Don has had a long and varied career in drum and bugle corps. He began by marching with the Des Plaines Vanguard, and finished his marching experience with the La Crosse Blue Stars in 1975. Don then taught the Blue Stars hornline for six years, eventually assuming arranging duties as well. Soon afterward, Don began his judging career, a career that included the honor of judging finals three times, and culminated in being named Brass and Music General Effect Caption Head for DCI, a position he held for seven years. Don then returned to drum corps as part of the Cadets design team, serving as the brass arranger for their 2002 and 2003 seasons. In 2005, he served as a consultant to the Bluecoats. Most recently, Don served as the brass arranger for the Glassmen, writing for them from 2008 to 2011.
Don has been very active in the band field as well. He has held the position of Director of Bands at Plantation High School, Plantation, Florida; as well as being an Associate Director at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, Florida. Don has had marching band arrangements published by Hal Leonard, Inc., and has arranged for many top level high school competitive marching bands; including Plymouth – Canton Educational Park, from 1994 to 2005. He presently arranges for The Woodlands, and L. D. Bell high school bands among many others, and this past year added the position of arranger for the Broken Arrow High School band. He has also judged extensively in the United States and Japan.
Donald has been a member of The American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) since 1994, and six times has received recognition from the ASCAP Special Awards Panel for his original works. His concert band pieces have been performed throughout the United States as well as in Japan and Australia, and he was recently honored as a featured composer at the University of South Florida. He is published by Great Works, Inc. and Ludwig Music Publishing Company.
Don and his wife Dianne currently live in Los Angeles, where he is pursuing a career in composing music for visual media, and is part owner of Patio 7 Productions.
Eric Lee Gabriel Cardetti Taylor was born April 5, 1989, in Joplin, Missouri to parents Paul Gregory Taylor and Janet Marie Cardetti Taylor. He began studying trumpet privately in the 5th grade. In 2005, he became involved in Drum Corps International as a member of Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps from Lexington, Kentucky. He continued to march there until the corps was no longer able to field a summer production after their 2007 season.
After graduating high school, he began to study trumpet performance at the University of Missouri in Columbia (Mizzou). After his first year, he became interested in composition and theory and chose to pursue both. He returned to drum corps in 2009 and marched with Phantom Regiment. After the summer, he transferred to the University of Missouri in Kansas City to study composition with instructors Dr. James Mobberley, Dr. Chen Yi, Dr. Zhou Long, and Dr. Paul Rudy. In 2010, he marched his final season with Phantom Regiment as their featured flugelhorn soloist.
Since then he has continued his involvement with the marching activity by teaching Blue Springs High School’s marching band, The Golden Regiment, and arranging for several marching bands and choirs in Missouri and Indiana.
Ben Chambers is from Sioux Falls, SD, and he will be graduating from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD with a B.M.E in Music Education in May of 2012.
He began his marching career with the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps in 2007. As a member of both the mellophone and trumpet section, he has marched four seasons with the corps from 2007-2011. In 2009, Ben was nominated as one of the candidates to receive the Mark Glasscoe Memorial Member of the Year Award.
While in college, Ben has been a clinician, technician, and an adjudicator at several state music contests, and he has worked with various musical groups as a director and band leader.
Ben is very excited to be working with the Phantom Regiment in 2012!
Lindsay Kusmierczak is honored to be spending another summer with her Phamily. Lindsay is an alumni of the Phantom Regiment color guard (2002-2005) and winter guard (2007). Lindsay began her love of the pageantry arts in high school, and began marching drum corps at the age of 17 with Southwind DBC (2000-2001). Lindsay has taught several drum corps including; The Blue Knights, The Glassmen, Southwind, and the Italian drum and bugle corps Millennium. A native of southern Illinois, Lindsay has worked with several programs in the St. Louis metro area. She has also worked with programs in northern Illinois and Atlanta, GA.
Lindsay has a degree in fine arts with a minor in art history from Northern Illinois University, and is currently pursuing her Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Lindsay is a librarian at O’Fallon Township high school and resides in St. Louis, MO.
Sara Solomonson is a 2009 graduate of the University of Memphis with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and a Minor in Art History.
Sara began her color guard career at the age of 13 and after high school, went on to march with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps in the summer of 2004. As a member of the Regiment Color Guard, she marched a total of three seasons from 2004-2006 and marched her final drum corps season in 2008 at the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Continuing her love for the activity, Sara has worked with and designed for several programs in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi including Cordova HS, F.J.Reitz HS, Desoto Central HS, Capella Winter Guard, and the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.
She currently works with the Pope High School Color Guard in Marietta, GA as well as working as a Graphic Artist for Ross Media, Inc.
Sara lives in Woodstock, GA with her husband Andrew.
Phantom Regiment is once again selling tickets for the Drum Corps International Championships August 9-11, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Buy your tickets now.
Over the previous 4 years that we have offered this, our fan base has continued to grow in numbers! The support from our phans has been tremendous! The corps members can’t thank you enough for your support at their biggest show of the year.
We hope we can count on your presence and support again this upcoming August in the Lucas Oil Stadium! NEW this year: we know exactly where our sections are located. (In the past – DCI wouldn’t assign our tickets until later). You can also pick and choose which nights you would like to attend.
So whatever your schedule and budget is, we hope you are able to join us and cheer on the Regiment.
By purchasing your tickets through us, not only are you going to be sitting with other Regiment fans cheering on your favorite corps, but you are also helping to raise money for the Regiment as we receive sales commission on all tickets purchased through us!
The ticket prices are the face value as set by DCI and our convenience charge is much lower!
If you’re going to be heading to the 2012 Drum Corps International Championships, now is your chance to place your order to sit with other Regiment fans! Seats are filled on a first come first serve basis. Orders must be paid in full and there are no refunds. Place your order for tickets today! Tickets can be purchased through this link or at shop.regiment.org.
Tickets are now available for Rockford, Ill.; Salem, Wis.; and Charleston, W.Va. Buy your tickets now and reserve your seat, as all 3 shows have premium reserved seating available. Plus, we have your DCI World Championships in Indy tickets as well.
Now is the time to put yourself in the audience for a great night of entertainment. There’s no better way to see the Regiment than live and in person. You can see us at any of the shows listed below!
Thank you to everyone who voted in the CITGO Fueling Good program! Thanks to you, we won $5,000 in fuel from CITGO. Every dollar counts especially with fuel prices being so volatile.
We would also like to thank CITGO for providing this amazing opportunity for us. (For more information on their program – www.fuelinggood.com.
Our annual budget (approved in September due to our fiscal year) includes $88,000 in fuel expense this year. Fuel has been difficult to budget ever since the summer of 2008 fuel crisis.
We can only hope fuel prices will be reasonable come summertime. Our national tour includes 35 shows from coast to coast over 8 weeks. We try to be in as many shows as possible. We can only do that by covering as much of the country as we do.
Your support, whether it’s with a vote or by a donation, is very important to what we do. So THANK YOU!