Chuck Henson Appointed to Madison Scouts Board of Directors

The Madison Scouts are pleased to announce that alumnus Chuck Henson has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Madison Drum and Bugle Corps Association, the legal entity of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps.

“It is a privilege to have Chuck serve on our board,” stated Board President Gregg Auby. “He has been an incredible supporter of the corps and his extensive experience in this activity will benefit the organization.”

Chuck is the traffic and transportation reporter for Tampa’s Bay News 9 as part of “Your Morning News”. He is also the “Voice” of Bands of America/Music for All, Inc, celebrating  25 years as the organization’s Public Address Announcer. Chuck is a proud 2012 Inductee into the Bands of America Hall of Fame in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Chuck’s love for music and music education is prevalent in everything he does. As a product of his high school band/choral program and an alumnus of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, Chuck works hard to promote and enhance the growth of music education.

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Madison Scouts Announce Susan Hanggi as Color Guard Caption Head

The Madison Scouts are pleased to announce that Susan Hanggi will serve as Color Guard Caption Head for the 2015 season and Ian Lewis will serve as Assistant Caption Head.

“We are pleased to promote Susan to the caption head position with Ian as her assistant,” said Chris Komnick, Executive Director. “Both Susan and Ian have been instrumental in delivering quality instruction to our guard program over the past 3 seasons and we expect their new roles to build upon that experience.”

Susan Hanggi is currently a teacher at Guyer High School (TX) where she teaches AP World Geography and is the Director of the color guard. She holds a Bachelors Degree from Kennesaw State University (GA) and a Masters Degree from the University of North Texas. She has been a member of the Madison Scouts color guard staff since 2012.

Susan was a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard (2004-05) and Phantom Regiment (2006); and with winter guard units Infiniti World (2003), Pride of Cincinnati (2004-06), and Phantom Regiment Winter Guard (2007). She began teaching color guard at Kell High School and served on the color guard staffs at Phantom Regiment (2008), Phantom Regiment Winter Guard (2009), Carolina Crown (2009-11), and the Carolina Crown Winter Guard (2010).

Ian Lewis is a graduate of Jacksonville State University (AL) with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education with a concentration in saxophone. While at Jacksonville State he performed with the Chamber Winds, Symphonic Band, and the Marching Southerners. He has been a member of the Madison Scouts color guard staff since 2012.

Ian was a member of the Blue Stars (2009) and the Carolina Crown (2010-11). During that time, he also performed with winter guards Aureus Independent and Paramount.

Ian also teaches and choreographs with various high school and collegiate programs including Kennesaw Mountain High School (GA), Western Carolina University (NC), Saint James School (AL), East Paulding High School (GA), and Georgia State University. During the winter guard season he works with Paramount and Georgia State University.

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Madison Scouts Announce Scott Oliver as Brass Caption Head

The Madison Scouts are pleased to announce that Scott Oliver will serve as Brass Caption Head for the 2015 season and Alex Brough will serve as Assistant Brass Caption Head.

“We are excited to promote Scott and Alex to the leadership of our brass program,” said Chris Komnick, Executive Director. “We have developed a strong brass instructional philosophy and these two have been instrumental in building that. They are both excellent music educators and it is a privilege to have them lead our brass team.”

Scott Oliver is Assistant Band Director at Marian Catholic High School (IL) and joined the Scouts brass staff in 2010. He is is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. After graduation he was a band director at Hinsdale Middle School (IL) and a marching band instructor and jazz band director at Downers Grove South High School (IL).

Scott started his drum corps career at the Colts from 2005–08 and aged out with Carolina Crown in 2009. He continues to be active as a performer with the Northshore Concert Band and Naperville Jazz Band.

Alex Brough is the Assistant Director of Bands at Bexley High School (OH). He received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University where he was a member of the university’s symphony orchestra, wind symphony, jazz ensemble, and The Ohio State University Marching Band. Alex is also an instructor for the marching bands at Northmont High School (OH) and Delaware Hayes High School (OH). In addition, Alex is joining the staff of the WGI Winds group RhythmX Winds.

Alex marched 3 years with the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps and 3 years with the Madison Scouts. He has been a member of the Scouts brass staff since 2009.

