The name change is in conjunction with a new five-year strategic plan called Vision 2021. This organizational name change is expected to be ratified at a board of directors meeting on February 13.
"Recently the board of directors ratified a strategic direction titled Vision 2021," Madison Scouts board president Gregg Auby said in a statement on the corps' website. "The basis of that vision is to serve more students and better advance our music education mission in the state of Wisconsin."
The Madison Scouts have been a part of Wisconsin's history since 1938 when a Madison business established the corps. Winners of the Drum Corps International World Championship in 1975 and 1988, the corps has a storied history of fan-favorite performances and is one of only two all-male corps, along with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois.
"Forward is the state motto of Wisconsin," Madison Scouts executive director Chris Komnick said. "It embodies our vision as a performing arts association. Forward Performing Arts will build off the success of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps to serve more students with performance and educational opportunities and increase our role in performing arts education throughout the state of Wisconsin."
Madison Scouts perform at the 2015 DCI World Championships in Indianapolis, IN