David Lofy Named Programs Director

Forward Performing Arts and the Madison Scouts are pleased to announce the appointment of David Lofy to the role of Programs Director.

“David has a complete focus on the membership experience.” says Chris Komnick, Executive Director. “Combined with his professional training in education, it enables us to forward our organizational commitment to high quality, life-changing, educational experiences for those participating in our programs.”

David performed with the Madison Scouts from 2012-14 as a baritone player and drum major. He joined the administrative team in 2017 as assistant director and became corps director in 2019. Prior to that, he served on the Oregon Crusaders brass educational team from 2015-16.

“It is an honor to work alongside Forward Performing Arts leadership as we seek to provide students with world-class programs and experiences,” said Lofy. “The Madison Scouts had a significant positive impact on my own personal and professional development, and I am excited to play a larger role in creating educational opportunities for more students in Wisconsin and around the world.”

David received his Bachelor’s of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and his Master’s of Music Education from the University of Illinois where he served as a graduate teaching assistant to the Marching Illini and Athletic Bands. He currently resides in Eau Claire, WI with his wife, Catherine.

Due to changes brought about by the pandemic, Dann Petersen will be stepping away from the organization to focus on family. Dann’s tenure with the Madison Scouts organization reaches back to 1989 when he started with the junior corps, performed 6 years with the Madison Scouts, served as an instructor for 9 years, and ultimately took the reins as Corps Director in the fall of 2007. He was honored as DCI’s “Director of the Year” in 2010.

“For over 30 years, the Madison Scouts has been central in my life; my only hope is that I have had enough of an impact to leave the corps, and Forward Performing Arts, better than it was.” said Dann Petersen. “So much of what I have learned as a member, teacher, and director is now my foundation for tending to the needs of my family. I would like to thank all the students, educators, volunteers, designers, and supporters for the opportunity to serve over these many years. Thank you Jeff Spanos for the trust you had in me, and thank you Chris Komnick for the years of guidance, growth, and friendship. The organization and its future are in great hands. I look forward to contributing as a volunteer, donor, and alumnus.”

“Dann Petersen’s decades of service to the Madison Scouts is nothing short of extraordinary,” said Chris Komnick. “He has been a trusted advisor and good friend to me and I will miss that moving forward. But I take solace in his commitment to family and recognition of the profound and positive impact he has had on the young people who have called the Madison Scouts home.”