Phantom Regiment is pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Spaeth as visual coordinator and promotion of Josh Scott to visual caption head.

“I’ m excited to have Alan joining the design team, ” said Dan Farrell, Phantom Regiment ‘s program coordinator and corps director. “He has been a friend to the organization for years and has shown a unique understanding of who we are and how we fit into the activity. “

Introductions won ‘t be necessary during the design meetings as Spaeth has worked for years with brass arranger Don Hill as well as drill designer Jamey Thompson.

” Alan Spaeth is one of the most creative minds in drum corps,” said Thompson, who also lives in Chicago and is going into his seventh season as Regiment’ s drill designer. ” His programs are considered some of the most iconic in all of the pageantry arts. It’s only natural that his long-time collaboration with Don Hill, and later with me, would evolve into a role as visual coordinator for Phantom Regiment. His personality and philosophy are a great fit for Regiment and I’m excited for Alan to meet the staff and members this November. “

Spaeth has been designing marching band and winter guard shows since 1988 and is the visual designer for Flower Mound and Winston Churchill high schools in Texas. He has worked with bands such as BOA national champions Plymouth Canton Educational Park and Muskegon Reeth-Puffer in Michigan as well as Illinois state champions Lincoln-Way East and Lincoln-Way North. He has also been a consultant with Cavaliers.

“Phantom Regiment was the performance group that created my lifelong passion for the marching arts activity,” said Spaeth, who lives in Chicago and is head of the color guard division at McCormick s Enterprises. “After seeing them live in 1979, I was hooked. This opportunity comes with a duty to stay true to the hard work and passion brought to this organization by some truly incredible people who came before me. I do not take that responsibility lightly. “

Spaeth replaces KC Michel, who resigned last month.

” KC was a great and important member of the team, and we re sorry to see him leave,” Farrell said.

Scott, who has been on the brass and visual staff for Phantom Regiment since 2007, moves up to the role of visual caption head. Dwight Emmert, who recently accepted a top-level school administrator post in Evansville, Ind., had been the caption head since 2005.

” I can’t express how excited I am to be taking over the visual caption after being a part of this organization for more than a decade,” said Scott, who is the assistant band director at Round Rock High School in Texas. “Dwight has been a huge asset to the corps and has been a mentor to me over the years. He and I have been working together for the past several years on staff, so this transition should be a smooth one.

” The history this corps has is something that is very special to me (and all of the alumni for that matter) and the plan is to keep strengthening that while moving the corps forward into the 2014 season. “

Scott, who was a baritone player in Regiment from 2003 to 2006, has served as a music teacher and clinician since 2004 in Indiana, Kentucky, Arizona and Texas. At Round Rock, he is the conductor for the Symphonic Band and the top Jazz Band, in addition to a large role with the marching band program. Previously, he has done consulting and instructing with the Colts, The Academy and the Guardians drum and bugle corps. He holds performance degrees in euphonium from Butler University and Arizona State University.

” I can’ t say enough about the contributions Dwight has made to the Regiment in the 9 years he’ s been on our staff, Farrell said. He and I have already talked about ways to keep him involved.

“However, Josh is more than ready to take over the position. He’s done some remarkable work for us and will certainly continue to do so.”

Also returning to the staff for 2014 will be Reggie Adams, Cathy Clubb, Jay Emmert, Tyler Jerrell, Matt Piatek and Eric Taylor, as well as some new additions.