Racine Scouts


Other Names:Racine Explorer Scouts

Racine, WI United States
Founded: 1927

Active Junior
Open Class
YearPositionScoreTheme/Songs
1955 Time on My Hands * Springtime * Tara's Theme (from Gone with the Wind) * Victory March (Notre Dame Fight Song) * (I'll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time * Red Sails In The Sunset * Onward Christian Soldiers  
1962 12 70.350 Sheriff Dupius * Sweet Georgia Brown * Maria (from West Side Story) * Brazil * America * The Rat Race * Bullfighter * Out Of This World  
1963 3 77.450 (Repertoire not available)  
1964 13 81.825 (Repertoire not available)  
1965 The Minstrel Boy * March of the Olympians * Bullfighter * Bye Bye Birdie * High School Cadets  
1966 13 77.800 (Repertoire not available)  
1967 6 78.450 (Repertoire not available)  
1968 9 77.200 Columbia the Gem of the Ocean * La Virgen de la Macarena * Who Can I Turn To (from Roar of the Greasepaint) * Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me  
1969 Get a Horse * Swanee * Sweet Georgia Brown * Onward Christian Soldiers  
1970 Ninth Symphony (Ode to Joy) * More and More * You've Lost That Loving Feeling * Sitting On the Dock Of The Bay * Dream A Little Dream Of Me  
1972 Handbags and Gladrags * Hud * Get It On * Homage March  
1982 243 12.500 (Repertoire not available)  
1992 329 34.700 (Repertoire not available)  
1994 325 54.900 (Repertoire not available)  
1995 327 60.700 Music of Respighi - Music of Respighi  
1996 327 48.400 Dream, Dream, Dream * Day of the Dreamer, Part 1 * Let There Be Praise * Theme from Beetlejuice  
1997 329 54.300 Big Noise from Winnetka (from Reveille with Beverly) * You Always Hurt the One You Love * Time After Time * Patriotic Medley  
1998 320 67.200 Western Chrome * Tumbleweed * The Big Country * Wagon Train * Western Omlet * The Magnificent Seven * Happy Trails  
1999 325 63.800 Gunsmoke * Wild Wild West * The Magnificent Seven  
2000 327 55.850 Nautical Fantasy - McHale's Navy * Flipper * Gilligan's Island * Blow the Man Down * Popeye The Sailor Man * Columbia the Gem of the Ocean * Shenandoah  
2001 315 71.100 Selections of George Gershwin - An American in Paris * Strike Up the Band (from Strike Up the Band) * Summertime (from Porgy and Bess) * They Can't Take That Away from Me * Rhapsody in Blue * I Got Rhythm (from Girl Crazy)  
2002 322 57.750 Moonlight Serenade * Bye Bye Blues * The Best is Yet to Come * American Patrol * You're a Grand Old Flag  
2003 318 68.350 Shaken, not stirred - James Bond Theme * Goldeneye * Man with the Golden Gun * Goldfinger * Live and Let Die * Moonraker  
2004 316 56.400 Funk N' Chrome - Another Star * Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing * Stayin' Alive * Salsation * How Deep is Your Love? * Boogie Wonderland * I Will Survive  
2005 316 64.775 (Repertoire not available)  
2006 313 59.475 (Repertoire not available)  
2007 313 66.175 Portraits in Chrome; Idols, Icons and Images - Music of Irving Berlin * Old Man River (from Show Boat)  
2008 220 74.300 All The Way * The Way You Look Tonight (from Swing Time) * Come Fly with Me * I've Got You Under My Skin * Luck Be A Lady (from Guys and Dolls) * That's Life * The Lady is a Tramp (from Babes in Arms)  
2009 216 72.700 New York Under Chrome Lights - New York State of Mind * Give My Regards to Broadway * 42nd Street (from 42nd Street) * Harlem Nocturne * Sing, Sang, Sung * Manhattan Skyline * New York, New York (from New York New York)  
2010 213 74.500 Fascinating Rhythms- The Music of George Gershwin - An American in Paris * Strike Up the Band (from Strike Up the Band) * Summertime (from Porgy and Bess) * I Loves You, Porgy (from Porgy and Bess) * Bess, You Is My Woman Now (from Porgy and Bess) * Rhapsody in Blue * I Got Rhythm (from Girl Crazy)  
2011 39 48.500 Resurrection - Lux Aeterna (from Requiem) * Dies Irae (from Verdi's Requiem) * Ave Maria * The Ascension (from The Divine Comedy) * Onward Christian Soldiers  
2012 The American Experience - (Repertoire not available)  
2013 35 55.600 From the Ashes - Firebird Suite  
2014 35 55.600 87 - Eine kleine Nachtmusik * Four Score and Seven * "Once Upon a Time" from All American * 7/8 * Crown Imperial  
2015 38 49.450 Behind the Brush Strokes… A journey through the mind of Vincent van Gogh - Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) * Ritual Fire Dance (from El Amor Brujo) * Music of Eric Morales * Music of Philip Glass  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.
The Racine Scouts, formed in 1927, is a junior marching and maneuvering corps based in Racine, Wisconsin.

