From a Madison Scouts press relese: By Scott Edwards Trumpets may sound and drums may beat but most of all, memories will take center stage as the 1975 Championship Madison Scouts reunite on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005, at the Marriot Madison West in Madison, Wis. The black-tie event will also honor all alumni throughout the organization's 68 years of providing exhilarating musical performances across the United States and Europe. The Madison Scouts, under the direction of Bill Howard, won the Drum Corps International Championship in 1975. The group of males ranging in ages 14 through 21, who performed in 27 contests that season, remained undefeated throughout the entire year. Not only were the contests demanding, the "life on the road" was indeed a challenge as well. For many of the corps members, it was their first experience away from home. The Scouts had purchased new buses to make their journeys more comfortable but their schedules were demanding and self-discipline became each member's integral factor for the summer months. The historical aspects of 1975 will also be remembered at this reunion: The Vietnam War was still raging, Richard Nixon was President of the United States, the personal computer had not yet been invented, the United States invaded Cambodia, and the Clean Air Act was implemented. Nevertheless, the first nationwide live telecast of the Drum Corps International World Championships was aired in Philadelphia as the Madison Scouts won their first Championship title by achieving the highest score in the history of drum corps. Together, this young group of men's efforts had truly been rewarded. The excitement level will be astounding as this corps reunites in October. Times have tremendously changed in the 30 years that those 14-21 year-olds left home for the summer. Presently, most of the 1975 corps members are approaching middle age, and back then they didn't have the luxuries of I-Pods, laptops, and cell phones that the current members have today. During their time of glory, however, it was their brotherhood that motivated them to become world champions. The Scouts of 1975 will again be heard at this reunion as they reminisce about the Corp's perfect year. Tears will be shed and joys will be acclaimed, but all present and alumni members know that throughout life, they can rely on friendships made throughout their tenure with the corps as they follow the Madison Scouts motto, "May You Never Walk Alone." As one can see by the present corps, the Scouts continue to be a fellowship and are not "alone" in their quest in continuing to provide innovative and challenging musical experiences for the entire world to view. For more information on the 1975 Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps Reunion, please visit http://www.madisonscouts.org or contact Barb Loeffelholz at the Scouts office at 608.837.0707.
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