Dundee-Crown Imperial Scots
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Dundee-Crown Imperial Scots Marching Band
As was stated in the high school section, the changing attendance and budgets of the school district in the 1983 forced a major change. Dundee High School and Irving Crown High School merged and formed Dundee-Crown. This forced the two bands, the Imperials and the Scots, to merge as well. The merger resulted in the Dundee-Crown Imperial Scots. Enrollment was open to all district 300 high school students. This was done to include Jacob’s students, who had no marching band of their own.
Dundee’s band leader, Kenneth Kielniarz, moved elsewhere. It is believed that the move brought him to the Omaha, Nebraska area. Ken Miller headed up the new organization. He had the experience and a good track record regarding competition wins. The band competed on the national stage for many years. Internationally (they went to Canada, too), the band had been awarded many trophies over their 27 year reign (from the start of the Dundee Scots). Locally, they were regular performers in West Dundee for the Memorial Day Parade and in Niles, Skokie, and Northbrook on the 4th of July.
It is believed that the Dundee Scots hoagie fundraiser was continued by the Imperial Scots. A toothbrush fund raiser was also held as were many others.
As we entered the 1990’s the emerging national trend illustrated a lack of interest in marching bands in favor of other forms of high school bands. Another factor was that there were a lower number of local businesses donating which meant there was less money for the band to compete. Therefore, they disbanded in 1993-94 at the end of the school year. It didn’t help the cause that Mr. Miller retired.
In case you are interested – in 2010, former Scot members (Dundee and Imperial) started the Dundee Scottish Pipe Band. So, you can still hear the familiar sight and sound of those kilts and bagpipes.
SCOTS BAND ENDS ITS REIGN AS KIDS MARCH ELSEWHERE
By Patricia Tennison
June 20, 1994
The crowds will have to find a new champion this summer, for the Dundee Imperial Scots are calling it quits.
The summer marching band, which has won dozens of trophies over three decades, is hanging up its trademark bagpipes and kilts. Like many others, it has been unable to compete for teenagers’ time against strong high-school band programs, summer jobs and youth sports leagues.
“It didn’t surprise me,” said Cindy Dall, 41, of Carpentersville, an original member of the 27-year-old band. “It’s hard because kids are involved in other things now.” Only 61 students signed up this summer for the band that once had 300 members.
But yesteryear was grand.
The West Dundee-based Scots started in 1967 and immediately won honors in Midwest competitions. In its second season, the Scots grabbed 11 trophies and when the students returned home from their summer competitions 100 cars filled with local supporters met the buses.
Their travels took them to competitions around the country and Canada as well as to Washington for President Richard Nixon’s inaugural parade, to Springfield for Gov. James Thompson’s inaugural parade and to New York for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Band leaders attribute the slide to increased demands for youths’ attention, including summer sports and jobs.
“When the band started in 1967, sports didn’t go 11 months a year,” said Ken Miller, band director for the Scots and for Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville. And girls’ sports weren’t as active. The ratio of girls to boys in the band is usually 60-40 or even 70-30, Miller said. “But now with girls’ sports, the number of girls joining the band is down,” he said. And local businesses no longer donate items such as gas for the buses or prizes for fundraisers.
But the sad tune still could change.
The Scots’ uniforms and equipment will be held in storage, and there will be one final push this fall to sign up middle school students for the 1995 summer band, said Howard Reicheneker, band co-president. “Everything is cyclical,” Miller said. “The Scots have been going down and down, but the high school bands are coming back.”
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1988 Imperial Scots Cookbook Condensed Version
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Imperial Scots 1988 Cookbook Condensed Edition
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