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Kilties Klassic Poster

The Kilties will host their annual Kiltie Klassic Invitational the evening of Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the iconic Historic Horlick Field in Racine, Wisconsin.

Historic Horlick Field has been the site of hundreds of outstanding competitive drum corps shows for close to 9 decades and is one of the most famous venues for drum corps competitions in the world.

Historic Horlick Field was the site where The Kilties made their very first field show public appearance on August 5, 1936. The Kilties first formal meeting was October 5, 1934 following interest in forming a drum and bugle corps based from the success of a 1934 YMCA summer camp program.

Scheduled to perform are: Minnesota Brass, Inc. (MN), Govenaires (MN), Erie Thunderbirds (PA), Cincinnati Tradition (OH), CHOPS, Inc (MN) and Racine's own iconic treasure.....The Kilties.

Special to the evening will be the honored ceremony of individual inductions into the Kiltie Hall of Fame.

Admission is $12.00 per person with children 12 years old and under admitted free with accompanying paid admission.

Tickets may be purchased at local outlets or online at kilties.com. A very limited amount of tickets may be available at the gate.

Gates open at 6pm with the show starting at 7pm.

Make sure to attend and enjoy this family and community event.

All Kiltie alumni along with their family and friends are encouraged to attend for "meet and greet", reminisce and support your corps.

"We Winna Be Dauntit"





Since The Kilties founding by Mr. Raymond Vance in 1934, it has been the goal of the organization to offer the finest in design, instruction and teaching; in addition to being a positive and uplifting experience for the membership. 2016 is no different as The Kilties have assembled a stable of highly experienced and qualified arrangers, composers, designers and educators with the sole purpose of offering a competitive, fan-friendly and member-friendly production for the 2016 performance season.

Corps Director/Staff Coordination
Jeff Troudt

Show Design and Development
Larry Pawlowski
Rick Kirby
Andy Falvey
Dave Nelson

Brass Arrangements/Compositions
Rick Kirby

Percussion Arrangements/Compositions
Dave Nelson
Karen Cole

Visual Design
Andy Falvey

Color Guard Design
Cheryl Johnson
Kate Falvey (Consultant)
Gerry Manuel

Co-Music Directors
Larry Pawlowski
Rick Kirby

Brass Caption Head
Larry Pawlowski

Brass Instruction: Bobby Bonslater, Mike Madonia, Adam Goldstone

Percussion Coordinator/Front Ensemble Head
Karen Cole

Front Ensemble Instruction: Karen Cole, Roi Evans

Percussion Battery Caption Head
Andrew Stawick

Battery Instruction: Katie Neilsen, Mike Hernke, Tym Healey (Consultant)

Color Guard Caption Head
Cheryl Johnson

Color Guard Instruction: Gery Manuel, Kate Falvey (Consultant)

Visual Caption Head
Matt Wyse

Visual Instruction: Bobby Bonslater, Andy Falvey (Consultant)


The Kilties will be performing in a variety of events for the 2016 season; including both DCI and DCA competitions, parades, concerts and special events. The Kilties season kicks off with their annual membership/first rehearsal weekend on December 5th and 6th, being held at Gilmore Middle School in Racine, WI. The Kilties pride themselves in having a balanced schedule which allows members time for school, career and families along with being a valued member of their organization.

Winter/Spring Monthly Kamps (Indoors)

Dec 5-6 Opening Weekend
Jan 16-17
Feb 20-21
March 19-20 (Sunday portion--Field-house to start learning drill)
April 16-17 (Sunday portion--Field-house--learning drill)

Outdoors (field-house in case of poor weather)

April 30/May 1
May 7/8 OFF
May 14-15
May 21-22
May 28-29 OFF (Memorial Day Weekend)
June 4-5 
June 11/12 OFF

Season Begins:

June 18--Parades in Illinois
June 19--Rehearsal
June 25--DCI/Whitewater. 
June 26--DCI/Michigan City, IN
July 2---DCI/Lisle, IL. 
July 3---DCI/Cedarburg, WI. 
July 4---Parades
July 9---DCI/Rockford, IL. 
July 10--DCI/Madison, WI
July 16/17 OFF
July 23/24 Rehearsal Weekend
July 30--Parade-So. Milwaukee
July 31--DCI/Waukesha, WI
Aug 6--Kiltie Klassic Home Show
Aug 7 Rehearsal
Aug 12-13 OFF
Aug 19-20-21--DCA Shows in MN
Aug 27-28--Rehearsal Weekend
Sept 2-5--DCA World Championships- Rochester, NY
Sept. 17-18--Great Lakes Brew Fest Fundraiser/Annual Banquet


The Kilties will hold their annual Membership Weekend on December 5th and 6th at Gilmore Middle School in Racine, Wisconsin. Potential members are invited to attend this annual event along with veterans and alumni.  Lodging will be available and the corps will provide several meals throughout the two day event. Membership is open to those from 16 years old and upward with positions open in brass, color guard and percussion (battery and front ensemble).  The weekend will include an orientation session on the Kiltie organization, skill and talent evaluations in group/section settings and section rehearsal sessions learning the 2016 production. Apply online here to receive further information. The Kilties are a world renowned all-age coed organization founded in 1934 and focused on education and mentor-ship.


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PO Box 085235
Racine, WI 53408



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