Madison Scouts Open Doors To All Genders After 81 Years

In a historic decision, the Madison Scouts Board of Directors has decided for the first time to adopt a policy welcoming all genders into the 81-year old corps.

See the full press release here.

In a post to the corps' website, corps director Chris Komnick describes the change as "a historic day for the Madison Scouts... No doubt it will challenge our long history, but the value it brings to our mission and the members we serve is immeasurable."

The corps has featured women only four times throughout the 82-year history, but in very specific roles and usually only one or two at a time. As recently as 2018, the corps featured Megan Hutera, a young woman that played one of the focal points of their show "Heart & Soul." In 2020, the corps will now become the home of performers of all genders.

One concern expressed by the corps' administration in their announcement is in regards to the corps' history—the traditions associated with originating from a Boy Scouts troop, being one of the last two remaining all-male corps in a constantly-evolving activity. Programs Director Dann Petersen clarified "The question of member eligibility in the Madison Scouts is one of high stakes, strong emotions, and different opinions. I applaud the courage of our Board for a very thorough analysis and decision in the best interest of Forward Performing Arts, the Madison Scouts, and current and future members."

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The steps ahead for the Madison Scouts remain unclear, but one thing is for sure—the 2019 corps will be the last all-male Madison Scouts to take the field after 81 years.

Weekly Watch Guide: Texas Tour Is Here!

Watch two incredible events LIVE on FloMarching down in the depths of Texas—DCI Central Texas and the 2019 DCI Southwestern Championship! This week, it's the start of the regional season. Most of the World Class corps will be in the same place for the first time this week as they get closer and closer to San Antonio.

Schedule/Seedings For DCI Southwestern Champs Released

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Check out the official schedule for the 2019 DCI Southwestern Championship. You can watch all 25 corps perform live on FloMarching. San Antonio will be the first location of the summer that is hosting all of the World Class corps so that they may start fighting for their seeds for the 2019 DCI World Championships. San Antonio is just the start of that seeding, though.

Recap: 2019 Tour Of Champions - Northern Illinois

With three shows streamed by FloMarching yesterday, die hard drum corps fans had gone as far as to create spreadsheets combining the streaming schedules so they could figure out when to watch their favorite corps at each show. Mother Nature had other ideas, however, delaying the Memphis competition and turning Drums Along the Rockies into a standstill. Fortunately, the 2019 Tour of Champions - Northern Illinois event went off without a hitch. Let's review some of the takeaways from last night's show.

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Instant Recap: 2019 Tour Of Champions - Northern Illinois

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Huskie Stadium on the campus of Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois, site of tonight’s Tour of Champions - Northern Illinois Drum Corps International Competition! My name is Kevin Gamin, Managing News Editor of Drum Corps Planet, and I will be providing you tonight’s live blog of this show.

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Premium Watch Guide: Three Streams In One Night, July 13

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For the first time on FloMarching, we will have THREE streams going at one time, this Saturday night, July 13. This article will be your one-stop-shop for everything you need to navigate the three events' storylines, schedules, and make sure you see as many corps as possible!

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Recap: 2019 Celebration In Brass

Ankeny, a suburb just north of Des Moines in Iowa, is about a 3 hour drive from the Colts' home base from Dubuque. A lot of Colts fans made that drive and cheered both them and the Colt Cadets on tonight, giving the 2019 Celebration in Brass a very home field vibe for the Red Teams.

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Instant Recap: 2019 Celebration In Brass

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to this live blog of the 2019 Celebration in Brass drum corps competition, brought to you by FloMarching! My name is Kevin Gamin, Managing News Editor of Drum Corps Planet, and I will be bringing you commentary on each of the performing drum corps tonight as it happens! The show starts at 8 PM Eastern/7 PM Central, so be sure to get your stream up and running in time for all of the action!

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Preview: Drums Along the Rockies

Another great DCI show in the Mile High Stadium will be coming LIVE to FloMarching this weekend, starting at 6:30 PM MT. Drums Along the Rockies is always a great show for the Blue Knights to shine in their home city, plus it always brings out two Open Class corps that we don't get to see too often on FloMarching. The two corps kick off the show so don't miss Columbians and The Battalion.

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DCI Memphis starts off at 5:30 PM on Saturday, July 13 at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Although there are only 7 corps in competition, DCI Memphis could have some of the most interesting results of the night compared to the other two shows that will be on FloMarching—TOC-Northern Illinois and Drums Along the Rockies.

Watch Guide: DCI 2019 Week #4

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Four more DCI 2019 events along the Summer Tour will be LIVE on FloMarching this week—Iowa on Wednesday and THREE on Saturday!