HELP WANTED: Sam Karafotis #1799 and Josh Pier (Visual Caption Head) are in need of recruiting help on Saturday,October14th and Saturday, October 21st. They will have a booth at both the Wisconsin State Championship in Whitewater, and the Illinois State Championship in Normal and Champaign, Illinois. We will provide food, transportation “if needed,” and an opportunity to look for extraordinary human beings. Any member who can do all or some of the above will be appreciated. Our Corps will be Better Every Day for your efforts! Please call the office (414-327-2847) or Josh & Sam.
HELP APPRECIATED: A call was sent out by Josh for members’ input about show ideas for our 2018 Irish production. Many thanks to Austin Crawley #2627, Joey Tackett #2291, Alex Whitmore, Grace Allen #2441, Dane Aros #2634, Kane Romero #2610, Jess Neises #2514, Garet Williams #2528, and KC Keele #2613 for taking the time to offer ideas.
AGE-OUT PICNIC: For many years, age-outs of mostly Chicago area Corps have a picnic in Barrington Hills, IL from 11am-5pm. There are no fees. Everyone brings their own food, Roman Blenski brings his collection of bugles to display, and several ensembles play some standard music of past years. It is held annually at the end of September. Quite a few Pioneer photos were on display and more should come from Pioneer to join the other corps’ displays. Mark your calendars for next year. Applause to Mr. Paul (Paul J) Schneider (Pioneer Visual Instructor 1998-2001) who was a conductor for one of the groups. He in his youth, was drum major for the Americanos and Marquee Corps. He still has it! If you remember the parade in Appleton, WI, we were listed as the Americano corps with “Paul J” as the Drum Major?
CAMP FEE CLARIFICATION: Last year we had a pre-registration deal, a misprint in the newsletter, and dealing with Pay Pal. All of that created some confusion. So let’s clean it up:
Returning Vets = $60.00
New Member = $85.00
Pioneer Fees are a Great Value, when you consider what other corps, bands, guards, drum lines, and athletic camps charge!
COSTS MONEY: It is hard to imagine the cost of seemingly minor items, like custom field paint that does not kill the grass or make the schools unhappy, even while using wide- nozzle sprays for yard lines, as well as colors also. The cost of the paint is $32-35.00 per case. We go through 40 plus cases a year! Imagine the cost of 2 small slides for a baritone’s valves 2 & 3, and 3 top valve caps = $392.00 all because these items were somehow missing from the instrument. Your help in preventing waste is appreciated!
2018 SEASON: DCI and Show Sponsors are working to have an official show schedule for 2018. What we do know so far is that our First Show for 2018 will be on June 23rd in Whitewater, WI (gorgeous stadium!). This show is hosted by the Madison Scouts. Our last show of the season (after Allentown and before the DCI Quarterfinals) will be tentatively held in Pittsburgh, PA on August 5th. It looks like we will have 25 shows in all!
BANQUET MOVED! At the suggestion of our Program coordinator, Dave Campbell, our annual Awards Banquet will take place on Thursday evening of Championship Week instead of Monday. So yes, it will be after our prelim performance. Since this plus the DCI Group Picture that follows, it gives us enough time to shower and look sharp, It will be at the same location of Indianapolis’ famous Rathskeller along with its outstanding menu! We will celebrate the night away!
It will also benefit our parents and friends who can come for both the Prelims and Banquet. They can then stay over for the Semi-Finals. All of this they can do with a greater minimum of lost work days. There will be a will be $40.00 charge for the banquet ($41.76 with Pay Pal) and Reservations will be needed to reserve your table. It’s a great idea!!! Let’s try it.
REWARD FOR LOST SOULS’ INFORMATION: We are currently looking for and need information of the whereabouts (current address), telephone number, a working email, or job site of the following former Pioneer members:
2016 Aaron Brown Snare Drummer
2015 Jose Bernal Baritone
2015 Tia Thomas Guard
2014 Beethoven Arnett Snare
2014 Alexa Hughes Baritone
2014 Stann Williams Front Ensemble
2014 Shayla Nickles Percussion
TIP OF THE CAP!
