On Friday, September 7th, I was appointed interim (temporary) CEO of the Board. My appointment was based on past experiences with; assessing schools as an Accreditation Team Chairman for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, leading three schools as a Principal, serving on two Boards as President of the Wisconsin Edge Precision Figure Skating Teams and President of the Woodland Pines condominium association, and my experience as a former Corps Director for Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps.
Over the next few months the interim Board will be working closely with the Pioneer Corporation as we explore the future of Pioneer. Our primary goal is to maintain World Class status and membership in Drum Corps International. My challenge is to quickly assemble a highly qualified team that will meet all the Drum Corps International "Suspension Reinstatement Terms" by developing comprehensive policies and procedures specific to the criteria set forth by their Executive Director. We will be forming committees to assist in this process. Time is short. Pioneer must submit our plan by November 15, 2018 for approval.
The past several days have been spent enhancing the team with individuals who possess the qualifications we seek. Once we recruit a few more Board members I will share their names and experiences. Yes, there is alumni representation other than myself, and there will be frequent updates on our progress.
If you are interested in assisting us with this project, please respond by completing the VOLUNTEER APPLICATION found under the Contribute tab on the Pioneer website. Try to remember it's been less than a week since we started. Please be patient.
William Strube #284
Recently, on social media and in the news, special attention is being paid to Drum Corps in general and certain Corps specifically. Pioneer is one of the Corps that is receiving special consideration. While we might disagree on the accuracy of all the comments, depictions and rhetoric, some of what has been described is true. For those particular situations, we hope you can accept our sincerest apologies.
In response to these recent events, DCI has chosen to suspend Pioneer from the activity pending a comprehensive investigation. In addition, we have launched our own re-evaluation of current policies and procedures to determine areas for improvement. Once we’ve identified those opportunities, we will develop an action plan to make the appropriate changes.
While not everything during a season, regardless the Corps, always goes as planned; there are two things Pioneer has never struggled with and continues to offer to our staff and members. Things uniquely ours compared to the rest of the Drum Corps world. Pioneer is one of the very few “teaching” Corps for inexperienced and/or new musicians. Each and every one of us does their part to contribute to the success of each other no matter the skill level when joining the Corps. Which is a perfect segue to the second unique trait of Pioneer…Family. Pioneer accepts everyone for who they are and welcomes them into the Pioneer family. Whether it is a staff person or member, once you join - you’re family. And yes, that means occasionally disagreeing like family too.
In closing, all of us here at Pioneer want to thank you - our many supporters - and those whom have shared and continue to share concerns and suggestions to help Pioneer make improvements to the program and alert us to challenges.
Working to Be…Better Every Day!
The Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps & Color Guard, based in Milwaukee, WI, is looking for talented young men and women to join the corps in 2018.
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.
Current Openings (Updated 5/21/18)
Brass - Trumpet (1) & Baritone (1)
Percussion - Front Ensemble: (1) Rack & (1) Synth
Color Guard - Flags & Weapons (2 Female/2 Male)
For information on joining Pioneer 2018:
1) Complete our Information Request Form
2) Join our 2018 Interest and Audition Group on Facebook
3) Join the Facebook Group for the section of your choice:
4) Check out the Audition Materials for your section.
5) Make plans to be at our Rehearsal Camps:
6) Check out our Frequently Asked Questions
7) Start planning how you're going to pay your dues with our Guide to Fundraising
8) 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.
9) Check back often for additional news and details on the upcoming season!
We are pleased to introduce you to our new brass arranger: Mr. Rob Stein!
Rob is an experienced writer, designer, adjudicator, educator and performer. Over 200 marching bands and drum corps across 40 states have used Rob's original compositions and arrangements, including The Baltimore's Marching Ravens, the largest music organization associated with the NFL.