Bandmates Take on Drum Corps

Peter Sommers and Caroline Gharis (Courtesy Photo)
Peter Sommers and Caroline Gharis (Courtesy Photo)

Two students from the Highlander Band and color guard have earned a spot with Crossmen, a world-class Drum and Bugle Corps with Drum Corps International.

“This is a huge achievement not only for these two outstanding students, but for the Highlander Band as a whole,” said Highlander band director Reagan Brumley. 

Caroline Gharis, a senior, is the color-guard captain at HPHS. She also plays the French horn. This is her second year with Crossmen, and she will be part of the flag line. 

Peter Sommers, a junior euphonium player, will spend his first year in Crossmen as an alternate on the flag line. 

“They had to audition against some of the most talented young people from across the country,” HPISD Highlander Band and color guard director Danny Martinez said.

Members of the Corps spent 12 hours a day for three weeks learning the marching show in San Antonio at the Crossmen headquarters.

After a debut performance on June 13, they loaded the buses to begin their tour. The Crossmen will perform in 20 states, competing against other DCI groups from around the nation. Their tour will end with the DCI World Championships  on August 9 in Indianapolis.

In the Dallas area, the Crossmen will perform in Southlake on July 16, and at Lake Highlands High School on July 21.

This story appears in the July issue of Park Cities People, on stands now. 

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