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.
As many of our supporters know, 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the Phantom Regiment! With preparations for our 60th season underway, you have an opportunity to be involved in supporting Phantom Regiment in a simple, easy way. Introducing our $60 for 60 campaign (#60for60), aimed at raising $60 from everyone who has been touched by the organization in some way over the past 60 years.
This campaign provides an excellent opportunity to make a significant impact on the 2016 Phantom Regiment. Alumni, if you’ve lost touch, this is a great way to give back. Phans and Friends, what a great way to feel personally involved with the drum corps! For just the cost of a $5 latte per month, your contributions will help get the drum corps on the road during such an important year.
Our Goal is 1,000 donors!
The generosity of our alumni, volunteers, parents and fans has been absolutely critical to the group over the past decades. Whether you’ve been able to donate to the corps recently, or have lost touch with the group that made an impact on your life, please take advantage of this opportunity today. Donate to the $60 for 60 campaign and help us continue to inspire audiences for years to come!
Phantom Regiment is saddened by the death of William (Bill) C. Hyde, who died at his home Tuesday in Roscoe, Ill. He was 79.
Bill was a volunteer bus driver from the early 1980s into the ’90s. He got involved with Phantom Regiment when two of his children, Bill and Carrie, joined Phantom Regiment Cadets. Both would march through the decade.
In addition to his time as a bus driver, he was a corps photographer for many years. His volunteerism extended well past the time his children aged out of the corps. Bill was honored by the corps for meritorious service in 1989.
Outside of drum corps, Bill was a math and journalism teacher for 40 years at Harlem High School in Machesney Park, just outside of Rockford. He was an adviser to the school newspaper, was an announcer at football games and was a timekeeper for Harlem basketball games for 42 years. On top of all that, he was with the North Park Fire Department for 40 years, retiring as deputy chief.
Bill was a big fan of Northern Illinois football and the Huskie Marching Band. He, his son and grandson all marched in the band.
Great opportunity to see the Band of the Royal Marines & The Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers of the Scots Guards on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at 7:30 p.m at the Coronado in Rockford thanks to our friends at the Rockford Coronado Concert Association!
Or, Regiment phans can get $10 off per ticket using promo code PHANS. Get tickets at: http://bit.ly/1Zr6d9u
Get your tickets now to secure the best seat in the house to watch these phenomenal performers!
Today is the college marching band final between the University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band and the Clemson University Tiger Band! Choose your favorite, or the one you’d prefer if your favorite is not in the playoffs, on our Twitter poll!
We started on our own version of the College Football Playoffs by polling fans to see which of the four colleges had the most popular marching band. We already know they all have great marching bands, but here are the results of our first fan poll:
Oklahoma versus Clemson: winner was Oklahoma with 64% of the vote.
Michigan State versus Alabama: winner was Michigan State with 65% of the vote.
Nichole “Nikki” Ely marched in Phantom Regiment’s color guard from 1988-95. The Pekin, Ill., native earned a spot in the color guard as a 14-year-old and eventually would become the guard’s C.O.
Nikki, who had been living in Miami, died at the young age of 33 due to head injuries sustained while vacationing at Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla.
A scholarship fund was started in 2007 to keep Nikki’s memory alive as drum corps and the Phantom Regiment meant so much to her. You can make donation via the online button below, or by check. Please make checks payable to Phantom Regiment and put Nikki Ely on the note line. You can send checks to: Phantom Regiment, 420 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103.
Phantom Regiment is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so your donation to the Nichole Ely Memorial Scholarship Fund can be tax-deductible. Be sure to check with your tax advisor for complete details.
To make an online donation, click on the button below. Using PayPal is quick, easy and FREE!
Your support to ensure the legacy of Nichole Ely is greatly appreciated!