Kilties bring back fond memories for Lake Charles High grads

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Lake Charles High school is celebrating several class reunions this weekend and that means the Kilties were out in rare form. With the sound of the drums the Kilties began marching in cadence. The group was formed in 1939 and at one time was the oldest marching band in the state.

Wildcat alumni say the sound of the drums brings back fond memories of the times spent at Lake Charles High.

"For summers, every summer - at six o'clock in the morning you heard those drums and everybody knew that was the Kilties. This neighborhood here - it was such a bonding experience for a lot of us and something we'll never forget," said Barbara Bailey, former Kiltie and LCHS 1979 graduate.

"It's something special about those drums, when I hear them I get goose pebbles. Because they were such an outstanding organization and were recognized nationally. They marched in the Sugar Bowl, they won a national calendar and so forth and Cotton Bowl - so it was very wonderful group," recalled Daniel Ieyoub, LCHS 1952 graduate.

This year marks the 71st anniversary of the Lake Charles High School Marching Kilties.

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