Meet the passionate individuals who make Phantom Regiment happen

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Executive Director

Stan Mauldin

Stan Mauldin, a University of Houston graduate and the new Executive Director of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, has been teaching since 1979 and is retiring from Seguin Texas High School in May 2020. Under his direction, Mr. Mauldin’s ensembles have been Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band Finalists, two time UIL State Marching Band Champions, Bands of America Regional Finalists Bands of America Grand Champion National Semi-Finalists, Winterguard International (WGI) Winterguard World Champions, WGI Indoor Percussion World Champions and WGI Winter Winds World Championship Finalists. Additionally, Mr. Mauldn’s ensembles have performed at The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Mauldin has extensive experience with Drum and Bugle Corps, most notably with the Blue Knights from Denver, CO. and as Brass Caption Head for the Colts of Dubuque, Iowa.

In 2018 the Seguin High School Band was honored to receive the Region 6, Heart of The Arts Award presented by the National Federation of State High School Associations and the Seguin Saxophone Ensemble performed at the Music For All National Festival in Indianapolis. The Seguin Saxophone Ensemble performed at the Texas Music Educators Convention, the Houston Underground Saxophone Competition and the Seguin Wind Ensemble performed in Dallas’ Majestic Theater in 2019.

Mr. Mauldin has been published in the “Southwestern Musician”, The Midwest Clinic’s “Motif’s”, and “The Instrumentalist” magazines as well as numerous music websites. In 2003 Mr. Mauldin was awarded the John Phillip Sousa Society “Legion of Honor” and in 2007 the UIL “Sponsor Excellence Award”.  In 2016 Mr. Mauldin was honored to be a Grammy Foundation Music Educator Award Quarterfinalist and is currently serving on the Mid-Texas Symphony Board and the Advisory Board of the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. The Mauldins are a musical family. Wife, Bobbi is a retired orchestra director and Director of TLU’s Community Music Academy, oldest son Matt, a Berkley College of Music Graduate in Boston Ma., is a freelance musician in Los Angeles and youngest son Christopher, who studied piano with Anton Nell, just finished his DMA in piano performance at The University of Texas and is a studio musician in Los Angeles.

Corps Director

David Warren

David Warren is a native of Carrollton, Georgia and has held the position of Corps Director for the Phantom Regiment since June 2019. David’s career with the organization began as a member of the Phantom Regiment Drum Corps from 2012 to 2016 as a conductor. During his tenure as a member of the corps, David was awarded the Phantom Regiment Mark Glasscoe Member of the Year Award and the Drum Corps International Jim Jones Leadership Award. Before joining Phantom Regiment full-time, David was the Associate Director of Bands for Rome High School in Rome, Georgia.

David holds a degree in Music Education from Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia and is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Education from the University of Georgia.

David has a deep appreciation for the impact that the Phantom Regiment has made on his life and loves being in a role where he can serve the organization that made him the person he is today. He currently resides in Rockford, Illinois.

Operations Manager

Lori Valenzuela

Digital Creative Director

Robert Cawthorne

Robert is the Digital Creative Director for Phantom Regiment, having served as the corps Videographer since 2009. 

Originally from Owasso, Oklahoma, Robert played trumpet for the Pride of Owasso Marching Band and later the University of Arkansas Razorback band. Robert’s drum corps journey began with stints doing photography and video for WGI and DCI, before joining Phantom Regiment in 2009. 

From 2009-2016, Robert directed, shot, edited and produced the “On the Road” documentary series for the corps, which has been shown in multiple film festivals and was a two time winner at Rockford’s “On The Water Film Festival”. His work for Phantom Regiment also includes show teasers, video tour journals, annual finals week retrospectives, graphics, voiceover, drone photography and more. As Digital Creative Manager, Robert oversees the corps’ online media presence and leads the media team on the road. 

In addition to his work with Phantom Regiment, Robert is a professional wedding filmmaker (Wedding Films by Robert), working alongside his wife, Dana. Robert has produced over 400 wedding films for couples across the United States, UK, and Mexico. 

Robert and Dana reside in the Chicago suburbs with their son, Colton. Robert is an avid Oklahoma City Thunder fan… Thunder Up!

