Three of four caption heads return to Phantom Regiment, while alumnus Will Schulze takes the reins as visual caption head.
Christian Carichner will be back for his fifth year as brass caption head, while Derrick Shannon (percussion) and John Leonard (color guard) return for a second season.
Previously, the organization announced a new visual design team of Tony Hall as coordinator and Dwight Emmert as drill designer, as well as new brass arranger Will Pitts. They are joining a design team that returns Dan Farrell (program coordinator), Bret Kuhn (battery arranger) and Rob Ferguson (front ensemble arranger).
Schulze marched with the corps in 2005, ’07 and ’08 and was on the visual staff from 2010-12. He was a band director at F.J. Reitz High School in Evansville, Ind., for 5 years before turning his focus full-time to visual instruction and design for the marching arts.
“Will brings years of expertise, both from his time with the Regiment and elsewhere, and we’re all looking forward to seeing him in this new role,” said Farrell, who has been program coordinator since 1993 with the exception of 1998-2000.
Former designer and long-time consultant Tony Hall returns to Phantom Regiment as visual coordinator, while long-time caption head Dwight Emmert returns as visual designer.
“It’s wonderful to be welcoming Tony back to the team,” said Dan Farrell, who is back for his 21st season as program coordinator. “His vision will help guide us in exciting new ways and keep us all on our toes.”
Hall has been involved in the pageantry arts for more than 35 years and has a successful history as a design contributor for championship-winning DCI, BOA and WGI teams. He has been the visual designer for Phantom Regiment, Garfield Cadets, Sky Ryders, Blue Knights and Velvet Knights. His first involvement with Phantom Regiment was in 1993, when he designed one of the more innovative and electrifying visual programs in Phantom Regiment (remember the helmets on the field and the hornline’s crabstep wedge) – and, arguably, DCI – history. Hall has been involved either as a drill designer or consultant in many of the years since then, including the DCI championship shows in 1996 and 2008.
As part of the 60th anniversary edition of the Alumni Homecoming, we’re inviting Regiment alumni from all eras and all performance groups to perform at the 41st annual Show of Shows in Rockford. With the successful performance of the alumni hornline in 2014, we’re inviting drum and color guard alumni to join in the excitement. Jim Wren and Dan Richardson will be the program coordinators and Ron Schulz will be the corps manager.
As a function of the Phantom Regiment Alumni Association, the event will be coordinated by the PRAA Board, with board member Kelly Norton acting as celebration manager, overseeing all aspects of the anniversary celebration. “After the success of the 2014 Homecoming events, we are so excited to be able to invite all alumni to be part of the 60th Anniversary Celebration! Whether you choose to attend, participate, volunteer or all of the above, we promise it will be an amazing experience!”
Friday, July 8, 2016
Rehearsal and anniversary party – Cliffbreakers, Rockford, Ill.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Rehearsal and performance at Show of Shows – Boylan High School, Rockford, Ill.
An event like this will take plenty of work and we are looking for alumni involvement in various areas. If interested in volunteering, please go to www.regiment.org/praavolunteer
More details and event registration will be available in early November.
Phantom Regiment will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2016!
The history of the organization is extensive and wonderful. It includes multiple performing groups, the rise and fall and rise again of Phantom Regiment itself, numerous champions from the various performing groups, performances with symphonies and rock bands in the greatest cities in America, educational outreach nationwide, members from the original corps who are still involved today, and, of course, the best alumni & fans around. (Stay turned for a special announcement about how all alumni can celebrate this milestone next year.)
Formed in 1956 by a group of VFW Post 342 members, the original name was the Rockford Rangers with an all-girl color guard called the Rangerettes. However, several members wanted a different name. They had been listening to some Stetson D. Richmond records and were impressed with a tune the Syracuse Brigadiers had played entitled “The Phantom Regiment” by Leroy Anderson, who is most famous for his holiday composition “Sleigh Ride.” Thus, before the corps had made any public appearances, the corps name had been changed to Phantom Regiment and the all-girl color guard was called the Phantomettes. A letter from Leroy Anderson’s widow hangs in the Phantom Regiment offices today.
Through the years, there have been many performance groups that were a part of the organization besides Phantom Regiment (drum & bugle corps) and the Phantomettes. Some of those include: