2017 News

Colts Receive Grant From Dubuque Racing Association

DRA Logo

December 22, 2017

When the Dubuque Racing Association announced their grant awards to local nonprofit organizations this year, the Colts Youth Organization was pleased to learn it received $15,000 for the purchase of a newer 15-passenger van to support the Colts summer tour. This was the 21st consecutive year that the Colts received a grant from the DRA. The Dubuque Racing Association (DRA) is the nonprofit license holder for Q Casino and Diamond Jo Casino. Grants have been offered to area nonprofit organizations through a competitive submission process since 1985.

Last year, a grant for a new box trailer transformed the way the Colt Cadets parents and volunteers were able to prepare, cook, and serve the drum corps throughout the summer. In total, the Colt Cadets volunteers prepare an average of 400 meals per day during their 45-day tour. During the winter, the trailer is used by the Colts to transport food and cooking supplies to winter audition camps.

In the past few years, the Colts received grants from the DRA that assisted with the purchase of a custom tent for our souvenir marketplace, percussion equipment for the Colts Cadets, and new uniforms for both corps in their 50th anniversary season in 2013.

Since 1987, the Colts have received grants from the DRA totaling over $375,000 for new instruments, uniforms, vehicles and trailers, computers, and building improvements.

Thank you to the DRA for continuing to support the vision of the Colts Youth Organization and our mission to "use music & excellence to teach other about success in life."

More information can be obtained by calling the Colts Office at 563.582.4872, by emailing jeff@colts.org, or by visiting www.colts.org.

Return to Colts News.


December Dubuque Rehearsal & Audition Weekend

December 6, 2017

The December rehearsal and audition for the 2018 Colts will be held December 29 - 31, at the Five Flags Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Click here for a Google map to the facility. The address is 405 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001. This camp is for all students in percussion and brass who are contracted, on recall, or are auditioning for the first time.

The cost for your first rehearsal is $175 (or $125 for returning members) which includes all audition and application fees. Pay the fees online for your first camp in advance and SAVE $25. Deadline for advance payment discount for the camps is the Monday immediately before a camp at 11:00 p.m. This fee covers the cost of your audition and the event and does not apply toward your summer tuition. If this is your second camp, the cost is $60. You are encouraged to pay this fee early on the Colts Mall.


The timelines for this camp have been adjusted due to the New Year's Eve holiday. Registration and unloading will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Rehearsal begins at 6:00 p.m., and will conclude by 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Plan on arriving at 4:00 p.m. to register and unload equipment. Always check colts.org within a few hours of leaving for Dubuque for any last-minute updates!


TRAVEL PLANS
We provide ground transportation anytime to and from the Dubuque Regional Airport (DBQ) for Dubuque camps. We can also accommodate flights into surrounding airports (Quad Cities, Madison, Rockford, or Cedar Rapids) but you MUST notify us prior to booking. MLI (Moline) and CID (Cedar Rapids) are very close to Dubuque and reasonable in fare. ORD (O'Hare) travel MUST land prior to 1:30 p.m. on Friday and depart no earlier than 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Midway (MDW) travel MUST land prior to 12:30 p.m. on Friday and depart no earlier than 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. If you plan on using either of these airports, please let colts@colts.org know prior to booking flights.

If you need help finding a ride to camp, or to arrange rides from an airport or bus station, please notify us ASAP by email at colts@colts.org. You can also help fellow members by offering a ride in your vehicle. You can let us know if you have extra room or if need a ride on your RSVP. All flight details should also be listed on your RSVP.


PARKING
Parking is available after 6:00 p.m. on Friday in the city lot next to the Five Flags at the corner of 5th and Main Streets. Parking is also available behind the Holiday Inn, as well as in the Five Flags Center Ramp on the corner of 4th and Iowa Streets. As most of this parking is metered on Saturday, all should be sensitive and aware of where you park to avoid getting ticketed.


CAMP PAPERWORK
Prior to camp, you will be expected to turn in:

When you arrive to check in on Friday, bring with you:
If this is your second camp, you do not need to submit an application, medical history form, or headshot (unless your information has changed!). However, you will still need to submit an RSVP for this camp.


WHAT TO BRING
Students stay overnight in the arena on the floor, as you will all summer. Bring changes of clothes, shower supplies, towel, sleeping bag and pillow, comfortable clothes for rehearsal (no jeans), and tennis shoes (no high tops). Many students will bring an inflatable mattress with a battery-powered air pump. Bring a binder with plastic sleeves for your music and any hand-outs. You will receive an audition t-shirt at check in to write your name on that you will wear for all rehearsal segments of the weekend. If this is your second camp, do not forget to bring your audition t-shirt! Replacement t-shirts can be purchased at check-in for $10.00.

Brass: Bring your own mouthpiece, marching instrument, music stand, binder for music, and gloves. If you do not have access to an instrument and will need one provided, contact colts@colts.org. Be prepared to play the exercises and excerpts provided in the brass packet that best fits your area of interest. You may also demonstrate your abilities with any piece, etude, or excerpt you feel comfortable with.

Percussion: Bring your own sticks or mallets and your practice pad. Prospective members should be familiar with the exercise packet that best fits your area of interest. Front ensemble students may, but are not required to, perform a short segment from a personal selection. Cymbal students should prepare a short musical and visual phrase of your choice. We will provide all instruments for camps. We will evaluate you individually, and as a part of the group.


MEMBERSHIP CONTRACTS
Positions are open in all sections of the corps. Following the weekend, you will receive 1) an offer of membership, 2) a recall for a second audition, or 3) a suggestion to come back again next year, or to consider Colt Cadets. Most will receive a recall to a second rehearsal, so please plan accordingly.

If this is your second rehearsal, we are specifically looking for the growth you have made in the past month. Your audition will be very similar to the prior month, so be prepared in the same manner as which was asked for your first audition. A decision will be made regarding your membership after this camp. If you cannot attend this camp, make sure you are communicating with the office and your caption head about when you will be here.

Individuals offered a contract should begin making payments on your fees immediately when you submit your contract. If you cannot attend this rehearsal, you must be in touch in advance to preserve your position in the corps. Initial contract offerings are valid until noon on Saturday of this rehearsal. We must have a signed contract with initial payment by that time, or the spot will be released to someone else. You can pay your fees by cash or check, or by card online at the Colts Mall.


SCHEDULE CONFLICTS
Camp attendance is critical to our and your success. If you cannot attend this rehearsal but are planning to attend an upcoming rehearsal, you must be in touch with colts@colts.org and your caption head as well. Too much communication is better than not enough.

If you have schedule conflicts with our preseason rehearsals, talk with us. Attending part of the weekend is better than not attending at all. Do not lose your opportunity to perform with the Colts over a lack of communication.


PARENTS
An informational meeting for parents will be held Friday evening at 6:45 p.m. in a location to be announced. Bring all of your questions! Schedules will be available at the check in table with locations for everything going on throughout the weekend.

