ROCKFORD, Ill. (Dec. 15, 2008) – Phantom Regiment is pleased to announce a new partnership with Jupiter Band Instruments. Under this new agreement, Phantom Regiment will exclusively play Jupiter brass instruments in all field and stage performances.
“The Quantum Marching Brass has proven to me that artistry and nuance can go hand-in-hand with stability and durability. From stunning pianissimos to fiery fortissimos, Jupiter has engineered the next generation of marching brass instruments that meet the rigorous performance standards of the Phantom Regiment brass,” said J.D. Shaw, Phantom Regiment’s brass arranger and brass caption head.
Phantom Regiment, which earned its second Drum Corps International championship this past summer, has finished among the top three in brass for four consecutive seasons.
“Partnering with the DCI World Champion after having released these instruments only one year ago validates Jupiter’s commitment to the development of quality instruments.
With the fierce competition in the market today, we are honored that Phantom Regiment has chosen Quantum,” Jupiter Band Instruments president Tabor Stamper said. “The Phantom Regiment staff is absolutely dedicated to the music education and individual growth of each member. In addition, the powerful, yet incredibly musical sound of their ensemble perfectly parallels the goals we had in developing the Quantum series of Jupiter Marching Brass.”
Rick Valenzuela, Phantom Regiment’s executive director, notes that there are many familiar faces at Jupiter: “We have worked with the management and design team of Jupiter before and are looking forward to a very exciting relationship between Phantom Regiment and Jupiter.”
About Phantom Regiment
Phantom Regiment, based in Rockford, Ill., 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 2008 and 1996 and has finished among the top three 11 times. It has the second-longest active streak of consecutive appearances in DCI’s world championship finals. The organization also sponsors several other educational opportunities, including camps for aspiring drum majors and percussionists as well as a fall marching band festival.
About Jupiter Band Instruments, Inc.
Jupiter Band Instruments Inc., based in Austin, Texas, is the U.S. distributor for Jupiter woodwinds and brass, Mapex concert and marching drums, Majestic marching and concert percussion, and Altus handmade flutes. Its parent company, KHS Musical Instruments Co., is one of the world’s largest producers of musical instruments.
Jupiter’s Quantum marching brass line has been meticulously designed with a unified, ensemble voicing throughout the series. Combined with features such as ergonomic trigger placement, full visibility and durable construction, these horns are sure to make the most of any performance.
Phantom Regiment is pleased to announce the return of Rick Subel to the Regiment staff. Rick will be taking on the roles of guard designer and caption head for the 2009 season. He was last on the Regiment guard staff from 2005 to 2007. Also returning in his choreographer role since 2005 is Michael James.
Those two returning members of the guard staff will also be joined by the following who had last been with us in 2007 and prior are:
New to the team this year will be:
Phantom Regiment is very excited to have many of the 2007 returning for 2009!
Kennedy Middle School 4664 N Rockton Ave Rockford, IL 61103
Friday, December 5 Registration begins at 5pm Audition/Rehearsal begins at 7pm
Sunday, December 7 Camp Wrap Up Meeing at 12pm Load and Clean Up at 1pm
Actions you MUST take before you arrive: – Download, print, fill out & BRING the Medical Consent Form – Please bring this form and make sure to complete it before checking in – medical consent form – Email us your audition photo – see details here – Send us your travel plans – fill this form out – RSVP – if you are planning on attending, and have yet to RSVP, please do so now. Even if you plan on paying at the door, we would prefer that you still fill out the RSVP form here.
Flying into Chicago O’Hare or Midway Take the VanGalder bus from the airport to the “Rockford – Clock Tower” stop. (See question #3 on the below Frequently Asked Questions for more info)
For answer to frequently asked questions – see our FAQ guide.
Driving from the east or west via Interstate 90:
I-90 towards Rockford
Take the Riverside Blvd exit – and then head WEST (this is a toll exit)
Stay on Riverside for 7 miles (after you cross the Rock River, go 5 stop lights and you’ll see a BP gas station on right which is on Rockton Ave)