Anna Cristodero, director of bands at Englewood High School, Jacksonville, Fla., sent in this report from a day-long Phantom Regiment clinic in Baldwin, Fla. During their busy tour schedule, the members and staff of the Phantom Regiment took time to participate in an interactive music clinic. This took place on July 15, 2004, and was organized and hosted by John Wayne Wilkerson, director of bands at Baldwin Middle Senior High School in Baldwin, Fla. One hundred thirty students from Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia attended the all-day camp where they learned fundamental techniques to improve overall performance. As a band director, this was a first time experience for me as it was for many of the students who attended. I was exposed to the same fundamental techniques presented in a different light, a brighter clearer light. The camp was a first for the Phantom Regiment as well. Sure, there are the occasional hour-long clinics, but this was the first all-day event the corps participated in. The students in attendance had the opportunity to work with the staff and instructors of Phantom Regiment and learn different selections of music and guard work. In fact, J.D. Shaw, music arranger, made all of the clinic students honorary members of the Phantom Regiment after completion of the clinic. Adrienne King, drum major at Baldwin Middle/Senior High School, said, "This was the best camp that I have ever been able to attend, and I just wanted to thank you and the Phantom Regiment for the awesome experience. The staff was great at connecting with the high school kids and teaching them how the Phantom Regiment marches, spins and plays. Again I just want to say thank you and I hope that I am able to have this experience again!" Phantom Regiment staff and members were very professional in there presentation to the clinic students and directors.Thank you Phantom Regiment and Baldwin Middle Senior High School Band for putting on a great clinic.
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