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the weekend. Parental support is what makes the Colts successful, and you are needed to give the kids the incredible Colts experience we are known for. Also, this is the best way for you to find out about our program, meet other parents, and get comfortable with what this is all about. You will find a very welcoming and exciting opportunity here!

Parents will cook and serve the meals throughout the weekend, coordinate sewing projects, and assist with some repair work or construction projects at the corps warehouse. We always have things to do for anyone willing to lend a hand!

Parents are welcome to stay overnight in designated rooms at the Five Flags Center with sleeping bags and air mattresses. If parents are interested in hotel accommodations, we recommend the Holiday Inn for this rehearsal, as it is attached to the Five Flags Center. Please call 563.556.2000 and ask for the Colts Drum Corps rate for $76 per night. For all events, we recommend the Hampton Inn for your stay in Dubuque. Please call the hotel directly at 563.690.2005, select the front desk, and ask for the Colts Drum Corps rate. Auditioning students are expected to stay with the group overnight in the arena. As always, email or call us with any questions you may have.

Parents are encouraged to sign onto the email distribution list to receive Colts information via email.

All parents and volunteers are Colts Boosters! Plan on joining us Saturday morning, before or after breakfast (approximately 8:30 am), to divide for Saturday projects. If you arrive at a random time, the kitchen or check in table are great places to start with questions about where you can help.


SOUVENIRS
Throughout the weekend, all items in the Colts Mall will be available for sale! Anyone is able to purchase souvenirs - students, parents, friends, family, etc. The souvenir racks will be set up by the check in table, and you can purchase your items there.


SUNDAY AFTERNOON PERFORMANCE
A performance including all participants of the weekend is held Sunday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. at the Five Flags Center. You will be amazed at the progress we make in just one short weekend!


REMAINING REHEARSALS
January 14, 2018 | San Antonio, TX (Percussion Only)
January 19 - 21, 2018 | Dubuque, IA (Brass and Percussion Only)
February 16 - 18, 2018 | Midwest Location TBD (Brass Only)
April 27 - 29, 2018 | Dubuque, IA (All Sections)
Move In Dates
May 20, 2018 | Dubuque, IA | Guard and Percussion Move In
May 25, 2018 | Dubuque, IA | Brass Move In


EMAIL AND WEBSITE
Please make sure you have received audition information in your area of interest! These materials are emailed to you after requesting information for the current season. Join our facebook groups for your area of interest! These pages will help you meet other members prior to auditions and clarify questions you may have.
General Interest Group
Percussion Interest Group
Brass Interest Group
Guard Interest Group
Make sure you have signed onto the email distribution list with your current email address, and check your email frequently! Encourage your parents to sign up for the membership emailings too.

Welcome! We are excited to have you as a part of the Colts family!

Return to Colts News.


Colt Cadets Design Team Returns For 2018

December 1, 2017

The Colt Cadets are excited to announce that their entire design team will be returning for the 2018 season! The team brings with them experience spanning several decades across various fields in the arts, including performing, adjudicating, educating, designing, and composing. The team will work closely with and be supported by Colt Cadets Director David Alford and Assistant Director Andrew Eaton throughout the entire design process.

"After the success of this team last season, it's a thrill to have all the designers return to provide an even greater educational and entertaining product for our members and audience," said Colt Cadets Director David Alford. "The entire staff worked great together, and we were blessed to have strong cohesion and cooperation among everyone throughout the full season. We've already begun working on the 2018 production, and I'm looking forward to sharing the great progress and ideas soon!"

Leading the design team will be Program Coordinator and Visual Designer Phil Snyder. Phil is an alumnus of the Colts, having aged out on trumpet in 2004. He has been on brass staff with the Colts for several years since, most recently from 2014 to 2016. Phil is an active designer, adjudicator, and band director in Minnesota.

Returning to the Colt Cadets design team will be Brass Arranger Terry White and Percussion Arranger Alex Albertson. Terry has been the brass arranger for the Colt Cadets since 2012, and is excited to continue writing for the corps. He currently resides in Maine, where he is an active arranger, composer, and performer for several groups in the area, including the Portland Jazz Orchestra. Alex Albertson is also an alumnus of the Colts, having aged out in 2011 as a member of the front ensemble. Alex has been on Colt Cadets staff since 2012, and is currently a music teacher at Logan-Magnolia Community Schools in Logan, Iowa. Alex will also be percussion caption head for the 2018 season.

Color Guard Caption Head and Designer Mitchell Stolberg will lead the color guard, with support from Color Guard Supervisor Jessica Dunkel. Both are alumni of the Colts color guard program. Mitchell is an adjunct dance professor at Rockford University and an active performer with the Bad Wolf Dance Theatre, as well as a technichian with Allegiance Color Guard our of Dundee, IL. Jessica is entering her tenth season on staff with the Colt Cadets, and is currently a part-time technician with the Downers Grove South High School marching band.

You can view the full bios of the 2018 Colt Cadets design team here.

 

Colt Cadets 2018 Membeship Information
Information for the 2018 Colt Cadets season will be available soon! Rehearsals will start in mid-February on Sunday afternoons in Dubuque. Students interested in being a part of the Colt Cadets should submit an Info Request. Learn more about the Colt Cadets program here! Students with questions can also email Colt Cadets Director David Alford at david@colts.org.

 

Return to Colts News.


December Miami Brass Rehearsal & Audition

Audition Checklist Poster

December 1, 2017

The December Miami audition for the 2018 Colts will be held Sunday, December 17, at Hollywood Hills High School. Click here for a Google map to the high school. The address is 5400 Stirling Rd, Hollywood, FL 33021.

The cost for your first rehearsal is $175 (or $125 for returning members) which includes all audition and application fees. Pay the fees online for your first camp in advance and SAVE $25. Deadline for advance payment discount for the camps is the Monday immediately before a camp at 11:00 p.m. This fee covers the cost of your audition and the event and does not apply toward your summer tuition.

Always check colts.org within a few hours of leaving for camp for any last-minute updates!

Registration and unloading will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. Rehearsal begins at 9:00 a.m., and will conclude at 6:00 p.m. Plan on arriving at 8:00 a.m. to register and unload equipment.


TRAVEL PLANS
The Colts do not provide transportation to or from the Miami or Fort Lauderdale airports for this event. Students auditioning who are flying should plan on using services like UBER, Lyft, or taxi are available and relatively inexpensive. You should still include all flight details on your RSVP. If you need help finding a ride to camp please notify us ASAP by email at colts@colts.org. You can also help fellow members by offering a ride in your vehicle. You can also let us know if you have extra room or if you need assistance on your RSVP.


PARKING
Parking is available at the school throughout the day.


CAMP PAPERWORK
Prior to camp, you will be expected to turn in:

When you arrive to check in, bring with you:


WHAT TO BRING
Bring a binder with plastic sleeves for your music and any hand-outs. You will receive an audition t-shirt at check in to write your name on which you will wear for all rehearsal segments of the day.

