Rescheduled Reilly Raiders 2019 Open House

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The Reilly Raiders Drum & Bugle Corps is holding an Open House for prospective new members to get an up-close-and-personal look at the organization that has a long and stellar history dating back to the 1940s. Open to all ages, genders, and experience levels, the organization has openings in the brass, percussion, and color guard sections as well as support staff. The Open House will be held on Sunday, February 10 at 12:00 noon at the Knights of Columbus, 235 Limekiln Pike, Glenside, PA.

In describing the event, corps Director Curt Hawkins said “Guests will meet the officers, instructional staff, and current members. 2019 planned music arrangements and performances will be reviewed. Refreshments will also be served. After a short meeting, attendees will have an opportunity to see and hear the corps practice their new music and routines for the upcoming 2019 season.”

The Reilly Raiders were first organized in Philadelphia in 1946 by veterans returning from World War II. The unit competed for over 20 years until the late 1960s, winning numerous state and national championships and awards. Reilly left the competitive circuit and reorganized as a parade and concert corps in the 1990s, entertaining audiences throughout the tri-state area as well as other mid-Atlantic and New England states. Celebrating their 25th anniversary as a parade and concert unit, the corps has also performed in Las Vegas, Nevada, Savannah Georgia, and Dublin Ireland.

Reilly’s current roster includes members with previous experience in drum & bugle corps, marching bands, orchestras, and other musical organizations. Some have no previous experience and learn as they go. When asked to summarize the Reilly Raiders in one sentence, Operations Manager Kathy Hook responded, “The corps provides professional instruction, performs at 15-20 parades, concerts, and shows throughout the year, and offers an inclusive, team-oriented atmosphere.”

More information about the Reilly Raiders and the February 10th Open House can be found at

Posted by on Thursday, January 31st, 2019. Filed under Current News, DCA News, FrontPage Feature.