Local drummer earns spot on prestigious drum corp, seeks help to fund his dream
Ethan Cabe has a dream and it's about to become a reality. The Harmony Grove senior has been accepted for membership in the Racine Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. The Racine Scouts (formally the Racine Explorer Scouts) Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class (formerly Divisions II & III) competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Racine, Wisconsin, the corps competes in Drum Corps International sanctioned shows. The Racine Scouts, nicknamed the "Chrome Domes", is the oldest continuously active junior drum and bugle corps in North America.
Ethan plays percussion in the drum line of the Harmony Grove High School Marching Band in Haskell.
He is the son of Sue and Drew Cabe of Benton and has been a member of the Harmony Grove music program since the sixth grade and has marched all four years in high school. In the eighth grade, he played in the pit at football games. During the last two years, he has served as the percussion section leader in the band. He has played the snare drum in the marching band and has also played the quads.
According to his mother, Sue, playing with an elite drum corps has been a goal for Ethan since he was young.
"This is something Ethan has dreamed of doing since he started marching. We have gone to Little Rock every year and watched the DCI competition at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. He has watched the live stream of the finals that Tinsletown shows each August."
But to make his dream a certainty, Ethan is seeking assistance from local businesses, organizations and individuals.
In a letter, Ethan makes his case.
"A season in Racine Scouts will cost a member up to $1,700 in tuition and fees. This money covers instruction, travel, housing, uniforms, instruments, insurance and food for more than sixty days and 10,000 miles of travel. This cost is a large amount for a young person to bear alone. This is where you can make a difference by offering your financial support. Any money you contribute on my behalf goes directly to sponsor me and offset my membership fees. Your contribution will be considered a charitable donation and is tax deductible."
Ethan has established an account at www.gofundme.com to accept contributions. In addition, he is collecting aluminum cans from his church members at Parkview United Methodist Church, friend and family members to recycle. He is raffling a baseball autographed by Travis Wood, Bryant native and pitcher for the Chicago Cubs.
Helping Ethan raise funds is a family affair. His grandmother, Alene Glosson, will have a yard sale and Ethan be there selling raffle tickets as well.
He graduates from Harmony Grove on May 22 and leaves the next day for his first required DCI camp (weekend) in Jacksonville, FL. He has official move in day of June 8th in Racine, WI. He will be marching tenors (quads) for the Scouts. Once he returns in August he will be home for a short period of time (week or so) then move to Southern Arkansas University where he will be majoring in Agricultural Business and minoring in Music. He will also march with the SAU Mulerider band and has received a band scholarship and an academic scholarship to SAU. He works currently at Tinsletown.
Interested individuals may go to www.gofundme.com to help Ethan reach his goal.