Brass: Bring your own mouthpiece, marching instrument, music stand, binder for music, and gloves. If you do not have access to an instrument and will need one provided, contact colts@colts.org. Be prepared to play the exercises and excerpts provided in the brass packet that best fits your area of interest. You may also demonstrate your abilities with any piece, etude, or excerpt you feel comfortable with.

MEMBERSHIP CONTRACTS
All positions in the corps are open. Following the event, you will receive 1) an offer of membership, 2) a recall for a second audition, or 3) a suggestion to come back again next year, or to consider Colt Cadets. Most will receive a recall to a second rehearsal, so please plan accordingly.


SCHEDULE CONFLICTS
Camp attendance is critical to our and your success. If you cannot attend this rehearsal but are planning to attend an upcoming audition, you must be in touch in advance through the RSVP. It is important to communicate with your caption head as well. Too much communication is better than not enough.

If you have schedule conflicts with our preseason rehearsals, talk with us. Attending part of the camp is better than not attending at all. Do not lose your opportunity to perform with the Colts over a lack of communication.


PARENTS
An informational meeting for parents will be held Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. in a location to be announced. Bring all of your questions! Schedules will be available at the check in table with locations for everything going on throughout the day.

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the camp. Parental support is what makes the Colts successful, and you are needed to give the kids the incredible Colts experience we are known for. Also, this is the best way for you to find out about our program, meet other parents, and get comfortable with what this is all about. You will find a very welcoming and exciting opportunity here.

Parents are encouraged to sign onto the email distribution list to receive Colts information via email.


EMAIL AND WEBSITE
Please make sure you have received audition information in your area of interest! These materials are emailed to you after requesting information for the current season. Join our facebook groups for your area of interest! These pages will help you meet other members prior to auditions and clarify questions you may have.
General Interest Group
Percussion Interest Group
Brass Interest Group
Guard Interest Group
Make sure you have signed onto the email distribution list with your current email address, and check your email frequently! Encourage your parents to sign up for the membership emailings too.

Welcome! We are excited to have you as a part of the Colts family!

Return to Colts News.


December Tampa Guard Rehearsal & Audition

Audition Checklist Poster

December 1, 2017

The December Tampa audition for the 2018 Colts will be held Sunday, December 10, at Durant High School. Click here for a Google map to the high school. The address is 4748 Cougar Path, Plant City, FL 33567.

The cost for your first rehearsal is $175 (or $125 for returning members) which includes all audition and application fees. Pay the fees online for your first camp in advance and SAVE $25. Deadline for advance payment discount for the camps is the Monday immediately before a camp at 11:00 p.m. This fee covers the cost of your audition and the event and does not apply toward your summer tuition.

Always check colts.org within a few hours of leaving for camp for any last-minute updates!

Registration and unloading will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. Rehearsal begins at 9:00 a.m., and will conclude at 6:00 p.m. Plan on arriving at 8:00 a.m. to register and unload equipment.


TRAVEL PLANS
The Colts do not provide transportation to or from the Tampa airport for this event. Students auditioning who are flying should plan on using services like UBER, Lyft, or taxi should be available and relatively inexpensive. You should still include all flight details on your RSVP. If you need help finding a ride to camp please notify us ASAP by email at colts@colts.org. You can also help fellow members by offering a ride in your vehicle. You can also let us know if you have extra room or if you need assistance on your RSVP.


PARKING
Parking is available at the school throughout the day.


CAMP PAPERWORK
Prior to camp, you will be expected to turn in:

When you arrive to check in, bring with you:


WHAT TO BRING
Bring a binder with plastic sleeves for your music and any hand-outs. You will receive an audition t-shirt at check in to write your name on which you will wear for all rehearsal segments of the day.

Color Guard: Bring lightweight, workout clothing for rehearsals (no jeans), your own rifle and/or sabre (if you can), and knee pads (if you like). There is no need to purchase any special equipment for rehearsals. You will wear your audition t-shirt for rehearsal segments through the day.

MEMBERSHIP CONTRACTS
All positions in the corps are open. Following the event, you will receive 1) an offer of membership, 2) a recall for a second audition, or 3) a suggestion to come back again next year, or to consider Colt Cadets. Most will receive a recall to a second rehearsal, so please plan accordingly.


SCHEDULE CONFLICTS
Camp attendance is critical to our and your success. If you cannot attend this rehearsal but are planning to attend an upcoming audition, you must be in touch in advance through the RSVP. It is important to communicate with your caption head as well. Too much communication is better than not enough.

If you have schedule conflicts with our preseason rehearsals, talk with us. Attending part of the camp is better than not attending at all. Do not lose your opportunity to perform with the Colts over a lack of communication.


PARENTS
An informational meeting for parents will be held Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. in a location to be announced. Bring all of your questions! Schedules will be available at the check in table with locations for everything going on throughout the day.

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the camp. Parental support is what makes the Colts successful, and you are needed to give the kids the incredible Colts experience we are known for. Also, this is the best way for you to find out about our program, meet other parents, and get comfortable with what this is all about. You will find a very welcoming and exciting opportunity here.

Parents are encouraged to sign onto the email distribution list to receive Colts information via email.


EMAIL AND WEBSITE
Please make sure you have received audition information in your area of interest! These materials are emailed to you after requesting information for the current season. Join our facebook groups for your area of interest! These pages will help you meet other members prior to auditions and clarify questions you may have.
General Interest Group
Percussion Interest Group
Brass Interest Group
Guard Interest Group
Make sure you have signed onto the email distribution list with your current email address, and check your email frequently! Encourage your parents to sign up for the membership emailings too.

Welcome! We are excited to have you as a part of the Colts family!

Return to Colts News.


December San Antonio Percussion Rehearsal & Audition

Audition Checklist Poster

December 1, 2017

The December San Antonio audition for the 2018 Colts will be held Sunday, December 10, on the Recreation Fields on the campus of The University of Texas at San Antonio. Click here for a Google map to the school. Specific on-campus location and parking directions will be emailed to you before the camp.

The cost for your first rehearsal is $175 (or $125 for returning members) which includes all audition and application fees. Pay the fees online for your first camp in advance and SAVE $25. Deadline for advance payment discount for the camps is the Monday immediately before a camp at 11:00 p.m. This fee covers the cost of your audition and the event and does not apply toward your summer tuition.

Always check colts.org within a few hours of leaving for camp for any last-minute updates!

Registration and unloading will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. Rehearsal begins at 9:00 a.m., and will conclude at 6:00 p.m. Plan on arriving at 8:00 a.m. to register and unload equipment.


