Forward Performing Arts and the Madison Scouts have several opportunities for you to work with the organization, whether it be with the drum & bugle corps, the SoundSport team, one of the DCI events we host, a Mad Skills Clinic, or assisting with administrative tasks. The first step is to get registered in our volunteer database so we can know who you are, how to contact you, any notable skills 2014_ms_volunteerthat can assist us, and your availability. Once you have input that information, our volunteer coordinator will contact you to discuss volunteering opportunities.

Keep in mind it is very important that we carefully schedule our volunteers. For liability purposes, it is important that we know who you are. If you’ll be traveling and housing with our performing members, we will need to conduct a background check. We do have many opportunities for someone to spend an afternoon helping out, but it helps with our planning and respects your valuable time if we know beforehand. So please, take the next steps and fill out a volunteer form. It’s quick and easy!

Here are some dates to keep in mind for 2017:

SPRING TRAINING – May 26 through June 22 – Trafalgar, IN
DCI TOUR – June 22 through August 12
THE WHITEWATER CLASSIC – June 24 – Whitewater, WI

Spring training volunteers will primarily work in food service and sewing operations as the corps prepares for the season. The corps is stationary at this time in Trafalgar, IN. Food is prepared in an air conditioned kitchen and all volunteers will be housed in a shared dorm room setup. We also need local volunteers who can assist with transportation of staff and members to and from the Indianapolis International Airport.

Touring volunteers are needed to assist with food service, sewing/laundering, merchandise sales, and driving (non-CDL). Touring volunteers are provided meals on tour, passes to the shows, and travel on a charter bus. You will sleep either on the bus or in classroom facilities on the road. No specific skills are required, but you need to bring a positive attitude and strong work ethic. The work is hard and non-stop, but very rewarding. A background check is required.

On-site volunteers assist when the corps comes to their town (1-2 days). This often includes trips to/from the airport, helping source groceries, making medical runs, washing uniforms, and serving a meal or two. This is a great way to assist the corps with a minimal time commitment.

Forward Performing Arts sponsors three Drum Corps International events. Event volunteers are need for show-day operations including working in the ticket booth, ticket entrance, ushers, guest services, score runners, judge liaisons, and stadium setup/cleanup. Volunteers are provided entrance to the event, but keep in mind that you do not see much of the actual performances.

You will be working alongside the Food Service Manager and a team of other volunteers to help feed the corps three to four times each day. Little to no experience is required. Training will be provided to review the standards for food preparation and hygiene as well as teach you what you need to know in order to assist in the preparation and service of our meal schedule. You will be asked to help with meal prep, clean-up, and inventory organization/restocking. A positive attitude is a must as you will be interacting with each member of the corps and staff on a daily basis.

This team is responsible for making the corps look great. Sewing skills are preferred, but not required. The sewing team will make adjustments and basic repairs to the uniform, guard costume, and flags. As well, this team routinely launders the uniforms on a rotation basis.

Meet firsthand the fans of the Madison Scouts as you help the corps raise money through our retail operations. This job entails a “customer service” focus as we want our store to be professional in presentation and a great experience for customers. Retail experience is a plus. This group travels separately from the corps and their work begins several hours before the show starts. Each location requires that our store be assembled, optimized, and taken down afterwards. You need to track inventory, accurately manage cash and credit card transactions, and engage customers during their visit. You need to have an outgoing personality and a knack for retail sales.

We are in need of drivers for our merchandise operations (24′ RV towing a 22′ trailer), our 26′ box truck (props), and our lead vehicle (SUV pulling 15′ trailer). A CDL is not required, but you do need to be experienced in driving larger size vehicles and towing trailers. The driver is required to drive overnight, meaning you will need to adjust your sleep schedule appropriately. The driver needs to assure the vehicle is fueled and maintained properly, hook & unhook the trailer multiple times a day, and follow all safety protocols. A clean driving record is required in order to be placed on our insurance policy.

The first stop in volunteering is providing us contact information, volunteer interest, notable skills, and availability.