Now that we've reached the month of May, tour is just barely around the corner. I can't think of a better way to prepare for the coming summer than to share one of my favorite tour stories from last season. I'm sure that everyone in the drum corps world knows of a gentleman by the name of Brandt Crocker. For those who don't, he is none other than "The Voice" of DCI. However, he also moonlights as a DCI contest coordinator. Each year, Mr. Crocker finds a corps that shares a tour schedule similar to his contest schedule, and hops along for the ride. Last year, we were lucky enough to share his company. Of course, he was kind enough to entertain our requests to announce our run-throughs: "Phantom Regiment, you may take the field in run-through exhibition!"
Part of his stint with us saw the corps traveling from Texas to Arkansas. Usually, I pass out the moment I hit my bus seat, but for some reason, I was awake on this night. I spent my time staring out the window, listening to the multitude of snores emanating from the back of the bus. I almost couldn't believe my ears when I heard over the CB radio: "Hey, uh, did you guys see a window fly by?" What? A window? Sure enough, one of the windows on bus two had fallen off. How it happened, and where the window ended up, nobody really knows. I, for one, hadn't noticed anything as we were driving down the road. There was nothing that anyone could do at that hour, so everyone on bus two just had to bundle up and ride it out. The next day was business as usual, with a normal rehearsal schedule and everything that came along with it. Normal, of course, until our lunch break, when we found both our corps director and the "Voice of DCI" trying to duct tape plastic bags over the gaping hole in the bus! We already knew that Brandt Crocker was a man, a myth, a legend. But a bus repairman? Is there anything that he can't do? Lanah Kopplin is a third-year euphonium player in the Phantom Regiment, and previously spent a year with the Pioneer. Lanah recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin (she's a Milwaukee native) with a political science degree, and will age out in 2005. Past columns by Lanah Kopplin: Playing to the crowd, already: Report from a Phantom Regiment camp Drum corps parallels real life A Drum corps mad lib Participating with the music Time only moves in one direction One hundred ten percent: Report from a Phantom Regiment camp Life on the sidelines More apprehension than excitement Time capsules On body image Being an ambasssador Perspective changes everything Keep on trying What a weekend! More than a souvenir Class and competition Learning and understanding the past The College degree Like spring training Finding a drum corps home The Last audition Turkey-induced tryptophan Rhapsody in the chat room Amazing grace Are you ready? Get out there and vote Reflections from Whitewater Methodical hard work and passion Here's to the behind-the-scenes people Drum corps friendships A new column by the Phantom Regiment's Lanah Kopplin
Brandt Crocker and Pat Seidling fix a bus window.