TRAVEL PLANS
The Colts do not provide transportation to or from the San Antonio airport for this event. The school is only about 13 miles from the San Antonio International Airport, so services like UBER, Lyft, or taxi should be available and relatively inexpensive. You should still include all flight details on your RSVP. If you need help finding a ride to camp please notify us ASAP by email at colts@colts.org. You can also help fellow members by offering a ride in your vehicle. You can also let us know if you have extra room or if you need assistance on your RSVP.


PARKING
Parking is available on campus throughout the day.


CAMP PAPERWORK
Prior to camp, you will be expected to turn in:

When you arrive to check in, bring with you:


WHAT TO BRING
Bring a binder with plastic sleeves for your music and any hand-outs. You will receive an audition t-shirt at check in to write your name on which you will wear for all rehearsal segments of the day.

Percussion: Bring your own sticks or mallets and your practice pad. Prospective members should be familiar with the exercise packet that best fits your area of interest. Front ensemble students may, but are not required to, perform a short segment from a personal selection. We will provide all instruments for camps. We will evaluate you individually, and as a part of the group.


MEMBERSHIP CONTRACTS
All positions in the corps are open. Following the event, you will receive 1) an offer of membership, 2) a recall for a second audition, or 3) a suggestion to come back again next year, or to consider Colt Cadets. Most will receive a recall to a second rehearsal, so please plan accordingly.


SCHEDULE CONFLICTS
Camp attendance is critical to our and your success. If you cannot attend this rehearsal but are planning to attend an upcoming audition, you must be in touch in advance through the RSVP. It is important to communicate with your caption head as well. Too much communication is better than not enough.

If you have schedule conflicts with our preseason rehearsals, talk with us. Attending part of the camp is better than not attending at all. Do not lose your opportunity to perform with the Colts over a lack of communication.


PARENTS
An informational meeting for parents will be held Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. in a location to be announced. Bring all of your questions! Schedules will be available at the check in table with locations for everything going on throughout the day.

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the camp. Parental support is what makes the Colts successful, and you are needed to give the kids the incredible Colts experience we are known for. Also, this is the best way for you to find out about our program, meet other parents, and get comfortable with what this is all about. You will find a very welcoming and exciting opportunity here.

Parents are encouraged to sign onto the email distribution list to receive Colts information via email.


EMAIL AND WEBSITE
Please make sure you have received audition information in your area of interest! These materials are emailed to you after requesting information for the current season. Join our facebook groups for your area of interest! These pages will help you meet other members prior to auditions and clarify questions you may have.
General Interest Group
Percussion Interest Group
Brass Interest Group
Guard Interest Group
Make sure you have signed onto the email distribution list with your current email address, and check your email frequently! Encourage your parents to sign up for the membership emailings too.

Welcome! We are excited to have you as a part of the Colts family!

Return to Colts News.


December St. Louis Rehearsal & Audition

Audition Checklist Poster

November 20, 2017

The December St. Louis audition for the 2018 Colts will be held Sunday, December 3, at Francis Howell North High School. Click here for a Google map to the high school. The address is 2549 Hackmann Road, St. Charles, MO 63303.

The cost for your first rehearsal is $175 (or $125 for returning members) which includes all audition and application fees. Pay the fees online for your first camp in advance and SAVE $25. Deadline for advance payment discount for the camps is the Monday immediately before a camp at 11:00 p.m. This fee covers the cost of your audition and the event and does not apply toward your summer tuition.

Always check colts.org within a few hours of leaving for camp for any last-minute updates!

Registration and unloading will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday. Rehearsal begins at 9:00 a.m., and will conclude at 6:00 p.m. Plan on arriving at 8:00 a.m. to register and unload equipment.


TRAVEL PLANS
The Colts do not provide transportation to or from the St. Louis airport for this event. The high school is only about 12 miles from the Lambert International Airport, so services like UBER, Lyft, or taxi should be available and relatively inexpensive. You should still include all flight details on your RSVP. If you need help finding a ride to camp please notify us ASAP by email at colts@colts.org. You can also help fellow members by offering a ride in your vehicle. You can also let us know if you have extra room or if you need assistance on your RSVP.


PARKING
Parking is available in the school parking lot throughout the day.


CAMP PAPERWORK
Prior to camp, you will be expected to turn in:

When you arrive to check in, bring with you:


WHAT TO BRING
Bring a binder with plastic sleeves for your music and any hand-outs. You will receive an audition t-shirt at check in to write your name on which you will wear for all rehearsal segments of the day.

Brass: Bring your own mouthpiece, marching instrument, music stand, binder for music, and gloves. If you do not have access to an instrument and will need one provided, contact colts@colts.org. Be prepared to play the exercises and excerpts provided in the brass packet that best fits your area of interest. You may also demonstrate your abilities with any piece, etude, or excerpt you feel comfortable with.


MEMBERSHIP CONTRACTS
All positions in the corps are open. Following the event, you will receive 1) an offer of membership, 2) a recall for a second audition, or 3) a suggestion to come back again next year, or to consider Colt Cadets. Most will receive a recall to a second rehearsal, so please plan accordingly.


SCHEDULE CONFLICTS
Camp attendance is critical to our and your success. If you cannot attend this rehearsal but are planning to attend an upcoming audition, you must be in touch in advance through the RSVP. It is important to communicate with your caption head as well. Too much communication is better than not enough.

If you have schedule conflicts with our preseason rehearsals, talk with us. Attending part of the camp is better than not attending at all. Do not lose your opportunity to perform with the Colts over a lack of communication.


PARENTS
An informational meeting for parents will be held Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. in a location to be announced. Bring all of your questions! Schedules will be available at the check in table with locations for everything going on throughout the day.

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the camp. Parental support is what makes the Colts successful, and you are needed to give the kids the incredible Colts experience we are known for. Also, this is the best way for you to find out about our program, meet other parents, and get comfortable with what this is all about. You will find a very welcoming and exciting opportunity here.

Parents are encouraged to sign onto the email distribution list to receive Colts information via email.


SOUVENIRS
Selected items from the Colts Mall will be available for sale all day! The holidays are coming up soon, and the camp will be a great time to purchase a present for your special someone! Anyone is able to purchase souvenirs - students, parents, friends, family, etc. The souvenirs will be set up by the check in table, and you can purchase your items there.


EMAIL AND WEBSITE
Please make sure you have received audition information in your area of interest! These materials are emailed to you after requesting information for the current season. Join our facebook groups for your area of interest! These pages will help you meet other members prior to auditions and clarify questions you may have.
General Interest Group
Percussion Interest Group
Brass Interest Group
Guard Interest Group
Make sure you have signed onto the email distribution list with your current email address, and check your email frequently! Encourage your parents to sign up for the membership emailings too.

Welcome! We are excited to have you as a part of the Colts family!

Return to Colts News.


Colts Announce Color Guard Team For 2018

November 16, 2017

The Colts are excited to announce their color guard team for the 2018 season. Led by Color Guard Caption Head Jade Bouza, the team brings with them a wide range of experience, including performing and instructing with various winter guards, drum corps, high school programs, and the Walt Disney Company.