Merchandise Director

Zach Ashcraft

Zach leads the online and on-the-road merchandise outfit for Phantom Regiment, The Phan Shop. Zach is also the creator of The Couchmen Drum & Bugle Corps, a satirical online presence that grew into a successful business and prominent voice within the Marching Arts community.

The Couchmen has had successful exhibitions at DCI, WGI, and BOA finals, in addition to partnering with several drum corps to raise thousands in revenue for their respective merchandise programs and various scholarship funds.

“I’ve been a fan of Phantom Regiment since I first saw them live in 2005,” says Zach. “I was obsessed with the show and followed the corps closely all summer. Seeing them play an encore of classic Regiment charts at the Dallas show in 2006 was the moment I knew I wanted to march drum corps. My wife, Lea, and her siblings spent a combined 13 years as members of the Phantom Regiment. I’m excited to become part of the Phamily officially!”

Fundraising Coordinator

Robin Lanning

Robin (Hartowicz) Lanning served Phantom Regiment Board of Directors July 2012 through September 2017 before being hired as the Fundraising & Communications Coordinator for PR.

She also serves as a part-time Marketing Director for Print Resources and is the founder of Skilljourn, a training company that helps managers improve people skills.

Robin was a member of the Phantom Regiment color guard from 2002-03 and later toured with the corps’ souvenir team from 2004-06. She continues to serve on the board’s development committee, which creates programs to raise funds for the organization. Also, with her background in print and merchandise design, she assists with the organization’s graphic design needs.

Her brother and father both marched with the Cavaliers and her mother marched in the Golden Knights, a winter guard out of Chicago. She truly has a drum corps family as her parents met because of color guard/drum corps, her brother currently works for Drum Corps International and her father is President of the Cavaliers’ Board of Directors. Robin says, “When we were born, my mother swore that her children would never march drum corps. Be careful what you wish for.”

Robin, who lives in Indianapolis, has a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from Ball State University and a master’s degree in organizational communication from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Lead Photographer

Liset Garcia

President

Tim Farrell

Tim Farrell was elected to the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors in July 1998 and has been on the board since. Previously, he served on the board from 1986-97. He has been president of the board since 2000 and previously was president from 1992-96.

He is an account manager with United Displaycraft in Des Plaines, Ill., and its subsidiary, Interserve, Inc., in Belvidere, Ill. For more than 30 years, he was president of PG Display, a Rockford display manufacturing business founded by his father, Ken, who also served as president of Phantom Regiment for several years in the 1970s.

Tim marched in the corps in 1972-75 as a member of the baritone section. He later was Phantom Regiment Cadets program coordinator in 1979-80 and a brass instructor with PRC in 1981-82. He has been on the board of directors of the Phantom Regiment Alumni Association since its founding in 1989. Prior to his terms as president of the PR board, he was development committee chair in 1989-91 and transportation committee chair in 1987-89.

In 1996, Tim was honored with the organization’s Chevron Award for meritorious service and, in 2010, he had his name added to the alumni association’s Heritage Award. Tim was inducted into the Phantom Regiment Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2016. He was named Drum Corps International’s Volunteer of the Year in 2006.

He is an avid motorsports fan as well as a bicyclist and motorcyclist.

Tim, a lifelong Rockford resident, is married to Lisa, who marched French horn in Phantom Regiment in 1971-75. They have two children who both marched in the corps. Jessica was in the PRC color guard in 1994-99 and PR in 2000, while Stacey was in the baritone section of PRC in 1990-91 and PR in 1992-94.

Vice President

Jeff Hassan

Jeff Hassan was elected to the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors in July 2010 and was elected vice president in July 2017. In addition, he is a member of the executive committee and chairs the board’s development committee. Jeff is enthusiastic about the positive impact Phantom Regiment can make on its members, staff, volunteers and fans.

Jeff has been with NXP Semiconductors since 2009, serving in technical and business development roles. He recently moved into the company’s automotive division and manages the overall engagement with one of the company’s largest customers.

Jeff marched in Phantom Regiment in 1996-98 as a member of the snare line. He joined the percussion staff in 2000-01 and again in 2006-10. He has also been an instructor for Phantom Regiment’s snare drum camps.

