Amanda Phillips has been selected as a member of the San Antonio-based Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps known for their educational excellence and entertaining performances throughout the United States and Canada.
Phillips is the daughter of Joe and DeAnn Phillips of Stephenville and she is a 2006 Stephenville High School Graduate.
Phillips is continuing her education at Austin College in Sherman and she said the school does not have a marching band. She is a sophomore majoring in leadership studies and Spanish. Throughout her career with Stephenville schools Phillips was a member of the band, she said.
“I missed it so much I decided to try out for this,” Phillips said. “I told my mom it was just something I had to do.”
Phillips was chosen as one of the 82-member group from 200 applicants trying out. She was selected as a member of the color guard and is being considered as a captain. She said she was interviewed along with four others but hasn’t received word if she will hold the position.
Phillips said she plans to spend the summer gaining musical and movement expertise. She said she expects to strengthen her leadership skills, self-discipline and self-reliance traits as well.
A typical summer for the corps lasts about 63 days, Phillips said, with rehearsals lasting eight to 12 hours a day. The group will perform approximately five times a week.
Phillips said the 30-performance tour will be demanding but she is looking forward to participating and will perform with flags, rifles and sabres.
Phillips is also a member of the Posey Leadership Institute, Rotoract Club and a volunteer leader for the Sherman Girl Scouts.