Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps
|Championship titles||1996 (tie), 2008|
White jackets with black show logo on the chest, black chevrons on the sleeves, and black shoulder accents.
Black gauntlets and gloves.White pith helmets with black plumes.
The Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, founded in 1956, is a World Class (formerly referred to as Division I) drum and bugle corps based in Rockford, Illinois, USA, and is a member corps of Drum Corps International. Often referred to as just "Phantom" or "Regiment", the corps is a long-standing DCI member corps.
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 organizations such as the Catholic Youth Organization. Soldiers returning from World War I celebrated Veterans Day and the Fourth of July by marching parades to the drum and the bugle, just as they had done during the war.
The first two corps in the 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 prominent has been the Phantom Regiment.
Formed in 1956 by a group of VFW 342 members who wanted to see a competitive drum corps, it was 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 some Stetson D. Richmond records, and were impressed with a tune the Syracuse Brigadiers had played entitled "The Phantom Regiment." Thus, before the corps had made any public appearances, the corps name had been changed to the Phantom Regiment and the all-girl color guard was called the Phantomettes.
While the corps was in its development stages, a great emphasis was put on the competition guard aspect of the activity. Almost overnight, the Phantomettes became very successful on their own. 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. In 1962, the corps bought a set of high quality bugles from the Commonwealth Edison Drum and Bugle Corps. With quality instruments and the addition of a new brass arranger, the corps began to improve.
Also in 1962, the original Phantom Regiment Cadets were 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.
But, just as is looked like 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.
A new Board of Directors, composed of former members and staff of the original corps, reorganized and 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 could they have imagined that the Phantom Regiment would one day be competing for the drum and bugle corps world championship.
The reorganized Phantom Regiment began its first season in three years with a small corps that signed the first roster 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 wind breaker. There was a black and white vertical stripe on the left side of the wind breaker. The guard wore the same wind breaker with black Bermuda shorts and an Aussie style hat. The equipment truck was a red step up van and was the only vehicle owned by the corps.
As the years passed, the number of contests grew, the distance covered in the tour increased, and the Phantom Regiment began to creep up the ladder of drum corps.
New in 1970 was a cadet-style uniform, including black pants with a white stripe, a jacket with a diagonal sash of red dividing the black right side and the white left side. On the sleeve of each jacket there was a chevron. White bucks were worn on the feet and new shakos with 12-inch plumes decorated the head gear. The guard wore identical uniforms with the exception of Bermuda shorts and white 10-inch high boots.
The corps included 40 horns, 24 color guard, 14 drums, 10 rifles and 1 drum major for a total of 89 members.
During the fall and winter of the 1974 season individual marching and brass lessons were given to each member of the corps which had grown to the maximum 128 members. The Phantom Regiment made finals at the Drum Corps International World Championships for the first time in1974, finishing eighth in prelims and 11th in finals.
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 for the 1975 corps. It was a uniform that would give the Phantom Regiment its 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 4th. 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 Regiment fame grew 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. The corps made a dramatic change inspired by Michael Cesario, with new all-white uniforms more closely resembling costumes. This new look and approach led to three years of dramatic improvement, culminating in 1989 with a second-place finish and the second highest score ever, at the time, 98.4.
The 1990s have proved to be a time of continued success and evolution, when in 1995 the uniforms changed again. The same style was used, however the color became all black.
In 1996, the goal and dream of everyone involved with the organization over the past 30 years came true. The Phantom Regiment tied the Blue Devils of Concord, Calif., for its first DCI World Championship.
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.
Now into the 21st century, the Phantom Regiment is ready to continue its past success and strive for future goals. In 2008, with their revamped performance entitled "Spartacus", the Regiment defeated the Blue Devils by a margin of 98.100 to 98.125 for their first undisputed DCI World Championship.
