The Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle corps will be performing at a free concert June 12 starting at 7:30 p.m. at Sinnissippi Park Music Shell.

The program will include:

Festive Overture / Finale to Symphony No.5 by Dmitri Shostakovich
(featured in the 1974 Phantom Regiment DCI finals debut performance and the 1996 “Defiant Heart” production)

Nessun Dorma by Giacomo Puccini
(featured in the 1991 “Phantom Voices” production)

Finale to Symphony No. 9 by Antonin Dvorak
(featured in the 1989 “New World Symphony” production)

Special guest artist of the evening will be:

LANCE LADUKE is internationally known as a soloist, writer, adjudicator and clinician. He is currently the solo euphoniumist/ trombonist with the internationally renowned BOSTON BRASS as well as Adjunct Professor of Low Brass at Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon Universities. Lance has written for countless organizations, including sketches for radio, stage and themed attractions. He also regularly steps in front of audiences around the country in a number of character and comic roles. A graduate of Michigan State University, Lance received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, with a cognate in English. After graduate study at the University of Akron (euphonium performance) and George Mason University (instrumental conducting), Lance joined the United States Air Force Band in Washington D.C. While there, he performed for two presidents, countless dignitaries and heads of state, and in hundreds of protocol functions, ceremonies, and public relations tours. He maintained a Top Secret security clearance, played for well over a million people from the White House to Red Square, and can be seen (with a magnifying glass) in the movie A Clear and Present Danger.

He will be performing the following selections:
The Swan by Camille Saint-Saens
Czardas by Vittorio Monti

Next will be the 2007 Phantom Regiment production “On Air”

“Vespertine Formations” by Christopher Deane
“1000 Airplanes on the Roof” by Philip Glass
“Flower Duet from Lakme” by Leo Delibes
“Suggestion Diabolique” by Sergei Prokofiev
“Firebird” by Igor Stravinsky

And finally – Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral – by Richard Wagner

Sinnissippi Park Music Shell History:

The Music Shell was officially presented to the City of Rockford and the Rockford Park District on June 4, 1950 by the Rockford Lions Club, in conjunction with the Rockford Civic Symphony Orchestra. The Music Shell was designed in 1949 by A. Reyner Eastman, who contributed the plans and his time to supervise the construction. He was also the architect of major improvements made in 1959, which included horizontal stepped levels for spectator seating, a flagstone terrace in front of the stage, new sod, and a dressing room behind the Shell.

Some greats to play at the shell include:
Roberta Flack
Lou Rawls
Melba Moore
Chuck Mangione

Read more about the Sinnissippi Park Music Shell at

The Phantom Regiment will be leaving on at 15,000 mile “coast to coast” national tour and will be leaving from Beloit Memorial High School after a farewell concert there on June 15th.