Current Occupation: Graduate Student at University of Miami
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Years in Phantom Regiment and Section: 2010, 2011, 2012, Colorguard
1. When did you first see/hear the Regiment?
The first time I saw Regiment live was the summer of 2013. I had never seen a live Phantom Regiment show until after I aged out. I had seen a few videos, with 2006 making the biggest impression in my mind. I saw a clip of the soloist dancer, and I knew that I wanted to be like her someday. The poise, performance, and dedication was beyond anything I had ever seen or experienced. That was the first moment that I fell in love with the PRCG. The next thing I fell in love with was the hornline. I did not know much about DCI in high school, minus a few of my instructors had experienced it before, but when I heard the hornline (through a video even!) perform Spartacus in 2008, I was floored. I could not imagine a more beautiful sound, and I knew that this was the type of music I loved to perform to and experience.
2. What made you want to march in Regiment?
I wanted to march Regiment because it felt like the right match for how I wanted to grow as a performer. The excellence Regiment always reached made a huge impact in my life, and I knew it would be a privilege to be on the field with those musicians and other color guard members. I knew I would learn so much, and I wanted to push myself and march with the members in white uniforms I had fallen in love with.
3. What is your favorite memory of your time in Regiment?
My favorite memory came from the summer of 2011. I had a rough rookie year in 2010, often feeling like I was not able to fulfill my job and responsibilities to the Regiment. In 2011, I came back knowing that I would push myself as far as I could to set a good example to the new members. The new staff coming in to work with the color guard also helped me see my potential. I was blessed to be on the extended sabre line, my favorite piece of equipment, which was a new challenge for me. I had a new attitude in 2011, and I fell in love with the Regiment all over again. Before Regiment, I had always had some self-doubt and confidence issues, but in 2011 I was pushing to overcome these things. My favorite member came after the Riverside Community College show. The caption head on tour at the time, KC Perkins, called a few of the members to stay after the performance to talk with her. When my turn came, she told me that I was the perfect Phantomette member. I remember being completely shocked, and tears of joy streaming down my face when I walked back to the buses. Though the talk was to encourage me to spend more time perfecting sabre tosses, I could not get past the fact that I was considered a vital part of the Phantom Regiment. Those words will stick with me forever, because that was the pivital part of my Regiment experience. I was a Phantomette.
4. If you could go back and change one thing about your time in the corps what would it be?
I would want to have spent more time getting to know members in 2010. Like I mentioned, my rookie year was difficult for me so I did not expand outside the color guard. In 2011 and 2012, my goal was to meet and know something about every member of the corps. I think I did a good job, but I realize how many individuals I missed out on meeting during my first year. The members of Regiment are such special people, and I wish taken advantage of my time in 2010 to meet those members.
5. What is your all time favorite piece of music that Regiment has played?
Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral in 2011. Obviously, this is an important piece for Regiment, but having the privilege to perform to this on the field in 2011 made me fall in love with Regiment all over again during every rep. It was such an amazing experience, and I feel so lucky to have been a part of that show.
6. Who do you remember most from your marching days?
My marching days are not too distant from me right now, so I would have to say Kate Chambers, another member of the PRCG. Her rookie year was in 2011, and she became one of my best friends on and off the field. I loved being her friend, watching her grow, and being excited for her future with Regiment. She was a young member in 2011, so she will be aging out in 2016. I love her immensely, and she is one of my favorite people in the world. I also had a close group of friends, mainly from the euphonium section, so people like Dom Villegas, Mark Jenneman, and Kyle Smith are people that I continually look up to for their dedication and passion for the organization and our friendships.
7. Who have you lost track of that you would like to reconnect with?
I would like to hope that I have stayed connected with as many individuals as possible from my marching days, but I know that’s a difficult task. I definitely want to reconnect with our Team Japan friends from 2012, Eri and Marina. At the 2012 banquet, Eri aged out with me. I remember breaking down when she gave me a friendship coin at the banquet, because I realized that the slim likelihood of seeing her again. I try my best to reach out to my Phamily, and I hope to keep my connections for as long as possible. After all, SUTA is a vital part of what we all believe in. 🙂
8. Any favorite stories about Rockford?
One of my favorite moments in Rockford was the first night of move ins during 2011. We were staying in the gym at the time, because the dorms were not ready for us yet. I remember laying down on my air mattress, looking around, and feeling like I had never left. It was a wonderful feeling, being surrounded by wonderful friends and realizing I had the whole summer with them.
