Racine, Wisconsin: Drum and Bugle Corps Capital of the World (Images of America Series)

Racine, Wisconsin: Drum and Bugle Corps Capital of the World (Images of America Series)

by George D. Fennell
     
 

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Many activities become short-lived fads. Not so for the drum and bugle corps in Racine. Here, after 150 years, drum and bugle corps activity still flourishes as a proud tradition. Racine is the self-proclaimed drum corps capital of the world. Racine had six competing drum and bugle corps during the 1960s and 1970s--very impressive for a community of 90,000. In…  See more details below

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Many activities become short-lived fads. Not so for the drum and bugle corps in Racine. Here, after 150 years, drum and bugle corps activity still flourishes as a proud tradition. Racine is the self-proclaimed drum corps capital of the world. Racine had six competing drum and bugle corps during the 1960s and 1970s--very impressive for a community of 90,000. In fact, it would be difficult to find a longtime resident who is unaware of this activity. Everyone in Racine either was a member of or had family or friends who were members of a drum and bugle corps.

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Title: New book traces Racine drum corps history

Author: Steve Vickers

Publisher: Drum Corps World

Date: January 2009

I recently received an advance copy of George Fennell's new book titled "Racine: Drum and Bugle Corps Capital of the World." It is not only thorough, it is extremely fascinating.

Fennell was born and raised in Racine, WI, first joining the Racine YMCA Kiltie Kadets in 1964, later graduating to the Kilties and then marching in the senior corps, the Boys of 76.

Produced by Arcadia Publishing, a Mount Pleasant, SC, company that specializes in local and regional history books, Fennell's softcover, 132-page book is packed with an incredible assortment of images covering not only the existence of the six prominent drum and bugle corps in the city of 90,000 -- all operating

concurrently in the 1960s - but also a number of other assorted Racine musical units incredibly dating back to 1858 (14 images in this chapter).

While the book is not a written history per se, the collection of photographs present the Boys of 76 (61 images), Racine Scouts (36), Racine Junior Scouts (8), Racine Kilties (53), Kiltie Kadets (19) and Ambassa "Dears"/ New Day (10) that have sometimes lengthy captions that tell a great deal about the long history of the activity in the Lake Michigan-sited location.

The photo reproduction is outstanding and provides readers with a wonderful overview of an important heritage that is very unique in the annals of our activity's history. On a per capita basis, this city beats all others in the number of young people involved in drum and bugle corps during the heyday of Racine's corps legacy.

Through access to not only his personal collection, but also the archives of the Racine Heritage Museum and the Kilties Alumni Association, Fennell has accumulated an exciting overview of one slice from drum corps.

I highly recommend this book! Purchase it at bookstores, by calling 1-888-313-2665 or visiting www.arcadiapublishing.com.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738561332
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
11/28/2008
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
127
Sales rank:
1,401,586
Product dimensions:
9.24(w) x 6.46(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


When George D. Fennell first joined the Racine Kiltie Kadets drum and bugle corps as a 12-year-old in September 1964, he never realized that it would ignite a lifelong passion for the activity. He is currently the president of the Racine Kilties Alumni Association and is a longtime member of the Racine County Historical Society. All the images contained in this book are either from the author's personal collection or from the archives of the Racine Heritage Museum or the Racine Kilties Alumni Association.

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