiment, and the all-girl color guard was labelled the Phantomettes .
While the corps was in its developmental stages, a substantial emphasis was placed on the competitive guard aspect of the activity. Almost overnight, the Phantomettes became very successful in their own right. An all-male comp guard made up of members of the Regiment horn line, called the Raiders, also had a brief success story.
The drum and bugle corps itself, however, struggled competitively. Fortunes began to improve only when in 1962 the corps bought a set of high quality bugles from the Commonwealth Edison Drum and Bugle Corps . A new brass arranger also sped the growth process. Also in 1962 , the original Phantom Regiment Cadets was formed, using the old set of bugles.
In 1963 , the Regiment fielded an all-male corps, including the color guard, with mixed results. The all-girl guard returned in 1964 and, with the help of a very successful recruiting drive, the Phantom Regiment, sporting a new set of military uniforms, had its most successful year to date.
The corps' competition color guard, the Phantomettes, was memorialized on vehicle registration stickers by the City of Rockford in 1964 .
But just as it looked as if the Regiment was on its way to becoming a championship-caliber corps, a fire in the corps hall took away the corps' home, along with the uniforms and the instruments. The Phantom Regiment tried to field a corps in 1965 , but eventually was forced to cancel the season due to lack of finances.
After spending the year- 1966 planning their resurgence, a board of directors comprised of former members and staff of the original corps incorporated the Phantom Regiment on Sept. 11, 1967 , with the following mission statement:
"To organize, maintain, and operate a musical marching unit, band, color guard, and related activities, and in general, promote and encourage drum and bugle corps activities, parades, concerts, contests, and to further the musical talents and interests of young persons."
The original board of directors could not have imagined that 30 years later their corps would have a budget of well over half a million dollars, nor that Phantom would be competing for the drum and bugle corps world championship.
The reorganized Phantom Regiment began its first season in three years as a small corps that signed its first roster on Jan. 10, 1968 . There were 28 charter members.
The first season for the corps included many parades and a few contests. The corps uniform included black pants with a red windbreaker and a black and white vertical stripe on the left side of the windbreaker. The equipment truck was a red step van, the only vehicle the corps owned.
As the years passed, the number of contests grew, the distance traveled in the tour increased, and the Phantom Regiment began to creep up the ladder of drum corps success.
New in 1970 were cadet-style uniforms, including black pants with a white stripe, and a jacket with a diagonal sash of red dividing the black right side from the white left side. White bucks were worn on the feet and new shakos with 12-inch plumes decorated the head. The corps included 40 horns, 24 color guard, 14 drums, 10 rifles and one drum major in 1970 , for a total of 89 members.
By 1971 , the first hints of Phantom's ultimate classical style were beginning to appear. The 1972 show featured a concert version of "Poet and Peasant Overture," however improbably accompanied by the "Addams Family Theme" as a marching tymp solo!
A sign of the corps' increased confidence was one Friday the 13th in 1971 , when three of the corps' busses ran out of gas and their equipment truck caught fire - twice. Yet Regiment still won the evening's contest.
During the fall and winter of the 1974 season every member of the 128-man corps took individual marching and brass lessons. The Phantom Regiment made finals at the Drum Corps International World Championships for the first time in 1974 , finishing eighth in Prelims and 11th in Finals. They have been a fixture in the DCI top 12 ever since.
The years between 1967 and 1974 were some of the most exciting in the history of the corps. They were the formative years and defined the style of the Phantom Regiment. Those years saw the growth of the young nucleus of members to a mature world-class drum corps.
In the fall of 1974 , a new uniform was conceived, one that would give the Phantom Regiment its long-term identity: long white jackets with a black sash, a two-colored cape with red on the inside and black on the outside, black pants, and the one element that remains today: the pith helmet.
The remainder of the 1970s would be years of rapid advancement for the Regiment as the corps matured to become a contender for the DCI crown. In 1975 , the corps placed 10th. In 1976 , it placed fourth. And in 1977 , 1978 and 1979 , the corps placed second, only a tenth or two from becoming World Champion.
During the early 1980s , the Regiment produced some of the most innovative programs ever to grace the field of competition. The corps was well ahead of its time with the 1981 and 1982 productions of the ballet "Spartacus," a project two years in the making. Critically acclaimed and loved by audiences everywhere, the program increased Regiment's fame throughout the world.
