As a part of National Volunteer Week, Drum Corps International would like to name the 2006 DCI Volunteers of the Year. More than 15 drum corps volunteers were nominated for this year’s award. Many of these nominees have been around the drum corps community for decades, and we hope they are around for many more summer tours to come.

Phantom Regiment Board of Directors president Tim Farrell is one of 5 volunteers selected for this honor. DCI will present each honoree with an award at the DCI World Championships this August in Madison, Wi.

Tim joins Pioneer’s Friedel Cramer, Crown’s Steve Tant and The Cadet’s Bill and Pat Criossant as this years inductees.

An excerpt from Tim’s nomination letter submitted by Regiment director Pat Seidling:

“Tim Farrell is the board president of the Phantom Regiment organization. Tim is – simply put – the entire reason Phantom Regiment exists today. The corps reached its lowest financial depths in late 1999. Tim’s decision to re-join the board at that time provided the calm and focused leadership to see us through the process of rebuilding the corps. Through it all, his “unshakable” demeanor has been an inspiration to all. Today our corps enjoys its most solid and successful time of any in its 50-year existence.

Tim has volunteered in all capacities. He was a member of the corps, the instructional staff and the board of directors. He followed in his father’s footsteps and became board president on two separate occasions. His current tenure certainly has been the most critical to our corps survival.

Tim has an amazing knack to gather the most talented and diverse people to our board and management team and then he gets them to work enthusiastically and effectively. To take an organization from near-collapse to unprecedented success is no easy feat. He embodies the true spirit of volunteerism, even in the face of a seemingly insurmountable challenge.”

Feel free to congratulate Tim at [email protected].