The Madison Scouts will hone their competitive chops against the likes of the Blue Devils and Santa Clara Vanguard, when they start their summer season on those Pacific corps’ home turf this June.

Each summer one or two Eastern or Midwestern corps make the trek west to the Golden State. While Phantom Regiment visited last June and Crossmen the season before, this will be the Scouts’ first trip west since the 2007 DCI World Championships and their first early-season California tour since 2002.

“It will be a great experience for our members to tour in that part of the country and perform in some great and historic venues,” Madison Scouts Executive Director Chris Komnick said. “Our West Coast alumni and fans will be thrilled to have the corps performing in locations near to them.”

The Madison Scouts perform in Fremont, California during the 2002 Drum Corps International Tour.

Scouts members will once again get their spring training underway at the end of May at the FFA Leadership Center in Trafalgar, Indiana. After four weeks of rehearsals they’ll pack their buses and trucks for the more than 2,000-mile haul to Northern California.  

Using the long trip to assimilate corps members to life on the road, Komnick says the group will take about a week to get out to California, rehearsing at a number of locations during the day and traveling at night. The corps expects to arrive in California on June 23; a day before the 2016 series of West Coast DCI Tour events kicks off in Fresno.

The corps will also compete in Stanford, Oceanside, Pasadena and Riverside before the Fourth of July. After one last western event in Mesa, Arizona, the Scouts will head east with a stop in Oklahoma before they’re back home on Wisconsin soil the second week of July for the corps’ longstanding Drums on Parade DCI Tour event.

Eager to build upon the momentum of the corps’ best competitive finish in a decade as the summer of 2016 gets underway, Komnick says that his corps members’ hard work will be rewarded with free time in San Francisco or Santa Cruz as well as time on the beach in the Los Angeles area over the Independence Day holiday.

Also off the football field the group has plans to join Santa Clara Vanguard for a special community performance and to take a trip to the Yamaha Corporation of America campus in Buena Park to visit with and perform for the company’s employees.  

The Madison Scouts’ complete 2016 tour schedule will be available on on Wednesday, November 18.