J.D. Shaw, who has been Phantom Regiment’s brass arranger since the 2002 season, has resigned his position.
Shaw marched with Phantom Regiment in 1990 and ’91 after marching with his hometown Sky Ryders. He was the mellophone soloist on Nessun Dorma and Pagliacci in the 1991 show. He was brass arranger for the Boston Crusaders in 1999 and was hired by Phantom Regiment program coordinator Dan Farrell in September 2001. After Farrell, Shaw was the longest-tenured member of the Phantom Regiment design team.
“We’re all very thankful to JD for the wonderful shows he’s written, as well as his leadership of the brass program for so many years,” Farrrell said. “He will certainly be missed, and we wish him the very best.”
During Shaw’s 10 years with Phantom Regiment, the corps was often a crowd favorite because of the beautiful melodies bolstered by a powerful hornline that has long been a trademark of Phantom Regiment. Competitively, in that span, the corps won a world championship (2008), finished runner-up once (2006) and placed in the top five at the DCI World Championships eight times.
Shaw has been professor of French horn and assistant director of athletic bands at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque since 2009. Prior to his gig as professor, he was a longtime member of the acclaimed Boston Brass ensemble and also served as their group’s creative director and arranger.