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50th Reunion “Save the Date”

Info from Gregg Neuleib:

The 50th reunion committee wanted to get the “Save the Date” notice out for July 2-3, 2016.

Thank you Stan L. Maddox for posting about it earlier this a.m. I think he’s going to put it on the site as well. Tentative plans for a hornline, guard, as well as our already-organized drumline are forming. We will post our sub-committee needs soon. We want to use as many of you for various things as possible. One very important job will be finding EVERYONE! I believe we will have a leader and committee for each era of the corps and maybe we can have a huge reunion. ’66-73, ’74-’80, ’81-’86, ’87-’95 would be the four different sections representing the Kewanee, early Geneseo, later Geneseo, and Quad City years. Obviously there will be overlapping but hopefully we can catch everyone. We will get more out in a couple weeks. Start the suggestions.

Posted in Reunion News.

Knights Alumni Drumline Press Release


FEBRUARY 25, 2014

The alumni drumline members of the Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, formerly from Kewanee, Geneseo, and the Quad Cities, have been invited to assemble and perform at Percussion Palooza, to be held at Rock Falls High School in Rock Falls, Illinois, on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

The Knights Drum and Bugle corps was active from 1966 through 1995. They achieved prominence in the drum corps activity, and finished as high as 15th place at the Drum Corps International, World Championships.

39 former Knights have committed to preparing and giving in this performance. These current members have listed their final year performing with the corps, ranging from 1971 through 1995. This is a very special event that is of interest to all Knights alumni, fans and drum corps enthusiasts.

In association with this special one-time performance event, On Sunday, March 2, there will be a REUNION for ALL FORMER MEMBERS of the Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. This reunion will be held at a Kapp’s Banquet Hall, a short distance from Rock Falls High School, the site of the Percussion Palooza performance. People interested in more information about this reunion or the Percussion Palooza event should go to

It is of great interest to the communities of Kewanee, Geneseo and the Quad Cities to get this information broadcast as thoroughly as possible. There are MANY former Knights and Knights fans who would certainly attend this event if they knew about it, and would appreciate being informed. Please do all you can to make this announcement and story a local priority.

Posted in Alumni Organization, Reunion News.

Emergency Bass Player Needed

EMERGENCY – Our bass 1 (smallest) player is very sick and will not be able to participate in the drumline. He requires twice daily doctor visits. We need someone to step up and play bass one at the camp this weekend. Any takers?

Contact Steve Scherer ( if you are interested or know of someone who may be able to fill in.

Posted in Reunion News.

Quick Update from Steve Scherer

Just got this from Steve regarding the rehearsals for the Alumni Drumline:

“Attention ALL KNIGHTS alumni and enthusiasts who live in and near Geneseo. We are looking for housing for the alumni drumline members for the nights of Saturday January 18, Saturday February 8, and Saturday March 1. I AM ALSO LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER TO COORDINATE THE HOUSING. If you are willing to help with this project, please let me know right away. Thank You!”

If you can help, please contact Steve (see previous post).

Posted in Reunion News.

Geneseo Knights Drumline 2014 and All Knights Reunion

On Sunday, March 2, we will have a REUNION for ALL FORMER MEMBERS of the Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. This reunion will be held at a banquet hall a short distance from Rock Falls High School, the site of the Percussion Palooza performance.

The alumni drumline members of the Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, formerly from Kewanee, Geneseo, and the Quad Cities, have been invited to assemble and perform at the Percussion Palooza, to be held at Rock Falls High School in Rock Falls, Illinois, on Sunday, March 2, 2014. Through facebook (FB group – Geneseo Knights Drum and Bugle Corps) announcements and communication, 32 former Knights have committed to preparing and giving in this performance. These current members have listed their final year performing with the corps, ranging from 1971 through 1995. The opportunity is still available to other Knights who would like to participate.