"I'm very excited to bring this dream team to the Colts!" said Caption Head Jade Bouza. "I'm looking forward to continuing the growth and success of this colorguard alongside these fantastic educators."

Returning to the Colts this year will be Matt Winans and Nicole Younger. Matt will be the primary choeographer and designer for the color guard, teaching and writing dance, flag, and weapon work throughout the season. Matt is a teacher and colorguard designer and instructor with Flanagan High School Color Guard, Park Vista High School, and Stryke Winterguard, all based out of Southern Florida. Nicole will be designing and implementing choreography for the brass and percussion, in addition to her technician responsibilites. Nicole lives in the San Antonio, Texas area, and has been the color guard and winter guard director at Tomball High School for the past two years. She is also on staff with ATX Winterguard, Spirit Winterguard (University of Houston), and is the movement specialist for Monarch Independent World Percussion.

New to the Colts this year will be Carlos Escobar-Dyer, Tony Perez, Luke Babb, Francisco Vadillo, Mitchell Weber, Carlos Herrera, and Caitlin Kellar. They all are currently instructors in the Central and South Florida regions. Carlos and Caitlin are both on staff with the University of South Florida Winter Guard program. Luke and Francisco teach together at Timber Creek High School, working with both the color guard and winter guard programs. Tony is on staff at Newsome High School, along with Jade and Carlos, and has been with the program since 2012. Mitchell is the director of color guards at Wiregrass High School and was one of the founders of the independent winter guard organization, Tampa Independent.

You can view the full bios of the 2018 Colts color guard team here.

2018 Audition Information
The Colts will be hosting color guard auditions in Dubuque, Tampa, and Miami this year beginning Thanksgiving weekend. Students interested in auditioning for the 2018 Colts should click the JOIN! button at the top of the page for more information on how to sign up. To view the full 2018 audition schedule, you can click here.

Return to Colts News.


Colts Visual Instructional Team Returns For 2018

November 15, 2017

The Colts are excited to announce that their entire visual instructional team will be returning for the 2018 season. The team will be led by Visual Caption Head Bob Barfield, as well as Visual Desginer Richard Hinshaw and Visual Consultants Daniel Wiles and Dean Broadbent. Daniel will be a major contributor to the visual effects, pacing, and overall design of the visual package, while Dean will focus on both design and implementation throughout the season.

"I am excited to work with this outstanding group of educators again," said Caption Head Bob Barfield. "There is so much potential here at the Colts, and these individuals will shape the future of the organization for years to come!"

Both Alan Smith and David Catogni will be returning for the summer and, in addition to their technician responsibilities, will provide visual instruction for the entire corps from the box throughout the season. Alan has a long history with the Colts, having been a staff member from 1995 to 2001 and in 2017. David joined the Colts mid-season last year, and is excited to be spending more time on the road this summer with the corps.

The visual technicians include Zach Crissman, Mark Donahue, Ian Jeffrey, Christina Duffy, Jack Fry, Preston Ridgell, James Lazaro, Jeff Duffy, and Joshua Balli. This year, Nicole Younger will also be joining the visual team to write and teach many of the movement effects for the entire corps. The team brings with them experience from a wide range of backgrounds, including performing, dancing, designing, instructing, and adjuticating with indoor groups, high school and college programs, and drum corps. They are all very excited to continue building on the successes of the 2017 Colts visual program!

You can view the full bios of the 2018 Colts visual team here.

2018 Audition Information
The Colts will be hosting auditions in Dubuque, St. Louis, Tampa, San Antonio, and Miami this year beginning Thanksgiving weekend. Recalls and rehearsals will continue in Dubuque, San Antonio, and Miami. Students interested in auditioning for the 2018 Colts should click the JOIN! button at the top of the page for more information on how to sign up. To view the full 2018 audition schedule, you can click here.

Return to Colts News.


November Dubuque Rehearsal & Audition Weekend

Audition Checklist Poster

November 8, 2017

The first rehearsal and audition for the 2018 Colts will be held November 24 - 26, at the Five Flags Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Click here for a Google map to the facility.

The cost for your first rehearsal is $175 (or $125 for returning members) which includes all audition and application fees. Pay the fees online for your first camp in advance and SAVE $25. Deadline for advance payment discount for the camps is the Monday immediately before a camp at 11:00 p.m. This fee covers the cost of your audition and the event and does not apply toward your summer tuition.

Always check colts.org within a few hours of leaving for Dubuque for any last-minute updates!

Registration and unloading will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday. Rehearsal begins at 8:00 p.m., and will conclude at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Plan on arriving at 6:00 p.m. to register and unload equipment.


TRAVEL PLANS
We provide ground transportation anytime to and from the Dubuque Regional Airport (DBQ) for Dubuque camps. We can also accommodate flights into surrounding airports (Quad Cities, Madison, Rockford, or Cedar Rapids) but you MUST notify us prior to booking. MLI (Moline) and CID (Cedar Rapids) are very close to Dubuque and reasonable in fare. ORD (O'Hare) travel MUST land prior to 3:30 p.m. on Friday and depart no earlier than 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Midway (MDW) travel MUST land prior to 2:30 p.m. on Friday and depart no earlier than 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. If you plan on using either of these airports, please let colts@colts.org know prior to booking flights.

If you need help finding a ride to camp, or to arrange rides from an airport or bus station, please notify us ASAP by email at colts@colts.org. You can also help fellow members by offering a ride in your vehicle. You can let us know if you have extra room or if need a ride on your RSVP. All flight details should also be listed on your RSVP.


PARKING
Parking is available after 6:00 p.m. on Friday in the city lot next to the Five Flags at the corner of 5th and Main Streets. Parking is also available behind the Holiday Inn, as well as in the Five Flags Center Ramp on the corner of 4th and Iowa Streets. As most of this parking is metered on Saturday, all should be sensitive and aware of where you park to avoid getting ticketed.


CAMP PAPERWORK
Prior to camp, you will be expected to turn in:

When you arrive to check in on Friday, bring with you:


WHAT TO BRING
Students stay overnight in the arena on the floor, as you will all summer. Bring changes of clothes, shower supplies, towel, sleeping bag and pillow, comfortable clothes for rehearsal (no jeans), and tennis shoes (no high tops). Many students will bring an inflatable mattress with a battery-powered air pump. Bring a binder with plastic sleeves for your music and any hand-outs. You will receive an audition t-shirt at check in to write your name on that you will wear for all rehearsal segments of the weekend.

Brass: Bring your own mouthpiece, marching instrument, music stand, binder for music, and gloves. If you do not have access to an instrument and will need one provided, contact colts@colts.org. Be prepared to play the exercises and excerpts provided in the brass packet that best fits your area of interest. You may also demonstrate your abilities with any piece, etude, or excerpt you feel comfortable with. For the Sunday afternoon performance, you will wear the audition t-shirt and jeans.

