Kilties


Other Names:YMCA Kilties, Kilts

Racine, WI United States
Founded: 1935

Inactive Junior
YearPositionScoreTheme/Songs
1953 Colonel Bogey March * Moulin Rouge * Tuxedo Junction * Loch Lomond * St. Louis Blues March * My Country 'Tis of Thee * The Lonesome Road * Blue Skies (from Alexander's Ragtime Band) * You are My Sunshine * Going Home * On the Trail (from Grand Canyon Suite) * Dinah * Sweet Sue, Just You * Powerhouse March * Too Young  
1954 Exactly Like You * Sweet Sue, Just You * Colonel Bogey March * You Take The High Road * The Lonesome Road * Tuxedo Junction * Chattanooga Choo Choo * String of Pearls * My Country 'Tis of Thee * The Song Is Ended (but the Melody Lingers On)  
1956 Powerhouse March * Bolero * Little Girl * It's Only a Paper Moon * Limehouse Blues * Three Little Words (from Three Little Words) * March of the Grenadiers * Minnesota, March On * The Object of my Affection * Wishing  
1957 March of the Grenadiers * Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away) * Moonglow * Oh, Lady Be Good (from Lady Be Good) * Round and Round * Sitting On Top of the World * Angry * Night and Day * I Got Rhythm (from Girl Crazy) * The Campbells are Comin' * Sleep  
1958 String Of Pearls * Little Girl * Tenderly * Under the Double Eagle * Sugartime * Oh, You Beautiful Doll * Colonel Bogey March * The Song Is Ended (but the Melody Lingers On)  
1960 9 79.450 Scotland the Brave * Blue Bells of Scotland * Tuxedo Junction * Like Young * Stormy Weather (from Stormy Weather) * America The Beautiful * All the Blue Bonnets Are Over the Border * Auld Lang Syne  
1961 11 79.850 This Could Be The Start Of Something Big * Goody Goody * 2 O'Clock Jump * Stompin' At The Savoy * 'S Wonderful * Goodby Now  
1962 11 74.200 Hands Across The Sea * A Foggy Day * Take the 'A' Train * Goody Goody * National Emblem March * America The Beautiful * It's A Pity To Say Goodnight * Goodby Now  
1963 Hands Across The Sea * A Foggy Day * Scotland the Brave * Farandole (from L'Arlesienne) * Fame and Glory * America The Beautiful * Auld Lang Syne  
1964 1 85.950 Scotland the Brave * The Best Things In Life Are Free * The Song of the Volga Boatmen * Put On A Happy Face * Hail To The Chief * America The Beautiful * Hands Across The Sea * Auld Lang Syne  
1965 3 84.200 Scotland the Brave * Girl From Ipanema * The Song of the Volga Boatmen * Put On A Happy Face * Hail To The Chief * America The Beautiful * 76 Trombones (from The Music Man) * National Emblem March * Stars and Stripes Forever * Auld Lang Syne  
1966 8 82.750 Blue Bells of Scotland * Scotland the Brave * Jersey Bounce * Fame and Glory * America The Beautiful * The Song of the Volga Boatmen * 76 Trombones (from The Music Man) * South Rampart Street Parade * Put On A Happy Face * High Hopes  
1967 5 83.700 Scotland the Brave * Jericho * Sam's Boogie * 76 Trombones (from The Music Man) * Hail To The Chief * America The Beautiful * Auld Lang Syne  
1968 1 89.850 Strike Up the Band (from Strike Up the Band) * Brotherhood of Man (from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) * Yes, Indeed * MacArthur Park * Chattanooga Choo Choo * Auld Lang Syne  
1969 1 88.500 Fanfare from Brigadoon * Strike Up the Band (from Strike Up the Band) * Brotherhood of Man (from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) * Yes, Indeed * MacArthur Park * Chattanooga Choo Choo * Auld Lang Syne  
1970 6 84.550 Fanfare from Brigadoon * Down on MacConnachy Square (from Brigadoon) * Loch Lomond * America The Beautiful * MacArthur Park * Take the 'A' Train * Night Train * Chattanooga Choo Choo * Auld Lang Syne  
1971 Rocknormanoff's 5th * Brotherhood of Man (from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) * Bagpipes, Bugles and Bluebells * Jesus Christ Superstar * Yellow Submarine * Auld Lang Syne  
1972 8 81.200 McCoy's Reel * God Save the Queen * Pictures at an Exhibition * McCoy's Exit * Auld Lang Syne  
1973 5 82.950 McDuffy's March * God Save the Queen * Roundabout * Eli's Coming * McCoy's Exit * Auld Lang Syne  
1974 6 85.250 Fanfare from Brigadoon * McDuffy's March * Karn Evil 9 * Eli's Coming * Chattanooga Choo Choo * McCoy's Exit * Auld Lang Syne  
1975 7 85.300 The Third Hoorah * Carmina Burana * Roll Over Beethoven * Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing * Irish Washerwoman (from Irish Suite) * Auld Lang Syne  
1976 28 70.050 Knightsbridge March * John the Baptist (Holy John) * Roll Over Beethoven * Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing * Auld Lang Syne  
1977 10 81.800 McDuffy's March * Heaven on Their Minds (from Jesus Christ Superstar) * Pagliacci * Music  
1978 12 77.250 My Favorite Things (from The Sound Of Music) * Battle Cry * Seaside Rendezvous * Everybody's Everything * Se a Cabo * Auld Lang Syne  
1979 32 65.650 Scottish Rhapsody * Birdland * Serpentine Fire * The South's Gonna Do It Again * Long, Long Time * Auld Lang Syne  
1981 49 36.050 (Repertoire not available)  
1982 235 31.800 (Repertoire not available)  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.
The Kilties, founded in 1936 at a YMCA summer camp, was a junior marching and maneuvering corps based in Racine, Wisconsin. They were sponsored by the American Legion Post 310 and Anderson Murphy VFW Post 2823. Their name is based, naturally enough, on their uniform's Anderson tartan kilts.

