Executive Director Rick Valenzuela would like to let our corps members & everyone else know that the two members of the Regiment that attend Northern Illinois University are ok after the tragic events that took place on the campus Thursday. Valenzuela was able to get a hold Tim in the drum line, and spoke to the brother of Chris who is in the horn line.
The Phantom Regiment sends its thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the tragedy on the campus of NIU.
NIU’s campus is 40 miles south of Rockford. The NIU marching band attended the Phantom Regiment’s band fest day in 2007, and many band members auditioned for the Regiment this year. Also, Rick’s wife Lori is the guard instructor at NIU. She was the one to inform Rick as he was traveling to San Antonio today. Also, NIU band director Dr Thomas Bough is an alum of the Regiment. Dr Bough, Lori, and the rest of the NIU band staff were in the process of contacting each band member as well. At the time of this post, everyone from the guard and drum line have been contacted.