KANE ROMERO #2610: Kane was a first year baritone. She played previously with the Appalachian Sound, a Sound Sport unit. She also has six years of music divided between flute, saxophone, and baritone. She attends Georgia Southern University as a full-time student majoring in music education. She stays with her grandparents, Dirk and Glenda Kinkel who are employed by Wells Fargo and the Mapleton Police Department. Kane’s favorite color is GREEN. Last summer her favorite Pioneer song was “Master of the House”, her favorite cultural day site was the St. Louis Arch. Her special thanks goes to her awesome seat partner Mike Shannon #2647, and her excellent Section Leader, Jacob Pike #2433…. Kane is considering playing tuba in 2018???
BETTER EVERY DAY!
Powerful, dramatic, emotional 2017 show, “Irish on Broadway”, the music of Les Miserables that drew a rousing applause and many standing ovations at the conclusion of the show…..Beautiful Memories!
2018 CAMP DATES……listed below are in addition to several one day workshops in several cities. Video auditions are still available for a $50.00 service fee!
EXPERIENCE DCI’s MARCHING MUSIC’S MAJOR LEAGUE!
2018 Rehearsal Camp Weekends
March 9- 10-11
2018 1 Day Workshops!
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A PIONEER?
Do you enjoy performing in front of large audiences?
Do you enjoy working hard to become a better performer?
Do you enjoy being in a group where you are accepted for who you are?
Do you like the idea of having friends from all over the world?
Do you like playing in a group who all want to become the best?
Would you like to be trained by a professional in your area of music or movement?
Do you enjoy traveling and seeing different parts of the United States?
Do you want to be challenged to become the best that you can be?
Do you want to come back to your band and help it become even better?
Do you want to be, “Better Every Day!”?
If your answer is YES to these questions, we would like to have you come and audition for your spot in the Pioneer Corps!
We are currently looking for young people, 15-21 years of age (22 if your birthday is after June 1st)
BRASS: Trumpet, Mellophone, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba
PERCUSSION: Snare, Tenors, Bass, Cymbals, Keyboard Mallets, Tympani, etc.
COLOR GUARD: Flags, Rifles, Sabers, Dancers, etc.
BRASS CAPTION HEAD:
We welcome Mr. Andy Grindle who has been chosen as our 2018 Pioneer Brass Caption head. Mr. Grindle is the Director of Bands at the Lake Shore Middle School of Jacksonville, Florida. He is also a trumpet performer for the Army National Guard Band. He is well aware, the Garry Owen March, our theme song, since he plays it quite often with his military band! Andy marched with and aged out from the Madison Scouts in 2011. He also has been a brass instructor with the Troopers Corps for 5 years. He replaces Randall Bennett who retired after 6 seasons with the corps. We will soon announce the brass team of instructors that Mr. Grindle will bring on board with him.
Jeff Leyk Trucking of Burtrum, MN has donated a 2006 Carrier refrigeration unit for our food truck. It will replace our 1977 unit that stopped functioning in late July! Thanks to Heiser Truck and Trailer for their help in securing this for us!
Mrs. Kathryn Andrea (#112) of Andrea and Orendorff, Inc. has given a generous donation to Pioneer. It was timely, much appreciated, and used very quickly!
To the 350+ people who wished Corps Director Roman Blenski a “Happy Birthday!” Memories of people from D.C.M., D.C.I. II/III, Pioneer 1960,70,80,90, 2000, 10 were abundant and very humbling! “Better Every day” to all of you for your thoughtfulness.
Peter Handerhan (#2636) section leader and bass drummer recruited three members for the 2017 Season: Gloria Garner (#2626), Kane Romero (#2610), and Jordan Fields (#2646). We are looking to see the recruiting patches on his Pioneer jacket!
A NOTE FROM A HAPPY PIONEER BOOSTER!
Dear Roman and the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps,
First of all I would like to thank you and Sue for over 50 years of friendship, including the years of the Imperials of St. Patrick, The Thunderbolts, The Thing, and Pioneer. Over the years, you and the Corps had many great shows, but this year has been special to me because the musical, “Les Miserables” is my all-time favorite. Thanks for your production and interpretation of this music. The spectators at Music on the March show in Dubuque are always excited when the Pioneer Corps is scheduled. Again, thanks for your friendship and don’t let the judges influence the thrill that the members give the audiences. Looking forward to seeing you and the corps in Indy.
