McKendree brings back marching band competition

Scott Wuerz
Scott Wuerz

McKendree University in Lebanon will host Drum Corps International’s annual “DCI St. Louis” competition on Monday, July 11.

Performing this year are The Academy, of Tempe, Ariz.; Carolina Crown, of Fort Mill, S.C.; Music City, from Nashville, Tenn.; Pacific Crest, of Diamond Bar, Calif.; Phantom Regiment, of Rockford; Racine Scouts, of Racine, Wis.; and Shadow, of Oregon, Wis. The All-Star Marching Band of St. Louis area high school musicians will also perform.

The 7:30 p.m. show will take place at Leemon Athletic Field on campus, adjacent to the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts at 400 N. Alton St. in Lebanon. Gates will open at 6 p.m.

Earlier in the day, Phantom Regiment will conduct an open rehearsal outdoors on campus. The corps will also host a drum major camp at McKendree July 9-12; for more information, visit

Tickets for “DCI St. Louis” are available at Prices range from $15 to $40 for reserved premium seating. Groups of 20 or more qualify for a $5 discount in select sections. Call DCI at 317-275-1212 to purchase group tickets or wheelchair accessible seating. Advance orders will end approximately one week before the event. The show is expected to sell out; however, any remaining tickets may be purchased at the box office after 3 p.m.

“DCI St. Louis” is on “Marching Music’s Major League’s” 44th annual summer tour, which culminates at the world championships in Indianapolis in August. Proceeds from “DCI St. Louis” support the McKendree University Music Department’s interactive “Music in Our Schools” program for pre-K through 12th-grade students.

Lindenwood student lands internship with U.S. Attorney

Kaitlyn Dixon, of Coquille, Ore., is the first Lindenwood University-Belleville student to accept an internship offer from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois.

“I was encouraged to pursue this opportunity by my amazing advisers — Judge Annette Eckert, who helps the legal students; my department adviser, Dr. Joseph Zlatic; and another criminal justice professor, Dr. Shauntey James,” Dixon said. “Dr. Zlatic and Judge Eckert helped me prepare my application and pursue contacts in the office, and all three provided encouragement and help throughout the application process.”

According to Dixon, she decided to pursue this opportunity because it was something she said wasn’t available in her home state.

“These are the exact kind of opportunities I wanted to get by going to college out of state, and it will provide wonderful real-world jobs skills,” she said. “Every law school looks for distinct experiences and qualities that set their applicants apart, and as I prepare to start applying to law schools, I believe this is the type of experience that will make me stand out.”

Zlatic said Dixon will represent Lindenwood well.

“Kaitlyn has demonstrated extraordinary abilities in the classroom and will gain greater insight into the workings of the criminal justice system through this internship,” Zlatic said. “It is our hope that she uses this opportunity to better understand the tremendous power and responsibility wielded by public officials while advancing her educational and professional goals.”

To learn more about the Criminal Justice Program at Lindenwood University-Belleville, visit

SWIC to raise a glass to Belleville breweries

If you’re a fan of ales, lagers and dark brews, you can learn about Belleville’s rich brewing history in a special upcoming speakers series presentation.

Join the Belleville Historical Society Tuesday, June 21 for a walk down memory lane and learn about the city’s first brewers, many of which were its early German ancestors. Also, look back at Star and Stag, and meet the new kid on the block — Main Street Brewing Co. 4204.

The event, “Brewing in Belleville: Then & Now,” is sponsored by Programs and Services for Older Persons, Belleville Historical Society and Main Street Brewing Co. 4204. The presentation runs from 6-7:30 p.m. at PSOP, 201 N. Church St., Belleville. This event is free and open to the public.

To reserve a spot, call Susan Pflug at 618-234-4410, ext. 7032.