Phantom Regiment has been the DCI World Class (Division I) World Champion two times; once in 1996 with 'A Defiant Heart' (a tie with the Concord Blue Devils) and in 2008 with their revamp of 'Spartacus'. In addition, the corps has placed second five times (1977, 1978, 1979, 1989, and 2006) and has placed third five times (1991, 1993, 1994, 2005, and 2012). Phantom Regiment's streak of 35 consecutive appearances in Drum Corps International World Championship Finals (a record shared with Blue Devils) is second only to the Santa Clara Vanguard. In 1989 the Phantom Regiment placed 2nd at DCI Finals after an intense season against SCV. Their score of 98.4, at the time, was the highest score not to win a Championship title, and it's also the record for the highest score ever awarded to the Phantom Regiment. SCV won that year with a 98.8, the set record for the high score ever given, only to be broken by the Cavaliers 13 years later with a 99.15.
Phantom Regiment has aggressively brought challenging classical music to the field, including the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Richard Wagner and Antonín Dvořák. One commentator noted that the corps is "drum corps' classical music identity." In addition, Regiment shows have included the music of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ode to Joy, Spartacus by Aram Khachaturian and the New World Symphony.
In 2005, Phantom Regiment took a step away from classic music repertoire and explored George Gershwin's symphonic Classical/Jazz work, Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris (although this is not the first time the corps has had success with this approach, as evident with "I Pagliacci", 1991, and "Goin' Home (Largo from New World)", 1989). The jazzy 2005 show won the Spirit of Disney Award and took third place at DCI Finals.
Phantom Regiment's 1989 show, based on Dvořák's New World Symphony, was voted the top show in the 2006 DCI Classic Countdown, a movie-theater showing of the most popular DCI shows in its second year.
In 2008, Phantom Regiment would put together its third version of Spartacus. Spartacus was a big hit, placing 5th in 1981, and then 4th in 1982. However, the corps' design team felt it was time to bring Spartacus back in an all new, totally different form. The 2008 show spent most of the summer in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place. The high-intensity show placed 3rd in the DCI quarterfinals in Bloomington, Ind., 2nd in semifinals and, finally, edged the Blue Devils for the championship at finals.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the organization's founding in 1956, the 2006 show, "Faust", took the corps back to its true classical heritage and included works such as: Scythian Suite by Sergei Prokofiev, Ave Maria by Franz Biebl, Piano Concerto by John Corigliano, and Symphony No. 2 ("Resurrection") by Gustav Mahler. The 2006 Phantom Regiment took second place with a score of 96.850 at the Drum Corps International World Championships in Madison, Wisconsin, Regiment's highest finish since 1996. The corps also received its first Fred E. Sanford High Percussion Award, led by percussion caption head Paul Rennick. As a humorous side note, a judge described this show as "touching my very soul" and then proceeded to announce "I need a cigarette, and I don't even smoke" thus proving the 2006 "Faust" production to be one of Phantom Regiment's most emotional productions yet.
