2016 Local Corps Member: Brian Reel

Performing Corps: Phantom Regiment


Marching with Phantom Regiment this summer is Brian Reel from Newburgh, IN. Brian is a 2015 Castle High School graduate and is attending Ball State University majoring in music education.

Being Brian’s second year performing in drum corps, he has learned a lot from his past experiences. Brian said, “I always heard about and knew that drum corps is very hard, and it certainly is, but I didn’t realize that, at least for me, it is a lot of fun as well. At the end of each day the hard work put in is rewarding in itself. It is an opportunity for a great amount of introspection and personal growth, and it’s where I can wake up in the morning and know I get to be a part of something I love.”

This year, Phantom Regiment will celebrate their 60th anniversary. Formed in 1956 by a group of VFW Post 342 members, the original name was the Rockford Rangers with an all-girl color guard called the Rangerettes. Brian will be a part of a tradition of excellence as he performs their show, Voice of Promise, in 2016. Best of luck to you this summer, Brian!