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Madison Scouts Announce David Veda as Color Guard Caption Supervisor

The Madison Scouts are pleased to announce that David Veda will serve as Color Guard Caption Supervisor. David Veda has over 30 years of pageantry arts experience having served as a designer and clinician for drum corps, winter guard and marching band. He spent 15 years with the Madison Scouts, first as a performer, then as a designer and instructor. During his tenure, the Scouts won a Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championship and Best Color Guard award.

“It is a great pleasure to welcome David back to the Madison Scouts,” said Chris Komnick, Executive Director. “As a member, instructor, and designer, David was instrumental in the shaping and development of the Madison Scouts color guard program. He establish its identity and standard for excellence and achieved great results.”

Most recently, Veda spent three years as a caption manager with the Phantom Regiment color guard, one year as a designer and clinician for the Denver Blue Knights and the Santa Clara Vanguard. Other pageantry arts design credits include Homestead H.S. (IN), Elizabethtown H.S. (KY), Pomona H.S. (CO), Green Valley H.S. (NV), McGavock H.S. (TN), and Father Ryan H.S. (TN).

Outside of the pageantry arts, Mr. Veda has worked as a floor manager for the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, TN. Mr. Veda has also served as the Assistant Company Manager and Press Coordinator for the national tour of Grease with Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka and for an original theater production called Storm at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Most recently he has worked with Spamalot at the Wynn Las Vegas, The Beauty of Magic with Hans Klok and Pamela Anderson at Planet Hollywood, and Jersey Boys at both the Palazzo and Paris Resorts and Casinos in Las Vegas, NV.

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Madison Scouts Announce KC Michel as Program Coordinator

The Madison Scouts are pleased to announce that KC Michel will serve as Program Coordinator and lead the design team for the 2015 season. KC, an alumnus of the Scouts (1984-86), is currently the color guard director at Westfield High School in Spring, Texas where his program has won a record 13 state championships and numerous regional titles.

“I am excited to bring the creative vision of KC to the Madison Scouts,” stated Chris Komnick, Executive Director. “KC understands the activity and has a great appreciation for the brand of the Madison Scouts. He has a reputation of maximizing the talents of his design team and we’re surrounding him with some great people.”

“I look forward to returning to the Scouts and working with such an iconic corps,” said KC. “As an alumnus, I can appreciate the history and values of the organization. I look forward to building upon that legacy with show designs that leverages the brand and connect with audiences.”

KC has been involved in the drum corps activity since age 12. He performed with and instructed the Blue Knights, the Sky Ryders, and the Madison Scouts. Most recently KC was the visual coordinator for the Phantom Regiment from 2011-2013.

KC is active throughout the U.S. and Great Britain as a clinician and choreographer at numerous camps and clinics and continues to adjudicate throughout pageantry circuits.

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Madison Scouts Announce Scott Boerma as Music Director

The Madison Scouts are pleased to announce that Scott Boerma will serve as the corps’ Music Director and Brass Arranger. After serving as the music arranger for the Madison Scouts from 1989-2006, Scott returns in 2015 for his 19th year in this role. After marching in the Scouts’ baritone section in 1984 & 1985, Boerma was a member of the brass staff from 1986 through 2006, serving as the caption head for most of those years.

“Scott has a long and successful history with the organization and is responsible for advancing and enhancing the signature sound of the Madison Scouts for nearly two decades,” said Chris Komnick, Executive Director. “Scott and I marched our two seasons together (’84, ’85), so it’s especially exciting to reunite with him. His career speaks for itself, and the Scouts organization is privileged to have him as an alumnus and now as our Music Director.”

Scott Boerma is currently the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Western Michigan University, where he conducts the University Symphonic Band and Western Winds. Prior to this appointment, he was the Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Michigan Marching Band at the University of Michigan.  Before those positions, he was the Director of Bands at Eastern Michigan University.

Boerma earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting at Michigan State University and his Master of Music degree in music education from the University of Michigan, where he also studied composition with Pulitzer-Prize winning composer William Bolcom. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Western Michigan University.

An active composer, Boerma’s concert band works have been performed by many outstanding ensembles, including “The President’s Own” Marine Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, the University of Illinois Wind Symphony, the University of Michigan Symphony & Concert Bands, the Interlochen Arts Camp High School Symphonic Band, and the BOA Honor Band of America, to name just a few. His works have been heard in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Hill Auditorium, the Myerson Symphony Center, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and at the Chicago Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Boerma is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the American School Band Directors Association, Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma Band Fraternities.