Yours in Drum Corps,
Colts Drum and Bugle Corps
“CAPS OFF…AT EASE”
First year member, Ariana Jue (#2651) who plays cymbals, came to us last year after 4 years of marching band experience that included front ensemble, bass drum, French horn, and oboe. She is now a senior at Georgia State and works at the Georgia Aquarium. Her career direction via biology is to a position with the aquarium. Her parents, Randy and Ilana are both into careers of computer programing. Ariana’s favorite color is orange. Her favorite contest was Allentown, her favorite culture day was in St. Louis at the “Arch.” Her favorite song was “Irish Eyes are Smiling”, the corps song. While appreciating everyone in Pioneer, a special tip of the hat goes to: Tanner, Zach, Cindy, Kevin, Joey, Kane, Mike, KC, Shane, Arwmond, and Jackie. “Special people make Special friends!”
Sienna Joyce (#2604) better known as “Canada” because she lives with her parents in Waterloo, Ontario. This is her first year in Pioneer. Previously she spent 5 seasons with the Preston Scout House Corps. She’s quite the musician with 12 years of piano experience. She’s a high school senior being homeschooled. Sienna works part time at the university pool as a life guard. At this point she has not chosen a career. Her parents are Jody and Chantalle. Her father is in the fire suppression business and her mother is a teacher. Sienna’s favorite color is turquoise, favorite Pioneer song was the opener, favorite show was at the San Antonio Alamo Dome, and her favorite cultural day was the Canoe Day. Her special friends, a “Tip of the Cap “goes to Lance, Jackie, Tyrell, and Javier. She’s a tall and very “Classy” young lady!
RECRUITMENT IS EVERYONE’S JOB!
A “Honey-eyed” Moment
As 9 Year Old Claire Aaron
Wants to be a Pioneer
Dothan, Alabama Competition!
BETTER EVERY DAY!
SALUTING OUR TALENT
These people in the list below put their talents forward against the best talents of the D.C.I. World. They put in the extra time to prepare and take advantage of the skill private instructors, band directors, and their friends helped them develop within them. In their future careers their personnel records show them personally competing solo, speaks a lot about the character of themselves. The corps also benefits from having the judging world and fans see what outstanding talent exists within the Pioneer Corps. We are proud of the following people:
It is not too early to start now by selecting a solo along with a plan to follow in preparation for the 2018 D.C.I. Solo and Ensemble Contest.
INTERVIEWS FOR STAFF OPENINGS:
Interviews are being conducted for individuals interested in the position of Brass Caption Head for the 2018 Season. Other staff openings are also available. Those who might be interested call Roman Blenski (414-333-2235) or give a call to
Dave Campbell at (724-518-3200).
Recruiting for the 2018 Pioneer Season is beginning Now! The most important mention or suggestion is to have us march a full 150 member Corps…Our 90 member corps has a lot of limitations. Size does matter both to the judging community as well as the fans in the stands. You can become a huge help to your Pioneer Corps by sharing your personal positive experiences from being instructed, culture days, leadership opportunities, and being surrounded by extraordinary high achieving people from all over the world. Be a promoter, tell others, motivate
Them, and develop their interest!
“CAPS OFF… AT EASE”
Age-out Trumpet, Andrew Modisane # 2517, has returned to his homeland in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a full time instructor for the Field Band. He started there as a 12 year old member and has been teaching the last two years. He lives alone in an apartment provided by the band. His career direction is to become an electrical engineer, attending Northwest University, while teaching full time. He has a younger brother and one older who lives with his parents Daniel and Cecilia Modisane. His favorite culture day activity was “Canoe Day”. His favorite Pioneer Corps song was “One Day More.”He feels that his best show was in Michigan City. A special thank you to the drivers who were special to him, “La Mont and Calvin.” Members who were special to him included: Connor, Austin, Melissa, Tiffany, and the entire “Team Japan.”
