We are excited to announce that the Regiment will once again be touring from coast to coast in 2017! From Stanford, California to Chester, Pennsylvania and 28 different stops in between – we hope you can see us live and in person this summer!
Our first stop on our national tour will be in Clovis, CA on Friday June 23. We’ll have a few days to soak up the California sun before we make our way back for our home show…the 42nd annual Show of Shows at Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford on Friday July 7. After a few more performances in the Midwest, we’ll head to the first Tour of Champions event in DeKalb on Saturday July 15. A little more than 2 weeks later, we will have what we call our 2nd home show in the beautiful mountains of Charleston, WV on Monday August 1. From there, it’ll be the home stretch to the Drum Corps World Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana!
Three of our summer educational camps will also include a chance to attend drum corps events happening at those locations: Akron, OH; Lebanon, IL and Little Rock, AR. Our summer camp schedule will be updated soon, so check back in a few weeks to get all that information at www.regiment.org/camps.
But before we hit the road, we have to accept the new members who are in the midst of the audition process. Our next audition opportunities include:
Dallas, TX – Saturday November 26
Atlanta, GA – Saturday December 3
Rockford, IL (Beloit, WI) – Friday through Sunday December 9-11
As we look back on 2016, the word “celebratory” keeps coming to mind. We sometimes forget to celebrate our successes that happen on and off the field. One of those success moments this year was our 60th anniversary! We should all be very proud of the milestone the organization has achieved. During the past 60 years, there have been many ups and downs. We have definitely had more ups than downs recently, and much of that has to do with our heroes. Those heroes are our volunteers, staff, alumni and donors. Those heroes are YOU!
We’ve experienced highs and lows…from celebrating our 60th anniversary to experiencing a virus run through the corps during championship week.
There’s still time to join our #60for60 campaign and help us end our 60th Anniversary strong!
Our $60 for 60 campaign (#60for60) is aimed at raising $60 from anyone and everyone who has been touched by the organization in some way over these 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.
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!
We are excited to announce the addition of Drew Solomonson as Visual Caption Head and Lindsay Kusmierczak as Colorguard Caption Coordinator. They will join the returning team of Brass Caption Head Christian Carichner, Percussion Caption Head Derrick Shannon, and Colorguard Co-Caption Heads, Annie Pelka and Jessica Francis.
Kusmierczak is an alumna of the Phantom Regiment color guard (2002-2005) and winter guard (2007). Lindsay has taught several drum corps, including The Blue Knights, The Glassmen, Southwind, and the Italian drum and bugle corps Millennium. Lindsay currently teaches the BOA & WGI A Class finalist Harrison High School Marching Band and Winter Guard. Lindsay began her work in librarianship in school libraries and is currently a youth services librarian in the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.
Solomonson spent four years as a member of the euphonium section for the Phantom Regiment, and has spent numerous years as a member of the visual staff for the drum corps. Drew has also served as designer and instructor for Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps and Spirit of Atlanta. Drew has worked with several BOA regional finalists, such as Hillgrove HS, Collins Hill HS, and Lassiter HS, in addition to serving as an adjudicator and clinician for various competitions and festivals throughout the fall. He has designed for award winning bands and winter guards in all areas of the country. In addition to his design credits, Solomonson also serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the Southern Association for Performance Arts (SAPA) based in Roswell, GA. He currently works as Manager of the Broyles Arts Center at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta.
Auditions for the 2017 season are around the corner. There are auditions taking place in Rockford, Dallas, Atlanta and Southern California. Find out more information and register at regiment.org/join.