Rockford Rhythm, the local youth percussion and color guard education program of Phantom Regiment, has much to celebrate this summer. In addition to multiple parade performances, Rockford Rhythm was a featured act at the FVV Fest honoring Rockford native, sports tourism ambassador and NBA champion Fred VanVleet.

On June 11, during the annual Phantom Regiment concert at Sinnissippi Park, Rockford Rhythm was presented a $1,100 grant from the Alpine Kiwanis to help to recruit, train, and retain members.

“We are thrilled to be able to expand our program to more students in the Rockford area thanks to the generosity of the Kiwanis,” said Stacey Farrell, program director for Rockford Rhythm. “These funds will help offset the costs for students who would otherwise not be able to afford to participate in our programs.”

Rockford Rhythm was recently invited to participate in the Sixth Annual DrumLine Battle hosted by Drum Corps International on Aug. 10 in Indianapolis, Ind. The event is part of DCI’s world championships week. The DrumLine Battle is attended by thousands of people, and the members of Rockford Rhythm will participate in the battle and then head to Lucas Oil Stadium to cheer on their big brothers and sisters as Phantom Regiment competes in the DCI World Championships.

“Participating in this program is a life-changing experience for our members. They not only learn new skills, but are building a connection with their community in a powerful way,” Farrell said.

While the invitation to Indianapolis is exciting, it does come at a cost. Between bus rentals and meals, the Rockford Rhythm is looking to raise at least $5,000 to fund its trip.

A fundraising site has been created to help offset the cost of travel to Indianapolis for the members of Rockford Rhythm. You can support them here.

Rockford Rhythm is a program of Phantom Regiment in cooperation with Rockford Symphony Orchestra and Rockford Public Schools District 205. Rockford Rhythm strives to provide young students with an education in percussion, working toward the goal of preparing students with the necessary skills and knowledge required to succeed at a higher level.