After a 16-year stint in Chicago, Jeff moved back into the southeast Michigan area with his wife, Melissa (also a Phantom Regiment alum), and their two children.

Secretary

Greg Newell

Greg Newell was elected to the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors in July 2000. He has been on the board since, including as vice president from 2002-2005. He has been secretary since 2009. He is a member of the executive committee and chairs the board’s governance committee.

He is an project manager for SPM implementations at STERIS Corp. Prior to his current position, he was operations manager at JAUST Consulting Partners (2017-18) and a program manager on the business applications team at Vista Consulting Group, the operations consulting arm of Vista Equity Partners (2015-17). He was a senior implementation consultant at Newscycle Solutions (formerly Saxotech) from 2006-2015 and assistant sports editor at the Rockford Register Star from 1998-2006. He held multiple newspaper reporting and editing jobs before that.

Originally from Otsego, Mich., Greg was a member of the baritone section in 1988 and 1989. After moving to Rockford for a job in 1998, he started volunteering at camps and in various capacities with the organization.

Greg was honored with the organization’s Chevron Award for Meritorious Service in 2003.

He graduated from Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, Mich.) with a B.A. in business administration, including a music minor, after spending the first 3 years of college as a trombone performance major at Michigan State University and Western Michigan University.

Greg lives in Riverview, Fla., with his wife, Teresa, whom he married in 1992. They have two dogs, Ernie and Josie.

Treasurer

Kelly (Boshoven) Couvelaire

Kelly was elected to the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors in July 2017 and became treasurer in July 2019. She chairs the board’s finance committee. Kelly has been an active volunteer and board member of the Phantom Regiment Alumni Association since 2013.

She is a senior manager for Beasley Media Group and has spent the past 25 years working in media sales and management, primarily radio, in her home state of Michigan. After aging out of Phantom Regiment in 1985, she began her media career in Rockford, Ill., working alongside fellow Phantom Regiment board member John Baumgartner at Cablevision Systems. She also serves as an auxiliary judge for the Scholastic Marching Band Association of Michigan and has judged every fall for more than 20 years.

She marched in the Coachmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Grand Rapids, Mich., starting at age 11 before marching with Phantom Regiment in 1982-1985, including the 1983 winter guard. She was part of the Phantom Regiment color guard staff in 1986-1987.

Kelly lives in Grand Haven, Mich., with her family. She has three adult children: Colin, Delaney and Kieffer.

Member At-Large

John Baumgartner

John Baumgartner was elected to the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors in July 2002 and has been on the board since.

He is a fire systems inspector for Tyco Integrated Security.

John started his drum corps career in the Madison Scouts, where he marched 1968-74. He was a member of Phantom Regiment on marching bells in 1975. He later was a percussion instructor for Phantom Regiment and served many years in the 1980s and ’90s as a tour manager.

In 2000 and 2001, John was corps director of Phantom Regiment while continuing to do his full-time job with Tyco. In addition to his role on the board, John has been the events coordinator – in particular running the highly successful Show of Shows and Drums Across the Tri-State in Charleston, W.Va. – since 2002.

He was honored with the organization’s Chevron Award for meritorious service in 1994 and had his name added to the alumni association’s Heritage Award in 2015. He was inducted into the Phantom Regiment Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2016. John was named Phantom Regiment Volunteer of the Year in 1996 and Drum Corps International Volunteer of the Year in 2019.

John has an associate’s degree in communications and electronics.

In his spare time, he enjoys riding his Harley-Davidson.

John lives in Stillman Valley, Ill., with his wife, Cindi, a long-time Phantom Regiment member and instructor.

Member At-Large

Emily Barclay

Emily (Fetcho) Barclay was elected to the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors in July 2015.

She is a music teacher for KIPP Los Angeles Schools.

Emily was a member of the Phantom Regiment mellophone section from 2005-09 and served as horn sergeant in 2009. She went on to teach with Academy Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010-11 and Blue Knights in 2012.

She is a member of the development committee, which creates programs to raise funds for the organization.

Emily, who is originally from the Chicago suburbs, has a bachelor’s degree in music from Butler University in Indianapolis.

She lives in Torrance, Calif., with her husband, Rick, a drum corps alumnus, whom she met while teaching Academy in 2010. They have a dog, Rigby, and a cat, Shadow.

