Madison Scouts Announce Recent Staff Additions
The Madison Scouts are pleased to announce two additions to their staff. T.R. Fitz-Gibbon has been named Assistant Executive Director and Chris Martingilio has been named the corps’ Fitness Coordinator.
Fitz-Gibbon is beginning his fourteenth consecutive year of drum corps. He marched snare with the Scouts in 1997-1998 and was the corps’ drum major in 1999-2000. Prior to joining the Scouts, he marched with the Madison Junior Scouts and Capital Sound. He has written for many marching bands and drum corps, including the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Capital Sound. In addition, T.R. recently completed his final season as percussion caption head, co-arranger and designer for Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps, where he had been teaching since 2001. He and his brother Patrick, a DCI World Champion snare drummer, designed the "Fitz Stick," a marching snare stick from Pro-Mark. Fitz-Gibbon is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Computer Engineering, and recently earned his Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering, with an emphasis in Artificial Intelligence, from the University of Central Florida.Remarked Executive Director Jeff Spanos, "T.R’s experience and leadership will be an integral part of planning our season and helping in all areas of the organization. He is a team player, problem solver and someone with a multitude of talents and skills. His willingness to serve the Madison Scouts is invaluable and I trust him implicitly."
Chris Martingilio is the owner of Martingilio Martial Arts and Fitness (www.mma-dojo.com) in Madison, where he teaches Kempo, Jiu-jitsu, Karate, Kickboxing, Pressure Point Fighting, Weapons, Escrima, Kali, Self Defense and Mixed Martial Arts. Chris’s focus on physical fitness, mental focus and teamwork are the core values of his teachings. Martingilio played soprano in the Madison Scouts from 1989-1992, and has gone to work with numerous youth development programs in Wisconsin.
"Chris brings an element of extreme confidence to our organization. Modern drum corps requires us to seek out a professional fitness trainer, and we are fortunate to have Chris volunteering his time and energy. His drum corps background, combined with his vast professional teaching experience in both martial arts and youth development, will be tremendous assets to our organization. He will provide a core understanding of training for this activity in the off-season and will be a strong resource for the members,” said Spanos.
ABOUT THE MADISON SCOUTS
For almost 70 years, the Madison Scouts have been an integral part of developing and shaping young men’s lives through musical enrichment and marching excellence. We are a non-profit youth arts organization known for presenting energetic, powerful and crowd-pleasing performances. Our commitment to excellence serves as the foundation for our ultimate goal of teaching our members important life skills through music and the arts, as well as preparing them to be successful, contributing members of society.
To learn more about the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps call 608-237-8775, e-mail Executive Director Jeff Spanos at executivedirector [at] madisonscouts [dot] org or visit www.madisonscouts.org.