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James Sparling Appointed Madison Scouts Percussion Director

The Madison Scouts are pleased to announce the appointment of James Sparling as Percussion Director and Arranger. James has been with the Scouts since the 2012 season, recently serving as caption head and arranger. In addition to the Scouts, James is currently the Director of Percussion at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park (Michigan) and works with WGI units Infinity Percussion and Redline Percussion.

“James represents a new generation of instructors and arrangers in our activity,” stated Chris Komnick, Executive Director. “His broad range of teaching and performance experiences are in line with our educational mission. Percussionists in our program will get a great educational experience under James’ direction.”

James received his degree in Music Education with a minor in Architecture at Miami University. As a performer, he played tenors with Trinity Indoor Percussion Ensemble (2000), Music City Mystique (2001, WGI World Champions), Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (2001), Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2002), and Rhythm X (2003-2004). As an instructor, he taught on the percussion staff for the Glassmen (2003), the Madison Scouts (2004-2006), the Carolina Crown (2007-2008), the Cadets (2009-2011), and RhythmX (2005-2013).

James has taught privately for several years and served as a Percussion Mentor at Tower Heights Middle School (2007), Director of Percussion at Bellbrook HS/MS (2007-2008), Assistant Band Director at Baker MS/Fairborn HS (2010-2011), Director of Percussion at Kettering Fairmont HS (2009-2013), and Director of Percussion at Seminole HS (2013).

James has been heavily involved in the world music ensemble, Global Rhythms, where he served as Percussion Coordinator and Arranger (2004-2006).  This ensemble has led him to perform across the globe and work with Grammy winners Glen Velez and Jamal Mohammed, Ghatam Khartick’s heARTbeat, Musafir, Jeff Queen, Michael Burritt, Anthony Cirone, Indian film composer A.R. Rahman, Nelly Furtado, and Lenny Kravitz. He continues to perform with this group annually.

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Madison Scouts Announce James Mason to Retire

The Madison Scouts today announced that James Mason has decided to retire as Artistic Director of the corps.

“In the fall of 2009, James made an incredible commitment to the organization to provide his artistic and organizational guidance at a critical juncture for the organization,” said Chris Komnick, Executive Director. “Over the course of the past five seasons, he has created amazing productions that have helped the corps reestablish its competitive footing while delivering a positive educational experience for our membership. He has been an incredible mentor to me and shared with us his passion for this activity and the young men we serve.”

James Mason, an alumnus of the Madison Scouts, was also the founding director and program coordinator of the Star of Indiana Drum & Bugle Corps. Under Mason’s artistic leadership, the Scouts returned to being a DCI World Class finalist each of the last five seasons. More importantly, the Scouts recaptured their connection to the audience through his visionary and accessible programming.

Regarding his retirement, Mason stated, “Thank you to the young men that over the past few years gave their time, talent, and treasure to the Madison Scouts. They are true heroes! They go out representing the corps each year, to the best of their ability, with a work ethic that is inspiring. Working with such a group has been humbling. The foundation has been laid and it is a solid one. The brand is back, the DNA is in place, and I wish the organization my very best as it moves into what will be a very bright future.”

“We are extremely thankful for James’ wisdom, creativity, and passion over the past five seasons,” stated Gregg Auby, President of the Board of Directors. “James gave selflessly during a critical time for the organization. He embodies the character of the Madison Scouts.”

“The Madison Scouts organization is forever grateful to James’ contributions,” said Komnick. “He made an important impact on the history of the organization and has been instrumental in my own personal development as the director of this organization. It was a privilege to work and learn from him.”

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Scouts to Participate in DCI Performers Showcase

The Madison Scouts have a long and successful history with Drum Corps International’s Individual and Ensemble contest (I&E), but the corps’ participation has declined over the years due to touring and rehearsal demands. This year the Scouts have recommitted themselves to the event in a big way.

“We have many members who are music education and performance majors, this events provides them an opportunity to perform in a different type of ensemble setting,” stated Executive Director Chris Komnick. “In order to make it a priority, we needed to schedule for this event by providing instructional guidance and rehearsal time throughout the season. We are excited to have 50 members of the corps participating at this year’s event and rest of the corps there to cheer them on.”

After decades known as Drum Corps International’s Individual & Ensemble (I&E) Championship, the event has taken on a new name—the DCI Performers Showcase. Still true to its original format, the Performers Showcase will be presented by System Blue.

