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Band Performing

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At the beginning of August, the world class marching band Phantom Regiment utilized Mt. Vernon High School’s facilities as they prepared to compete at the DCI World Championships. 

The acronym “DCI” stands for Drum Corps International, which is a professional marching band league composed of some of the world’s best and most competitive marching bands.  The marching bands are composed of young adults ranging from 16-21 years old, who audition in a competitive process for a spot in the band of their choosing. Those who make it travel all around the country to perform and compete, ending their journey in Indianapolis. 

The Phantom Regiment, based in Rockford, Illinois, is one of the most well-known drum corps. Mt. Vernon has been their housing site for the past two years, and the connection was created when Derek Ellinger, the former director of bands and a former member of Phantom, pitched the idea to the MVCSC administration. 

Phantom Regiment pulled in early on Tuesday, August 6th. With the school’s close proximity, they were able to conveniently utilize the facilities and only traveled a small distance to compete at Lucas Oil for Semi-Finals, Finals, and World Championships. 

The 2019 theme of the show was called “I am Joan,” which was a modernized interpretation of the story of Joan of Arc. The corps qualified for finals, but finished 12th overall. 

“When performing, you get this rush of adrenaline. It makes you perform to your full potential,” said Joey (last name not provided), a bass player on the band’s drumline. “I think this group has been pushing themselves to be the best that we can be. Yeah, we got 12th, but placing never matters. What matters is how well you performed.” 

The Phantom Regiment also hosted a community night for friends and family on Wednesday, August 7th at the MVHS Football Stadium.  

“Having some of the world’s most talented performers in the marching band field rehearse at our school is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our students,” said Ms. Nason, the current director of bands. “They get to see first hand the excellence and dedication involved with bringing a marching band design to life.”

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