Phantom Regiment is searching for a Corps Director to lead all aspects of the drum and bugle corps operations and establish high-quality standards for members, staff, and volunteers for the 2023 season.

This position’s primary responsibility is to oversee the drum corps program and execute daily tasks required to operate effective auditions, rehearsal camps, spring training, and summer performance tour. 

The Corps Director will report to the CEO. This position works collaboratively with the Program Supervisor to determine the education and performance goals of the drum corps and with the Operations Manager to execute corps operations. All paid and volunteer staff of the drum corps will report to the Corps Director.

This position has a tentative start date of August 22, 2022. Brothers Dwight and Jay Emmert will continue as interim co-corps directors until the position is filled.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Establish annual performance, educational, and operational goals and objectives for the corps and evaluate progress
  • Determine season calendar for auditions, rehearsal camps, community performances, and DCI summer tour
  • Collaborate with the CEO to develop and maintain the corps’s fiscal budget 
  • Represent Phantom Regiment and maintain positive relationships with Drum Corps International (DCI) and other pertinent organizations and partners  
  • Collaborate with the Operations Manager/Tour Director to secure rehearsal facilities and transportation needs for the winter & summer rehearsals and tour
  • Coordinate member recruiting efforts with instructional staff  
  • Regularly communicate with members and parents
  • Collaborate with office staff to maintain members’ financial and personal records  
  • Develop and maintain staff, volunteer, and member policy and procedure handbooks
  • Collaborate with the CEO and PR Academy Director to explore new or expanded corps initiatives with potential for additional revenue, increased community engagement and entertainment value. 
  • Collaborate with the PR Academy Director to develop and schedule education camps that align with the corps’s rehearsal and touring schedule
  • Provide reports to the Board of Directors and attend committee meetings when invited

Staff & Volunteer Supervision

  • Recruit candidates for paid and volunteer staff positions 
  • Collaborate with CEO and Program Supervisor to appoint key design and instructional staff positions
  • Collaborate with Operations Manager/Tour Director to coordinate all tour admin staff and volunteers
  • Supervise all drum corps staff and volunteers and resolve conflicts
  • Communicate with staff and volunteers on a regular basis  
  • Schedule, plan and direct corps staff meetings
  • Collaborate with Program Supervisor to facilitate designer meetings and artistic planning
  • Collaborate with Education Coordinator to develop member education objectives, as well as member experience standards and expectations 

As the business evolves, so may this role. These duties may change as leadership identifies the need at any time.

Knowledge and Skills

  • At least 3 years of leadership experience in a professional work environment
  • At least 1 year experience in drum corps administration preferred
  • Experience as a drum corps instructor or in performing arts education a plus
  • Extensive professional network within the drum corps activity and across the country a plus
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong communication, time management, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Passion for the drum corps activity and Phantom Regiment 
  • Comfortable working with Google Office Suite, Slack, and other online data management applications
  • Results-oriented team player with the ability to take the initiative and drive programs

Work Conditions

  • This position has the option to be full-time or part-time, depending on interest and availability. There will be occasional periods of intense work during monthly weekend rehearsal camps (November to April) and summer drum corps season (mid May to mid August) 
  • Residing in the Rockford/Northern Illinois region, or willing to relocate, is highly preferred but not required at this time
  • Flexible work hours and remote working options with the ability to attend evening and weekend meetings, functions, and events
  • Ability to tour consistently with the corps mid May to mid August
  • Ability to operate a computer keyboard, mouse and to handle other office equipment
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs
  • Compensation is commensurate with experience 
  • Benefits include health and dental insurance, with retirement plan options available

Application Instructions 

  • Phantom Regiment is committed to enhancing our diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.
  • Interested applicants should submit contact information, along with a cover letter and resume (PDF preferred).

About Phantom Regiment

Phantom Regiment seeks to create an inspired community of empowered and passionate leaders by providing life-changing experiences through performing arts education. What started in 1956 as a local drum & bugle corps for youth in Rockford, Ill. has become an iconic brand known throughout the global marching arts community. Our programs teach young-people the essential skills necessary to become leaders in their communities, businesses, classrooms, and beyond.