Reports out of Indianapolis confirm that on October 11th, a full 61 days after the 2018 DCI World Champions ended, the infamous Santa Clara Vanguard Mellophone Sustain is still being held.

“I know its cliche to say it, but we’ve truly never seen anything like this on the field” remarked DCI Artistic Director Lee Carlson.

We reached out to Vanguard Horn Sergeant and Mello Section leader Stone Wang for his thoughts, however, he was unable to comment. He did provide a slightly confused glance from behind the bell of His mellophone, for what it’s worth.

Brass Arranger J.D. Shaw chimed in: “This is the most talent we’ve had in our mello line since I joined the design time, and it’d be a shame to put that to waste. These performers deserve to be showcased. They will be remembered for this.”

Acclaimed pop-artist Taylor Swift was set to perform in Lucas Oil Stadium on September 15th, but rescheduled out of respect for the performers. “Drum Corps is an incredible art form that deserves more recognition in popular culture” said Swift “these performers have nothing but my absolute respect and support.”

Vanguard has accrued an estimated 743 points in timing penalties as of this writing.