Color Guard: Bring lightweight, workout clothing for rehearsals (no jeans), black pants or shorts and a black shirt for Sunday's performance, your own rifle and/or sabre (if you can), and knee pads (if you like). There is no need to purchase any special equipment for rehearsals. You will wear your audition t-shirt for most rehearsal segments through the weekend.

Percussion: Bring your own sticks or mallets and your practice pad. Prospective members should be familiar with the exercise packet that best fits your area of interest. Front ensemble students may, but are not required to, perform a short segment from a personal selection. Cymbal students should prepare a short musical and visual phrase of your choice. We will provide all instruments for camps. We will evaluate you individually, and as a part of the group. For the Sunday afternoon performance, you will wear the audition t-shirt and jeans.


MEMBERSHIP CONTRACTS
All positions in the corps are open. Following the weekend, you will receive 1) an offer of membership, 2) a recall for a second audition, or 3) a suggestion to come back again next year, or to consider Colt Cadets. Most will receive a recall to a second rehearsal, so please plan accordingly.


SCHEDULE CONFLICTS
Camp attendance is critical to our and your success. If you cannot attend this rehearsal but are planning to attend an upcoming audition, you must be in touch in advance through the RSVP. It is important to communicate with your caption head as well. Too much communication is better than not enough.

If you have schedule conflicts with our preseason rehearsals, talk with us. Attending part of the weekend is better than not attending at all. Do not lose your opportunity to perform with the Colts over a lack of communication.


PARENTS
An informational meeting for parents will be held Friday evening at 8:45 pm in a location to be announced. Bring all of your questions! Schedules will be available at the check in table with locations for everything going on throughout the weekend.

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the weekend. Parental support is what makes the Colts successful, and you are needed to give the kids the incredible Colts experience we are known for. Also, this is the best way for you to find out about our program, meet other parents, and get comfortable with what this is all about. You will find a very welcoming and exciting opportunity here.

Parents will cook and serve the meals throughout the weekend, coordinate sewing projects, and assist with some repair work or construction projects at the corps warehouse. We always have things to do for anyone willing to lend a hand!

Parents are welcome to stay overnight in designated rooms at the Five Flags Center with sleeping bags and air mattresses. If parents are interested in hotel accommodations, we recommend the Holiday Inn for this rehearsal, as it is attached to the Arena in which we are rehearsing. Please call 563.556.2000 and ask for the Colts Drum Corps rate for $76 per night. For all events, we recommend the Hampton Inn for your stay in Dubuque. Please call the hotel directly at 563.690.2005, select the front desk, and ask for the Colts Drum Corps rate. Auditioning students are expected to stay with the group overnight in the arena. As always, email or call us with any questions you may have.

Parents are encouraged to sign onto the email distribution list to receive Colts information via email.

All parents and volunteers are Colts Boosters! Plan on joining us Saturday morning, before or after breakfast (approximately 8:30 am), to divide for Saturday projects. If you arrive at a random time, the kitchen and check in tables are good places to start with questions about where you can help.


SOUVENIRS
Throughout the weekend, all items in the Colts Mall will be available for sale! The holidays are coming up soon, and the weekend will be a great time to purchase a present for your special someone! Anyone is able to purchase souvenirs - students, parents, friends, family, etc. The souvenir racks will be set up by the check in table, and you can purchase your items there.


SUNDAY AFTERNOON PERFORMANCE
A performance including all participants of the weekend is held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Five Flags Center. You will be amazed at the progress we make in just one short weekend.


EMAIL AND WEBSITE
Please make sure you have received audition information in your area of interest! These materials are emailed to you after requesting information for the current season. Join our facebook groups for your area of interest! These pages will help you meet other members prior to auditions and clarify questions you may have.
General Interest Group
Percussion Interest Group
Brass Interest Group
Guard Interest Group
Make sure you have signed onto the email distribution list with your current email address, and check your email frequently! Encourage your parents to sign up for the membership emailings too.

Welcome! We are excited to have you as a part of the Colts family!

Return to Colts News.


Colts Percussion Team Returns For 2018

November 7, 2017

The Colts are excited to announce that their percussion team will be returning for the 2018 season. The caption will be led by Percussion Caption Head and Battery Arranger Ben Pyles, and the team brings with them experience from a wide range of backgrounds spanning performing, designing, adjudicating, and instructing with indoor groups, high school programs, and drum corps. They are all very excited to continue building on the successes of the 2017 Colts percussion program.

"Having such a high retention rate for the percussion staff is a true testament to all of the great things happening here at the Colts," said Caption Head Ben Pyles. "There’s something special about this team, and I think we’ve only begun to scratch the surface of our potential. We’re all more than ready to pick right back up where we left off and push this percussion program to a whole new level."

Returning as electronics designer and front ensemble arranger is Bryan Harmsen. Bryan is currently the owner of Visaudio Designs, a company specializing in design for the pagentry arts, and has writing and instructing experience with a number of successful indoor percussion groups, most recently Monarch Percussion, which placed seventh in percussion independent world at the 2017 WGI Championships.

Colts alumnus Kent Lineberry will be again serve in the role of percussion consultant, joined by Andrew Barlow. Both instructors will oversee the musical elements of the percussion program and its fit within the music ensemble.

The battery team includes Oliver DeLotto and Kali Ridal as snare technicians and Benjamin Braude and Aundray Edwards as bass technicians. New to the Colts this year is tenor technician Josh Montgomery. Chelsea Levine and Ryan Carberry will both be returning as cymbal technicians for the season.

The front ensemble will be under the direction of Jake Lyons, with Jeremy Gurganious and Drew Brown as front ensemble technicians. Drew will again be the electronics and audio coordinator during the season, in addition to his technician responsibilities.

You can view the full bios of the 2018 Colts percussion team here.

2018 Audition Information
The Colts will be hosting percussion auditions in Dubuque and San Antonio this year beginning Thanksgiving weekend. Recalls and rehearsals will continue in Dubuque and San Antonio in January. Students interested in auditioning for the 2018 Colts should click the JOIN! button at the top of the page for more information on how to sign up. To view the full 2018 audition schedule, you can click here.

Return to Colts News.


First Annual Masquerade Ball

October 25, 2017

2017 Masquerade Ball

Last week, the Colts Booster Club hosted the first annual La Musique & Masqeruade Ball at the Hotel Julien in downtown Dubuque. This was the first time the Colts Booster Club had hosted the event, and the first time a masquerade ball was hosted in Dubuque. Music was provided by the Ken Killian Swingtet and featured jazz, swing, and big band selections from the 1920's to now. Guests were able to dance, take pictures in a photo booth, enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres, and bid on a number of silent auction baskets. The final amount of money fundraised is still being calculated, but should be available soon!