The current roster includes Steve Scherer ’84 as Director / Coordinator, and Ramiro Martinez ’83 as Director / Arranger. We have 15 snares, 5 tenors, 5 basses, 1 cymbal, and 6 pit. As of January 5, the snares and tenors have each had a sectional, and the basses will meet on January 11 for a sectional. The mandatory camp dates are:

  • Saturday, January 18 beginning at 12:00 noon through Sunday, January 19 ending at 2:00.
  • Saturday, February 8 beginning at 12:00 noon through Sunday, February 9 ending at 2:00.
  • Saturday, March 1 beginning at 12:00 noon through Sunday, March 2, the day of the performance.

The camp rehearsals will be held at Geneseo High School. If you can arrange Saturday night housing with someone in or near Geneseo, that is encouraged. Otherwise there are two inexpensive new hotels in Geneseo (Sorry, the Deck is gone – parking lot). They are the Geneseo Inn, located next to interstate 80, and the America’s Best Value Inn, located on Route 6 / Main Street on the West edge of town.

We are working on a design for a uniform to be worn during the performance. It is our intent that the uniform will be paid for by a sponsor. We also have sponsors willing to provide all of the drumheads and sticks and mallets that will be used. The instruments and equipment trailer are being provided by Geneseo High School, Rock Falls High School, and potentially other Knights-friendly lenders. Future performance opportunities will be discussed at the camp rehearsals and the reunion.

On March 2, the day of the REUNION, the drumline will travel a short distance to Rock Falls High School and set up all equipment before noon. The ALL CORPS REUNION EVENT will begin at the banquet hall at noon and run throughout the afternoon. We will have a light catered meal (appetizers, sandwiches, etc.) beginning at 4:00. The KNIGHTS DRUMLINE will give their exhibition performance at 6:30 PM. After the performance, all Knights are invited to return to the banquet hall to continue the REUNION for as long as you wish.

There will be a nominal fee per person to cover the cost of the hall and the food, and there will be a cash bar.

We are designing a new Geneseo Knights 2014 logo that will be available for purchase on merchandise such as event t-shirts, buttons, coffee mugs, and possibly commemorative signature drumsticks. These items will all be made available to pre-order and pre-pay, and will be distributed on the day of the event. We will ship purchased items to those who would like to purchase souvenirs but cannot attend the event.

MANY KNIGHTS are working hard to make this event possible, and we all wish to see this provide an opportunity for MANY GENERATIONS OF THE KNIGHTS to meet once again for fellowship.

Questions should be directed to Steve Scherer, at, or text to 309-507-BAND. You can also send a personal message on Facebook.

Posted in Reunion News.

Summer 2014 Muscatine (IA) Show

Just got a message from Jeff Heid, the band director at Muscatine HS.

“We host DCI Muscatine, and were wondering if The Knights would like to do something at our 2014 show? Reunion? An Encore Show? Anything? Is this of interest to you?

We are willing to provide some support. To be honest, we don’t even know where to start – so this is it.”

So, anyone got any thoughts…suggestions…anything else?
Here’s a link to the post/discussion over on facebook.

Posted in General Info.

Knights Revival/Reunion/Fundraiser

Greetings Knights,
As a Knights Drum and Bugle Corps Alum, you can remember the good times and great lifelong friendships made while performing and entertaining crowds of drum corps followers around the country. So let us begin by saying there is an effort to bring drum corps back to the Quad-City area.

Through the Knights Revival Effort (!/Knights.Revival.Effort), we are attempting to obtain “non-profit status”. Before we can go to corporate sponsors this “non-profit status” requires a filing fee of $850. A Knights Revival/Fundraiser/Reunion event is being planned for Thursday, July 12, 2012. (On Facebook – Knights Reunion at Music on the March)

We have 50 premium reserved-seat tickets for the Music on the March show on July 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Brady Street Stadium in Davenport, IA. The cost is $25 per ticket. The show will include The Colts, Blue Knights, Boston Crusaders, The Academy, Cascades, Music City and the Colt Cadets. DEADLINE FOR TICKET ORDERS IS JULY 1st.

