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Broke-down buses, Ibuprofen and a sex offender: on the road with Pioneer

August 23, 2018

By Staff

Shoddy tour buses without air conditioning in sweltering summer heat. Teenagers forced to provide medical care in lieu of professionals on staff. A known registered sex offender coaching the young performers.

This is Pioneer, a Milwaukee-based drum and bugle corps that crosses the country each summer performing theatrical marching band numbers to devoted fans. The group, whose members face taxing, all-day practices to perfect their shows, is one of two dozen competing in the most-advanced tier of the All-American, niche activity.

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