Phantom Regiment Drum Corp International stops in Cameron
On Thursday July 6 if you drove by Recreation Park or the Cameron High School football team you may have noticed or heard young men and women practicing a variety of instruments, dance and color guard performances.
According to Dan Farrell, Corp Director and Staff Coordinator, the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corp, “we are a traveling youth music group, traveling and competing against groups similar to ours.”
There are 150 marching members of the corp from all around the country and a few from outside the country. Auditions are conducted in the fall, then rehearse one weekend over the winter, then come together in Rockford for the summer, practicing for a month, then going on the road for a seven week tour.
Cameron is a stop over point for the drum corp to rest the drivers, allow the performers to rest and also to practice.
Farrell said, “We wish to thank the people here at the school. It is great schools like Cameron and cities like Cameron are willing to welcome us in for a day. We tend to turn things upside down. We tend to make a lot of noise, make a lot of ruckus and then disappear. But we try to leave no mess in our wake and hopefully in the process people got to stop by and watch a bunch of hard working kids work through their day.”
Before their stop in Cameron, tragedy struck the regiment in Quartzsite, Arizona, a bus carrying staff and volunteers for the Phantom Regiment was involved in a rollover incident early Monday July 3, killing the driver and injuring many of the passengers which included members of the cooking, souvenir and tour management teams.
Jim Wagy, McDonald’s Heart of America Coop President, follows the drum corp and recognized they would need more hands to help serve their members while in Cameron so he decided to rally some of the crew from Kansas City McDonalds to help serve the corp meals. Wagy also reached out to the Cameron McDonalds and Lisa Essig, the local owner operator, supplied part of her crew to assist with the dinner service.
Farrell said, “We have been really amazed at the outpouring of the love and support from people around the country, the drum corp communities, drum corps we travel and compete with and in this case McDonalds and some of the local people around here. It just says something about people in general, drum corp people and it’s just really humbling that people are so willing to come to our support in a time like this and it really makes a difference.”
Photos by Annette Bauer