From a Madison Scouts press release: With a little more than a month before the Madison Scouts hit the road for their 2005 season, the corps hit the April camp with an energy and excitement that was contagious. After many
completed a successful winter guard season with their respective ensembles, the color guard members were exuding excitement and energy as the full guard reunited with the corps. With frigid winds ripping through the town of Lodi, Wis., the corps continued working on drill while fighting with Mother Nature's forces. Even though it was cold, the brass and percussion lines heated up Lodi as they moved through the exciting quick-paced drill of Pete Weber. As the color guard and percussion sections spent Saturday evening in sectionals, the brass section traveled to the ALS benefit, Rockin' for a Cure, to sing the corps song "You'll Never Walk Alone" with Madison alumni. "Having the current members of the corps joining voices with past members of the corps undoubtedly showed the unity and bond of 'brotherhood' that goes hand in hand with being a Madison Scout; a family that once a member of, can never be taken away," stated administrative assistant Jeffrey Paugh, about the performance of "Never Walk" sung at Rockin' for a Cure. On Saturday, the Madison Drum and Bugle Corps Association held its second annual "Bus Ride", an opportunity for family and friends to experience camp. The ride began at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Madison before the participants took to the road in a Madison Scouts bus for Lodi High School. Once at Lodi, they had the opportunity to lunch with members. Cody Pileski, assistant director, took the bus ride participants around the camp to learn the
logistics and costs of tour, equipment, and life on the road. Their experience culminated with a raffle for Scouts merchandise and a true, firsthand insight into a world class drum corps. On Sunday, the brass and percussion line played through the entire program during ensemble. Scott Boerma and Colin McNutt have truly brought about a hot, electrifying musical program to the 2005 "Men of Madison." This is definitely one for the history books. The 2005 production is now in the hands of the Scouts, and after the rousing, step-by-step description by program coordinator Michael Cesario, the members are anxious, more than ever, to share "The Carmen Project" with the world.