Ventures and White Sabers help maintain the Magic after theft of winter guard’s trailer and equipment

Ventures colour guard, White Sabers drum and bugle corps and other supporters of Magic of Scout House winter guard stepped forward immediately to offer assistance following the recent theft of Magic’s trailer and all the equipment needed for this season’s North East Color Guard Circuit (NECG) contests. The replacement value of the trailer and contents is about $16,000.

The trailer had been parked at the Kitchener church where Magic practices are held, fully secured with a tongue lock and padlocks, which were found broken lying on the parking lot when members went to pick up flags for their appearance in the Cambridge Santa Claus parade the evening of Saturday November 19. Instead of performing their flag routine in front of Preston Scout House Band, Magic guard members waved and interacted with spectators.

The Ventures immediately offered flags for Magic’s participation in the town of Milton Santa Claus parade the next day. White Sabers will also be lending equipment to help Magic maintain its rehearsal schedule ahead of the first contest in Orchard Park, New York on January 28, 2017. Magic colour guard marches in a number of Christmas season parades in the Cambridge area to earn funds to help offset operating costs.

A number of friends and supporters have already made donations through the Scout House web site, at http://scouthouseband.com To add your support, simply click on the “donate” button in the top right corner of the screen.

The Ventures Non-Profit Organization began in Kitchener/Waterloo in the fall of 1972 originally operating a five-time Drum Corps International (DCI) world champion drum and bugle Corps. In 1994 the Ventures became a winter guard enterprise operating as many as three programs at a time. The Ventures Winter Guard is a youth activity committed to the personal societal and artistic education of each participant through the medium of a winter guard.

The White Sabers drum and bugle corps was organized in 1928 under the sponsorship of the American Legion Daniel Goho Post 87 in Dansville, New York, becoming independent in 1957. In 1994, after about 14 years of absence from the drum corps world an alumni reunion sparked interest in performing again. In 2005, the White Sabers returned to field competition in Drum Corps Association (DCA) Class A. The White Sabers are two-time back to back DCA Class A world champions. The corps finished seventh in DCA Open Class competition at the 2016 championship tournament in Rochester, New York.

Magic of Scout House winter guard, the current NECGC champion in its class, winning every caption and contest in two seasons of operation, received the first ever NECGC Showmanship Effectiveness Award at the 2016 championship contest in Brockport, New York in April, 2016.

Preston Scout House Band Inc. offers anyone of any age the opportunity to “Arrange the soundtrack of your life” in marching arts activities starting at age 10 and continuing throughout life. Units within the Scout House Band Inc. family include Preston Scout House Cadets drum and bugle corps for young people up to age 22, Magic of Scout House competitive winter guard, Preston Scout House Band for adults over 18, Silver Leaves brass ensemble and the Scout House heritage drill team. Non-performing members are welcome to join to help offer important support services to the organization.

Preston Scout House Band, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with registered charity status able to issue tax receipts to donors, incorporated under the Corporations Act of the Province of Ontario on November 29, 1956.

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