In The News – Rockford Phantom Regiment Drum Corps Icon David Kampschroer Dies At 74
Dr. David Lee Kampschroer, a “pioneer for the drum corps community,” died Feb. 17 at his home in Lake Lady, Florida.
He started his career as a member of Rockford’s Phantom Regiment from 1960 to 1962. In 1965, he was one of three people to found the LaCrosse, Wisconsin-based Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps; he was also a charter member of their Hall of Fame.
Kampschroer helped form Drum Corps International, the governing body for junior corps in the U.S. and Canada. Until 1972, drum corps were governed by organizations like the American Legion and the VFW. Kampschroer helped corps break free of restrictive rules and hefty dues. Dr. Dan Richardson, former program director at the Phantom Regiment, said Kampschroer “just wanted drum corps to be a fun youth activity.”
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