From a Madison Scouts alumni press release: One of the most inspired corps alumni events anywhere is the annual Madison Scouts "Rockin' for a Cure," now in its sixth year. This gathering not only brings together Madison Scouts alumni and corps fans and other supporters for a great time of music and camaraderie, the event is a benefit for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease). In 1999, former corps member and Madison Scouts' instructor Steve Weekes was stricken with ALS. He founded the first of the alumni benefits on behalf of ALS research. Sadly, Steve passed away in Jan., 2005, and the Madison Scouts alumni are dedicated to making this event the largest and most productive ever in order to pay homage to Steve's life and to further his goal of finding a cure for the disease.
The Benefit also salutes others who have battled ALS, including Mike McKenna, former Madison Scouts board member and volunteer, and Col. Truman Crawford, music arranger for the Chicago Royal Airs and Drum Corps International Hall of Fame member. How wonderful it is to not only bring together former members and supporters of the Madison Scouts, but to also raise money for such a worthwhile organization. All proceeds go to the ALS Therapy Development Foundation. This year's event will be held April 29 at 6 p.m. at the Coliseum Bar, 232 Olin Avenue in Madison. Tickets are only $20 and there will be a cash bar, appetizers and a raffle. Commemorative T-shirts are also available for purchase. In addition, the Soul Brothers, a cover band with Madison Scouts' alumni, will perform a variety of blues, soul, funk, and R&B music. But wait, there's more! The 2006 Madison Scouts Alumni Reunion Corps will be providing a powerful 30-horn mini corps to perform "May You Never Walk Alone" at the benefit, and later, more than 100 alumni will be singing "May You Never Walk Alone." In addition, the 40-member Chicago Royal Airs brass ensemble will be playing vintage corps tunes from the 1960s and 1970s, including "Chicago," "My Kind of Town," "Stars and Stripes," "Sing Sing Sing," "What Kind of Fool Am I," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Ave Maria" and "Greensleeves." For more information, call Mike Anello at 414.483.1510, or visit the event Web site at