The Lighthouse Brigade of Racine was founded in 1980 by Doug Johnson and the Racine Unified School District. The original purpose of the Brigade was to extend the music program into the summer months for preparation to pay halftime shows at high school football games. However, the Brigade grew into a summer competitive organization that would become nationally acclaimed for excellence.
In order to be part of a summer competitive season, the Brigade joined the Mid-America Competing Band Director's Association (MACBDA) and continues to compete in this circuit each summer. Initially, the Brigade wore dark green uniforms and for many years marched in a powder blue uniform with white and silver accents. In 1996, the entire look of the Brigade was changed with white helmets and plumes, royal blue tops, white pants and gold accents. In 2001, the look changed to a uniform of royal blue with black and silver accents.
In its first 20 years, the Brigade performed for the Green Bay Packers, the Racine Raiders, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Great America, Summerfest and the Milwaukee Circus Parade. Travels include Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Cheyenne Wyoming; Salt Lake City, Utah for the 'Days of 47th parade"; Orlando, Florida for the Magic Music Days; Traverse City, Michigan for the National Cherry Festival; and Pittsfield, Massachusetts for the Nation's Hometown 4th of July Parade.
The field shows from 1980-1999 were exciting and memorable and included, "Evita", "Carmina Burana", "A Tribute to Aaron Copland" and "Victory At Sea" - just to name a few. The Racine Band Boosters were formed in 1981 to help support the band and a feeder program, the Junior Lighthouse Brigade, was begun in 1986.
Director - Rex Rukavina
President - Mike Weisbrod
Vice President - Jamie Peters
Co-Treasurer - Jeff Piper
Co-Treasurer - Cathy Sorensen
Secretary - Cyndi Nielsen
Senior Brigade is a member of MACBDA and competes every summer in a field show. We also perform in many parades and other events.
Junior Brigade performs in a wide variety of parades in the region and provides a great starting point for budding musicians, regardless of instrument - we have a place for you!
Boosters provide support for our musicians and color guard members. Parents that get involved in Brigade yield many of the same benefits - opportunities to make lasting friendships and make an impact on youth.