The Phantom Regiment will once again be the opening act for the FREE Music in the Park concert series. Join us for a beautiful summer evening in the historic Sinnissippi Park Music Shell surrounded by majestic trees and the majestic sound of the Phantom Regiment!
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
- Sinnissippi Park Music Shell
- Maps & Directions
- Our special guest artist for this summer will be Christopher Bill, courtesy of Conn-Selmer and the Phantom Regiment!
Christopher is a trombonist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist based outside of NYC, but more accurately based on the internet. He has been playing piano since he was 6 years old, trombone since he was 10, and he has been composing/arranging since he was 12.
Christopher has a Bachelor of Music for classical trombone performance from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music in New York. While at the conservatory he studied with critically acclaimed trombonists Weston Sprott (Metropolitan Opera), Denson Paul-Pollard (Metropolitan Opera), John Fedchock (Grammy Nominated Jazz Trombonist), and the absolutely incomparable Timothy Albright.
Christopher is best known for his all-trombone arrangements of popular songs. His YouTube Channel has been gaining popularity since the spring of 2014 when a cover of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” where Christopher uses a looping station to compose the song on the spot went viral. His videos have amassed over 25 million views and a following of over 150,000 subscribers. In April of 2014, Christopher independently released his first cover album, Breakthrough, which was followed by his Christmas album, Smiling’s My Favorite. More recently, Christopher released an original pop album called Half Man, Half Machine which mixes acoustic sounds with electronic instruments.
Since graduating from the Purchase Conservatory, Christopher enjoys a busy schedule of performances, clinics, and masterclasses. In addition to producing a new video every Saturday for his YouTube Channel, he often performs at festivals such as the American Trombone Workshop, Midwest Clinic, Texas Bandmasters Association, Con Brio Festivals, Conn-Selmer Institute, Western International Band Clinic, and the International Trombone Festival.
The Rockford Park District presents the Sounds of Summer. Sounds of Summer is a free concert and performance series offered by the Rockford Park District each summer at two locations, the Sinnissippi Park Music Shell and Levings Park. This series is designed to meet the diverse entertainment interests of our community by providing a variety of music genres and entertainment performances. The series is comprised of Music in the Park, Charlotte’s Web Summer Concerts and Imagination Station matinees at the Sinnissippi Music Shell, and Live at Levings and Domingo en el Parque at Levings Park.
Besides presenting fantastic performances from the Phantom Regiment, we are also very proud and honored to be able to bring in some of the world’s finest artists here to Rockford to perform. Some of those past guests have included: Boston Brass, Ji Hye Jung, RSO Brass Ensemble, Mike Mangini, Lance LaDuke, Harry Watters, Roger Ingram, Sam Pilafian, and Peter Bond.