By the early 1950s the Kilties, sometimes known as "The Mad Plaid," had become one of the best in the Midwest as they competed against such corps as the Austin Grenadiers, Madison Scouts, and Norwood Park. By the end of that decade they were VFW finalists.

In 1964 the Kilties began the season way down from the other top Midwest corps. However, they made the first of many late season surges and won their first VFW National Championship, their only win of the season. Their drum major, Scotty Paulson, was a seasoned thirteen-year-old for this championship.

The Kilts continued to place in Finals through 1970. They won again in 1968 and 1969, the first repeat winners since the 1963 Cavaliers. They won high brass in both of those years, and took high drums in 1968.

1971 was a down year. Although the corps early on did beat the potential American Legion National Champions, the Argonne Rebels, they didn't go outside the Midwest to compete on the national level. As a result, the Kilties were not part of the original 13 DCI corps when that organization was formed in the fall. They came out in 1972 with a different musical style and won the World Open. Their placement was eighth at the first DCI world championships and second at VFW Nationals.

The uniform style changed in 1974 and the Kilties again placed in DCI Finals, as well as in 1975. 1976 was the corps' lowest placement ever at DCI as they missed Finals. This year, in fact, marked the largest standings drop out of finals of any corps in DCI history, from seventh to 28th. They came back in 1977 with a strong show, however, and once again made Finals. 1977 was also the first time since the early 60s that the signature "Auld Lang Syne" wasn't part of the show. They changed uniforms again in 1978 and made DCI Finals for the last time.

The corps fell on hard times after that, finally competing in Class A in 1982 and folding after the season. The Kilt tradition has been continued since 1997 by the senior Kilties.

Among the championships won by the junior Kilties are these:

VFW National Champions, 1964, 1968, 1969
U.S. Open National Champions, 1969
Shriners International Champions, 1969, 1970
World Open Champions, 1972
Wisconsin Spectacle of Music Champions, 1972, 1973
DCI Finalist, 1972-1975, 1977-1978

[Encyclopedia of Drum and Bugle Corps, 1966; DCW, 6/8/90, p.27; Gary Cuzzocrea, RAMD, 3/9/99, inter alia]

Members (25)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Beatty, Colin Soprano Bugle 1979
Bertermann, Dan Tenors 2003 to 2004
Davidson, Jerry Baritone 1971 to 1972
Fennell, George French Horn 1967 to 1971
Fisher, Mark Rifle Line 1976 to 1978
Hansen, Rob Snare 1970
Hinen, Dennis Guard, Cymbals, snare 1957 to 1962
Hinen, Dennis guard, percussion 1957 to 1962
Hyatt, Anna pit percussion 2001
Jensen, Mike French Horn, Soprano 1975 to 1977
Krug, Kristopher Low Brass (lead baritone) 1981
Letourneau, Glen Baritone 1964
Marsh, Jody sop/mello 1981 to 1982
Mielke, Dave Baritone 1978
Myers, Tim Baritone 1978 to 1979
Nelson, Dennis Mellophone 1973 to 1975
Pagliaro, Todd contra 1981 to 1982
Rasmussen, Jeff rifle / guard captain 1969 to 1972
Riebesehl, Dale 1st baritone 1982
Schehr, Jim percussion 1973 to 1974
Selinsky, Gayle Color Guard 1978
Shatto, James Hornline / Euphonium 2006
Shaw, Allen French Horn 1979
turkowski, tom Color Guard 1982
VanCaster, Scott Soprano 1981

CORPS 11 items

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Kilties Bumper Sticker from the Bill Ives Collection
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Kilties from the Bill Ives Collection
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Kilties from the Bill Ives Collection
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Kilties 2 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Kilties 3 from the Bill Ives Collection
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1969 Racine Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps @ VFW Prelims, Philadelphia from the Roy Perez Collection
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1969 Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps “Yes, Indeed" from the Roy Perez Collection
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1959 YMCA Racine Kilties Drum & Bugle Corps-Judges Tape- from the Roy Perez Collection
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PDF Document
278-283, Kilties from the Steve Vickers Collection
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Kilties Open House Poster from the Steve Vickers Collection
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We Winna Be Dauntit! by Gorge D. Fennell from the Steve Vickers Collection

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