The corps that is recognized today began in 1987 . After a difficult 10th-place finish in 1986 , the corps took a fresh new approach. Michael Cesario inspired a dramatic new look, with new all-white uniforms more closely resembling costumes. This new look and approach led to three years of substantial improvement, culminating in 1989 with a second-place finish and the second highest score ever, 98.4.
In 1989 , the corps joined the Kansas City Symphony on stage in a performance of "Elsa's Processional to the Cathedral" so powerful that a newspaper reviewer felt he might never recover.
The 1990s proved to be a time of continued success and evolution, as in 1995 when the uniforms changed again. The same style was continued, but the color became black.
The 1993 show, featuring "Estancia," "Fire of Eternal Glory," and "Death Hunt," was a crowd-pleaser throughout the season and won Phantom a tightly contested third-place finish at DCI Championships in Jackson, Miss. They had finished a "disastrous" eighth in 1992 .
In 1996 , the goal and dream of everyone involved with the organization over the past 30 years came true. The Phantom Regiment tied the Concord Blue Devils for its first DCI World Championship. The music of that championship year was by Shostakovich.
After that winning year, however, Phantom went into a relative decline, finishing out of the top six from 1998 to 2000.
The corps took on a new look in 2000 with another Michael Cesario -inspired uniform. The all-black was replaced by tan jackets and white pants with a red baldric. The traditional Phantom Regiment helmets remained.
Much of the corps' resurgence in the early 2000s is credited to the leadership of board president Tim Farrell and program coordinator Dan Farrell , along with that of corps director Patrick Seidling , among others.
In 2003 , the uniform style changed back to a modern interpretation of the 1987 uniform design: white top, pants, and shoes; black sequined baldric and gauntlets; and black gloves. After a long swing through the West in 2003 -- the show was aptly named "Harmonic Journey" -- the corps finished the season in fourth place, with a score of 94.75.
The 2004 show was a departure for the traditionally classical corps, as they presented "Apasionada 874," a performance dedicated to the charm of the tango. The theme encouraged much emoting and passion by the horn line, not to mention a graceful tango across the field by 12 contras. On Finals night, Phantom took fifth place, with a score of 93.575.
Phantom took the stage in 2005 with the program "Rhapsody," based on the George Gershwin works "Rhapsody In Blue" and "An American In Paris." It was the first time since the 1960s that the color guard included a male. The Regiment took the bronze medal on Finals night with a score of 96.825.
For 2006 , its 50th Aniversary, Phantom returned to its classical repertoire, this time playing on the theme of "Faust," the age-old story of the battle of good and evil. It played Prokofiev's "Scythian Suite" as the opener, an incredibly emotional "Ave Maria" as its ballad (Biebel version), which featured the entire trumpet line wielding baritones for the "monk effect", and finished it off with Corigliano's "Concerto for Piano and Orchestra" and a stirring closer of Mahler's "Symphony No. 2 in C Minor (The Resurrection)," along with quotes from Phantom Phavorites such as "Fire of Eternal Glory" and "Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral."
To further the emotion of the story, the uniforms were slightly altered mid-season to fit the storyline: all the capes were changed to white, and one side of the corps' baldrics was the familiar black sequins, but were flipped to solid white baldrics after Margeruite's resurrection during the Mahler. Also, as with last year, the color guard featured male characters: six this time, one as Faust, one as the Devil, and the others as Mephistopleles. The show was a crowd favorite, taking second place with a score of 96.850, just passing the Blue Devils on Finals night.
The percussion line proved to be the key to Regiment's highest Finals placing since 1996's shared championship with the Blue Devils as the Phantom percussion took the Fred E. Sanford High Percussion award, with a score of 19.7 out of a possible 20.
In late August 2006 , Rick Valenzuela was named executive director of Phantom Regiment, replacing Patrick Seidling , whose contract was not renewed.
Phantom is the originator of "all-symphonic pageantry," turning a "classic style into a unique combination of timeless music and world class drum corps." Its treatments of the greats, especially Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, are drum corps classics. Now into the 21st century, the Phantom Regiment continues its past success and strives for new goals.
The Phantom Regiment organization featured a cadet corps from 1965-1999 (also known as the Forest City Rangers in '67 and the Phantom Legion in the '90s) and a pre-cadet training corps in the late '80s.
The Mission [ ]
The Phantom Regiment is a youth organization dedicated to the development of self-esteem and self-reliance. It encourages team work, sportsmanship, civic pride and contributions of one's personal best to a group effort. These lessons are learned through a musical and marching activity in which there is a blending of the arts and athletics.
