April 26, 2017
In preparation for the Colts 55th anniversary in 2018, the Colts Alumni Steering Committee has been meeting monthly to establish an alumni network for the corps. The committee is composed of members from every generation of the corps, stretching through the years as Junior Dukes, Legion-Aires, Colt .45, and finally as the Colts. The main goals are to establish a strong alumni network that allows alumni to engage with each other and for alumni to engage with the current corps membership. A new tradition began this winter, with various alumni speaking to the members at their camps. The alumni include Dave Lang (baritone, 1977 - 1985), Scott Weber (soprano, 1989 - 1993), and Britt (Panuska) Cromwell (baritone, 2004 - 2007). For the April camp, Steve Delaney (more commonly known as "Slim"), cymbal and timpani player from 1973 - 1982, will be speaking to the corps.
For the summer, there are several events planned for the alumni to reconnect, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Colt Cadets. On Friday, June 23, the Colts will be hosting its seventh annual Summer Premiere at Loras College. This free performance will be the first time the Colts and Colt Cadets will present their full competitive shows for the 2017 season. Immediately following, there will be an alumni get-together at the new Colts building, located at 2300 Twin Valley Drive. This event will be bring-your-own refreshments, "potluck" style, and will include a tour of the new facility.
On Friday, July 14, the Colts will host its annual home show, Music On The March, at Dalzell Field on the campus of Dubuque Senior High School. The show begins at 7:00 PM, but starting at 5:00 PM there will be an alumni tailgate just down the street from the high school at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. This event is being sponsored by several generous alumni, but donations will be accepted throughout the evening to benefit the corps. After the home show, alumni can return to Champps's Americana restaurant for a late-night hang out. A block of rooms is also set as at the Hampton Inn Dubuque for the nights of July 14 and 15.
The next morning, on Saturday, July 15, the Colt Cadets will present a stand-still performance of their 2017 competitive show at Eagle Point Park in Dubuque. The concert will begin at 11:00 AM, with a picnic to follow. Alumni are encouraged to attend and celebrate the Colt Cadets current season, as well as their 50th anniversary. The Colts will be able to provide plates, napkins, cutlery, and a grill, but alumni are asked to bring their own dish to share. The picnic will conclude by 3:00 PM.
More information and specifics will be posted closer to the events on the Colts Alumni Facebook Page. Be sure to "like" the page, and encourage alumni who marched with you to do the same. Thank you for all your support of this great organization as the Colts head into their 54th season!
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