Madison Scouts Announce 2008 Design Team

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Ken Karlin, Vince Oliver, JC Caceres and Roger Carter have been announced as members of the 2008 Madison Scouts design team, which is being led by Ramiro Barrera.

“Chemistry and trust were major considerations for me as I put together our design team,” said Ramiro Barrera, Madison Scouts Program Coordinator. “Aside from being creatively strong, I trust this team to help deliver a product worthy of the Madison Scouts tradition and, at the same time, produce something that is sophisticated and fresh.”

Visual designer Ken Karlin has been writing drills since the early ‘90s, most recently for Blue Devils B. His 9-year working relationship with Barrera at James Logan HS will serve as a foundation for their working relationship on the design team. “Madison was one of the first corps I ever saw back in the ‘70s, and has always been a great source of inspiration for me. I am privileged to become a small part of this hallowed drum corps heritage.”

Music Arranger Vince Oliver also has an extensive history working with Barrera, having served as the James Logan HS marching band music arranger for the past several years. Oliver graduated from USC with a degree in Music Composition. He is also a featured performer with the new BLAST! production, M.I.X., which is currently touring in Japan.

JC Caceres returns for his second season as guard designer for the corps. He is best known for his work with Northern Lights Winterguard. “There’s a lot of positive momentum in Madison. I’m invigorated by the opportunity to work with the guys on this design team.”

The final member of the team, Roger Carter, also returns for his second year as percussion arranger. He and Barrera have worked together for many years at the Blue Devils and James Logan HS. “To say I’m excited about the design team is an understatement,” said Carter. “I’ve known Ken, Vince and Ramiro for a long time, and they’re true professionals. Working with them and JC is a privilege and I’m fully confident we’re going to put together a memorable production.”

For 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 and education 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

Posted by on Monday, October 8th, 2007. Filed under DCI World.