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Siouxland band students get hands-on training with the world class Madison Scouts


For one day only, the Madison Scouts gave high school band students a first hand example of how to march at the highest level.

"These guys are amazing. I've never experienced anything like this," said Trevor Gausman, senior at East High School.

The Madison Scouts are two-time drum corps international world champions. While on their way to a competition in Denver, the group made a quick stop in Sioux City to participate in Wednesday's marching band clinic, hosted by the Morningside College Music Department.

"The opportunity, honestly, made me a little bit nervous because I thought, well they're really good and gonna show me up, but it's really fun and just playing with them is just a great experience," said Gausman.

It's a chance for these high school students to work side-by-side with the professionals and experience what it takes to put on a great performance.

"Because the activity is really about going out onto the field and putting a show together that's synchronized. So it's all about times. It's all about metering. It's all about keeping things together and working as a team," said Chris Komnick, executive director of the Madison Scouts.

"It helped me definitely with fundamentals. I mean, that's all stuff we've learned before, but they just really focus on fundamentals, which we just got done talking to them and they said it's everything," said Gausman.

"When being in this setting, you're watching other leaders. You're learning how to be a leader. So you take this experience, you take it back to your high school or where ever your from, and you begin to lead," said Jordan Moore, member of the Madison Scouts.

"I think what we are able to do is provide some skills for them to take into the future. Whether it's in music or it's in some other field, it's really about trying to achieve a certain level of excellence in your life," said Komnick.

The Madison Scouts are performing at 8:00 Wednesday night in Morningside College's Olsen Stadium. The event free and open to the public.


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