Show summary (1969-2013)
|1969||Phantom Regiment (Leroy Anderson) - A Mighty Fortress - Lara's Theme from Dr. Zhivago - Camelot - Hang 'em High - Yesterday|
|1970||Traces Of Love - It's A Long Way To Tipperary - My Buddy (from I'll See You In My Dreams) - Over There - Camelot - If Ever I Would Leave You (from Camelot) - Alabama Jubilee|
|1971||El Cid - International Anthems - Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is - Overture from Tommy - Holly Holy - Love Is All|
|1972||23||64.40||March from the Damnation of Faust - America the Beautiful - Funeral March of the Marionettes - Poet & Peasant Overture - Shot in the Dark - Spellbound Concerto|
|1973||14||74.70||Night on Bald Mountain - The Lord's Prayer - Mac Arthur Park - Poet and Peasant Overture - Light Cavalry Overture - Jubilance|
|1974||11||76.25||Festive Overture - Fifth Symphony - Poet and Peasant Overture - Night on Bald Mountain - Romeo and Juliet - Les Preludes|
|1975||10||81.30||American Overture - Hungarian Dance No. 5 - Barber of Seville - An American in Paris - Tannhäuser (Pilgrim's Chorus)|
|1976||4||87.75||Finale from Seventh Symphony - Sixth Symphony - Tocatta and Fugue in D minor - An American in Paris - Tannhäuser (Pilgrim's Chorus)|
|1977||2||90.30||New World Symphony - Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 - Pagliacci - Flight of the Bumblebee - Ninth Symphony (Ode to Joy)|
|1978||2||91.45||Firebird Suite - Rite Of Spring - Petrouchka - Dance Infernale - Sherzo A La Russe - Piano Concerto in A minor - Flight of the Bumblebee - Ninth Symphony (Ode to Joy)|
|1979||2||92.75||Third Symphony - Malambo (Finale from Estancia) - Piano Concerto in A minor - Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt Suite#1) - March of the Dwarfs - Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral|
|1980||5||88.45||Russian Easter Overture - Romany Life - Polovetsian Dances (from Prince Igor) - Masquerade Suite -Carmen Suite|
|1981||5||90.85||SPARTACUS-Triumph of Rome (from Spartacus) - Gladiator Fight (from Spartacus) - Dance of the Rebels (from Spartacus) - Prelude to Battle (from Spartacus) - Battle (from Spartacus) - Sunrise and Apotheosis (from Spartacus)|
|1982||4||92.15||SPARTACUS - Triumph of Rome (from Spartacus) - Slave Dance (from Spartacus) - Gladiator Fight (from Spartacus) - Mourning and Uprising (from Spartacus) - Prelude to Battle (from Spartacus) - Battle (from Spartacus) - Sunrise and Apotheosis (from Spartacus)|
|1983||4||91.45||Serenade for Strings - Cossack Dance - Dance Neopolitan - 1812 Overture|
|1984||4||95.60||Scythian Suite - Armenian Dances - Trypitch - 1812 Overture|
|1985||8||90.10||Symphony Fantastique (Hector Berlioz)|
|1986||10||85.00||Carnival Overture - Alborada Del Gracioso - Sir Lancelot - Merlin The Magician - Resurrection Symphony|
|1987||5||94.30||Songs from the Winter Palace - Swan Lake Ballet - Nutcracker Suite Highlights (Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky)|
|1988||6||93.50||Romeo And Juliet - Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky|
|1989||2||98.40||New World Symphony - 1st Movement (from Symphony No. 9) - 2nd Movement (from Symphony No. 9) - Slavonic Dances No. 1 - 4th Movement (from Symphony No. 9) Antonin Dvořák|
|1990||4||95.30||Dreams of Desire - 4th Movement (from Symphony No. 3) - The Elephant (from Carnival of the Animals) - Finale (from Carnival of the Animals) - Bacchanale (from Samson and Delilah)|
|1991||3||95.40||Phantom Voices - Nessun Dorma (from Turandot) - Pagliacci - Bacchanale (from Samson and Delilah)|
|1992||8||91.50||War and Peace - Marche Slav - La Marseillaise - 1812 Overture|
|1993||3||96.20||The Modern Imagination - The Landworkers (From Estancia Ballet) - The Wheat Dance (From Estancia Ballet) - Danza Final (From Estancia Ballet) - The Fire of Eternal Glory (from Novorossik Chimes for Orchestra) - Death Hunt (from On Dangerous Ground)|
