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Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps ousts longtime director

August 25, 2018

Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps members perform during the corps’ 50th anniversary gathering in July 2011.

By Staff

Amid criticism over his decision to employ a sex offender and his handling of members’ safety and health concerns, the director of Milwaukee’s Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps was ousted Friday from the group he helped found nearly six decades ago.

Roman Blenski, 77, is the latest drum corps leader to face scrutiny in what has been a year of turmoil for the youth marching band activity, sparked by a sexual misconduct scandal involving the now-former director of a famed Allentown corps.

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