Southwind director named

The Madison Drum & Bugle Corps Association has named Mike Loeffelholz as the director of Southwind.

“I am very excited to have a person of Mike’s caliber leading Southwind,” MDBCA Executive Director Bob Wall said. “He is committed to making Southwind as much a legend in the drum corps activity as the Madison Scouts are.”

Loeffelholz has been involved with the Madison Drum and Bugle Corps Association for more than 25 years. His drum corps tenure began in 1978 when he joined the Madison Junior Scouts as a soprano player. After three years with the Junior Scouts he became a member of the Madison Scouts, where he marched seven years as a flugelhorn (1981) and mellophone (1982-1987).

In 1988 Loeffelholz joined the Scouts’ staff as a visual instructor. He has remained on the Scouts’ staff in some capacity ever since, with his roles including visual caption head (1993-1998), drill designer (1994-1998) and consultant (1999-2002). He is also a freelance drill designer and visual consultant for drum corps, college and high school marching bands and winter guards across the country.

His entire family has been involved in the drum corps activity for much of their lives. His brothers, Mark and Eric, each marched in the Madison Junior Scouts and Madison Scouts. His father Adrian, mother Barb and sister Sue have all worked with the Madison Scouts souvenir crew every summer since 1984. Adrian served on the MDBCA board of directors from 1978-1997 in numerous capacities, including an extended term as president. Barb has worked with Drum Corps World since 1983. Sue even married a Scout alumnus, Jason Brady, in June 2002.

Mike’s involvement with Southwind began as drill designer for the corps in 1997. This role was expanded in 1999 when the corps joined the Madison Drum and Bugle Corps Association. He served as assistant director/program coordinator/drill designer for the 1999 season and as drill designer again in 2000.

When not participating in drum corps, Loeffelholz enjoys an occasional game of pool (pocket billiards). He has been playing for nearly 15 years, attaining individual and team competitive success at the local, state and national levels. He has also run the Wisconsin Chalk Talk Tour, a competitive nine-ball circuit with approximately 25 annual tournaments, for the past two years. He said, “I enjoy playing pool because it gives me a chance to meet new people, travel and compete.”

Loeffelholz looks forward to the challenges and adventures that lie ahead for Southwind. “Yes, some things will change with Southwind,” he said, “but our quest to teach, inspire and entertain remains constant. These are the reasons I sought this position.”

Loeffelholz welcomes input from as many people as possible. “I want to hear from members, staff, alumni, support staff and fans,” he said. “I promise to do everything I can to make the Southwind experience fulfilling for everyone involved. Together we can make it the experience of a lifetime.”

Advice, opinions and good wishes can be sent to Loeffelholz at director@southwind.org.

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