Racine Scouts Announce 2014 Instructional Staff
For the 2014 drum corps season, the Racine Scouts are happy to announce that a majority of staff from last season’s first-ever DCI Open Class Finalist corps will return to continue building on the success achieved. In addition, new captions heads for the color guard and visual programs will bring great experience and background to solidify a strong educational team, which will provide each member with a first-class learning and performing experience.
The color guard will now be led by Copper Atwood, while the visual program will be headed by Marc Gofstein.
Atwood, a native of Pensacola, Florida, brings a strong background of color guard experience, having been a guard educator since 1999. During his time, he has taught with both Memphis Sound (where he was caption head in 2005) and Revolution Drum & Bugle Corps, as well as several independent winter guards, and high school guards in both Florida and Tennessee. Copper has also been a choreographer, consultant, and designer with numerous groups.
Marc Gofstein, who this past season served as Scouts’ Tour Director, assumes the position of Visual Caption Head bringing an extensive background of over 30 years in marching music. He has held several leadership positions in drum & bugle corps, including Visual Caption Head with Mystikal Drum & Bugle Corps, and Executive Director of Capital Sound of Madison, WI. He has been a visual instructor at every level with numerous high school programs in Southern California, as well as a visual, design, and program coordinator.
Scouts’ Program and Staff Coordinator, Bill Clark, is excited to have the new additions to the staff team. “I am really happy to have these two join our team,” said Clark. “Having already worked with them at other groups, I know first-hand what they bring to the corps, and that is a dedication and commitment to giving our members the best experience possible; as well as a respect for the activity as a whole.”
Along with the new additions, the Scouts are also happy to announce the return of both Brass Caption Head, Bill McClendon, and Percussion Caption Head, Heather Cotney. Said Clark, on the news of their return, “Our 2013 season was as successful as it was because Bill and Heather were here, and I knew it was important to have them back. I couldn’t be happier.”
As America’s oldest active drum & bugle corps since 1927, the Racine Scouts are a 501c3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating youth in fine arts while providing a place where they can grow as performers, and develop as young men & women.