Madison Scouts top DCM field at ‘Drums Along the Red Cedar’

by Paul Mordorski, DCW staff

June 9, 2002…Menomonie, WI . . . There is something special about an early-season drum and bugle corps show, with optimism on “what could be” a promising season. On a hot and humid drum corps night at the brand-new Don and Nona Williams Stadium on the University of Wisconsin-Stout campus, the Madison Scouts led a field of corps, all of which could be said to have great potential for excellence and entertainment, for Drums Along the Red Cedar.

The evening began with a splendid rendition of the national anthem by the Chips, a barber shop-style quartet.   All marching participants were treated to a new artificial turf field that was in perfect shape. This not only aided all corps’ visual and musical performances, but also provided a deep green backdrop for the viewers. This Drum Corps Midwest sanctioned show was a “high view” judged show, with all adjudicators working from a GE, or spectator, vantage point. Consensus from a high percentage of spectators was that the judges were “right on.”

The Madison Scouts (64H 24P 24G) entered the field in their traditional marching front, playing a very posh version of Conquest, which set the tone for…

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