Throughout the night, guests were able to vote for their favorite costumed attendee using their ticket stubs. There were many incredible costumes and masks at the event, but the final winner was Gail Hansen, who won with nearly 20 votes!

Plans are already being made for the 2018 Masquerade Ball, and no doubt it will be another wonderful evening of fun, dancing, and fundraising. A huge thank you! to all who contributed to making this event a success, and a special thanks to title sponsor Runde Auto Group. Thank you for being a part of the inaugural Masquerade Ball!

The Booster Club was formed on November 16, 1966, and it exists to support the programs of the Colts Youth Organization through local fundraising events, including the annual car wash and masquerade ball. You can learn more about the Colts Booster Club here.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Errthum

Return to Colts News.


Colts Brass Team Returns For 2018

October 20, 2017

The Colts are excited to announce that the entire brass team will be returning for the 2018 season. The team will be led by Brass Caption Head Chad Miller and Brass Arranger Gordon Henderson and brings with them experience from a wide range of backgrounds spanning several decades of performing, designing, adjudicating, and instructing. They are all very excited to continue building on the successes of the 2017 Colts brass program.

“The staff vibes last season at the Colts were unlike anything I have ever experienced," said Caption Head Chad Miller. "There was synergy from day one and across all captions. With the full return of the brass staff, as well as many of the other caption's staff, to say I am excited for another opportunity to spend a summer striving for excellence with this group of people would be an understatement.”

The brass team includes Tom Santino, Tom Lizotte, David Torres, Justin Diaz, Steve Lyons, Keith Hallas, and David Abrams. New to the Colts this year is Bill Muter. Bill is a multi-instrumentalist, author, producer, and tuba mogul based in southern Florida, with performance and educational experience around the world.

You can view the full bios of the 2018 Colts brass team here.

2018 Audition Information
The Colts will be hosting brass auditions in Dubuque, St. Louis, and Miami this year beginning Thanksgiving weekend. Recalls and rehearsals will continue in Dubuque and Miami in January and February. Students interested in auditioning for the 2018 Colts should click the JOIN! button at the top of the page for more information on how to sign up. To view the full 2018 audition schedule, you can click here.

Return to Colts News.


Colts Announce 2018 Auditions

October 12, 2017

2018 Auditions

The Colts are pleased to announce all audition dates and locations for the 2018 season. New this year will be different "tracks" students may pick from depending on their location and what section they are interested in. This has been done with the goal of creating an experience that is accessible to more students. The Colts will use a combination of three-day events and one-day events in multiple locations for auditions and rehearsals this year. The full audition schedule is detailed below. Specific details will be released prior to each event on the Colts website. Audition materials will be sent after students fill out an Info Request.

Download 2018 Facebook banners here.

2018 Audition Schedule
November 24 - 26, 2017 | Dubuque, IA (All Sections)
December 3, 2017 | St. Louis, MO (Brass Only)
December 10, 2017 | San Antonio, TX (Percussion Only)
December 10, 2017 | Tampa, FL (Guard Only)
December 17, 2017 | Miami, FL (Brass Only)
December 17, 2017 | Miami, FL (Guard Only)
December 29 - 31, 2017 | Dubuque, IA (Brass and Percussion Only)

Recall auditions and rehearsals will continue in January and February for brass in Miami or Dubuque, in January for percussion in San Antonio or Dubuque, and April for color guard in Dubuque. When a student is offered membership in the Colts, attendance at these events is expected. All members will be expected to attend the April 27 - 29, 2018 rehearsal in Dubuque.

Three-day events typically begin with check-in and unloading at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and conclude around 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. One-day events typically start with check-in and unloading at 8:00 a.m. and conclude around 6:00 p.m. The cost for your first audition is $175 (or $125 for returning members), which includes all audition materials and application fees. Each subsequent event you attend is $60. Pay the fees for your first audition in advance and SAVE $25. PAY ONLINE HERE. The deadline for advance payment is Monday immediately prior to each audition. These fees cover the cost of these rehearsals and do not apply to summer tuition.

Attendance at monthly camps is critical to the success of the drum corps and your success as a performer. The Colts require attendance at events monthly, relative to your section and location. For example, a percussionist living in Texas would only be expected to attend the two one-day events in San Antonio and the April camp in Dubuque. A guard student living in Florida would only be expected to attend a one-day event in Florida and the April camp in Dubuque. A brass student living in Florida would only be expected to attend the one-day events in Miami in December, January, and February, and the April camp in Dubuque. A student living in the Midwest would only be expected to attend the events in Dubuque, relative to their section. Students auditioning in St. Louis will be expected to attend rehearsals in Dubuque the remainder of the preseason. Legitimate conflicts (i.e. school events) are excused, provided you communicate in advance. Priority for positions is given to students who attend the earlier events.

You can view our 2018 membership brochure here. This packet contains information about the Colts, the audition process, and the 2018 season. You can view our full preseason schedule here.

A rehearsal and audition is more than just an audition. You'll fully participate throughout each day and perform at the end as part of the Colts. The events are designed to give you the full drum corps experience. If you need help finding a ride, email colts@colts.org or call the office (563-582-4872). If you are interested in becoming a member of the 2018 Colts, click the "Join!" button on the top of the home page, and follow the step-by-step instructions. Be sure to RSVP as well!

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Colts! YOU BELONG HERE.

Return to Colts News.


Colts Announce Visual Team For 2018

September 22, 2017

The Colts are proud to announce their visual caption head and visual design team for the 2018 season. Returning to the Colts for his second year as visual caption head will be Bob Barfield. New to the Colts this season will be Richard Hinshaw, taking on the role of visual designer, and Daniel Wiles, who will be a major contributor to the visual effects, pacing, and overall design of the visual package in his role as visual consultant. Dean Broadbent will also be returning for his second season as visual consultant, continuing to work with all sections of the drum corps on visual effects and implementation of the design of the program.

 

Bob Barfield is currently the head band director at Cypress Park High School in Cypress, Texas and brings with him over 30 years of involvement with the marching arts. His teaching resume includes Tarpon Springs High School in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and White Knoll High School in Lexington, South Carolina, as well as Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps, the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, and the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps, among others. Read Bob's full bio here.

"I'm excited to be returning to the Colts this year," said Bob. "I'm looking forward to being able to work with an incredible group of performers, an outstanding team of educators, and an amazing administration that makes the Colts a world class organization!"

"When it comes to experience, ability, and focus, there is no better then Bob," said Program Coordinator Howard Weinstein. "His decades of technical instruction is evident in every rehearsal he teaches. In addition, Bob has a strong commitment to excellence, and a dedication to giving our members his very best."

 

Richard Hinshaw is currently the drill designer and lead visual instructor for Avon High School in Avon, Indiana, and the drill designer for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. During his tenure with the Avon High School Marching Black & Gold, The Cavaliers, and Avon Indoor Winter Percussion, all three groups have enjoyed high levels of competitive success in their respective circuits. Richard is also a freelance designer, working with multiple high school marching bands and indoor groups across the country. Read Richard's full bio here.

