From a Phantom Regiment press release: The Phantom Regiment of Rockford/Loves Park, Ill., has been awarded a grant of $2,000 by the Community Arts and Humanities Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. According to Patrick Seidling, director of the Phantom Regiment, the grant will be used to develop a regional high school marching band competition in the fall. "We hope to attract more than 2,000 marching participants and 3,000 spectators to the event, which will be held at Harlem High School in Machesney Park," Seidling said. "The Phantom Regiment hopes to increase music appreciation in the Rock River Valley as well as enhance the educational experience for students in area school music programs," he said. "The Phantom Regiment has been a leader in the drum and bugle corps activity for 30 years, and this event will help build additional awareness of our organization." The Phantom Regiment was founded in 1956. There are more than 2,000 alumni and tens of thousands
of fans around the world. Among the corps' most notable achievements are a Drum Corps International World Championship in 1996 and 29 consecutive appearances in the elite Top 12 of the activity, a feat matched by only two other organizations. The corps is governed by a board of directors comprised of community leaders, parents and alumni. The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is a not-for-profit community foundation that supports charitable programs in the four-county area of northern Illinois comprising Winnebago, Boone, Ogle and Stephenson counties. Since its founding in 1953, the Foundation has given nearly $17 million in grants to community projects and organizations.