In certain moments, we cannot help but stop and reset our definitions, priorities, and maybe even life direction. Time stands still as our daily routine is shaken when we hear someone dear to us has passed away without warning. This recently happened to many Madison Scouts alumni who knew David Wayne Ramthun (1975-1982 alumnus). Anyone who met David would agree that he was a kind, collected, and witty person who led by example during his amazing eight-year marching career in the Madison Scouts. He preceded those years by marching for three years in the Madison Boy/Junior Scouts. Every one of his eleven years, David played baritone and played lead position for almost all those years. He had a sound unique to his voice as he sang through the horn. Interestingly, his tone was the same as his horn when you heard him sing. He truly was born to play that horn. (There were definitely an extra couple of O's in his smooth sound) During some of those down moments that every season has, David would remain calm and quiet. And then, when he spoke, it was thoughtful, meaningful, and direct to the point in a matter-of-fact voice, often with a hint of humor to ease the group's discomfort. People listened when he spoke. True leaders earn that respect over time.

On a personal note, David stood up at our wedding over 30 years ago; he was Godfather to one of our sons, and even recently, David played Taps for my father's military funeral around Memorial Day in 2019. He played that trumpet just as well as he played his baritone, flawless and with feeling while standing near the firing squad in formation with our nation's best. Afterward, a few of the service men shook his hand and complimented him on his playing. I am indebted to my friend for those gifts to my family. The bonds we all develop and cement for life in the Madison Scouts are amazing. We are very lucky people! All of us.

David Ramthun 82David RamthunThis leads me to point out a very important part of MSAA: to get as many alumni as possible to understand the importance of keeping our records current and updating lost information. Each day, we lose potential sources to complete this honorable task. The opportunity window is closing as we lose past members almost every day. David gave me roster pages from the 1981 season only a few weeks ago. Why is collecting this data so important? So that future members can understand the legacy left for their development into better ambassadors of leadership and goodwill. We have assembled a specific page on this website for you to review our departed alumni and staff. There is a form link in the green box to contribute anyone's information to help update the records. https://madisonscoutsalumni.org/index.php/history/in-memory-of 

We're certain that many of the names of gentlemen from the 1930s, 1940s,1950s, and some from the 1960s for certain have passed, but we need verification. How many other alumni need to be added to our list? We're still adding to the general list, but now we can add some details with your help. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to participate in this wonderful project.

You'll Never Walk Alone,
~ Scott Pearson

For those of you wishing to know about arrangements for David and thinking about attending:
Saturday, April 6th
10:00 AM Visitation at Redeemer Lutheran Church 220 N Seminole Ave, Claremore, OK 74017
11:00 AM Service - followed by a luncheon
Alumni are welcome! Roma, David's wife, is welcoming a large turnout. If you would like to attend, drop This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we don't freak out the luncheon folks. I worry that we'll hear the voice of Ollie Mae's displeasure if we don't provide a close enough number.

Summer (TBD)
Madison Area: For those unable to make it to OK, the Ramthun family would love to see you this summer. At a park somewhere in the Madison Area, the family is planning a celebration of Brother David's life and would welcome the entire Madison Scouts, Capitolaires, and drum corps family.

Future Events

21 Apr
MSAA Monthly Meeting
Date Apr 21, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

These meetings are open to all alumni of the Madison Scouts. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to receive a Zoom invitation to attend any meeting. We welcome all alumni to join us. Times listed are in Central Time.

27 Apr
Rockin' For A Cure
Apr 27, 2024 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM

MSARP All-Stars Alumni Brass Ensemble perform and group singing of You’ll Never Walk Alone. 

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