Traditions [ ]
Conductor's baton [ ].
Every year, an integral part of Phantom Regiment's performance is the dramatic act of the primary conductor removing his or her baton from its sheath located on the back of the uniform.
At a certain point during everyday rehearsals, the members of Phantom Regiment are initiated into the corps family. Part of this initiation is the sharing of several key concepts that the corps has long held. Among these are individual section traditions, and the famous full corps "slogan," SUTA. The true meaning of SUTA cannot be described to the public, but only learned by becoming a member of the corps.
Corps Song [ ]
The corps does not have an official corps song, however, three pieces have served that role over the years: "Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral from Lohengrin " by Richard Wagner "Fire of Eternal Glory" by Shostakovich "Amazing Grace" Traditional
2006 Finals [ ]
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- Corps Colors: White, Black and Red. 2000-2002 PR went back to it's roots with white pants, black/red baldric, and khaki Jacket. This was in reference to the Rudyard Kipling book (The Lost Legion) describing the British-Indian army (dressed in khaki and white) that was lost for days only to re-appear through a foggy mist, becoming a phantom regiment.
- Before taking the position at PR, Pat Seidling was corps director of Southwind .
- The tuba lords Pat Sheridan and Sam Pilafian work with the corps and PR was the first corps to adopt 'The Breathing Gym' method.
- The plumes on the pith helmets are genuine ostritch feathers.
- Jim Wren was the primary brass arranger for 32 consecutive years (68-99).
- Nine-time DCM (Drum Corps Midwest) Champions.
- In their 33 (1974-2006) consecutive DCI Championship Finals appearances, Phantom Regiment has an average finish of 4.9th place.
- The only corps with a longer consecutive record is Santa Clara Vanguard , and Regiment is tied with Blue Devils for the 2nd longest run of finals apearances.
- Scored above a 90 all but 5 of those 33 years.
- Placed in "Top 6" 25 of 33 years.
- Placed in "Top 4" 17 of 33 years.
- Has taken 2nd place 5 times.
- Phantom Regiment has never placed 9th or 12th at DCI Finals.
- Most times in one position: 4th place (7 times).
- 2006's score of 96.850 is the corps third-highest score in Regiment's history.
Year Place Score
1972 23rd 64.4 1973 14th 74.7 /// 1974 11th 76.25 1975 10th 81.3 1976 4th 87.25 1977 2nd 90.3 1978 2nd 91.45 1979 2nd 92.75 1980 5th 88.45 1981 5th 90.85 1982 4th 92.15 1983 4th 91.45 1984 4th 95.6 1985 8th 90.1 1986 10th 85.0 1987 5th 94.3 1988 6th 93.5 1989 2nd 98.4 1990 4th 95.3 1991 3rd 95.4 1992 8th 91.5 1993 3rd 96.2 1994 3rd 96.2 1995 5th 94.1 1996 1st 97.4 1997 4th 94.2 1998 8th 90.4 1999 8th 91.2 2000 7th 90.85 2001 6th 91.9 2002 5th 92.4 2003 4th 94.75 2004 5th 93.575 2005 3rd 96.825 2006 2nd 96.850
Sponsors [ ]
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External Links [ ]
- Phantom Regiment : Official website
- DCI Telecast Intro
- DCI Introductory Video from Tour of Champions
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Jeff Griffith is a writer and columnist for FloMarching, and any perspective presented in this article represents his own only.
Bloomington, Indiana, August 9, 2008. Build me a time machine, and I’m there in an instant.
There’s not a doubt in my mind. As a drum corps fan, there are dozens of iconic moments I’ve only witnessed on video that, if given the opportunity, I’d jump on the chance to go back in time and experience them in person.
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My first DCI Finals was in 2017, so season-ending moments like Carolina Crown’s 2013 victory, Blue Devils’ record score in 2014, and the winners’ encore performance of “Down Side Up” all come to mind. Ask anyone who knows me, I’m a sucker for an electric crowd.
But my first drum corps show, in person, was the DCI Eastern Classic in 2009; I’m only 23, so while my passion for drum corps has led me to develop knowledge of its distant history, my personal experiences with the activity only date back a little over a decade.
By now, you’ve probably done the math.
The Show of Shows
I never saw “Spartacus” live.
