At the city council meeting on Monday August 18th, 2008, Executive Director Rick Valenzuela, along with Board President Tim Farrell and Program Director Dan Farrell, received a proclamation from the Mayor of Rockford, Larry Morrissey declaring the week of August 18th to be Phantom Regiment Week.
After receiving another standing ovation, this time from the entire city council and everyone in attendance, Rick Valenzuela accepted the proclamation on behalf of the entire organization and said a few words about how proud the corps is to represent the City of Rockford.
Congrats to the members, staff, donors, and dedicated volunteers that made 2008 Phantom Regiment happen!
Below is a snapshot of the proclamation. Click on the image below to download a pdf version.
Phantom Regiment Winter Guard will not be taking the competition floor this winter. The Regiment winter guard was based out of Atlanta, Ga., and under the direction of Adam Sage.
Phantom Regiment is in the process of hiring a new guard caption head and, instead of rushing into the winter guard season which typically has auditions at the beginning of September, the organization has decided it will not field a winter guard in 2009.
“Having a winter guard these past two years was beneficial to the organization, and we look forward to possibly bringing out the winter guard again in the future,” said Phantom Regiment executive director Rick Valenzuela.
PRWG placed seventh in the independent world class division in 2007, its first year of competition after a 24-year hiatus, and 10th in 2008. PRWG was world champion in 1979 and 1980.
The Phantom Regiment is a youth organization dedicated to the development of self-esteem and self-reliance. It encourages team work, sportsmanship, civic pride and contributions of one’s personal best to a group effort. These lessons are learned through a musical and marching activity in which there is a blending of the arts and athletics.
For more information about Phantom Regiment, go to www.regiment.org.
The Rockford Register Star ran a story in the Aug. 15 edition quoting numerous people involved in the PR organization.
The paper does a great job of helping the corps, running briefs after each competition to help the community follow along as well as sponsoring the annual Show of Shows. And, of course, the occasional feature story along the way.
For the latest story, click on the link below for Rockford Register Star.
Phantom Regiment won its second Drum Corps International World Championship on Saturday night in Bloomington, Ind.
The corps scored a 98.125 to narrowly edge the Blue Devils’ 98.100. Cavaliers were third with a 97.325 and Carolina Crown earned the best finish in its history with a 96.800.
Phantom Regiment’s win was bolstered by a dominating percussion section. The Paul Rennick-led drummers finished first in quarterfinals, semifinals and finals to earn their second Fred Sanford High Percussion Award in 3 years.
The High General Effect Award also went to Phantom Regiment.
The annual Spirit of Disney Award, which recognizes entertainment, was presented to Phantom Regiment.
An estimated 8,000-9,000 people stayed late into the evening to watch Phantom Regiment do its encore performance on the field. It was a spectacular moment for the corps members and all involved with the organization.
Phantom Regiment entered quarterfinals seeded fourth and moved up one spot each night. It squeaked past Carolina Crown and its “Finis” production on Thursday and then moved in front of the Cavaliers’ “Samurai” program on Friday night before reaching the top spot Saturday night, just in front of Blue Devils and their “Constantly Risking Absurdity” show.
Phantom Regiment congratulates all the corps for a terrific season, but especially the Blue Stars for their return to the top 12 for the first time since 1979 and Blue Devils, Cavaliers and Carolina Crown for the tremendous shows they had all summer long.
And a special thank-you to the Cavaliers for their kind gesture of congratulations after the show.