Due to the predicted weather tomorrow, rehearsal is at Concordia Lutheran (8500 Durand Ave, Sturtevant, WI 53177) from 10am to 4pm.

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. 2017 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 2017 performance season.

Corps Director
Jeff Troudt

Staff Coordination
Karen Cole

Show Design and Development
Karen Cole
Rick Kirby
Andy Falvey
Andy Stawick

Brass Arrangements/Compositions
Rick Kirby

Percussion Arrangements/Compositions
Karen Cole

Visual Design
Andy Falvey

Color Guard Design
Gina Marie

Co-Music Directors
Mark Wienand

Rick Kirby

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Brass Instruction: Mark Wienand, Mike Madonia, 

Percussion Coordinator/Front Ensemble Head
Karen Cole

Front Ensemble Instruction: Karen Cole, Roi Evans

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Andrew Stawick

Battery Instruction: John Donovan, Katie Neilsen, Mike Hernke, 

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Gina Marie

Color Guard Instruction: Gina, Jennifer  

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Visual Instruction: Jimmy Mutchie, Andy Falvey (Consultant)


The Kilties are preparing for a summer schedule of parades and Mini-Corps presentations. Rehearsals are held at Gilmore Middle School in Racine, Wisconsin.  Potential members are invited to attend along with veterans and alumni.  

Membership is open to those from 16 years old and upward, with positions open in brass, color guard and percussion (battery and front ensemble).  Kamp weekends include section rehearsal sessions learning new music and working on the 2017 Min-Corps 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.




adamAdam is one of our long-time vets. He has been in The Kilties for 18 years. After the Chicago Vanguard Senior Corps folded in 1995, Adam spent 1996 helping instruct drums with the Racine Scouts. "There were a number of people I knew that were marching with Kilts, and they kept after me to join. After a few months helping the Racine Scouts and since I had been mostly marching Drum Corps since 1963 and still loved being on the field, I joined in the winter before the 1997 season." Adam says he has loved "everyone and every year with the Kilties" and hopes to continue to do what he can to help the Kilties be the best all-age corps we can be.

As you can image, after 18 years, Adam has a lot of great memories, but he says one of his best memories was in his first season with the corps back in 1997. "Back then, there was a circuit in the Midwest that most of the corps in the 8-10 state area were part of called Drum Corps Midwest.

They ran a number of shows during the season, and then there was a circuit Championship show near the end of July. It was a prelims/finals show with several divisions of junior corps...and a senior corps division, as well. The Kilties and Minnesota Brass were the two senior corps that day. Well, bottom line is, in prelims we lost to Brass by a little more then 4 points." Adam remembers that the corps thought they should have been a little closer to Brass then that. He also remembers that at the night finals, the corps sounded great at warm ups and were getting really fired up. "The Kilties went out with fire in our eyes. 13-1/2 minutes later, after 5 standing O's, we had beaten Brass for the first time that year. by 2-1/2 points! WHAT AN AFTER PARTY it was!!!"

Looking forward, Adam says he is hoping the Kilties will continue to provide entertainment and excellence to our fans present and future.

The season is fast approaching. Want to find out more? Go to and complete an online interest form.

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The Kilties announced at their February kamp they would be stepping to the side-line for the 2017 season by dropping field show competitions. These events will be replaced with rehearsals and/or civic events.

Here is the latest version of the 2017 summer schedule, which is subject to change:

March 11 –Fundraiser (Scottish Fest)

Apr 29-30 – Kamp
May 20-21 – Kamp
May 27-28-29 – Kamp and Racine Memorial Day Parade

June 10-11 – Kamp
June 17-18 – Kamp/Parades

July 1-4 – Kamp/Parades
July 22-23 – Kamp/Possible Parade or Performance
July 29-30 – Kamp/South Milwaukee Parade

Aug 5-6 – Kamp/Possible Performance
Aug 19-20 – Kamp/Possible Performance
Aug 26-27 – Kamp/Possible Performance
Aug 31-Sept 4 – Tentative: Rochester, NY for I &E & Mini-corps

Sept 16 – Brewfest
Sept 17 – Banquet


1239247 4908533485749 1576552297 o2015 will mark Erica's fifth year with the Kilties. She has spent three years, so far, on baritone and one year hauling around a contra. 

Every member has a different story as to how they became involved in the Kilties, and Erica is no different -- "About a year after I moved up to Wisconsin due to work, I was van pooling to work when one of the fellow riders, who is a resident of Racine, started talking about how she wanted to march the honor guard again for the Kilties. She kept telling me over the course of the week how much fun I would have if I joined...yet she did not explain to me the nature of the group. Finally after about the fifth time of her mentioning it, I finally asked her 'What exactly is this group 'Kilties' you are speaking of?' She then explained to me that it was a drum and bugle corp for all ages, weekends only, and they travel and perform similar to but not as extensively as a junior corp."

Erica notes that with that she became "unglued" at this information. Erica said she had no idea that all-age corps existed, let alone, essentially right outside her own back yard. Erica said she took her friend's advice to heart, and "obviously, it was a decision that I haven't regretted as it still a huge part of my active life, and will probably continue to be for many years. W.W.B.D."

Erica says it is hard to single out her favorite Kilties memory, but if forced to choose, it would be the joint concert that the Kilties did with the Racine Symphony Orchestra a few years back. "Let me tell you, it was one of the most powerful and amazing sounds I have ever witnessed while performing in a group, and the personal energy vibrating through my body during the performance was off of the charts! From time to time I will pull the videos up on Youtube from that night just to give them another listen, and it still gives me goosebumps....every single time." (that video, by the way, can be found here:

What is Erica looking forward to in 2015? "On an individual level, I am looking forward to returning to the hornline on contrabass. On a group level, I am looking forward to seeing the continuing progression of the Kilties in areas of performance, entertainment, and competition as a drum corp, as well as the continuous growth and expansion of the Plaid family. Welcome to the new members, and may your heart bleed plaid!"

Want to join the 2017 Kilties, simply go to our website at to find out more and complete an online information form.

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