Rockin' For A Cure

A Live Music Event Supporting ALS Patients in Wisconsin




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Steve Weekes, founder of Rockin' For A Cure, was a member (81-83) and instructor (84-88) with the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps.

Madison Scouts 

For over 74 years the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps has developed and shaped young menís lives through musical enrichment and performance arts. Values such as honesty, integrity and accountability are taught and practiced through the activity that is modern day drum & bugle corps. A commitment to personal excellence and altruism serves as the foundation for the ultimate goal of teaching our members important life changing skills that will guide them now and in the future. 

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


The Madison Scouts have been critical to the success of Rockin' For A Cure from the very beginning, contributing to performances at many of the events, and also providing additional entertainment through the participation of Scouts' alumni who are members of many local Madison bands. The Madison Scouts Organization provides an invaluable component to the cause and Rockin' For A Cure is grateful for their strong sponsorship of this ALS fundraising effort.


The Honor Guard
A tribute to fallen Madison Scouts Alumni with ALS --- 

Mike McKenna, Chuck Eikel, and Steve Weekes


Rockin' For A Cure
April 12th, 2014









Brief Overview and History of the Madison Scouts

        The Madison Scouts have a long and storied history, which includes winning many championships, providing a youth activity for community service and development of young men, and providing innovative components of the activity that are now performance standards.


In 1937, a group of Madison businessmen watched a performance held at the UW Stock Pavilion by a 10 year old boy scout drum and bugle corps called the Racine Scouts. Impressed by their performance and the possibilities of a highly entertaining youth activity for area young men, they decided that Madison should have a scout drum & bugle corps too.


The men, E.J. Hess, Robert Gerry, Thomas Jones, Arthur May, and Robert Hesse, gave life to the Madison Boy Scout Drum & Bugle Corps organization, which soon after held it's first rehearsal on February 8, 1938 in the basement of the Christ Presbyterian Church with equipment borrowed from the Masons.


Armed with official Boy Scout uniforms, regulation Army-issue G bugles, a Snare, Tenor, & Bass drum and a broomstick for a drum major's baton, the Scouts were born. E. J. Hess became the first corps director, but shortly after Clarence H. Beebe, Scoutmaster of Troop 20, was appointed quartermaster and executive director of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps. "C.H." as he was known to the entire troop became the inspiration and driving force behind the corps for the next thirty years.  


It was a relatively inauspicious beginning for what was to become one of the premier youth organizations not only in the city of Madison, but also the state of Wisconsin. Over time it would evolve into one of the finest drum and bugle corps in the activity and gain a reputation of excellence both nationally and worldwide. The 2013 season marks the 75th anniversary of the Madison Scouts. The Madison Scouts are lead by Executive Director, Chris Komnick, and Corps Director, Dann Petersen.  












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The ALS Association Wisconsin Chapter for Research and Patient Services

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Rockin' For A Cure Headquarters
3238 South 24th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53215

Rockin' For A Cure
April 12th, 2014