Member At-Large

Neely Brooks

Member At-Large

Glen Brough

Glen Brough was elected to the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors in 2009.

He was assistant director of admissions at Michigan State University for many years and the visual coordinator of the MSU Spartan Marching Band from 1988-2018 (he was a member of the band or staff starting in 1975). He retired in August 2019.

Glen first became involved with Phantom Regiment as a member of the visual staff in 1993 and then as a donor. He is a part of the board’s development committee.

He was a drum major at Michigan State for four years and has written more than 100 high school marching band shows in the past 35 years.

Originally from Grosse Ile, Mich., Glen has a bachelor of science degree from Seton Hall University (1981) and a master of arts degree from Michigan State (1986).

He is married and lives in Bath, Mich.

Member At-Large

Ed Collins

Ed Collins was elected to the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors in January 2019.

He is a senior vice president/financial advisor at JPMorgan, where he has worked since 2002. Ed serves on the board of directors and is chair of the investment committee for La Plaza, a central Indiana nonprofit that prepares Latino students for educational success and connects families to health and social services. He is a member of the Phantom Regiment board’s development committee.

Ed was a member of the Phantom Regiment euphonium section in 1991-92 and was drum major for Quad City Knights in 1990.

Originally from Chicago, Ed has a bachelor of science degree from Western Illinois University.He recently retired from softball coaching at Guerin Catholic High School in Noblesville, Ind., and with several travel softball teams.

He splits his time between Indianapolis, Ind., and Celebration, Fla., with wife Nicole. They have three college-age children: Patrick, Megan and Caitlin.

Member At-Large

Jennifer Duenke

Jennifer Duenke was elected to the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors in January 2019.

She is owner/photographer at Jenny Dinky Photography and also freelances as a consultant for business and nonprofit startups in the areas of strategic planning and grant writing.

She is a member of the Phantom Regiment board’s development committee.Jennifer was a member of the Phantom Regiment color guard in 1993-95. Additionally, she marched with the Freelancers from Sacramento, Calif., in 1992 and Ascension, a world-class winter guard from Houston in 1996.

She was a volunteer choreographer for the 60th Anniversary Alumni Corps.She has a bachelor’s degree in photography, a master’s degrees in international relations (civic development and women’s security emphasis) and nonprofit leadership (strategic planning and program implementation emphasis).

She comes from a drum corps family as two older brothers marched, and her father drove a bus for both Phantom Regiment and Cavaliers.

Past volunteer work has included documentary and medical photography for the Peruvian American Medical Society in rural Peru and serving on the grant writing committee for her local school district.

Jennifer is originally from California but has called St. Louis, Mo., home for most of her life. She is married with a young son and daughter.

Member At-Large

Joe Hickey

Joe Hickey was elected to the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors in July 1998 and has been on the board since. He served as vice president from 1999-2003 and currently is a member of the board’s personnel committee.

He is a partner at the law firm of Dykema Gossett PLLC and is resident in the Bloomfield Hills, Mich., office. Joe has been Phantom Regiment’s legal counsel since he joined the board, and Dykema serves as pro bono counsel for the organization.

Joe is originally from Ohio and was a marching member (French horn) with Phantom Regiment in 1982-84. While a marching member, he also served as an instructor for the 1983 Phantom Regiment Winter Guard.

In addition to supporting his favorite drum corps, Joe enjoys working out, travel and football (Detroit Lions, Michigan and Michigan State).  He is also a member of the board of directors for Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out, a Detroit-based charity promoting the health and welfare of Detroit’s youngest citizens, its kids.

Joe lives in Bloomfield Hills. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rockford College (1985) and a juris doctor from University of Toledo College of Law (1988).

Member At-Large

Chuck McCurdy

Chuck McCurdy was elected to the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors in July 2008 and has been on the board since.

Chuck works as a senior program consultant with NTT Data Consulting. Previously, he was executive vice president and portfolio manager at Veredus Asset Management LLC from 1998-2008. Prior to that, he held positions as vice president and director of investment research at SMC Capital LLC, vice president and manager of the trust investment group at SY Bancorp, and vice president and investment research analyst at PNC Bank.