For their first few months of existence, before funds could be raised through newspaper recycling, the drum line was forced to practice on the sandbox of their sponsor, the Atonement Lutheran Church.

Until at least 1936, the corps bore the unwieldy name of The Boy Scouts of Troop 15 of the Church of Atonement. Also known as the Racine Explorer Scouts, they have been sponsored by their parents’ organization, the Racine County Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the VFW Post 1391.

True to their Scout origins, the corps required every member to be at least a First Class scout until the late 1950s. The corps was undefeated in competition for six years, from 1935 until 1940.

The corps’ colors are blue and white, with metal helmets and a red crest.

In 1950 they were officially designated the “Champions of Scouting” at the National Jamboree, which was significant at the time since may drum corps had some tie to scouting. In 1953 they played at the opening of Disneyland in Anaheim, Ca.

In 1959 the Scouts undertook a power tour, making 32 performances through Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin in just five days.

In 1964 they switched from the traditional explorer scout uniforms to the new red, white and blue uniforms with chrome helmets (the “chrome domes”).

In 1969 the corps was opened to females.

The Racine Scouts claims the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating junior drum corps in the United States. They gained Drum Corps Midwest membership in 1998 and celebrated their 75th anniversary in 2002. In DCI competition since 1982, the corps' highest finish was 15th in Division III in 2001. In 2003, the 34-member Scouts was 27th in Division II/III Prelims, a position they improved in 2004 to 16th, with a program called 'Funk n' Chrome.'

[Encyclopedia of Drum and Bugle Corps, 1966; rec.arts.marching.drumcorps 7/14/1998,7/28/2000; DCW, 11/2002, p.3; DCW, 10/02, p.3; DCW, 6/28/02, p.17; Dave Strickler; A History of Drum & Bugle Corps, 2002; dcjenn@comcast.net April 2006]

Members (22)

Member Name Section Years Involved
armstrong, john baritone 1966 to 1968
Belott, Jonathan Contra 1994 to 1999
Bonslater, Bobby Brass-Mello/Bari 2001 to 2003
Bonslater, Bobby Mello/ Baritone 2001 to 2003
Burstall, Steve Drill Writer 1996
Dahlkamp, Brian drumline 2004
Gastaldi, Mary Color Guard 1972 to 1973
Gastaldi, Mary Colorguard 1972 to 1973
Geschke, Randall percussion,brass 1989 to 2000
gleason, bill horn line 1972 to 1974
Itzenhuiser, Rick Soprano Bugle 1968 to 1971
Martin, Robin Baritone 2001
Mitchell, Rachel Color Guard and Bass Drum Line 1996 to 2004
Nielsen, Tom bells 1950 to 1954
Reitenbach, Neil Snareline 1999 to 2000
Rogers, Brandon color guard 2003 to 2004
Saul, Jade Brass-Baritone 2015
Schumann, Charles Soprano 2001
Stoltman, Peter Hornline 1997
Swanson/Szlagowski, Jennifer Horn Line and Drum Major 1997 to 2004
Tyykila, Andrew brass 1987 to 2000
Ulaszek, David Pit/percussion 1988 to 1989

CORPS 6 items

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Racine Scouts from the Bill Ives Collection
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Racine Drum Corps Overseas Cap from the Bill Ives Collection
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Racine Drum Corps Overseas Cap from the Bill Ives Collection
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1969 Racine Scouts Chrome Domes @ VFW Prelims Philadelphia from the Roy Perez Collection
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1971 Racine Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps @ VFW Prelims from the Roy Perez Collection
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320-321, Racine Scouts from the Steve Vickers Collection

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