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A drum corps proposal

by Kelly Bitter, DCW editor

Photo by Damon Boston, Kilties corps director

A high school friendship took a new twist when Dan Landbo proposed to Beth Myers at the Racine Kilties rehearsal camp in January.

Landbo, a euphonium player, and Myers, who plays mellophone, had known each other since high school when they marched together with the Conant Cougar Marching Band from Hoffman Estates, IL. Myers also marched with the Guardsmen of Schaumburg, IL, during the mid-1970s.

The couple started dating last year, and on January 4, Landbo proposed.

“During horn practice, we heard a lone snare drummer from the hallway,” Myers recalls. “The Scottish drum cadence got closer, and behind him we saw Dan in full uniform. He had me sit in the center of the room.” The corps’ director, Damon Boston, was in on the surprise as well and had pulled in the guard and drum line to witness the event. Landbo told the couple’s story to everyone before getting down on one knee and proposing. The horn line rose to play a beautiful version of Auld Lang Syne.

Landbo and Myers are planning a July 4 wedding, to be held after they march in the Racine, WI, parade. They plan to stay in town to perform at the Kiltie Klassic on July 5 and at the De Kalb, IL, show before leaving on their honeymoon.

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