They Publicize Rockford with Brass, Percussion and Pizzazz. "I was 14 year-old kid living in Fremont, California the first time I saw the Phantom Regiment compete, and they definitely put Rockford on the map for me," recalled Rick Valenzuela, executive director of the Phantom Regiment based in Rockford. Rockford" is emblazoned on the trucks and other vehicles that transport the 150 members of the Phantom Regiment, 80 brass instruments (including 16 tubas), 23 drums, 13 marimbas and keyboards plus flags, sabers and more. When they're announced at competitions across the country, they are introduced as hailing from Rockford, Illinois. Rick added, "In the world of drum corps and marching bands, people definitely know Rockford because of the Phantom Regiment."