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Madison Wilson of Topsham Travels U.S. to Perform with Award-Winning Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps

Madison Wilson, a 2017 graduate of Mt. Ararat High School, will tour this summer with the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps. Madison Wilson, a 2017 graduate of Mt. Ararat High School, will tour this summer with the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps.

Madison Wilson of Topsham will tour this summer with the nationally ranked Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps. Wilson, who plays trumpet, is in her fourth year performing with the Spartans. A 2017 graduate of Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham, she performed for four years with her high school concert and jazz bands, as well as the wind ensemble. She also performed in the Maine District 3 Band. Wilson will attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in the fall where she plans to study acting.

TOPSHAM, Maine – Madison Wilson of Topsham will tour this summer with the nationally ranked Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps. Wilson, who plays trumpet, is in her fourth year performing with the Spartans. A 2017 graduate of Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham, she performed for four years with her high school concert and jazz bands, as well as the wind ensemble. She also performed in the Maine District 3 Band. Wilson will attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in the fall where she plans to study acting.

 

The Spartans is one of 48 members of Drum Corps International (DCI) that compete throughout the country each summer, culminating in the finals performed at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, home of the Indianapolis Colts. The Spartans have won five World Championships, were the 2015 Bronze Medal winners in Open Class, and placed fifth in Open Class in 2016.

 

“Each year the Spartans hit the road to take part in national drum and bugle corps competitions, and each year I am more amazed at the talent, commitment and dedication of our young men and women,” said Paul G. LaFlamme Jr., president of the Spartans. “They work hard starting in November with camps and throughout the spring and summer to honor their commitment and be the best they can be. While other teenagers spend their summers at the beach or at parties, these kids are sweating it out on the field, sleeping in buses or on wooden gym floors, leaving their families and friends for weeks at a time, so that they can compete.”

 

DCI accepts high school and college students ages 15 to 22. While many of the members participate in their school’s marching band or other ensemble, it is not a prerequisite. Members of the Spartans do not have to live in the New Hampshire area – those members who reside outside of the area can be paired up with volunteer parents who open their homes to Spartans members during the summer. Parents make up a big portion of the Spartans work force, volunteering to travel as chaperones, cooks, tailors and much more.

 

“Our mission is to be the premier performing arts organization for young people, providing them with education and opportunities to excel, while developing the values of respect, responsibility and commitment,” LaFlamme said.

 

The Spartans will host experience camps in November and December for anyone interested in learning more or in joining the corps for the 2018 season. There will be openings for brass, percussion and color guard, and all are welcome to attend the weekend-long camps, held in Nashua. For more information about the Spartans, including performance schedules and information on joining the Spartans, please visit www.spartansdbc.org.

 

About The Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps

The Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps is a community-based performing arts program in Nashua, New Hampshire. An independent non-profit organization, not affiliated with any school or government organization, the Spartans is one of the most respected and established drum corps organizations in the U.S. The corps was founded in 1955 as a way to keep at-risk youth off the streets. The Spartans is run by a dedicated group of volunteer parents and a professional teaching staff who work in harmony with all members to create and maintain a proud, responsible youth organization.

 

 

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