Madison Scouts to Partner with University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

The Madison Scouts are pleased to announce, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the Blugold Marching Band, that the corps will locate its “Spring Training” rehearsal site to the University starting in July 2021. Known as Wisconsin’s “Most Beautiful Campus”, UWEC will be the location for Madison Scouts rehearsals from July 6-30, 2021.

World-Class Facilities

The University recently installed a brand new turf practice field that the corps will utilize for ensemble rehearsal, and will also have access to ample grass field space and indoor facilities to accommodate for multiple rehearsal requirements.

The Scouts will house in nearby dormitories that will ensure members, staff, and volunteers have high-quality sleep and recreational experiences.

Service to Wisconsin

An extended stay in Eau Claire means Forward Performing Arts can further deliver on its mission to continue to serve more students in the state of Wisconsin. The Madison Scouts are actively seeking performance opportunities in the Chippewa Valley for 2021, and have plans to develop a summer marching band camp experience in partnership with the Blugold Marching Band in future years.

The Eau Claire community is no stranger to loud, proud, and crowd-pleasing marching ensembles. In twenty years, the Blugold Marching Band (BMB) has grown from a 60 member, student run ensemble, to a 475 member powerhouse. Many Madison Scouts have come from the BMB and the two groups plan to foster this relationship further for years to come.

Current Madison Scouts drum major, Daniel Modl (left), and alumnus, Nathan Czech (right) performed with the Blugold Marching Band

Visit the Corps

While COVID-19 protocols are in development and subject to change prior to the Scouts arrival in Eau Claire, Scouts fans and family will be able to attend select rehearsals on:

July 10 & 17 @ UWEC’s Upper Campus, Simpson Field
July 24 @ Carson Park

All visitors must adhere to this University policy:

“Guardians or any other visitors may be permitted to observe programs, provided there is no contact between visitors and program participants and staff from the start to end of the program. Visitors must be given adequate space to physically distance and must wear face masks at all times while on campus.”

Contact David Lofy at director@madisonscouts.org to schedule your visit.

Those interested in volunteering should click here to learn more and to submit an interest form.

Dress Rehearsal

The Madison Scouts will present a dress rehearsal performance at Carson Park in Eau Claire on Saturday, July 24th at 8 p.m. Local band students are invited to attend the event free of charge and must adhere to all COVID-19 safety protocols.

Blugold Marching Band at Carson Park

Directors interested in bringing their students should contact David Lofy at director@madisonscouts.org

Additional local performances are in development and will be announced soon.