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!

NOTE: We are currently experiencing technical difficulty with the photos. We are working to resolve this as soon as possible! Please check back soon.

MST2 William Abbott, USCGR
 
Phantom Regiment Contrabass 2006-07

Marine Science Technician, 2008-present

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-present

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-present

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

LCpl Jonathan Davis, USMC

 
Phantom Regiment 2011-14

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

Cpl Ramiro DeLeĆ³n

 
Phantom Regiment Trumpet 2010

MOS 5512: Mellophone Bugler, "The Commandant's Own," The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, 2013-present

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

Cpl 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

Cpl 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

LCpl 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

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

Recruit Rich Paull, USMC

 
Phantom Regiment Mellophone 2011-12, 14

Currently in Recruit Training

Jeff Prosperie

 
Waiting on info

Waiting on info

Recruit Kyle Smith, USMC

 
Phantom Regiment Euphonium 2010-14

Currently in Recruit Training

Sgt Mark Sopjes, USMC

 
Phantom Regiment Contrabass 2005-07

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

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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