“Andy” was chosen Pioneer “Best Trumpet” on the strength of the teaching staff’s notes about attitude and ability. Many have also noted his almost perfect posture throughout his field performances.
Mellophone, Johannes Motlhabane # 2641 returns home to march again with the Alexander Field Band in South Africa, He also helps instruct the group that he has been since he was 10 years old! His plans are to return to march with us in 2018’s Pioneer Corps!
He lives in Johannesburg with his mother, Gladys, and his 3 older sisters. His career choice is to become an actor. During the summer his favorite culture day was Canoe Day and his best personal performance was at the DCI Championships in Indianapolis. His favorite Pioneer Corps song was “On My Own” Being the runner-up as Rookie of the Year was well earned with his hustle and having the skill of P.W.N.T. That skill was very evident and incredible for being a first year members.
Johannes extends thanks to Calvin our truck driver and Pioneer members: Armond, Cloe, and Ally for going above and beyond being a special friend…
See ya next summer! Johannes
Thanks to all of those listed below (alumni, boosters, former Pioneer Staff, personal friends, current members, and people who I regretfully do not recognize. Regardless of the amount, it was your intensions and desire to be of help that leaves me so grateful. “Love you all!”
HOW DID IT HAPPEN?
The corps had a great rehearsal day, late evening supper, clean-up and then the fleet left the school’s parking lot. The usual order for the fleet traveling was the equipment truck first, then the camper/trailer, the four buses, and finally the food truck. The school was located on top of a high hill in Dubuque.
We headed out on the usual route which entailed a long, high hill with a stop sign at the bottom of the hill. The problem was that there were several neighbors’ cars parked on the corners that we needed to turn on. Several of us pounded on house doors, and admit with the idling of 6 diesel vehicles, none of the neighbors answered.
Using our usual GPS, the lead truck rerouted going through a few neighborhoods on narrow roads that lead us to a very steep downward hill. We recognized the hill’s steepness and we radioed to each other, to proceed “one vehicle at a time.” The equipment truck made it. The camper/trailer was next to go. The driver, Mrs. Carol Hellman and Roman Blenski were sitting in front. All of a sudden Carol exclaimed, “My brakes are not holding.” The emergency brakes had no effect. I radioed the buses, “Don’t come!” and we slammed into about a four foot stone wall. The camper went up and over the wall, but it came to an abrupt dead stop before an enormous descent down the cliff into some huge trees. The reason the camper hung up from not going over the cliff was because it was towing a trailer with the two golf carts that got held up by the huge rocks on the stone wall.
Mrs. Hellman and I were thrown against the windshield, but not hurt. Neighbors came with ladders to help us out and up the hill.
In the meantime two tow trucks and a crane were called to lift the camper up off the side of the hill. The police re-routed the rest of the corps. The tow truck drivers disconnected the drive shaft, drained the propane tank, and the full 50 gallon tank of fuel. As the tow trucks held the camper, the trailer with two golf carts was disconnected and the crane pulled up the vehicle off the side of the hill. It was very painful to hear and observe as the crunching sound of metal and plastic breaking up was taking place.
Some kind neighbors from Dubuque offered the use of their bathrooms and gave Carol and I a plate of tuna sandwiches and chips! This for sure was a memorable evening full of “challenges!”
My wife, Sue, brought our family’s Suburban, driving up all the way from Milwaukee, and we continued the tour, now running the corps and ourselves out of boxes, now in a much smaller, but comfortable vehicle.
Thankfully between your generous donations and insurance, we will be allowed to get a replacement vehicle for next summer. So now you know the rest of the story.
Humbly, but Better Every Day!.....Let’s keep in touch!
PS: If I forgot to list your donation or member number, please let men know!
If you would like to donate, your name will be added to this list. Once we purchase another camper, all names will be engraved on a plaques for display at Pioneerland.
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Some of the hardest working extraordinary human beings that the Pioneer Corps has ever had, ended the season on Sunday. All of the buses and trucks are back, members drove or have flown home except for about 15 who are hanging out at Pioneerland, not wanting to end it all yet.
