Friday, Aug. 07, 2009

Madison Scouts, 'A Drum-Corps Fan's Dream' — 1995

Humble it is not, but it's hard to dispute the accuracy of the Madison Scouts' 1995 show title, "A Drum-Corps Fan's Dream" — at least judging by the reaction of the crowd. At times messy and chaotic, this ode to formation drumming is relentlessly loud, with wailing trumpets and snare-drum shots dominating the entire show. With a show designed to emulate a Spanish bullfight, the performers' energy is intended to whip a crowd into a frenzy worthy of a matador. While the Madison Scouts placed only fourth in 1995, the show's screaming finale has become a DCI classic.