Kilties Complete Successful 2011 Season
The Kilties closed the 2011 season on September 17th with a full concert performance at their annual fundraiser, The Great Lakes Brew Fest, to over 4000 patrons, fans and supporters. The popular fundraising event was held at the Racine Zoological Gardens in Racine, Wisconsin and is an annual project of the corps attracting attendees from over 25 states, Canada, and abroad.
The Kilties completed it’s most successful season in recent years with over 20 appearances throughout several states including a memorable and widely heralded successful combined concert with the renowned Racine Symphony Orchestra. The two organizations, both institutions of the greater Racine area (and beyond) for decades, presented to a standing room only audience their group musical performances and followed by combining forces to close the concert with 1812 Overture and Star and Stripes Forever.
The Kilties will begin preparation for the 2012 season with their first full corps rehearsal weekend camp slated for December 3-4 at Gilmore Middle School in Racine, WI. The opening rehearsal weekend will include orientation, skill evaluations for new members, and full rehearsal sessions for all sections. Rehearsals will include distributing the new musical numbers for the 2012 production and visual components.
The Kilties will be celebrating their 77th year since the corps’ founding in 1934 as an element of the local YMCA.
Director and Program Coordinator, Scott Stewart, indicated the majority of the teaching staff is returning along with a solid nucleus of skilled veterans for the 2012 season.
Application for membership may be made online at the corps’ web site located at www.kilties.com
The Kilties are an all-age coed organization. The corps mottos are “Character, Honor, Excellence, Tradition” with the corps entering every performance with their decades long battle cry, “Wea Winnea Bea Daunted”.