We wrapped late last night our fifteen day trip for “Scouts Honor: Inside a Marching Brotherhood” which started off with pre season visits to three states.
Directors, Mac Smith and Tom Tollefsen met up in Richmond, Virginia with section leader and center snare of the Madison Scouts drumline, Brandon MacConnell. We arrived the night before Brandon received his culinary degree and witnessed his final day of his internship at the Internationally acclaimed restaurant “Lemaire” in the historic Jefferson Hotel. It was great seeing the parallels between Brandon’s percussion skills and his talents in a world class kitchen.
The next stop was Atlanta, Georgia to visit Jo Higdon who is marching his second and final year with the color guard of the Madison Scouts. We met Jo during our test shoot In 2011, and knew that he would be a great person to focus on for our documentary. Jo’s family opened up their home to us and gave us meaningful insight into their lives.
The third state on our trip was Texas. We flew into San Antonio and met up with Adam Adorno, director of photography who opened eyes last year with his beautiful work with the Cadets drum and bugle corps. The three of us drove to Corpus Christi to visit the Paradise family. Fifteen year old Hunter Paradise is the youngest member of the Madison Scouts and has a unique story to tell. We shot footage at Flourbluff high school with Hunter’s band class, his band teachers, and his Naval ROTC Commander.
The final stop on the trip was to Bloomington, Indiana for the first week of Spring Training of the 2012 Madison Scouts. Capturing early season footage was crucial to our documentary. We not only witnessed heat exhaustion, and injuries, but these young men coming together to work towards a common goal. We focused on Brandon, Jo and Hunter and how they fit into the drumline, the color guard and the hornline.
We’d like to thank the staff, and the members for not only treating us well, but treating us like family. The Madison Scouts are so much more than a drum corps, and we are doing our best to showcase how they shape these young people to be amazing adults.
Our plan is to rejoin the corps towards the end of June for the start of their tour across the United States. Please help us get there by making a contribution today on our new website. Any size contribution will help us get the material we need to make this a memorable film. Please tell your friends about our website, Facebook page and Twitter account.
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Mac & Tom