|1994||3||96.20||Songs for a Summer Night - Ritual Fire Dance (from El Amor Brujo) - Suite bergamasque (Claire De Lune) - Talking Drums (from White Witch Doctor) - North by Northwest - Death Hunt (from On Dangerous Ground)|
|1995||5||94.10||Adventures Under a Darkened Sky - Symphonic Dances - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (variation 18) - Piano Concerto No. 2 - Capriccio Bohemian|
|1996||1 (tie)||97.40||A Defiant Heart: The Music of Dmitri Shostakovich - Fourth Ballet Suite - First Symphony, Second Movement - Fifth Symphony, Fourth Movement|
|1997||4||94.20||The Ring - Hagen's Call to the Clan (from The Ring) - Magic Fire Music (from The Ring) - Hammerring of the Ring (from The Ring) - Die Götterdämmerung (from The Ring)|
|1998||8||90.40||Songs from the Eternal City - The Music of Rome - Roman Carnival Overture - Un Bel Di from Madame Butterfly - Pines of the Villa Borghese (Pines of Rome mvt I) - Pines of the Appian Way (Pines of Rome mvt IV)|
|1999||8||91.20||Tragedy and Triumph - Fourth Symphony - Fifth Symphony (2nd Movement) - Sixth Symphony|
|2000||7||90.65||The Masters of Mystique - The Dawn of Modern Music - Jeux - Petrouchka - Transfigured Night - Rite Of Spring|
|2001||6||91.90||Virtuoso - Finale (from Concerto For Orchestra - 5th Movement) - Game of Pairs (from Concerto For Orchestra - 2nd Movement) - Festive Overture|
|2002||5||92.40||Heroic Sketches: The Passion of Shostakovich - Tenth Symphony, Second Movement - Piano Concerto No. 2, Second Movement - Piano Concerto No. 2, First Movement - Seventh Symphony, Fourth Movement|
|2003||4||94.75||Harmonic Journey - Sanctus (Canon in D) - Wild Nights from Harmonium - The Lord's Prayer (from King of Kings) - Ostinato (from Mikrokosmos)|
|2004||5||93.575||Apasionada 874 - Music of Ástor Piazzolla - Buenos Aires Hora Cero - La Muerte del Angel - Oblivion - Tango Suite - Imagenes 676 - Tres Minutos con la Realidad|
|2005||3||96.825||Rhapsody - An American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue|
|2006||2||96.85||Faust - Scythian Suite - Prokofiev, Piano Concerto - Corigliano, Ave Maria - Biebel, Resurrection Symphony - Mahler|
|2007||4||94.85||On Air - Vespertine Formations-Deane - 1000 Airplanes on the Roof-Glass - Flower Duet from Lakme-Delibes - Suggestion Diabolique-Prokofiev - Finale from Firebird Suite-Stravinsky|
|2008||1||98.125||SPARTACUS - Spartacus -Khachaturian - Ein Heldenleben -Strauss - Battlefield from KÀ -Dupere - Dance of Ecstasy from (Danses Fantastiques) -Tjeknavorian - Toccata (from Piano Concerto No. 1) -Ginastera|
|2009||9||89.900||The Red Violin - Theme from "The Red Violin" -John Corigliano, Fantasy Variations on a theme by Paganini -James Barnes, Paganini Variations -Witold Lutoslawski, Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini -Sergei Rachmaninoff, Caprice XXIV Paganini -Benny Goodman, Paganini Variations -Phillip Wilby,|
|2010||6||93.150||Into the Light - "The New Moon in the Old Moon's Arms" - Michael Kamen|
|2011||5||95.050||Juliet - East of Eden -Lee Holdridge, Requiem -Giuseppe Verdi, Requiem (Lacrimosa and Confutatis)-Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet (A Time For Us) -Nino Rota, Romeo & Juliet -Sergei Prokofiev, Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral -Richard Wagner|
|2012||3||96.550||Turandot - All music by Giacomo Puccini from Turandot; Popolo Di Pekino!…Indietro, Cani, Gira La Cote!...Perche Tarda La Luna?, O Mondo, O Mondo…O Tigre, O Tigre!, Gravi, Enormi Ed Imponenti, Gloria, Gloria, Tre Enigmi M'Hai, Nessun Dorma!|
|2013||6||93.250||Triumphant Journey - Music from "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" -Craig Armstrong and A. R. Rahman, Cape Fear -Bernard Herrmann, Four Sea Interludes -Benjamin Britten, Enigma Variations -Edward Elgar, Symphony No. 11 -Dmitri Shostakovich|
|2014||TBD||TBD||Swan Lake - Repertoire to be announced.