Congratulations are in Order!
The drum major selection committee has announced the Pioneer Veterans Joey Tackett (# 2291) and Jackie Hirn (# 2428) have been selected as our leaders for the 2017 Season and beyond.
has been section leader of our tuba section for three of the past four years for the corps.
While having one year of eligibility left, his skills of organizing people, connecting with people, resolving issues, and managing resources has been well noticed these past seasons. Currently, Joey is in his 4th year as a Music Education major at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee. He works part-time as a resident assistant for the college.
is entering her third season with Pioneer. In high school she was a member of the Yorkville High School Color Guard. She wanted to perform in the brass section for Pioneer and leaped into notice by winning 1st Place in Vocal Solo at the I&E Contest in 2015. Last summer besides playing the baritone, she was a featured performer in our Saint Joan of Arc production. Again, Jackie won the Gold Medal at the DCI Vocal Contest with a perfect score of 100. She and Katie Craven (#2513) sang a duet of Danny Boy at the DCI Contest and scored a 99.0. At the end of their performance, the audience rose to a fever pitch of applause for the girls’ beautiful and passionate treatment of the ballad which also met with the judge giving emotional appreciation to the girls. Today Jackie attends the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL. She is majoring in Kinesiology, as well as a double minor in Chemistry and Biology. Jackie also works for the school as a Resident Director. She has 2 more seasons of eligibility to perform.
Early last spring Ally (#2300) was asked to take over the leadership of the Color Guard. While she tried out, the person who won the position backed out for health reasons. Ally stepped right in and did an incredible job of leading, providing care to those in need, and performing at the same time. Always fair, but yet firm, her 5 years as a Pioneer member were evident. Currently she is attending Chippewa Valley Technical College majoring in Criminal Justice. She attended Germantown (WI) High School and in band performed both by playing the clarinet and being in the color guard. Ally has 2 seasons left of eligibility. Besides her school obligations, she works full time at Walmart.
New Orleans Camp Canceled:
Several factors made the decision necessary, but the result will give us more time and energy focusing on our summer program and the success that we expect. While the New Orleans Camp would have been in line with our cultural offerings, it is imperative that our main focus stay intensely on our summer production. Yes, it is disappointing, but we need to keep our priorities in order.
February Camp Canceled:
There will be no camp in February.
March Camp: (Please note)
The March Camp will take place on the St. Patrick’s weekend of March 10-11-12 That will be Camp #3 . Note the date change from our original end of the month dates.
The Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps & Color Guard, based in Milwaukee, WI, is looking for talented young men and women to join the corps in 2017.
Experience the summer of your life with a World Class corps as you tour the country on the way to the Drum Corps International World Championships in Indianapolis, IN.
For information on joining Pioneer 2017:
1) Complete our Information Request Form
2) Join our 2017 Interest and Audition Group on Facebook
3) Check out the Music & Audition Downloads (Some captions may not be available immediately).
4) Make plans to be at our Winter & Spring Camps
5) Check out our Frequently Asked Questions
6) Start planning how you're going to pay your dues with our Guide to Fundraising
7) Create a Google Account if you do not already have one. We use Google products such as Google Docs & Google Drive to collect/distribute information over the course of the season. We will ask you for your Google/Gmail email address later in the camp season.
8) Check back often for additional news and details on the upcoming season!
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