The Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps & Color Guard, Inc. is a nonprofit organization based in Milwaukee, WI, and operated solely for the betterment of youth. Pioneer is governed by a board of directors with goals and a focus on music education. The organization operates year round at various levels in the Greater Milwaukee Area and surrounding region. Pioneer involves area youth (and their families), nationally recognized music/visual educators, and an experienced management team to work towards a common dream.

Pioneer primarily recruits members between the ages of 14-21. The performers appear in many parades, festivals, community celebrations, marching arts competitions and championships throughout the Midwest.

Our organization is composed of three sections: brass, percussion, and color guard. The instrumentation varies within each section and we can find a place for any young person who meets our requirements and has a desire to travel and perform with other motivated individuals.

Membership in the Pioneer requires dedication, discipline, and self-sacrifice. Our members develop leadership potential while working as a team. They use these skills throughout their lives. Members have the opportunity to set goals and strive to meet and exceed them. To a Pioneer, member or staff, the desire to reach perfection is the goal and the pride that comes from achievement is the reward.


Pioneer promotes excellence in music education. In following our concept of "Better Every Day", we ask that each member "Be the best they can be, with the confidence of a winner". Our goal is to teach success through individual rewards and goals, while developing team spirit and the opportunity of feeling the pain of losing, and the joy of winning. An experience with Pioneer makes everyone understand a new meaning of winning and that rewards are not always the competitive mark, but rather what that individual gets out of the experience. In Pioneer everyone becomes a champion to themselves.

Becoming a Member

At various points throughout the year, auditions are held for all positions within the organization and its various performing units. The auditions typically consist of a personal interview to determine a prospective member's attitude, ability to make rehearsals, financial status, and a performance evaluation to determine the member's ability level. All members, new and returning, must audition for the performing unit and section that they are interested in. Members will then be placed based on the above criteria. Members who meet these requirements will be offered a membership contract. From that point on, members will be expected to attend all scheduled rehearsals/camps and meet all required financial obligations.