Long time staff member and current program director Dan Farrell has been selected for induction into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame.
The DCI Hall of Fame honors individuals who have left an indelible impression on the drum corps activity. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place on August 10, 2016.View Dan’s induction ceremony below.
“I’m honored to have my name on a list that includes so many inspirational people – many of whom I’ve looked up to for decades. And to stand alongside of Denise Bonfiglio, Frank Dorritie and the everlasting spirit of Myron Rosander makes it that much better“, says Farrell. He becomes the tenth person with Phantom Regiment ties to join this prestigious society. Those whose work with the Regiment contributed to their induction include: Jim Wren and John Brazale in 1994, Michael Cesario in 1996, Dan Richardson in 2011, Marty Hurley in 2012 and Bob Lendman in 2013. The other former staff inducted include: David Kampschroer in 1985, Freddy Martin in 2006, and Brandt Crocker in 2010.
Farrell has made his mark at the highest levels as a performer, instructor and caption head, and his influence on the activity as a program coordinator is without question.
He joined Phantom Regiment as a 12-year-old, along with an older brother, in the fall of 1971 at the urging of his father. No one could have anticipated the impact it would have, not only on his life, but on the organization he has called home for most of the past 44 years.
Phantom Regiment’s annual Show of Shows was recognized at the 25th annual RAMIs (Rockford Area Music Industry Awards) as the people’s choice for special event – for the 4th year in a row! We are very honored and proud to receive this recognition.
We would like to first thank all those that voted for us! We are humbled by your support for our event. We also want to thank the show staff & numerous volunteers who have helped make the Show of Shows a success every year for the past 40 years!
We want to make a special thank you to Boylan Catholic High School who has been the host of this event for every single one over the past 40 years except one show. We appreciate the school’s support over these many years!
The special event category was filled with many great area events. For us to be named people’s choice from the list below is a huge honor for us.
The Regiment is no stranger to the RAMI awards having won an Outstanding Achievement award in 2001; Music Outreach Organization award in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010; and inducted into the RAMI Hall of Fame in 2011. Plus our very own Jim Wren (longtime music arranger) was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
Show of Shows has previously won a RAMI for Special Event in 2013, 2014 and 2015. This was our fourth nomination in this category. This year’s Show of Shows will take place Saturday, July 9th at Boylan High School.
Calling all alumni who would like to perform one more time! We are having an alumni corps perform at the Show of Shows in Rockford.
It’s the final week for registration for our 60th Anniversary Celebration…hard to believe that the deadline is almost here! The deadline is so we can order the uniform tops and have them custom made and delivered in time. The last 6 months have gone by so fast and before we know it, it will be July 9th! Deadline to sign-up is May 1, 2016.
If you are already signed up and practicing, we can’t wait to see you!!
If you’re not….do you really want to miss this opportunity? Do you really want to just sit in the stands and watch instead of being part of this once in a lifetime experience?
Nichole “Nikki” Ely marched in Phantom Regiment’s color guard from 1988-95. The Pekin, Ill., native earned a spot in the color guard as a 14-year-old and eventually would become the guard’s C.O. A scholarship was started in 2007 to keep Nikki’s memory alive as drum corps and the Phantom Regiment meant so much to her. (Only applicable to Phantom Regiment current guard members).
To apply, view past recipients or fore more information, visit:
Diane Thompson-Wells was a long time supporter of the Phantom Regiment, as well as a member of its Board of Directors. She was very passionate for the organization and its students. A scholarship was created in her name to help support the educational goals of the Regiment’s members. (Only applicable to Phantom Regiment current members).
The application process is done online. To apply, view past recipients or for more information, visit:
For more information, contact the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois at (815) 962-2110. The scholarship is awarded and presented at our home show – Show of Shows.
The mission of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is to attract, grow, and preserve a permanent endowment for the needs of the people of Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties. The Community Foundation is the area’s leading provider of grants and scholarships.
In celebration of 60 years of great drum corps in Rockford, we are bringing you into the lives of the members of Phantom Regiment, highlighting alumni from every decade. This month, we are focusing on a few colorguard members who might not fit the “traditional” Phantomette mold….
Don’t forget to leave your mark on the 2016 season by donating to our #60for60 campaign today!