Alumni in the Armed Forces

The Phantom Regiment is proud of all the men & women who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces. But we are especially proud of those that are Regiment alumni!

Drum and Bugle Corps is an original American art form. The beginning can be traced to veterans organizations such as the VFW and the American Legion, as well as organizations such as the Catholic Youth Organization. Soldiers returning from World War I celebrated Veterans Day and the Fourth of July by marching parades to the drum and the bugle, just as they had done during the war.

The first two corps in the area, the VFW Post 342 and the American Legion Post 62, were comprised of veterans who were male and members of those particular posts. There have been many drum corps in the Rockford area since that time. By far the most prominent has been the Phantom Regiment, which was originally formed in 1956 by a group of VFW 342 members.

Listed below are just a few of the Regiment alum that were, or are currently serving in the Armed Forces. (If you are, or know someone that should be added to the list below, please email us your picture(s) and information).

We honor, salute, and celebrate all of you! Thank you for everything you’ve done for the Phantom Regiment, and our country!

 

 

MST2 William Abbott, USCGR

Phantom Regiment Contrabass 2006-07

Marine Science Technician, 2008-2015

Sgt Orlando Arias, USMC

Phantom Regiment Trumpet 2009-10

MOS 5512: Mellophone Bugler, “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, 2012-2016

Cpl Brian Chapman, USMC

Phantom Regiment Euphonium 2010-2012

MOS 5512: Baritone Bugler, “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, 2012-2016

Cpl Matt Christensen, USMC

Phantom Regiment Euphonium 2008-09

MOS 5512: Euphonium Bugler, “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, 2010-2014

1LT Taylor Criswell, USA

Phantom Regiment Euphonium 2003-04
Phantom Regiment Staff 2006-10, 12

MOS 42R: Euphonium, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band, 2010-2014
MOS: 42C Army Band Commissioned Officer, Executive Officer at the Army School of Music, 2014-present

WO1 Ogden Curtis, USA

Phantom Regiment Euphonium, 2002-04

MOS 11B: Infantryman, 82d Airborne Division, 2010-15
MOS 153A: Aviator, 1-145th Aviation Regiment, 2015-present

Jeff Dally

Waiting on info

Waiting on info

Cpl Jonathan Davis, USMC

Phantom Regiment 2011-14

MOS 5512: Baritone Bugler, “The Commandant’s Own,” The Unites States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, 2014-present

Sgt Ramiro DeLeón

Phantom Regiment Trumpet 2010

MOS 5512: Mellophone Bugler, “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, 2013-2017

Lt. Dominic DiMaggio, USN

Phantom Regiment Cadets Front Ensemble 1994-95
Phantom Regiment Front Ensemble 2001

Naval Oceanographer, US Navy, 2004-present

Sgt Ryan Eide, USMC

Phantom Regiment Contrabass 1996

Waiting on info

PO2 Kate Ervin, USN

Phantom Regiment Tuba, 2007-09

Airplane Engine Mechanic, US Navy, 2010-present

Sgt Kevin Fleming, USMC

Phantom Regiment Baritone 2007,
Euphonium 2008-10

MOS 5512: Baritone Bugler, “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, 2011-2015

Sgt Chris Flores, USMC

Phantom Regiment Euphonium 2007

MOS 5512: Euphonium Bugler, “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, 2011-2015

Cpl Benjamin Foredyce, USMCR

Phantom Regiment 2009-12

USMCR, 2013-present

Sgt Tyler Hildreth, USMC

Phantom Regiment Front Ensemble 2011

MOS 5512: Percussionist, “The Commandant’s Own,” The Unites States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, 2013-present

Chief Patrick Hill, USN

Phantom Regiment Cadets 1991
Phantom Regiment 1992

Chief Musician, US Navy, 1994-present

Patrick Howard

Waiting on info

Waiting on info

Mike Hundemer

Waiting on info

Waiting on info

Sgt Rabon Hutson, USMC

Phantom Regiment Contrabass 2008 – 2010

MOS 5512: Contrabass Bugler, “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, 2013-present

Master Sergeant Jeffrey S. Kuntzelman, USAF

Phantom Regiment Soprano, 1978-79

USAF Retired 1980-2001

SSgt Courtney Lawrence, USMC

Phantom Regiment Euphonium 2004-08
Phantom Regiment Staff 2010-11

MOS 5512: Euphonium Bugler, “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, 2008-present

Duane LeBlanc, USMC

Phantom Regiment Soprano 1990 – 1992

MOS 9812: Soprano Bugler, “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, 1995-98

PO2 Sean McFadden, USN

Phantom Regiment Euphonium 2008-09

Petty Officer Second Class, 2009-present

Cpl Justin Merry, USMCR

Phantom Regiment Trumpet 2006-08

MOS 1371: Combat Engineer, 2012-present

Sgt Dan Merwin, USANG

Phantom Regiment Bass Drum 2004-05

MOS 42R: Percussionist, U.S. Army 2nd and 3rd Infantry Division Bands, 2007-2011
U.S. Army National Guard, 34th Infantry Division Band, 2011-15

PO3 Jim Nevermann, USN

Phantom Regiment Percussion Arranger / Caption Head 1972-75

Percussionist 1970-74

SGT Chris Neverve, USA

Phantom Regiment Trumpet 2007

MOS 42R: Trumpet, 2011-present

Sgt Matt Nishida, HARNG

Phantom Regiment Trumpet 2007

MOS 13F: Fire Support Specialist, Hawaii Army National Guard, 2006-present

LT Taylor Oakes, USN

Phantom Regiment Euphonium 2002, 2004-06

U.S. Naval Aviator, F/A-18F Super Hornet, 2008-present

Lt Col David Olson, Wisconsin Air National Guard

Phantom Regiment Baritone/Euphonium, 1981-82

Manpower and Personnel Officer, 1981-present

SP4 Dennis Olson, USA

Phantom Regiment French Horn, 1963-65

101st Airborne Division, Vietnam 1968-69

SSgt Clint Owens, USMC

Phantom Regiment Soprano 1997-98

MOS 5512: Soprano Bugler, “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, 2003-present

Sgt Josh Patlan, USMC

Phantom Regiment Contrabass 2009

MOS 5524: Tuba, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band, 2011-present

LCpl Rich Paull, USMC

Phantom Regiment Mellophone 2011-12, 14

MOS 5512: Soprano Bugler, “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, 2016-present

Jeff Prosperie

Waiting on info

Waiting on info

LCpl Kyle Smith, USMC

Phantom Regiment Euphonium 2010-14

MOS 5512: Baritone Bugler, “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, 2016-present

Sgt Mark Sopjes, USMC

Phantom Regiment Contrabass 2005-07

MOS 5524: Tuba, MCRD San Diego Band, 2011-2015

Jay Spirakis, USAF

Phantom Regiment Contrabass 1997, 1999, 2000

US Air Force and Air National Guard, Cyber Operations, 2000-Present

Cpl Mike Vigliotti, USMC

Phantom Regiment Mellophone 2003-05

MOS 0352: Anti-Tank Assault Guided Missileman, 2009-2013

Sgt Russell Wiley, USMC

Phantom Regiment Soprano 1998-99

MOS 5512: Soprano Bugler, “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, 2001-11

Zachary Wright

Waiting on info

Waiting on info

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