Members from World and Open Class corps will compete against each other as part of World Championships Week in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Aug. 6, beginning at 10 a.m. ET.

Each year, this very special event gives corps members the opportunity to show off their individual and group talents, performing solo and ensemble pieces perfected outside of their normal corps rehearsal schedules. Even further, vocal and woodwind categories give members whose primary instruments may not be included in a normal drum corps setting the chance to perform.

The DCI Performers Showcase is a free event and open to the public.

Georgia St. between Capitol & Illinois — Ensembles & Exhibitions
Georgia St. between Illinois & Meridian — Individual Brass & Woodwind Performance
Georgia St. between Meridian & Pennsylvania — Individual Percussion Performance
Arts Garden (110 W. Washington St.) — Visual/Vocal


10:12a – Mason Barnes – Auxiliary Color Guard
10:30a – Terry Hurley – Auxiliary Color Guard
10:36a – DJ Landoll – French Horn
10:36a – Jake Hardy – Flag
10:40a – Brass Quintet (Jesse Wade-Trumpet, Dallas Kiefer-Trumpet, David Wantland-Mello, Macs Reynolds-Euphonium, Rob Esrock-Tuba)
10:48a – Jordan Hunt – Flag
11:00a – Matt Bearden – Flag
11:12a – John Havard – Trumpet
11:12a – Zac Barber – Flag
11:20a – Trombone Octet (Dan Blevins, Taylor Hanson, Jimmy Priester, Marshal Spaulding, Landon Brady, Ben Helmrick, Chris Cusick, Richard Mitchell)
11:42a – Mark Ostermeyer – Baritone/Euphonium
11:42a – Auxiliary Color Guard Ensemble (Thomas Wooldridge, AJ Johnson)
11:48a – Devin Garza – Snare
11:50a – Flag Ensemble (Cristian Gomez, EJ Deleon, Jordan Mower)
11:52a – Bass Drum Ensemble (Sam Schaefer, Zac Sterling, Alex Richey, Nick Grossbard, Michael ‘Rocky’ Rockwell)
12:18p – Kevin Thompson – Snare
12:22p – Vocal Ensemble (Zac Sterling, Andrew Worth, Matt Dinkel, Alexander Chung, Noah Dyer, Stephen Bollinger, Steve Riker, Gabriel Gounaris, Joe Herzog, Kevin Arechavala, Manny Neault, David Arrasmith, Chris Cusick)
12:24p – Scott Dagg – Trumpet
12:48p – Landon Brady – Trombone

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Announcing the “Great Wisconsin Cheesehead Challenge” Fundraising Campaign

The Blue Stars and the Madison Scouts are pleased to announce the “Great Wisconsin Cheesehead Challenge” a 6-day fundraising campaign that pairs two historic Wisconsin drum corps in a head-to-head battle for bragging rights in the Cheesehead state.


Starting at 12:01 a.m., Sunday July 20th, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. Friday the 25th, the two corps will compete against each other in raising funds as they trek across the South from San Antonio to Atlanta. For every $20 collected, the corps advances 1 mile closer on the 1000 mile trip to Atlanta. The first corps to collect $20,000 and reach Atlanta will be crowned “The Big Cheese”. The corps that collects the most donations by midnight Friday (July 25th) wins the overall “Cheesehead Challenge” and requisite bragging rights. At the conclusion of the campaign, the two corps will come together for a joint meal of brats, cheese burgers, and cheese curds in celebration of their Wisconsin heritage.

“We are excited to take on the Madison Scouts in this fundraising campaign,” said Brad Furlano, Executive Director of the Blue Stars. “Both corps are great ambassadors for our Wisconsin communities, now it is time to see which group reigns supreme in the great state of Wisconsin.”

“This is a great way to develop the relationship between our two organizations,” commented Chris Komnick, Executive Director for the Scouts. “We share important histories in the State of Wisconsin and the Cheesehead Challenge is a great way to support our organization by engaging our alumni and fans in this fundraising campaign.”

Donations through the “Great Wisconsin Cheesehead Challenge” and to the respective organizations are tax deductible. Both the Madison Scouts and Blue Stars are non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations. Each corps will promote the challenge to their alumni and fan base while keeping the latest tally of donations on their respective web pages.

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