Chuck marched auxiliary percussion with Phantom Regiment in 1981. He has had an active career teaching and arranging percussion. He has been the percussion arranger and instructor at Christian Academy of Louisville since 2011. Prior to that, he was an arranger and instructor for the North Hardin High School marching band and a battery tech for New Albany High School indoor percussion.

In addition, he was on the Drum Corps International Board of Directors from 2004-08. He was honored with Phantom Regiment’s Chevron Award for meritorious service in 2006.

His father, Chuck Sr., marched baritone with The Cavaliers in 1955-60, and his uncle, Dennis, was a soprano soloist for The Cavaliers in 1956-64.

He has a bachelor of science degree in finance from University of Louisville (1984), and earned his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1990.

Chuck, who lives in Louisville, has a son, Cameron, and two daughters, Lauren and Erin.

Member At-Large

Aaron Ozminski

Aaron ‘Oz’ Ozminski was elected to the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors in July 2018.

He is an owner/managing director of Elite TechSources in Salt Lake City, an IT resources provider. Before starting Elite TechSources, Aaron was the branch lead for COMSYS (which became Experis IT) in Salt Lake City, which he ran for 5 years. Before moving into the technology services and recruiting field, he worked as the technology leader and UI/UX designer for a custom home automation and home theater company. He has been a member of the Phantom Regiment board’s development committee since 2014.

Aaron was a member of the Phantom Regiment baritone section in 1989-91 and a conductor in 1992-93. He continues to play trombone regularly with several diverse groups – brass quintet, community orchestra, funk band, pirate band, etc. – in the Salt Lake City area.

He started college as a trombone performance major before graduating from University of Utah with a bachelor of science degree in organizational communications (advertising emphasis).

He lives just outside Salt Lake City with his wife, Kristy. They were married in 1997 and have two children.

Member At-Large

Mark Patterson

Mark Patterson was elected to the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors in 1994. He became treasurer in 1995 and, with the exception of a couple years in the late 1990s, held that position until July 2019, when he chose to step down from the officer role. He remains a member of the finance committee.

He is a Certified Public Accountant with KraftCPAs, PLLC, and has been in public accounting with various firms since 1984.

Mark, who is originally from Rockford, marched in Phantom Regiment from 1975 to 1978, playing cymbals and then orchestra bells. He is one of the founding members of the Phantom Regiment Alumni Association, authoring the bylaws and obtaining the tax-exempt status for the organization. He served on that board, as treasurer, for the first six years. In addition, he is on the board of directors of Monroe Harding Inc., an organization in Nashville that works with children that are in the state’s custody.

An avid runner who has completed eight half-marathons, Mark was honored with the Phantom Regiment’s Chevron Award for Meritorious Service in 2007 and was elected to the Phantom Regiment Hall of Fame in 2017. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a master of science in taxation degree from DePaul University in Chicago.

His late father, a long-time supporter of the corps, was a member of a drum corps in Rockford after getting out of the service after World War II.

Mark, who lives in Nashville, Tenn., has three adult children: Nicole, Andrew and Erica.

Director Emeritus

Barb Pelan

Barb Pelan was elected to emeritus status on the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors in 2012. She was a member of the board from the early 1990s until 2012, including several years as secretary.

She is a retired school teacher and social worker. She taught school for five years, worked for Illinois Public Aid for five years and was a social worker for Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for 22 years.

Barb began her involvement with the organization as a chaperone and cook for Phantom Regiment Cadets in 1982. Later, she chaired the food program before the days of a fancy kitchen trailer and co-chaired the food program after the first kitchen trailer was acquired in 1988 along with Kevin Nesmith, Gary Krug, Becky Nelson and Nancy St. Angel. She was a bingo volunteer and worked on many projects for the organization, including the Spook House and the concession stand at Show of Shows (she was succeeded by her son, Dana Pelan for several more years).

In her retirement, Barb enjoys genealogy, scrapbooking, decorative arts, cooking and various collectibles. She has an associate’s degree from Springfield Junior College and a bachelor of science degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

Barb, who is divorced, lives in Rockford. She has five children. Her son, Dana Pelan, was a contrabass player who aged out in 1985. Her daughter, Lisa Baclet, was a color guard member who marched her final year in 1984. Daughter Christine Pelan aged out as a member of the color guard in 1989. All three started with Phantom Regiment Cadets. In addition, she has two daughters, Amy Woods and Barb Pelan.