For my age group of “band kids” who entered the high school activity in the early 2010s, “Spartacus” was our “Tilt.” If you wanted to get someone amped about drum corps, you pulled up YouTube and showed them Phantom Regiment’s 2008 title-winning production. How could you see “Spartacus” and not be enamored? It was an intersection of accessible storytelling, vivid character development, impactful pay-off, and elite performance quality in all facets. You couldn’t watch it and be lost. You couldn’t watch it and be unimpressed. You could only be electrified.
I look back to that Saturday night in Bloomington — the last DCI World Championships “under the lights” to date, which made Regiment’s gold and silver costume accents, not to mention its medals, shimmer all the more eye-catchingly — and I’m just stunned by the palpable energy.
Now, I’ve felt the rush of an ecstatic drum corps crowd in person before. I’ve witnessed three champions’ encore runs from the field in Indy, I watched The Cadets break out their Z-Pull in 2018 from the tunnel at Lucas Oil Stadium, and I experienced crowd-favorite shows like “Inferno,” “Babylon” and “The BLUECOATS.” Those crowds went ballistic.
But every time I watch those videos back, I can remember the energy, but I can’t feel it again. To expect that would be unrealistic; it’s a two-dimensional video.
That’s what makes “Spartacus” so insane. It’s like the crowd is its own audio track on the file and it’s ramped up to the decibel level of the corps itself. It’s like those in the audience didn’t even care if — over their own screams the screams of those around them — they could clearly hear the final moments of show the were so excited about, because they legitimately could not hold in their pure adrenaline.
Can I blame them? Not even slightly.
And there’s a reason for that. I alluded to it earlier; “Spartacus” had everything. It had a story you could understand and follow. It wasn’t cheesy, but it was pretty cut-and-dry. And it was performed impeccably.
But the main kicker? Not only did “Spartacus” set up its impact moments perfectly, but each of those moments all pointed more and more clearly toward the show’s climax. They kept giving you tastes but generally kept you waiting for a perfectly orchestrated peak moment.
If you’ve seen “Spartacus” — if you haven’t, go watch it, fall in love with this beautiful activity all over again, and then come back and keep reading — think about that show for a minute. Other than a brief opening moment and prior to the ballad, when is there a truly resounding impact melody in that show? Even the ballad itself is only half of a true pay-off.
Don’t get me wrong for a second, that ballad is gorgeous. But in terms of a powerful melodic moment, there are truly just 15 seconds of loud, impactful brass melody before things turn dissonant once again, tightening rapidly and suddenly toward the chilling sound effect of the slice of a knife, which marks the ruthless killing of one of the show’s characters.
It’s almost as if that ballad was meant to make you feel, musically, the same way the characters felt; for all I know, maybe that was the exact intent.
For the first time in the story’s arc, the protagonists — the slave class, down-trodden under the tyrannic rule of the Roman Republic — began to experience happiness in the form of a love story. The beautiful brass music, along with that joy, is erased out of thin air in seconds.
And then it’s right back to the tension and angst. The protagonists are angry, and they’re fed up with the status quo.
Finally, Spartacus rises from their ranks.
For the first time in the show, at that moment, as optimistic brass music begins to build and members, one by one, shout, “I am Spartacus,” you can feel it — the pay-off is on its way.
The rest is history, and it’s when the members of the audience — that massive gathering of drum corps fans who, to this day, I’d give anything to stand among — absolutely lose. Their. Minds.
What must it have felt like to hear everyone around you, in unison with the soon-to-be-crowned champions on the field — all of you having waited for this moment, essentially, all summer — to scream at the top of your lungs, “I am Spartacus!” and have a wave of pure brass sound cascade over you, soaring up the one large grandstand at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington?
What must it have felt like to see the main character emphatically overthrow the powerful villain front and center, take his throne, and ring in the melody you’ve waited 12 minutes to hear, all while you and thousands of your closest friends are screaming and shouting as though you yourselves had spent all of those years under tyrant rule and were now experiencing this long-awaited victory and freedom firsthand?
What must it have felt like to perform it? To literally be that sound? To receive that crowd response? And on top of it all, to win?
I’ll never know. But if you do, I’m certain you’ll never forget it. And I’m certain that drum corps is better for it, forever.
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Spotlight of the Week: 1990 Phantom Regiment
by Drum Corps International
The Blue Devils and Phantom Regiment tied each other for fourth place at the 1990 Drum Corps International World Championship in Rich Stadium, just outside Buffalo, New York, a show won by the Cadets of Bergen County, with the Cavaliers in 2nd place and Star of Indiana making it into the top-three for the first time.
