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ROCKFORD (Jan. 8, 2008) – Phantom Regiment is pleased to announce a new partnership with DEG/Dynasty USA Music Products. Under this three-year agreement, Phantom Regiment will utilize DEG/Dynasty USA percussion equipment in all field and stage performances. In addition, Phantom Regiment will appear at clinics and special performances on behalf of DEG/Dynasty USA.
“Our Dynasty USA marching instruments have been the market leader in the marching band and drum corps market for many years,” said Mark Schafer, CEO of DEG Music Products Inc. “Our partnership with Phantom Regiment and its staff will further enhance the design of our percussion products.”
This relationship provides an opportunity for extensive collaboration between Paul Rennick, percussion caption head and arranger for Phantom Regiment, Allan Murray and the DEG/Dynasty USA percussion team to further elevate the standard for marching percussion equipment.
“We couldn’t be happier with the new relationship with Dynasty USA Percussion,” Rennick said. “We look forward to working together with everyone at Dynasty USA in creating some great music for years to come.”
DEG Music Products Inc. has supplied a complete line of wind instruments and percussion to music dealers since 1965. DEG Music Products is dedicated to developing and marketing state-of-the-art instruments, which both enhance performance and further the art form. DEG Music Products is a proud sponsor of the Drum Corps International World Championships and the 21st Century Drum and Bugle Corps Foundation.
About Phantom Regiment
Phantom Regiment is a youth organization dedicated to the development of self-esteem and self-reliance. It encourages teamwork, sportsmanship, civic pride and contributions of one’s personal best to a group effort. These lessons are learned through a musical and marching activity in which there is a blending of the arts and athletics.
Founded in 1956, the corps won the world championship in 1996 and has finished among the top three 10 times. It has the second-longest active streak of consecutive appearances in DCI’s world championship finals.
For more about the organization, go to www.regiment.org
This video update contains a glance into the two audition camps for the 2008 season. For those looking for hints and clues to what we’re playing, well, you won’t find any in this edition. But stay tuned as more detailed information will be coming.
William Pitts is a composer, conductor, and arranger from Atlanta, Georgia. Growing up in Carrollton, Georgia, Will began his musical studies in piano and choir at age seven, saxophone in grade five, and began his conducting studies in grade seven. Pitts graduated summa cum laude from Emory University, where he studied saxophone, conducting, and composition. Pitts also worked as a librarian in the music department, and as an ensemble coach and administrative assistant in the department of instrumental music. He was the first student to complete an Honors Project in both Conducting and Composition.
Pitts’ choral and instrumental conducting engagements have taken him from coast to coast. He served as Conductor of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of Rockford, Illinois, for three years (2005, 2007-08). As the conductor of the 2005 Phantom Regiment, he received the highest conducting performance score and the second place leadership score among all Division I drum majors as a part of the Jim Jones Award evaluations. In 2008, the Regiment took first place honors as World Champions at the Drum Corps International Finals. Will currently serves on Regiment’s Management Staff.
Pitts is in high demand as an adjudicator and instructor for high school band programs in Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, and Alabama and his students hold an impressive record of success in auditions and competitions. He has also been a featured clinician in conducting clinics in Illinois, Indiana, and Maryland. His compositions and arrangements have been commissioned and performed in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. He has written works for and been commissioned by the Atlanta Youth Wind Sym