When Megan Hutera was invited to audition for the highly competitive Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps, she was cautioned she could be making history.
“I did some pre-audition stuff, but when I got to my live audition I remember somebody saying, ‘You know you will be a celebrity, right?’ ” the Wisconsin college student said.
“I don’t really see myself in that light. It is without a doubt that I am doing something with this organization that has not been done before, and I do acknowledge that,” she said.
“But either way, I’m here to perform with my brothers and put on the best show that we can.”
Hutera, a 19-year-old trumpet player from Rice Lake, is the first female musician to perform with the Madison Scouts. Now in its 80th year, with a reputation for top-notch musicianship, marching precision and members who come from around the world, the group is still officially all-male.