Daley Debutantes Baton & Drum Corps
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Our Directors - the Daley Sisters




A Tradition of Excellence
The Daley Debutantes Baton & Drum Corps

 

Co-Directors ~ Sherry Daley Jung, Marcy Daley Blaufuss, Patti Daley Wertschnig







The Daley Debutantes Baton & Drum Corps’ tradition of excellence began when the Corps was founded and marched in its first parade in 1955. Over a period of years, the Daley Sisters won 65 state and national majorette championships in contests from coast to coast. From early childhood through college graduation, they were professional entertainers, appearing at conventions, dinners, sports shows, community celebrations, theaters, and supper clubs. They “grew up” on Wisconsin’s first television station as regular staff performers on Milwaukee’s WTMJ-TV and also appeared on national television shows such as Ed Sullivan, Laraine Day-Leo Durocher, and Ted Mack. The founder of the Corps at age 15,

Sherry won the junior National Majorette championship at St. Paul and six Wisconsin state solo baton championships. She was a finalist for both Miss Majorette of America and Mrs. Majorette of America and was Drum Major Magazine’s Contest Director of the Year in 1968. A graduate of Marquette University, Sherry was the featured twirler and oboist with the Warrior band. She served for six years as board member and vice-president of the Association of Marquette University Women. She was one of five nationally noted twirling figures cited at the National Baton Twirling Association’s 1977 America’s Youth on Parade Pageant for “dedication to the art of baton twirling”. She is a charter member of the NBTA. For many years, Sherry has served as a judge at pageants and competitions across the country. Recognizing her leadership and contributions to the community, Milwaukee Magazine named her “One of Milwaukee’s Most Interesting People of 1986”.

As a baton twirler, Marcy won five Wisconsin state solo baton championships, and established a still-existent Veterans of Foreign Wars record by winning six VFW National Majorette championships. Marcy, Milwaukee’s first Junior Miss, performed at the Cotton Bowl and was the state’s first senior Miss Wisconsin Majorette. A graduate of Marquette University, Marcy was the featured twirler and first chair alto clarinetist with the Warrior band. For six years, she was famed Coach Al McGuire’s coordinator of cheerleaders for the Marquette Warrior basketball team, including the 1977 NCAA champions. In 1974, she was named Drum Major Magazine’s Twirling Teacher of the Year. She has judged NBTA Nationals at St. Paul, Las Vegas and the University of Notre Dame, as well as Miss Majorette of America Pageants, Canadian Nationals, and Miss Majorette of Canada Pageants. Because of her community involvement, as well as her leadership in the Daley Debutantes organization, Milwaukee Magazine named her “One of Milwaukee’s Most Interesting People of 1985”. In 1993, the National Baton Twirling Association honored Marcy as the “International Corps Director of the Year”.

As the youngest Daley sister, Patti was the first Junior Miss Majorette of Wisconsin and won Wisconsin state and national solo baton championships of the VFW, DAV, and DMA. She succeeded Sherry and Marcy as head majorette with Cathedral High School’s national champion Catholic high school band. She twirled throughout the country with the Milwaukee Letter Carrier’s Band for 21 years. Patti twirled with the Marquette University band and is a graduate of Spencerian College. She was a “Top Ten College Majorette” at the Gasparilla Pirates Invasion in Tampa, Fla. Like her sisters, Patti modeled professionally and judged beauty pageants and twirling contests across the country. Today, the Daley sisters are renowned directors of the famous Daley Debutantes who recently won their 17th Grand International World Championship, their 31st United States National Parade Corps Championship, and their 46th Wisconsin State Championship. Each year, under their direction, new music and choreography that captivates audiences and keeps the winning traditions alive is perfected. As baton twirling instructors, they have taught thousands of students who have successfully competed for thousands of local, state, regional, and national titles. The Daley sisters’ hard work and dedication to the Daley Debutantes has created an incredible legacy of excellence and status as the premier Baton and Drum Corps in the world. This has resulted in invitations to perform worldwide representing America in France, Spain, Sweden, Russia, and on cruise ships. In both March 1999 and March 2003, the world champion Daley Debutantes represented the United States in Dublin, Ireland for the famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade before ¾ of a million spectators. In 2002, all three Daley sisters were inducted into the Baton Twirling Hall of Fame. In addition, in that same year, the Wisconsin Drum Instructor’s Guild presented all three sisters with the Lifetime Achievement Award. A vibrant Corps membership of 114 current members plus many adult supporters represents 24 communities in southeastern Wisconsin. Guided by the leadership of the Daley sisters Sherry, Marcy, and Patti, the Daley Debutantes Baton and Drum Corps will continue their world champion traditions.