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 6, 2017
- Sinnissippi Park Music Shell
- Maps & Directions
- Our special guest artist for this summer will be Peter Bond from The Metropolitan Opera, courtesy of Conn-Selmer and the Phantom Regiment!
Peter Bond grew up on Rockford’s West Side and began playing the trumpet in at Roosevelt Jr H.S. in 1968 under band director George Trumbull. One day, the school announcements included an item about a new marching group called the Phantom Regiment. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a group with a name like that? Peter and best friend Kevin Nesmith joined right away at Memorial Hall.
After Roosevelt, it was on to Rockford West High School, where he was introduced to big band jazz by a charismatic band director named Ken Molnar. Drum corps and big band jazz became his musical obsessions. Molnar and Regiment instructor / arranger Jim Wren were mentors who provided guidance, encouragement and featured performance opportunities, which helped get Peter (a mediocre student) into Western Illinois University where he majored in music education. Summers were still spent on the road with the Phantom Regiment, who were improving every year and beginning to garner national attention.
It should be said that while at college, parents David and Marilynn Bond quietly moved the family to Rockford’s East Side, but Peter soon tracked them down and resumed emptying the refrigerator between semesters.
College and eligibility for junior drum and bugle corps ended at about the same time, but instead of becoming a band director as he had originally intended, Mr. Bond decided to try to make a living playing the trumpet. After a year on the road as a circus musician, he found himself at Georgia State University in Atlanta, studying with Atlanta Symphony men and, somewhat ironically, making occasional trips back to Illinois to study with legendary Chicago Symphony brass players.
Mr. Bond enjoyed seven years as a busy freelance musician in Atlanta before being appointed Principal Trumpet of the New Mexico Symphony in Albuquerque. Five years and many auditions later, he joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York. Since 1992 Mr. Bond has been fortunate to accompany, and sometimes even share the stage with the greatest singers in the world.
Mr. Bond lives in New Jersey with his 29 year-old wife of 34 years, Carla Reilly-Bond and two rescue dogs.
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: