Phantom Regiment has aggressively brought challenging classical music to the field, including the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Richard Wagner and Antonín Dvořák. One commentator noted that the corps is "drum corps' classical music identity." In addition, Regiment shows have included the music of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ode to Joy, Spartacus by Aram Khachaturian and the New World Symphony.
In 2005, Phantom Regiment took a step away from classic music repertoire and explored George Gershwin's symphonic Classical/Jazz work, Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris (although this is not the first time the corps has had success with this approach, as evident with "I Pagliacci", 1991, and "Goin' Home (Largo from New World)", 1989). The jazzy 2005 show won the Spirit of Disney Award and took third place at DCI Finals.
Phantom Regiment's 1989 show, based on Dvořák's New World Symphony, was voted the top show in the 2006 DCI Classic Countdown, a movie-theater showing of the most popular DCI shows in its second year.
In 2008, Phantom Regiment would put together its third version of Spartacus. Spartacus was a big hit, placing 5th in 1981, and then 4th in 1982. However, the corps' design team felt it was time to bring Spartacus back in an all new, totally different form. The 2008 show spent most of the summer in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place. The high-intensity show placed 3rd in the DCI quarterfinals in Bloomington, Ind., 2nd in semifinals and, finally, edged the Blue Devils for the championship at finals.
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