This meant that 1990 became the first year in DCI's history that there was no California corps in either of the top-two positions.
The Cadet's winning show offered the corps' trademark "Z-pull" drill formation, except instead of completing the maneuver; it reversed and went back to where it started. Blue Devils, playing the Who's "Tommy," left behind 15 years of jazz programs to explore the world of rock. Spirit of Atlanta, after years of exploring music about Georgia, went straight for their hometown with "Gone With the Wind" and Star of Indiana's "Belshazzar's Feast" sparkled both musically and visually.
Phantom Regiment's "Dreams of Desire" was based entirely on the music of Camille Saint-Saëns, the over-achieving French Romantic-era composer who wrote his first musical composition at the age of three.
The corps' production started quietly with an anticipation of the grand finale of "Symphony No. 3" (often referred to as the "Organ Symphony"), written by the composer in 1886 at the age of 51 and dedicated to his good friend and mentor Franz Lizst, who had recently died. Despite the title, the organ is not a primary solo feature of the piece, but simply another instrumental color.
Just shy of a minute into the show, the finale hit on all cylinders with the different voices of the horn line hitting massive chords, conveying the power of a pipe organ that in a concert hall makes the walls rumble.
This theme, which was prominently featured in the hit film about a heroic farm pig, "Babe," is easily one of the most majestic musical works ever conceived, perfectly made for the revved-up power of Phantom Regiment's horn line. At the very end, the color guard pulled out 12 large golden triangular banners and ran toward the far reaches of the field.
The next part of the show was devoted to two movements from the 14-movement "Carnival of the Animals," also written by Saint-Saëns in 1886. The work wasn't published until 1922, five months after the composer's death, as he had specified it was not to be published during his lifetime, fearing its light and humorous nature might make critics think of him as a composer who was too playful to be taken seriously.
A lone color guard member paraded up front with a tall pole upon which trailed several red streamers in sort of a circus tent shape, introducing the movement, "The Elephant." Amusingly, Saint-Saëns took themes written for high-pitched instruments by Mendelssohn and Berlioz and moved the melodies to the string bass, a very low-pitched instrument, to convey the slow plodding of an elephant. Phantom Regiment's designers took the melody and gave it back to high-pitched instruments, the introduction played on mallet keyboards in the front ensemble.
This was followed by a short rendition of "Fossils," movement 12, which originally featured xylophone. Just as Saint-Saëns had fun with the music, so did the corps, using the work to pay tribute to a number of its competitors. Among just a few of the tidbits was a brief snippet of Santa Clara Vanguard's 1989 "Phantom of the Opera" theme and a quite unmistakable proclamation of Madison Scouts' fanfare to "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" which won the corps a World Championship title in 1975. Then the tubas came in and played the melody just as Saint-Saëns had written it for string bass, followed by a block of red flags that seemed quite reminiscent of the Cavaliers' large silks in the corps' 1983 "Pines of Rome" production.
In "Finale," Saint-Saëns quoted from Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Little Swans" from "Swan Lake," heard in the percussion, with the horn line's red capes complementing the red flags.
The corps' closer of "Bacchanale" (from "Sampson and Delilah") was first written by Saint-Saëns as an oratorio in 1867 and expanded into an opera nine years later. This movement captured the reckless revelry that preceded the destruction of the Philistine temple by Sampson. "Sampson and Delilah" is the only opera out of Saint-Saëns’ seven such works that is still regularly performed. 1990 was the first of two consecutive years that Phantom Regiment utilized the work as its closer.
After an introduction that gave no indication of the brutal musical spectacle that was to follow, a brief glimpse of Saint-Saëns "Danse Macabre" led into an interlude of the Philistine priests and priestesses softly singing while preparing their feast of celebration over the power of Sampson, now held prisoner in their dungeon. When the "Bachannale" kicked into high gear, four members of the front ensemble rhythmically pounded tall jingle sticks on the ground to announce the arrival of the no-holds-barred party.
The field filled with yellow banners as a huge silk of many regal colors soared behind the brass. In the stands, the corps' fans tossed streamers into the air, creating a complementary visual.
Michael Boo was a member of the Cavaliers from 1975-1977. He wrote about the drum corps activity for more than 35 years while serving as a staff writer for various Drum Corps International projects. During his lifetime Boo wrote for numerous other publications including an honors-winning book on the history of figure skating. He also was an accomplished composer. Boo passed away in 2020 .
by Jeff Griffith & Chris Weber
by Jeff Griffith