Rockin' For A Cure

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Through the years, we have been blessed to have
live entertainment donated by these bands.

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Black Star Drum Line

The Black Star Drum Line is a combination of the top drummers from both the junior and senior drum lines. Black Star Drum Line members learn more advanced rudiments and techniques, along with the group’s famous “street beats.” The group has done over 100 performances all over the Madison area since the program began in 2008, and also showcases singers, rappers and dancers from other CAPA programs, who perform with the drum lines at many events in the community. 

 

In 2010 the Black Star Drum Line, along Jenewein Music Makers and area volunteer musicians, released the first-ever CD for the CAPA programs at Brat Fest 2010. In April 2011 the Black Star Drum Line released its first music video, “Drop it. Kids in the Rotunda welcomes The Black Star Drum Line of The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County!  Black Star Drum Line, famous for their “street beats”, has done over 100 performances in the Madison area since the program began in 2008.  They also showcase singers, rappers and dancers from other Creative And Performing Arts programs.  In 2010, The Black Star Drum Line, along with Jenewein Music Makers and area volunteer musicians, released the first ever CD for the CAPA programs at Brat Fest 2010.

 

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Wall of Sound

Wall of Sound was integral to the creation of Rockin' For A Cure. Band members, including Jeff Kitzman, TJ Beebe, Taras Nahirniak, and Steve Weekes were behind the concept of a fundraiser and helped create the event through the band's performances each year, from 2001 to 2005. There cache of songs included artists like Chicago, Tower of Power, Earth, Wind & Fire, Blood Sweat & Tears, and popular dance songs. Today, Wall of Sound entertains audiences in Milwaukee with many of the same performers as when the band rocked the stages a  decade ago. Complete with several vocalists, keyboards, rhythm and percussion, and a full brass section, Wall of Sound delivers high-energy music to party and dance to! For more information, go to FaceBook.

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Soul Brothers Band

 

 

The Soul Brothers

Powerful soul and blues band, backed up by capable musicians that included Madison Scouts Alumni, Morgan and Matt (Slicke) Larson, Spike (Brian) Parker, and occasional sit-ins with Shawn Owens and others. Formed by Arkansas Mel and Madison Scouts Alum Morgan Larson back in 1998. Delivered the goods every year, from 2005-2012 - providing audiences with an entertaining, intense, and high-powered collection of blues, soul, funk, and rock. Thank you for all your several years of service to the ALS cause.

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Finderz Keeperz

A staple of Rockin' For A Cure for many years, Finderz Keepers brought us diverse and entertaining performances, built on their varied set list that mixed classic oldies, standard party rock, and rhythm and blues. Featured Madison Scouts Alum, Brian Parker (also see Soul Brothers).  

 

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Scouts Alumni Powerhouse

Band personnel included: Taras Nahirniak (keyboards, vocals), Laurie Nahirniak (vocals), Jon Schipper (trumpet), Chris Metzger Forbes (trumpet), Barry Oosterwaal (trombone), Don Navis (trombone), Mark Ranthum (trombone), Al Falaschi (Saxes) Scott Nelson (baritone sax), Doug Baker (bass), Bob Niederdorfer (drums), Steve Jaekel (percussion).

   

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Dakota Rose

 

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All That Jazz

During the years of 2005, 2006, 2007, Rockin' For A Cure was privileged to have the big band swing sounds of All That Jazz. This 20-piece group captured the big band sounds of jazz from the 40s and 50s. We were extremely grateful for their addition of great jazz standards. Includes David Heilman on drums (Madison Scouts Board of Directors Member)

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Hot Cross Bones

Madison Scouts Alum, Don Navis, is the creator and force behind Hot Cross Bones -  founded in 1996 in Madison, the ensemble redefines the boundaries of music arranging and performing, featuring the passion and fire of the trombone. Most of the arrangements played by HCB are written by members of the group, and are specifically designed to highlight the trombone in ways not typically heard in traditional settings. This was a blast, literally. www.hotcrossbones.com

 

Two additional members of the band are Madison Scouts Alums. Dave Heilman (Drums) currently serves on the Madison Scouts board of directors. Now a retired band director, he remains active as a clinician, program coordinator, visual designer and adjudicator. Valve trombonist, Tom Brys, adds a special punch to the blend.

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The O'Bros

In 2004, the O'Bros took the stage to bring their Madison notoriety to the cause of ALS. Named best band by Madison Magazine for multiple years, the O'bros established themselves as a Madison area musical institution.  Blends musical influences drawn from classic R&B, Rock, Jazz, World Beat, and created an irresistible sound that has been a consistent crowd pleaser for years. The band's presence at the 2004 fundraiser started a burgeoning tradition to bring a variety of local musical offerings to the event. Rockin' For A Cure hopes to see you again someday.

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The Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps

 

The Madison Scouts provide high impact musical entertainment throughout Wisconsin, including their shows in Madison, "Drums on Parade" and the "Whitewater Classic." For information on these and other performances, go to www.madisonscouts.org.

 

 

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Madison Scouts Alumni Reunion Project ("The Project")

In the year 2006, a once in a lifetime phenomenon occurred. 225 alumni of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps came together and made history as the Madison Scouts Alumni Reunion Project. The men ranged in age from 23 to 80 and represented nearly 70 years of Madison Scouts history. They came together with two goals in mind: one was to again be part of the legendary environment that fosters a unique brotherhood amongst its members; the other was to meet the challenge of attaining individual and group performance excellence that only comes from continually pushing to be the best that one can be. This allowed them to communicate their passion for the production to audiences on a level reached by few performing groups. What makes this project even more impressive was that the project planning didn't even begin until the fall of 2005, and the members had less that 60 hours of group rehearsal in 10 days spread over a 6 month period to accomplish so much.

 

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Madison Scouts Percussion Ensemble

 

 

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The Racine Kilties Drum & Bugle Corps

 

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The Royalaires Reunion Drum & Bugle Corps

This group helped many of us relive drum corps favorites from the 60s and 70s when "Big Blue" ruled the drum corps circuit. They performed drum corps hits like God Bless the Child, Chicago My Kind of Town, Stars and Stripes Forever, Ballyhoo March, Tru's Blues, Here Comes That Rainy Day, and Ave Maria. 

 

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All Proceeds Benefit 
The ALS Association Wisconsin Chapter for Research and Patient Services

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3238 South 24th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53215
414.704.0209
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