Director Emeritus

Kathy Vigna

Kathy Vigna was elected to emeritus status on the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors in 2014. She had previously served as a member of the board from 1982-92. She was president of the board from 1985-89 and treasurer from 1989-92.

She is retired from Hamilton Sundstrand, where she had been director of aftermarket contracts. She also was a senior manager of contracts and a program manager.

Kathy also has been a president and board member of the Purple Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in Rockford. She was a volunteer and corps mom for Phantom Regiment Cadets. Both of her sons marched in Phantom Regiment Cadets and Phantom Regiment: John (who is married to a PR alum from ’88-’89) from 1980-89 and Brian from 1982-88. She was inducted into the Phantom Regiment Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class in 2016.

She is actively involved in numerous organizations: Alpine Kiwanis Club, currently serving as president of the board; Boone County Kiwanis Club, where she serves as a mentor; and Remedies Renewing Lives (a domestic violence shelter and addiction treatment center), where she is a member of the board and event chair.

Kathy, who lives in Rockford with her husband, Bob, has a bachelor of arts degree from University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. Her husband is a former assistant director of Phantom Regiment Cadets. Her sons both live in the Grand Rapids, Mich., area. She has five grandchildren, including two in college.

She notes that her interest in Kiwanis Club began when, as PR board president, she would attend a Kiwanis meeting each year to be presented with a check in support of Phantom Regiment activities such as building the first kitchen trailer.

“Now I get to present the checks (to PR),” she said. “I love it.”

Director Emeritus

Jim Wren

Jim Wren was elected to emeritus status on the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors in 2017. He previously served as a member of the board from 1967-1986 and 2000-2017, including as vice president from 2013-2017.

He is a retired safety and health consultant and senior loss control representative in the insurance industry.

Jim was a member of the original Phantom Regiment in 1956 and marched until 1962. He played soprano and French horn and was drum major his final season. He went on to be the business manager for the corps in 1963 and wrote the drill in 1964.

In 1968, he became brass arranger, a role that would define his drum corps career. Phantom Regiment would go on to become famous for its powerful hornlines, winning multiple high brass titles and earning a place among the elite corps in the activity. The corps rose to prominence in the early to mid-1970s with Jim as a key component of the success. First earning a spot in the DCI World Championship finals in 1974, Phantom Regiment has been a part of finals every year since.

Jim would continue as the corps’ brass arranger through 1999. His accomplishments earned him election to the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame in 1994. He was inducted into the Phantom Regiment Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2016.

Jim has a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Northern Illinois University (1962).

He lives in Roscoe, Ill., with his wife, Laura. They have two sons, Jim and Matt.

Director Emeritus

Ron Schulz

Ron Schulz served on the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors from 2005-2019. Previously, he served on the board as Phantom Regiment Alumni’s Association’s representative from 1999-2005.

He retired in 2014 from his position as dean of technical programs and allied health at Rock Valley College in Rockford. He is an instructor of film in the mass communications division at the college.

Ron marched as a soprano player in Phantom Regiment Cadets, Blackhawk Cadets and Forest City Rangers in 1962-68 and Phantom Regiment in 1968-74. He has been involved with the organization since his marching days, first as a visual instructor  for Phantom Regiment in 1975-81 and then as an instructor and program coordinator for Phantom Regiment Cadets in 1982-85.

He was corps director for Phantom Regiment in 1986-88, a tour director in 1989-96 and then again was corps director in 1997. Ron was president of Phantom Regiment Alumni Association from 1998-2014 and has been vice president since.

Ron’s name was added to the Phantom Regiment Alumni Association’s Heritage Award in 2013.

Ron, who is a lifelong Rockford resident, serves on the Phantom Regiment board’s personnel committee as well as its hall of fame committee. His sister and a cousin also marched in Phantom Regiment.

He is a film historian and has served as president of the Rockford Film Project/Storefront Cinema. He maintains a massive library of 16mm motion picture film in his basement.

He has bachelor of science and master of arts degrees from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

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