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