We still need your help to hit our next milestone!
It’s our goal to raise $50,000 before 2020 to ensure that Phantom Regiment can provide life-changing performing arts experiences into the next decade and beyond.
Alum Mike Oldemeyer (’94, ’96, ’98) is matching the next $5000 in donations from right NOW until 12/25!
I marched with Regiment for three seasons (1994, 1996, and 1998), and met some of my best friends during those summers; people I talk to and see on a regular basis over 20 years later.
I think about all the work and intense camaraderie, all the horn arcs, bus rides, and never-ending visual blocks (in some parallel universe, we’re still tinkering with Clair de Lune), and I want to do what I can to ensure the corps is able to provide that kind of experience for current and future members that had such a profound impact on my life.
– Mike Oldemeyer
Will you join Mike, and the growing list of Phantom Regiment heroes, and DOUBLE your donation today?
Phantom Regiment Alumnus Ryan Tysdal has agreed to match the first $10,000 raised during our 2019 Year End Campaign. We asked him to share a little about why he decided to support the corps with such a generous donation.
I grew up in Sioux Falls, SD, and still reside there today. I remember it was around this time in 1995 that I was getting ready to get in a car and drive halfway across the Midwest to the audition camp for the 1996 Phantom Regiment. That weekend trip to Rockford would change my life forever.
My audition score was a ‘3’ and I was barely invited back after the audition camp. In truth, I had only been playing baritone for about 6 months prior to auditions. But I kept practicing – and kept driving to Rockford to the monthly camps – in the hopes to earn a spot. I went on to march 5 summers with the Phantom Regiment, aging out in 2000.
I feel the advantage I had marching in the late-1990’s was that I got to be a part of the organization in both the good times and the challenging times. I witnessed first-hand that when things were good, they were great. And when things were challenging, we all had to pitch in a little extra, work harder and give more.
During my marching years, I went from a 16-year-old ‘kid’ in 1996 to aging out as a disciplined and dedicated young adult 5 summers later.
Phantom Regiment taught me many lessons I have carried with me throughout my life. I entered a career as a commercial real estate broker. I frequently joke with clients that “my secret weapon is hard work.” It was Phantom Regiment that taught me how to work hard to achieve what I wanted. Something tells me there are many, many other alumni that can relate to that feeling.
As an alumnus of the Phantom Regiment, I chose to make a donation this year, because – quite frankly – I feel there has never been a more imp