Our victories came in the face of taking on challenges and solving them. Even though we had a smaller corps than the past average of about 94 members, we put on quite a production that so many fans in the stands were excited about. Your staff did a wonderful job of helping to make that excitement happen. During each show we experienced several rousing applauds and very often the shows ended with a standing ovation!
The judging system was not very generous to us, basing their stingy scores on individual performance issues. It is very hard to believe that with the enthusiasm and applauses ringing in our ears from literally thousands of people who eagerly watched our production, that our scores and improvements from show to show were not recognized or given credit from the judges.
Listed here are the awards that were given at the Pioneer Banquet on Monday night. A unit full of highly talented that our 56 year system was strained to acknowledge so many.
Our soloists were outstanding, led by our “star” Jackie Hirn. Her beautiful voice and characterization was the high point of our show all season. All Pioneer hearts stopped and eyes teared up as her microphone malfunctioned in the Quarterfinals. It was hard for the corps and for her too. Besides being an outstanding drum major and corps leader, she WON DCI’s Top Individual Vocalist award, outscoring others for the 3rd consecutive year at their solo-ensemble (I&E) contest. Jackie sang her song beautifully, confidently, and stellar! Her personal characteristics added a lot to the show. She also organized the Pioneer Choir which placed third.
Our trombone soloist, Jacob Pike, aged out after three seasons. His personal characteristics added a lot to the show, besides receiving the Section Award and being the winner of the Veteran of the Year Award. He was always, and I mean always the last and the first to the equipment truck. He will be missed!
DCI winners of the I&E Auxiliary Awards (flags, sabers, rifles) was a star, who with his outstanding skills was often hard to see in front of the corps, but definitely was a crowd-pleaser, and now the recipient of the Guard Award, Austin Crawley. He was the happiest man in Pioneer.
Joey Tackett, our 5 year vet (tuba for 4 years & drum major for this season), received the DCI Scholarship Award for his contributions to many outside activities, an imposing leader and future band director that will excel for his students. Thank you, Joey!
So many others…talented Flugel Horn Soloist, Andrew “VK” Pearson, produced a beautiful tone quality that filled the stadiums with awe from fellow brass players…Zak, a veteran leader for the percussion… Shane, veteran leader of the front ensemble and “Waffle King!”…T.J., Gloria, Cloe, and our South African baritone, Johannes, running away with the Rookie of the Year award, section leader award, and unanimously the Bus General with the cleanest in the fleet…Armond with 4 years the trumpet rock from Texas. Notice our “Gear Department” on the road with many, many, great new designs. Mr. Jeff Williams put the Corps’ name out there….Props, or focal points that every corps must now have, giving credit to chairman Josh Pier and Ja’Malh Wallace, as well as kudos to art designs by Jackie Bilder and John Schoenknecht. The construction of our props was done by Dr. and Mrs. Knepp, the grandparents of Garet Williams. Wind, tornados, or hurricanes, would never blow down these well-constructed props. Thank you!
Rumor has it that our brass caption head, Randall Bennett, might step down after 6 years. He was an awesome recruiter, a steady leader, a person who noticed everything (P.W.N.T.) and led the brass section with his whole heart and soul. He was voted twice as staff member of the year. He will be missed. He says that he needs to move on with his career now that he has graduated. We look forward to hearing what “lucky” band has the good fortune of hiring him…Randall you are among the best ever!
While the applause of the crowd still rings in my ears, I cannot say enough about everyone involved. We all worked endless hours to achieve excellence. A few dropped off along the way, but were quickly covered by truly magnificent other individuals.
Thanking you a hundred times would not be enough, but cherish the memories that we created, the challenges we took on, and the masses of people that bonded together for 80 days. We were Better Every Day, Just ask us! RB
PIONEER MEMBERS OF 2017
We celebrate our successes and encourage those successes throughout the Corps, especially at our Annual Awards Banquet held on the last week of our tour in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The following people, voted by everyone concerned, were the best of our
“Extraordinary Human Beings” living the Pioneer Motto,
“BETTER EVERY DAY!
