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Sal Salas named Scouts director

Madison Scouts (Madison, WI)
Photo by Dan Scafidi

Madison Drum & Bugle Corps Association Executive Director Bob Wall has announced Sal Salas will be the director and program coordinator of the Madison Scouts.

“Over 20 years ago Sal taught me to be a Scout when I was a member of the guard and now I am very excited to have Sal leading the Scouts into the future. He is one of the activity’s most creative minds and is committed to leading the Scouts into a new era of prominence,” Wall said.

Salas has been involved in the marching band, drum corps and color guard activities for more than 38 years beginning as a percussionist with the Stockton Commodores in Stockton, CA. He later became a member of the DCI Champion Madison Scouts in 1975, where he marched in the color guard. Salas then joined the Scouts’ staff as the guard instructor creating some of the most memorable programs in drum corps history.

Salas created and directed “The State Street Review” color guard from Madison, WI, leading the organization to five Winter Guard International World gold medals, one silver medal, two bronze medals and numerous regional titles including seven Midwest circuit championship titles. His creativity can also be seen in a number of different drum corps, marching bands and color guards across the country including Spirit of Atlanta, The Kingsmen Winter Guard and The Rangerettes Winter Guard. Most recently, he was the designer and program coordinator for the Glassmen. In 1993, Salas was the Winter Guard International Laurel Recipient and received the Outstanding Young Men of America Award.

“Over the years his cutting edge visual creations have earned him a place in many of the activity’s history books and many a fan’s heart,” Wall said. “His commitment to teaching our youth how to be the best they can be in all facets of life makes him what he is today: one of the activity’s best.”

Salas travels down a familiar road in Madison. “As a part of the Madison heritage I know what it means to be a part of the special bond that makes us the Madison Scouts. I will serve as a conduit for new ideas that will refresh and restore our proud traditions of entertainment and competitive spirit,” he said. “I will do everything I can to make the Madison Scouts experience fulfilling for everyone involved. The members and fans alike will experience what the Scouts are known for, a drum corps experience second to none.”

Salas can be reached at director@madisonscouts.org.

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