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VMAPA Executive Team 2020 Year-end Letter

Friends, We don’t have to tell you that 2020 was a challenging year. It tested our lives and families and communities like no other year in recent memory, and it tested Vanguard Music and Performing Arts (VMAPA) as well. But with a new and hopeful year, We wanted to share with you a few thoughts […]

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DCA Announces New Business Manager

Drum Corps Associates is excited and pleased to announce that Larry Carbonell has assumed the position of Business Manager replacing Dick Eschenmann who has stepped down from that position. Larry will be training along side of Dick and will be taking over in the near future. Larry has an extensive background in the drum corps […]

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CAE Update: Q4 Board Report For FY20

Cadets Arts & Entertainment, Inc. (CAE) is a new organization built on the rich and celebrated history of the 86-year old Cadets program. The CAE Board of Directors is committed to full transparency and will regularly communicate our activities to The Cadets’ passionate worldwide community of students, parents, staff, alumni and fans. This is the […]

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Madison Scouts Announce Spring Auditions

The Madison Scouts are pleased to announce spring auditions for the 2021 corps. Applicants will receive access to six MadU classes, one video audition opportunity, three individual lessons, and the opportunity to meet and interview with our team of educators during a virtual event. Read the rest of the article here.

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OWA – Winter 2021

Empower Youth in the Performing Arts and OWA continued to work together to provide performance opportunities for area college age musicians. For the third year in a row, we provided Christmas carolers for OWA Downtown and Theme Park. For three weekends in December, park guests were greeted as they entered in the park by an […]

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DCUK Year Book 2020 Available Now As Free Download

The 2020 will not go down as being a classic year for Drum Corps (or for any of the performing and marching arts!). Thanks to the Coronavirus almost all activities around the World were cancelled/postponed and in the UK this was no different.

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In The News – For Fort Dodge Lanciers, March Of A Lifetime At JFK’s Inauguration 60 Years Ago

It was the march of a lifetime for the 53 boys and girls who represented Fort Dodge 60 years ago this month in the inauguration parade for President John F. Kennedy. The Fort Dodge Lanciers Drum and Bugle Corps was one of two Iowa marching groups selected to take part in the Jan. 20, 1961, […]

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Vanguard Voices: Episode 2

Introducing our new series, “Vanguard Voices”, a platform to highlight the voices and experiences of those who have come through the Vanguard organization! To kickstart this project, we will be sharing a collection of interviews from alumni crossing several different generations, as they talk about the unique experience of life on tour. Read the rest […]

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2020 Is Almost Over. What Will You Remember?

In these last days of 2020, we’d like to take a moment to remember all of the good that came from this year. Though the year started with considerable disappointment, we are proud of how our community came together to continue providing life-changing performing arts experiences to young people around the world now and through […]

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Newly Discovered Madison Scouts History Dates Back To 1920

The Four Lakes Council Boy Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps, currently known as the Madison Scouts, has a well-documented history of continuous operations since February 3, 1938. However, recent research efforts of historical archives has uncovered evidence that the corps originated on December 3, 1920 under the direction of Lewis Kessler and maintained an active […]

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