The entire Phantom Regiment organization would like to thank all of its donors for their generous gifts and support. Every dollar is critical and every contributor like you is the reason we are able to continue to provide a life-changing experience for our students as well as an entertaining show to our fans.
Note: Booster members highlighted in bold have increased their contribution from last year; denotes alumni. If we have listed you incorrectly, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we may correct it.
Phantom Regiment is excited and proud to announce that the Best Visual Performance Award presented at the DCI World Championships will now be named the John Brazale Best Visual Performance Award!
John Brazale was an instructor/designer with the Phantom Regiment from 1975 through 1992. He was instrumental in the visual success of the corps during those times. He became known for his color guards precision and excellence. Later, he became the Regiment’s drill designer where he created innovative, dynamic and very entreating visual productions.
John was inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame in 1994.
The newly named award, John Brazale Best Visual Performance Award, will be presented for the first time at the 2012 DCI World Championships. The other awards are:
Donald Angelica Best General Effect Award
Fred Sanford Best Percussion Performance Award
George Zingali Best Color Guard Award
Jim Ott Best Brass Performance Award
You can read more about John’s contributions to the Regiment and the activity here.
For more information about the other awards created and renamed at the DCI annual meetings, read here.
The Phantom Regiment would like to congratulate Mike Robinson who was named the Citizen of the Year at the Rockford Chamber of Commerce annual dinner Thursday January 19, 2012.
Of the many things Mike does for the community, we are lucky and proud to have him as our announcer at all of our local events. Mike is the familiar voice you hear at our Music in the Park; Dress Rehearsal; Show of Shows; and Music on the Border (Paddock Lake, WI).
Congrats to Rockford’s Citizen of the Year! We are very proud of you Mike!!
Holly Maldonado began her drum corps career in 2006. Marching mellophone with SPIRIT from Jacksonville State University, she had the privilege of receiving instruction from Chip Crotts and Ray Vasquez. The following three summers, Holly marched with Carolina Crown where she aged out in 2009. With the guidance of Matt Harloff and the brass staff at Crown, the corps won the 2009 Jim Ott Best Brass award, a first for the organization. Last summer, Holly taught mellophone with the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps.
A horn player, Holly is a recent graduate from Columbus State University, having earned a degree in music education. Since being at Columbus State, she has performed in the top ensembles including in the Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra and horn choir under the direction of Fred Cohen, Jamie Nix and Paul Hostetter. Holly currently studies horn with Jason Eklund but has previously studied with Kristen Hansen, Tom Witte and Jay Hanselman.
In the fall of 2008, Holly toured Japan performing with the Odyssey Brass Angels, an all female cast of brass, percussion and dancers. While at Odyssey, she performed on mellophone and horn.
Holly graduated from Kell High School in Marietta, GA under the direction of Wind Ensemble director, David McGrath. After graduating in 2006, she was on the educational visual staff for the marching band in 2008 and 2009. Spring 2009, she worked as a student assistant with the Daniell Middle School band in Marietta, GA with Danny Doyle and Laura Estes.
Holly is very excited to work with the students and staff at Phantom Regiment this summer.
Laura has been involved with arts since she first picked up the trumpet in 5th grade. Attending her first drum corps show in Murfreesboro, TN in 2000, she knew she wanted to march in a drum corps. She got her chance with the Phantom Regiment and marched in 2001-2003 & 2006. Once in college, Laura thought she was going to major in Music Education, but ended up changing to a Music Business degree. She also found a job with the local college theatre and added a Theatre Degree late in the game. Laura finished at Illinois State University with a Music Business and Theatre Production Design Degree.
Wanting to do something behind the scenes or event related, Laura searched for a job in her field. After a few months, she hit the road with Disney on Ice as a lighting technician. She has traveled to many countries for work that include Canada, China, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Russia. Currently, Laura is an electrician for the National Broadway Tour of Fiddler on the Roof.
In 2011, Laura’s schedule finally opened up to help out the Phantom Regiment during their move-in period. Truly enjoying the behind the scenes work, she went on tour as one of the Assistant Tour Managers to help the corps move down the road. Laura is looking forward to another exciting season working with the Phantom Regiment.
Described as a true musical talent and professional (Ivan Trevino, Composer), Eric Willie has a varied career as a solo performer, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, the Big Ears Music Festival, and on regional live broadcasts such as Nashville s NPR Station Live In Studio C. Eric regularly performs with the Nief-Norf and LegalWood Projects, and has premiered works by Christopher Deane, Paul Lansky, John Mackey, Marc Mellits, Ivan Trevino, and others.
Currently, Eric serves as Director of Percussion Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and regularly performs with the Winston-Salem Symphony.
As a marching percussion specialist, Eric has served as a percussion consultant with the Phantom Regiment (2012-2013), arranger for Spirit and Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps, and on staff for Carolina Crown and Madison Scouts. His marching percussion arrangements have been performed by the University of North Texas, the University of Kentucky, and many high schools throughout the United States.
We wish you and your family a very Happy & Safe New Year! We hope 2012 brings you happiness and a Phantom Regiment performance near you. 🙂
We are honored to have you and the 92,000 on Facebook as fans and supporters of the Phantom Regiment. With you, we will continue to create those special moments during the summer, as well as the life changing experiences for all those that participate in our programs.