Bagpipes and Bugles: Drumming Up Support for Tsunami Relief with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and the City of Rockford Pipe Band

A free concert featuring Rockford’s award winning Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and the City of Rockford Pipe Band will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2005 at Sam Greeley Field on the Rockford College campus, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. with the concert running 2-3 p.m. Admission to the concert is free, but free will donations will be accepted with all proceeds going to support the Humanitarian Action Response Team (HART) of Rockford College. HART is planning a relief aid trip in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity to Southeast Asia in December of 2005 to participate in on going tsunami reconstruction efforts. Rain site for the concert will be the Seaver Gymnasium, also located on the Rockford College campus. Both the Phantom Regiment ( and the City of Rockford Pipe Band ( are donating their time and talents to support the Rockford College HART relief trip.

The Humanitarian Action Response Team (HART) was formed as a way for Rockford College students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to explore ways to provide a meaningful and sustainable relief effort for the areas stricken by the December 2004 Southeast Asia tsunami. It was realized early on that relief efforts would need to continue past the first few months of world wide attention. It is also a goal of the group to provide timely and dedicated service in an experiential learning environment. The group is headed by a group of Rockford College students who are dedicating much of their summer break to HART efforts.

HART s first planned activity is to fund and send a group of 15 members to Southeast Asia to rebuild homes in conjunction with the Habitat for Humanity International Global Village program. The group will be traveling to Asia December 11 30, 2005. The exact destination of the group is yet to be determined. All funds raised from this benefit concert will go to offset the costs of travel and living expenses while working in Southeast Asia. Each participant is also charged with independently raising a minimum of $500.         

HART hopes to raise $20,000 through a series of special events and fundraising opportunities to support the December 2005 trip. Along with monetary donations, HART is also willing to accept donations of airline miles, if possible. Any extra monies generated will be placed in reserve for sustaining future local, regional, or global humanitarian needs.

For more information about the Bagpipes and Bugles concert on June 25, or to learn more about the efforts or HART, please contact Brad Lauman, director of the Kobe-Regent’s Center for Global Education at Rockford College and advisor to HART at 815.394.5176 or at [email protected].