Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps honored outstanding members and three long-time volunteers at a season kick-off ceremony in Beloit, Wis., during its audition camp weekend Nov. 26-28.
The Chevron Award is the highest recognition given by the corps to non-marching members. According to Phantom Regiment board president Tim Farrell, the Chevron Award is given to people who have “contributed a spectacular lifetime of service or to those who have made a profound and lasting impact on the corps.”
Past recipients include former Loves Park Mayor Joe Sinkewicz, Clarcor Corp. and well-known theater costume designer Michael Cesario. This year Phantom Regiment is proud to be able to bestow the Chevron Award to three long-time volunteers: Barb Glasscoe of South Beloit, Becky Nelson of Rockford and Bob Joosten, formerly of Harvard, Ill.
It is rare that any non-profit is able to have volunteers give 20 years of service. Phantom Regiment is blessed to have three who have exceeded that lofty benchmark.
Barb Glasscoe begins her 25th season with Phantom Regiment this year. A former school teacher, Barb came to the corps as a volunteer in the food service department, but was quickly called upon for her seamstress skills. For more than 20 years now she has been an integral leader in that area, directly responsible for some of the most breath-taking uniform and flag designs in the activity. Barb is employed by Mercy Care in Janesville, Wis.
Becky Nelson came to the Regiment in response to a newspaper ad calling for volunteer help. An avid cook, she joined the food crew and has remained for 24 years. An elementary school teacher in Rockford, Becky heads up the corps’ food program and volunteers in any other way she can, including housing out-of-area members.
Bob Joosten has driven a bus for Phantom Regiment for 20 years. Bob was introduced to the corps when his son joined the Phantom Regiment Cadets. Eventually moving on to the “big” corps, Bob came along also and then stayed on after his son graduated. Bob now holds the role of lead driver for the entire summer tour and helps coordinate all transportation matters for the corps. A retired sheriff’s deputy from Harvard, Ill., Bob and his wife recently moved to Donna, Texas.
The Mark Glasscoe Memorial Member of The Year award is the only official award given to a corps member. Named in honored of the late Mark Glasscoe, a charter member of the reborn Phantom Regiment in 1968 and a long-time active leader until his death in 1996, the award carries much significance.
This year’s recipient is trumpet player Joe Huls of Grand Rapids, Mich. As a member of Phantom Regiment for five seasons, Joe’s efforts as a leader by example made him an obvious choice. Joe currently is a music education major at Central Michigan University.