Veteran of the Year JACOB PIKE Baritone Arlington Heights, Illinois
Runner Up Joey Tackett Tuba Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Runner Up Katy Jansen Guard Cincinnati, Ohio
Rookie of the Year JOHANNES MOTLHABANE Mellophone South Africa
Runner Up Gloria Garner Tenor Fredericksburg, Virginia
Runner Up Austin Crawley Guard Indianapolis, Indiana
Best Instructor BILL McCLENDON Brass Jacksonville, Florida
Runner Up Josh Pier Visual De Forest, Wisconsin
Runner Up Javier Ramirez Tenor Indianapolis, Indiana
Best Support Staff TANYA BARE Food Department Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin
Runner Up Charity Brook Bus Driver Cudahy, Wisconsin
Runner Up Jerry Culbertson Food Department Columbia City, Indiana
Most Appreciated JERRY CULBERTSON Food Service Columbia City, Indiana
Best Trumpet ANDREW MODISANE Trumpet South Africa
Best Mellophone JOHANNES MOTLHABANE Mellophone South Africa
Best Baritone JACOB PIKE Baritone Arlington Heights, Illinois
Best Tuba SAM KEARNS Tuba Champaign, Illinois
Best Snare CHIAKI MATSUDA Snare Amagasaki Hyogo Japan
Best Tenor GLORIA GARNER Tenor Fredericksburg, Virginia
Best Bass PETER HANDERHAN Bass Bel Air, Maryland
Best Cymbals J.D. MESGER Cymbals Gotham, Wisconsin
Best Front Ensemble TIFFANY WANG Front Ensemble Downers Grove, Illinois
Best Flag ASHLYN JONES Flag Pilot Mountain North Carolina
Best Weapon AUSTIN CRAWLEY Weapons Indianapolis, Indiana
Best Dressed Male COLIN SCHAKELFORD Trumpet San Antonio, Texas
2nd Place Austin Crawley Guard Indianapolis, Indiana
3rd Place Ernie Vera Guard Instructor Walnut, California
Best Dressed Female MEGAN WEAVER Guard Kenosha, Wisconsin
2nd Place Ashlyn Jones Guard Pilot Mountain, North Carolina
3rd Place Katy Jansen Guard Cincinnati, Ohio
Zildian Award ARIANNA JUE Cymbals Cumming, Georgia
Perfect Attendance ARMOND RIGGS Trumpet Wadsworth, Ohio
Perfect Attendance SAM KEARNS Tuba Champaign, Illinois
Perfect Attendance SIENNA JOYCE Tenors Waterloo, Ontario Canada
Perfect Attendance CONNOR WIGART Trumpet Derby, Kansas
Perfect Attendance ANGELICA BARE Guard Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin
Perfect Attendance JESSICA NEISES Mellophone Wichita, Kansas
Perfect Attendance CRYSTAL HARGRAVE Mellophone Sabina, Ohio
Perfect Attendance JACKIE HIRN Drum Major Urbana, Illinois
Perfect Attendance ALLY FARRAND Guard Sargent Germantown, Wisconsin
Perfect Attendance JACOB PIKE Baritone Arlington Heights, Illinois
2017 Age Out CAROLINE RAMIREZ 1 Year Guard Sterling, Virginia
2017 Age Out CONNOR WIGART 1 Year Trumpet Derby, Kansas
2017 Age Out DAVID STENWALL 1 Year Bass Brookland, Arkansas
2017 Age Out MASATO HIRATA 1 Year Bass Oita, Japan
2017 Age Out ZACH HEWITT 2 Years Snare Greenwich, New York
2017 Age Out ANDREW PEARSON 2 Years Trumpet Miami, Oklahoma
2017 Age Out LANCE REISETTER 2 Years Trumpet Ardmore, Oklahoma
2017 Age Out JESSICA NEISES 2 Years Mellophone Wichita, Kansas
2017 Age Out SAM KEARNS 2 Years Tuba Champaign, Illinois
2017 Age Out JACOB PIKE 3 Years Baritone Arlington Heights, Illinois
2017 Age Out ARMOND RIGGS 4 Years Trumpet Wadsworth, Ohio
2017 Age Out JOEY TACKETT 5 Years Drum Major Milwaukee, Wisconsin