Congratulations to all our members that competed in the DCA Individual & Ensemble competition last night!  Thank you for representing our corps and giving your all.  If you are at the event today in Rochester, NY, please be sure to stop by our souvenirs booth in the lower concourse.  To stay up to date with current Kilties activities like this, please visit, like and share our Facebook, Instragram or Twitter pages.  Have a great show day everyone!

1239247 4908533485749 1576552297 o2017 will mark Erica's seventh year with the Kilties. She has spent three years, on baritone and one year hauling around a contra. She is now back on baritone

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.

#teamplaid2017 #fillthiscorps

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 –  Parades (Libertyville, Elk Grove Village)
June 18 – Kamp

July 1 – Kamp / Racine Raider Half-Time
July 2 – Parade (Kenosha)
July 4 – Parade (Racine)
July 22-23 – Kamp / Possible Performance
July 29 – Parade (South Milwaukee) / Kamp
July 30 – Kamp 

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

Sept 16 – Brewfest
Sept 17 – Banquet


10445136 10203518835784056 6257893042611628204 nSay hi to Amanda. Amanda's been with the Kilties for eight years. Previous to that, she marched four years with Oak Creek High School and five years with UW-Whitewater, where she was captain her senior year.


Amanda says she joined Kilties because she just wasn't quite ready to give up marching, and six years later, she's still at it.

"I absolutely love the feeling you get when the first note of the show starts," says Amanda, "and all eyes are on you and your friends!"


Amanda says her favorite memory with the Kilties so far has been waiting for placements to be announced at retreat after their 2011 finals performance -- "The sky just opened up and started downpouring!" -- as well as being able to connect with members from different corps at Patrick's (the annual drum corps party held in St. Peter, MN).


Amanda says she cannot wait for the 2017 season to start so that she can share all her favorite things about The Kilties with the new members. "WWBD!!"


Want to join Amanda in The Kilties in 2017?  Go to to find out more and complete an online interest form.


#teamplaid2017 #fillthiscorps

The corps will venture outdoors starting May 20th/21st to prepare for a summer schedule of parades and Mini-Corps presentation. Rehearsals are held at Gilmore Middle School in Racine, Wisconsin.  Potential members are invited to attend along with veterans and alumni.  We have scheduled rehearsal dates throughout the summer. See schedule here.

A few positions are presently open: 

*  Snare and/or Tenor Drum * 
*  Bass Drum *
*  Soprano (Trumpet) *
*  Baritone  * 
*  Color guard  * 

For those interested in applying and/or seeking additional information and would like materials sent, simply complete this form.

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.




10-22-2014 6-27-00 PMSay hi to Ron. Following 12 years of junior corps, Ron joined the Kilties. and has been with us for the last 20. This means Ron has spent 30 of his 38 years on this planet in drum corps. It's in his blood, as they say.

Ron lists among his favorite memories the Kilties making finals in 1998, being the last corps to play in the 2000's by doing an exhibition at the 1999 DCA finals and playing with Keith Urban with the rest of the Kilties battery in 2007. 

Ron lists his most meaningful memory as being the 2005 DCA performance when member and very good friend, Joel "Lothar" Magnuson collapsed and passed away on field. Ron says, "Since then, for Lothar and every fallen Kiltie, Auld Lang Syne has a lot
more meaning to the words within it."

What is Ron looking forward to in 2017? "Entertaining the crowd, giving them a lot of music for their buck, taking names, and getting the long-overdue respect Kilties deserve."

Join the Kilties for 2017 and become your own Portrait in Plaid. Find out more and complete an interest form at

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