Now that most corps have a few performances under their collective belts, many have entered a period of adjustment, tweaking and changing certain parts of their shows that can be crisper and cleaner. The Phantom Regiment of Rockford/Loves Park, Ill., entered this period of adjustment close to their home base – at Northern Illinois University's Huskie Stadium, in DeKalb, Ill., a quick trip down I-88 from Rockford and Loves Park.Specifically, the Regiment adjusted its visual program this week, which was described as "very demanding" by Kelli Rutherford, 20, a Phantom baritone player from Henderson, Texas. Rutherford attends West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.Phantom Regiment corps director Pat Seidling agrees with the demanding description. On the field, the movement is quick, with the horns virtually sprinting into place at some sections. Seidling concedes that his staff may have "overwrote" certain visual elements. "(Some sections) we just couldn't perform that well. Today (Tuesday) and yesterday were rewrites and changes to make things that a) look better and b) can actually be performed," Seidling said. Seidling elaborated on the tweaks and said that, "Part of it is just working, part of it is rewriting to make things a little smarter. Once that area comes together, we're going to be very, very happy," Seidling said.The Regiment show this year is an all-Shostakovich program consisting of parts of the Russian composer's seventh and tenth symphonies, as well as parts of his second piano concerto. The music is organized into four sections: "Oppression," "Introspection," "False Hope," and "Victory and Celebration." The Russian theme is emphasized in some sections by the guard using sickles, and later in the program with red flags. "Great music, high energy and lots to watch," is how Seidling described the Regiment program this year. "We're making some changes to the opener, and I think it's going to turn out very well. We're going to have it ready for the Normal (Ill.) show," added assistant drum major Will Richards, a 22-year-old drum corps veteran from Memphis, Tenn. Richards was a drum major in Milwaukee's Pioneer drum corps last summer. Overall, Seidling is pleased with the Regiment this year. "Things are going very well. We're happy with a lot of the segments of the corps and the show. We're very pleased with the music and we're very pleased with the guard performance level, and we're really happy with the brass and percussion," Seidling said. And Bob Venekamp, 17, a soprano player from Warrensburg, Mo., said that the Regiment is "still way ahead of the way we had planned it."
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