Along with tickets to the show, we will also have available for purchase, a Knights patch and a small Knights 1972-76 Crusaders Cross flag for $15 each. A ticket, patch and flag package is $50. (note: limited supply of 50 patches and 50 flags. The best way to reserve a ticket , ticket package, patch or flag is to make checks or money orders payable to Drum Corps Revival and send C/o Rich Clark (contact via Facebook or email for address). To pick up your tickets & memorabilia items, see Al Ratcliff, Dave or Rich Clark at The Knights table set up in the Corps souvenir area in front of the stadium on July 12th.

In conjunction with the Davenport show on July 12th, the Blue Knights will be staying and rehearsing at the Geneseo Middle School. You old timers will find the middle school right down the street or across two fields and a parking lot from the high school. Anyone who wishes is encouraged to attend their rehearsal prior to the show starting at 7:00 pm at the Brady Street Stadium. Knight Alum Kari Neuleib (70 -76, 84-85) Zimny’s son Jonathon marches with the Blue Knights. You might find J.P. Herring (79-85, 86-92) helping out with the corps. If you are in Geneseo, or passing through going to the show, help out the Drum Corps Revival Movement by eating at the Pizza Hut in Geneseo for dinner as a fundraiser from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Pizza Hut has an all-you-can-eat buffet and salad bar, the proceeds go to the Drum Corps Revival Movement. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children. This fundraiser is just one of many that are designed to assist with attaining funds for the license.

After the show, head to The Boathouse Restaurant (1201 E. River Drive Davenport, IA) managed by Knights Alum Mark Klundt (‘77-‘81). There will be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. What a great way to come back to the Quad-City area, relive memories with old friends and help bring Drum Corps back to the area!

Hope to see you July 12th!

The Drum Corps Revival Committee
Joe Angelo
Travis Lopez
Peter Philhower
Eric Ashcraft ‘78-‘93
Steve Scherer’’82-‘86, ‘90
Jeremy Hill ’92-‘95
Al Ratcliff ‘72-‘74, ‘81-‘89
Phyllis Miller ‘91-‘92
Dave Clark ‘78-‘82
Rich Clark ‘78-‘79

Posted in Alumni Organization, Reunion News.

Knights Revival Update- 3/11/12

The Knights Revival group had another meeting on March 10th. For more information, view the post on facebook here:

Posted in Drum Corps Info.

Knights Revival

Many of you have probably heard about this, but it’s possible that some of you haven’t yet. Joe Angelo (a percussionist at WIU who’s from Geneseo) is working on starting the Knights as a new drum corps in the Quad Cities/Geneseo area. He’s working with some Knights alums, as well as a few WIU Marching Band alums who are in the region.

They’re still in the planning/organizational phase, but it looks like they’re really doing it right…making sure they have everything in order before jumping into anything.

The newest status update can be found here:, so stop by and check it out. Eventually there’ll be a specific facebook page for it, but for now, I’ll just make sure to post links to the information.

I’m sure they’d welcome any support that any of you would be willing/able to give. If you’d like to help out in any way, please contact Joe Angelo at or 309-230-5920.

Posted in General Info.

Bob Snow, 1963-2011

Bob SnowPosted by Steve Scherer Today on Facebook:
“Attention Geneseo Knights – our good friend Bob Snow passed away today, after a courageous battle with cancer that had spread throughout his body. Bob marched during the late 70’s and early 80’s contributing GREATLY to the horn line. His sense of humor cannot be compared to anyone’s. I don’t know anything about visitation or funeral arrangements, but that will be coming soon enough. His dad passed away a couple of months ago. Let’s all keep his Mom, Gloria, Son Carl, and his siblings in our prayers. But to make you smile, remember, Bob is now with Bill Lehman.”

For more information, links and comments, visit the following facebook thread:

Funeral Home page

A followup by John Vandewoestyne details arrangements:
“Memorial services celebrating his life will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, January 5, 2012 at First Congregational Church, Geneseo. Rev. Bruce Bergthold will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation for Robert will be from 10:00 – 11:00 am prior to services at the church. Per his request cremation rites have been accorded. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be directed to an Educational Fund for his son Sam.”

Posted in In Memoriam.