History

1938

It all began when a group of Madison businessmen happened upon a performance of the Racine Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps in 1937. Impressed by the possibilities, the first rehearsal of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle corps was held months later on February 8, 1938.

Madison Scouts 1938
Madison Scouts 1938

1953

Drums on Parade, today’s oldest continuously operated drum corps show, is born under the purview of the Madison Scouts. The event is held annually in Madison, Wis.

1968

On January 15, 1968, corps founder C.H. Beebe passed away. Honored at the Chicago Civic Opera House, the Des Plaines Vanguard played You’ll Never Walk Alone as a spotlight focused on a simple stage chair with a Scout uniform draped across it.

Madison Scouts 1938
Madison Scouts 1938

1975

The 1975 season ended with the Madison Scouts’ first DCI title. At the championship, PBS telecast the first of 25 Saturday-night network programs of finals.

1988

Celebrating their Golden Anniversary, the Madison Scouts completed a 16-day tour of Europe — the first such venture for the corps since 1947 — and won their second Drum Corps International title.

Madison Scouts 1938
Madison Scouts 1938

2005

Rebecca Hershman, a trained dancer, joined the Madison Scouts as a featured guest performer for The Carmen Project. Only two women have ever performed with the corps—Rebecca in 2005 and Director Bill Howard’s daughter in 1971.

1938

It all began when a group of Madison businessmen happened upon a performance of the Racine Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps in 1937. Impressed by the possibilities, the first rehearsal of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle corps was held months later on February 8, 1938.

Madison Scouts 1938

1953

Drums on Parade, today’s oldest continuously operated drum corps show, is born under the purview of the Madison Scouts. The event is held annually in Madison, Wis.

Madison Scouts 1938

1968

On January 15, 1968, corps founder C.H. Beebe passed away. Honored at the Chicago Civic Opera House, the Des Plaines Vanguard played You’ll Never Walk Alone as a spotlight focused on a simple stage chair with a Scout uniform draped across it.

Madison Scouts 1938

1975

The 1975 season ended with the Madison Scouts’ first DCI title. At the championship, PBS telecast the first of 25 Saturday-night network programs of finals.

Madison Scouts 1938

1988

Celebrating their Golden Anniversary, the Madison Scouts completed a 16-day tour of Europe — the first such venture for the corps since 1947 — and won their second Drum Corps International title.

Madison Scouts 1938

2005

Rebecca Hershman, a trained dancer, joined the Madison Scouts as a featured guest performer for The Carmen Project. Only two women have ever performed with the corps—Rebecca in 2005 and Director Bill Howard’s daughter in 1971.

Madison Scouts 1938