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.
This is a financial decision. The Kilties fell short of earning enough funds to maintain proper rehearsals though the winter months. Rather than create a financial hole, the Kilties have chosen to avoid one so they may be competing for another 25 years.
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/Possible parade
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
What happened: Due to similar events in the area, reduced attendance and change in state tax regulations, Great Lakes Brewfest, our major year-end fundraiser, fell short of raising enough funds to cover important (and expensive) winter rehearsals. In addition to making adjustment to the 2017 marketing strategy, we are compensating for the loss of these funds by adding additional fundraising events such as Scottish Fest at Preservation Hall in Racine on March 11th.
This summer you will find the Kilties working on the 2018 field production and participating in parades and civic events. We believe this is a wonderful opportunity to add a brass and mini-corps, winter guard and drum line for the 2017 fall-winter season. These new options are perfect for members with limited time availability.
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.
Show Design and Development
Color Guard Design
Kate Falvey (Consultant)
Brass Caption Head
Brass Instruction: Mark W, Mike Madonia,
Percussion Coordinator/Front Ensemble Head
Front Ensemble Instruction: Karen Cole, Roi Evans
Percussion Battery Caption Head
Battery Instruction: John Donovan, Katie Neilsen, Mike Hernke, Tym Healey (Consultant)
Color Guard Caption Head
Color Guard Instruction: Jena,
Visual Caption Head
Visual Instruction: Jimmy Mutchie, Andy Falvey (Consultant)
or call the Kilties Hotline at (262) 634-2100