This summer on June 20, six generations of Phantom Regiment members presented Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral. Alongside my fellow conductors, Destiny Holt and Zach Gursky, and alumni conductors Curtis Matlin (1983), Greg Benson (2011), and Kyle Nijoka (2007-2009), we had the honor of conducting our Phamily. What an incredible experience; standing in front of the combined horn line. It was overwhelming, to say the least.
Phantom Regiment has impacted my life in many ways, and that evening I realized it originated with the amazing members standing in front of me. They had inspired me to grow and reach for my dreams, and that was the reason I was standing there that evening as a member of the Phamily.
When the performance reached the impact moment of our beloved Elsa’s, the energy, passion, and love could be felt by everyone in the stadium. Former and current Regiment members, joining as one, creating beautiful music together, that was an unforgettable moment. The love for each other on the field that night was not just shared by corps members in attendance, but it was shared by Phamily members around the world.
Asst. Conductor 2012, 2013