Phantom Regiment is pleased to announce two inductees to its Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
Longtime volunteers Barb Glasscoe and Mark Patterson were elected from numerous outstanding nominations and will be honored during a ceremony Oct. 21 in Rockford. They become the 37th and 38th members of the Phantom Regiment Hall of Fame.
The Phantom Regiment Hall of Fame, which formally began in 2016, honors those who have made a significant and long-lasting, positive impact on the Phantom Regiment organization.
BARB GLASSCOE, who was nominated by Renee Fieldhouse, has been an instrumental member of the volunteer staff for more than 35 years. She first volunteered in 1981 as a member of the kitchen crew and moved to the sewing team in 1983 when her seamstress skills were discovered. She became coordinator of the sewing team in 1995. Barb has done thousands of uniform fittings, sewn even more flags and generally been a key to making the corps look incredible every time it steps on the field.
In her nomination letter, Renee said of Barb, she is “genuine to the core with a life-long dedication to her beloved Phantom Regiment, through which she found her true love, enduring friendships and a constantly evolving sense of humor! She is truly worthy of induction into the Hall of Fame, where she can join her late husband, Mark, in Phantom Regiment history.”
Letters of support for Renee’s nomination were written by Peg Ripley and Diane Kisting.
Barb was honored with the organization’s Chevron Award for meritorious service in 2004 and the Volunteer Award in 1995.
In her professional life, Barb is a project manager at Mercy health in Janesville, Wis.
MARK PATTERSON, who was nominated by Greg Newell, has been treasurer of the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors for 21 of the past 23 years. He has helped guide the organization through difficult periods using his expertise as a successful accountant, with the result being the solid financial footing on which the organization sits today.
A member of Phantom Regiment in the mid- to late-1970s, he was one of a small group of alumni that organized the Phantom Regiment Alumni Association in the late 1980s. He was elected to the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors in 1994 and has volunteered his time since.
In his nomination letter, Greg said Mark “has played a key role in managing the money side of the organization. He’s a trusted adviser not only to the rest of the board but also to the executive director, Rick Valenzuela. No one has kept track of an exact figure, but it’s safe to say his efforts, particularly in the fuel tax area, have saved Phantom Regiment tens of thousands of dollars and have also helped numerous other corps do the same.”
Letters of support for Greg’s nomination were written by Tim Farrell and John Baumgartner.
Mark was honored with the organization’s Chevron Award for meritorious service in 2008.
In his professional life, Mark is a member with KraftCPAs in Nashville, where he specializes in tax accounting. He is the father of three wonderful children who have supported his drum corps habit over the years.
Barb and Mark were first introduced as the 2017 inductees on July 7 at the annual Show of Shows in Rockford.