The Kilties are an all-age co-ed drum and bugle corps which focuses on education and mentorship. The Kilties participate in rehearsals and performances on a weekend-only schedule which allows members to attend school, work and spend time with family. Members range in age from high school through adult. The Kilties core values are character, honor, excellence and tradition.


Kilties 1936The Racine Journal-Times - 1936


Then and Now


The Kilties are an IRS 501(c)3 non-profit charitable educational
organization that serves as musical and marching ambassadors of the Racine area.

Founded in 1934, the Racine Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps has been evolving for almost 80 years. A successful junior corps throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the organization has developed into an all-age corps that performs throughout the country in drum corps shows, parades, concerts and exhibitions.

The Kilties are unique in that youth and adults march side-by-side. Meaningful mentoring is a commonplace occurence among the ranks fo the Kilties. Lasting realtionships form based on the Kilties' core values of character, honor, excellence and tradition.





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Corps Director

kilties-wedge Jeff Troudt



kilties-wedge President - David Pawlak
kilties-wedge Vice President - Samuel McGee III
kilties-wedge Treasurer - Joanne Freitag
kilties-wedge Secretary - Kathy Strege

kilties-wedge John "JC" Caspers
kilties-wedge Ellie Hinds
kilties-wedge Sharon Martinoff
kilties-wedge George Fennell
kilties-wedge Joe Fazzari

501(c)3 Charitable Organization
The Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps, Inc. is an IRS-recognized 501(c)3 charitable music education and performance organization. Donations are tax-deductable to the extent of the law.


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