FROM ROCKFORD ILLINOIS, PLEASE WELCOME, PHANNNTTTOOOMMMM REGGGIMMMENT
Phantom Regiment is a Drum Corp International two time world champion based in Rockford, Illinois. Although the corp’s head quarters are some hundreds of miles away from my home town high school, we share some very rich history with Phantom. Our junior high band director and marching instructor, Mr. Joe Huls, was a 5 year veteran with the corp. Mr. William Pitts, whom graduated from my very own Carrollton High School, was a 3 year veteran. Finally, we have Mr. David Warren whom also graduated from Carrollton High School, was also a 5 year veteran.
Mr. Joe Huls toured with Phantom from 2000 to 2004 as a part of the soprano line. Mr. Huls was named member of the year in 2004 and was selected to play the corp’s solo in “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral”. Upon hearing Hul’s involvement in the corp, this lead to my first exposure to drum corp, opening my eyes to this amazing world. His constantly silly nature, signature “wailin”, and love for screamer solos has driven me to go higher and higher (All you real SOP nerds will get the pun XD). Click here to watch Mr. Huls lead a goofy stretch (beginning of video) and play his solo for the corp age out ceremony (near the end).
Mr. Will Pitts was the drum major for Carrollton High School, going on to conduct Phantom Regiment in 2005, 2007, and 2008. Will also received member of the year in 2008. On top of his achievements, he led the corp to Drum Corp Gold in 2008, beating the Blue Devils by 0.025 points. Will continues to compose for Spirit of Atlanta and Phantom Regiment, including countless other groups out side of drum corp. Click here to watch Will Pitts conduct the corp in finals, with a little surprise at the end of the show 😉
David Warren also conducted for Carrollton High School, moving on to conduct Phantom in 2012 – 2016. David Warren received the Jim Jones Leadership Award, each year awarded at Finals to one corp member from the top 12 corps that show unparalleled leadership. David Warren is now studying at Berry College and is the low brass instructor for the Sound of the Seven Hills, Rome High School Band (Shout out to the screamer from Rome, we’ll have that competition next time). Click here to watch David’s GoPro run through from one of Phantom’s practice runs in the 2015 season “City of Lights”.
As always, thanks for your time, and I’ll see you again soon! SUTA!