VICKI AUDITORE, who was nominated by longtime Phantom Regiment color guard member Geri Williams-Jenkins, was a member of Phantom Regiment’s color guard in 1976-1978 after marching for several years in her hometown Chevaliers from Waterloo, Iowa.
Vicki would join the instructional staff – of both the drum corps and the winter guard – after her marching days were over, becoming a fixture on the guard staff throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s. Working with other Phantom Regiment hall of famers, including John Brazale, Cindi Baumgartner and Greg Cesario, the staff produced color guards at the highest level of the activity, including a high color guard trophy at the Drum Corps International World Championships in 1988 and back-to-back Winter Guard International championships in 1979 and 1980.
In her nomination letter, Geri said of Vicki, “She touched the souls and helped shape the lives of so many in the Phantom Regiment Phamily as a performer, a teacher and an inspiring, strong woman in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s.”
Vicki battled breast cancer for several years. She beat it once, but it returned with a vengeance last year. She died November 10, 2019 at age 62 in Ohio, where she had lived for nearly 15 years. She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Steve, and their daughter, Samantha (19).
Letters of support were written by Deborah Smith and Lori Baker.
Join us in celebrating Vicki and the rest of the 2020 inductees, November 21, 2020!
Since 2016, the Phantom Regiment Hall of Fame has recognized individuals who have made a significant and long-lasting positive impact on the Phantom Regiment organization at a ceremony in Rockford. We’re committed to continuing this tradition while also taking this opportunity to include even more of our phamily and phans through a virtual event!
Plus, we’re adding some exciting new elements, such as:
- 2020 Program highlights from the Drum Corps and PR Academy Directors
- An online auction, with one-of-a-kind items & experiences you can’t find anywhere else
- VIP Tickets including special experiences and an exclusive, watch-party kit!
Space is limited! So grab your quaran-friends, pair your bowtie with your sweatpants, and get ready for an exciting evening celebrating the craziest year of Phantom Regiment!