Greetings from Rockford! Yesterday was the first day of Phantom Regiment's spring training. For this week, the horn line, color guard, and drum line will remain solely within their sections working to solidify all of the techniques and concepts that were introduced during the winter season. Next week, we'll all come together to create the 2005 version of the Phantom Regiment. I already feel like a train wreck.
In order to aid our muscles in the "strength-building" process, we euphoniums strap ankle weights onto our horns. The extra weight makes us work harder to hold up the horn, thus building muscle in an expedited fashion. Faster, of course, but certainly not painless. I just keep telling myself that this is the last time I'll ever have to go through this. After all, this time next year I could be lounging by the pool with an ice-cold beverage in hand. Moral is running high. Even though the rehearsal is tough, everyone has already noticed marked improvements in our performance quality. It's always good to know that our hard work is paying off. I just hope that we can continue this progress in the weeks ahead. That's all for this week -- now I have to go and memorize our concert pieces, or experience the wrath of JD's displeasure. Make sure to check out our Web site and come see us sometime. 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: It's "go" time Becoming an adult on tour Brandt Crocker: The Voice wears many hats 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