9. Did you audition, and if so, what was your audition like?
My audition for the 2010 season was very different than most. I had just graduated high school in 2009, so I auditioned in December of 2010. I was not expecting to make it my first year out of high school, but I decided to go and have the experience and get my name known for the next season. My only goal was to have fun, no restrictions or nerves, because I expected to be cut. On Sunday, they announced the results of the auditions, receiving a Tier 1, 2, or 3. I expected to get cut, so I was surprised and excited when they kept me in the room after they sent those with a Tier 3 to the hallway. I thought it was great that I had gotten a Tier 2, a callback! Two staff members were handing out the sheets, and it became obvious the caption head had the Tier 2 papers and the other staff member had Tier 1s (she was calling all the amazing vets). I was listening mainly to the caption head for my number, but was shocked when I heard the other staff member call my name. When I looked at my sheet, I had been given a spot. I was shocked. It was one of the best moments of my life, one of those times that I couldn’t stop smiling and wanted to cry because I was so shocked, excited, and grateful. It was the start of an amazing experience with Regiment!
10. What is your drum corps history?
I had never seen a live drum corps show before I was in one, (my first was Carolina Crown in the summer of 2010! I was on my way to the restroom after we had performed, and thought I’d go ahead and watch). My drum corps history started and ended with Regiment! 🙂
11. What advice would you give to the kids marching today?
Don’t take a second for granted. It goes by way too fast. Even the bad days are the ones you wish you had a chance to do again, once you cannot do it again. Be confident, and meet everyone you march with! Be sure to know them by name, connect with them in the time you have, because you’ll miss it when it’s done. Keep a positive and optimistic outlook during the hard times. After all, it could always be worse! 🙂
12. Is there one show/performance that sticks out in your memory?
My most memorable performance was finals in 2011. I remember starting Elsa’s on the back sideline, picking up my flag, and just crying. The emotions were real, the magical summer we had was coming to a close, just like Juliet in her story. But it wasn’t tragic like Juliet, it was the perfect performance to end on. I remember my sisters in the back of the field telling me they loved me, SUTA, and everything was perfect. I never felt more a member of the Phamily than at that moment.
13. Do you still find yourself humming parts from a show?
There’s a part in the 2012 opener where the guard is in a block in the middle of the field and there are a few hits we emphasized with our equipment work (sorry for my lack of musical terms or references, but if you watch a video it occurred a few sets before the beheading!). I can’t get it out of my head sometimes!
14. Are you still involved in the music/performing arts field?
I am currently still involved with winter guard, and am starting my first season at Braddock Independent World (Miami, FL). I also have the privilege to teach with the Mandarins this summer, so I am excited to give back to the drum corps activity!
15. What nicknames do you remember?
Backpack! The story behind how I got this nickname was funny. In 2012, we started out spring training with four girls with some variation on the name Rebecca! I had never spun with anybody with my same name before, and it was getting horribly confusing having that many Beccas around! Anyway, we were having a flag technique block, and KC Perkins was on the other side of the block making some corrections and directed a comment towards “Becca,” to which, we obviously had to try to figure out who! Turns out it was for me, and KC yelled from across the field if I had a nickname she could call me, and so I yelled back “Bec Bec,” a nickname Devin Bruen, one of my closest Phantomette sisters, had given me the seasons prior. Of course, she couldn’t hear me from so far away, and thought I said Backpack, and proceeded to call me Backpack for the rest of the block. We figured out the mistake, but it was too late. I will forever be Backpack, and I love it! 🙂
16. Did you have trouble adjusting back to civilian life after the season ended?
I definitely had difficulties adjusting. The hardest thing for me about the transition was losing my best friends due to distance. I know we are in a technological age, and I keep up with Phamily in that way, but it’s not the same as waking up next to your brothers and sisters. The first season was the hardest, and progressively got easier to adjust once I knew what to expect from the transition. Interestingly, I am very curious about this transitional period in drum corps participants lives, and I am writing a research proposal in my graduate studies concerning this aspect of the activity. If anybody is interested in contributing or learning more about this proposal, feel free to contact me with helpful advice or your own stories concerning difficulties in this transitional period between tour and civilian life. 🙂
17. Of your years in Regiment, what year was your favorite?
I mentioned before, but 2011. I believe the transition to an all-female color guard was a great step for the organization and the color guard. As much as I missed my Raiders, I think the summer turned out to be something magical for the entire corps.
18. What was your favorite Regiment tradition?
I don’t think you can ever find something more satisfying than yelling SUTA as loud as you can with your Phamily after a show.
19. What does the Phantom Regiment organization wish it knew about you (what talents, technologies facilities/equipment do you have access to that might be beneficial to PR)?
I am immensely interested in academic research around creative and expressive activities, such as drum corps. If any studies or research would need to be done for any purpose, I definitely have training and experience to design and implement research.
20. Suggestions or comments
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