"I am very excited to join the Colts design team for 2018," said Richard. "From afar, I have always admired the Colts organization for their educational values and their long standing commitment to the best possible experience for their students. I feel very fortunate to collaborate with this team of designers, and I look forward to many new learning experiences on our horizon."

 

Daniel Wiles also works closely with the Avon High School band program, having been the visual coordinator, program coordinator, and color guard director for the past 19 years. He has worked with several drum corps as a visual consultant and drill designer, mostly recently with the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps, and is currently entering his third season as the artistic director for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. Read Daniel's full bio here.

"I am very excited to play a role in moving the Colts organization forward in 2018," said Daniel. "Looking forward to a great season!"

 

Dean Broadbent is currently the director of color guards at Flanagan High School, one of the most awarded winter guard groups in the activity. Dean's experience in the marching arts includes time as a technician, caption head, and director. Dean also serves on the South Florida Winter Guard Association Board, WGI Advisory Board, and WGI Board of Directors. Read Dean's full bio here.

"I couldn’t be more excited to work with the 2018 Colts design team," said Dean. "Howard has put together an incredibly talented and creative group of people who have so much to offer the corps. Looking forward to collaborating with Richard, Daniel, Jade, and Howard!"

 

"When I came to the Colts organization two years ago, I came with a vision and a plan of where I would like to help get the organization, both on the field and in growing inherent leaders," said Howard. "In my conversations with Vicki, and from what I saw on the field, I knew the platform was there to build upon based on Vicki and Jeff's leadership and constant drive for excellence with the organization. In going into my third year with the organization, it is time for me to institute the next level of design and sophistication with our product. Bringing on the master work of Richard Hinshaw and Daniel Wiles will add a pinnacle level of growth and innovation to our visual package. Both our corps performers and our audiences are in for quite a treat. I could not be more excited for the 2018 writing and planning process."

"Our members are in for quite a treat with this group!" said Colts Director Vicki MacFarlane. "Their skill sets, passion, and synergy will create not only an incredible program, but set the stage to strengthen our member experience."

 

2018 Audition Information
Audition information for the 2018 season will be out soon! Make plans to audition at a camp and become a member of the 2018 Colts. To be sure you learn about audition dates, locations, and materials as soon as they are available, fill out an Information Request to be added to the Colts mailing list.

 

Return to Colts News.


Key Staff Set For 2018

September 5, 2017

The Colts are proud to announce their brass, percussion, and color guard caption heads for the 2018 season. Returning to the Colts for their second season will be Chad Miller, brass caption head, and Ben Pyles, percussion caption head and battery arranger. New to the Colts this season is Jade Bouza, who will be stepping into the role of color guard caption head and designer.

 

Chad Miller is currently the brass instructor and wind caption head of the Tribe of Pride Marching Band at Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana. He also teaches a full private studio and serves as a clinician for area middle and high school bands. Chad brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from various areas of music, from the marching arts to New Orleans funk to symphonic bands. Read Chad's full bio here.

"Good things are happening right now out at the Colts," said Chad Miller. "The brass team and I couldn't be more excited for 2018 and another amazing year. We established a strong educational foundation with the brass program last year, and I know that has set us up for a lot of success this season."

"Chad Miller's passion and instructional ability are tremendous, yet that only represents a portion of why I am so excited about going into a second year of working with him," said Program Coordinator Howard Weinstein. "His care and devotion to his staff and each one of the brass members was relentless. He is a pleasure to have as a colleague, and a part of the Colts team."

 

Ben Pyles is currently the director of athletic percussion at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In addition to his writing and teaching with the Colts, Ben spends much of the winter season on staff with Monarch Independent Percussion. Along with teaching, Ben is also an active arranger and composer for multiple Indoor and outdoor ensembles across the country. Read Ben's full bio here.

"This is a special place and it’s easy to see why so many people call this corps their home," said Ben. "I can’t express how excited I am to continue my own personal growth through working with this group of performers and staff. Looking forward to wearing a lot of red again in 2018!"

"When asked about what Ben Pyles brings to the Colts team, I will tell you exactly what I told him... he is a treasure... an absolute treasure," said Howard. "From his innovative writing, to his ability to assemble a master faculty for our percussion program, to his high level teaching, we could not be more fortunate to have his leadership in our world of Colts percussion. It's an honor to work with Ben."

 

Jade Bouza joins the Colts from Florida, bringing with her a wide range of experience within the color guard activity. She is currently the director of Newsome High School guard program, which includes a color guard, varsity winter guard, and junior varsity winter guard. Prior to Newsome, Jade was on staff with several programs around Florida, including University of South Florida Wintergaurd, Flanagan High School Colorguard, and the Disney Performing Arts program at Walt Disney World. Read Jade's full bio here.

"In my short time here, I can already tell there is something special about the Colts organization, and I'm truly humbled to come on board for the 2018 season," said Jade. "The color guard has been a constant strength for the Colts over the years, and I'm very excited for the opportunity to continue building the legacy alongside Vicki, Howard, and the rest of the Colts educational staff and design team."

"In the pursuit to find a leader to bring the Colts color guard to the next level of excellence, I made one telephone call, and that was to Jade Bouza," said Howard. "I have had the opportunity of working with Jade on other projects, and her level of expertise, professionalism, and talent is beyond reproach. I am so excited for the world to see where Jade takes the color guard program of the Colts."

 

Also returning for his third year as program coordinator with the Colts is Howard Weinstein. Howard has a long history in the drum corps activity, having experience as a program coordinator, corps director, and instructor, with his two most recent DCI stops being with the Boston Crusaders (1999-2007) and the Blue Stars (2009-2011). Additionally, he has been a music educator for the past 30 years. He works with many high school programs in Florida and Georgia, including Tarpon Springs and Timber Creek High School. Read Howard's full bio here.

"I am humbled and honored to be going into my third year as program coordinator with the Colts organization," said Howard. "The administration has given me a platform to build a program of excellence and culture, and I cherish the opportunity. The level of continuity among our admin team, our faculty, and our members speaks volumes. I look forward to a strong presence for our corps in the 2018 season."

"The team Howard has assembled is truly some of the best educators in the activity, and I'm very excited to be working with them," said Colts Director Vicki MacFarlane. "Last year, we saw incredible growth in the quality of the member experience and the trend will continue with this team. They care deeply about the success of the individual students, as well as the organization as a whole. I'm also looking forward to working with Howard again, now in our third season together. He has brought so much to the Colts, and I know we will continue growing exponentially because of his dedication to the organization."

 

2018 Audition Information
Audition information for the 2018 season will be out soon! Make plans to audition at a camp and become a member of the 2018 Colts. To be sure you learn about audition dates, locations, and materials as soon as they are available, fill out an Information Request to be added to the Colts mailing list.

 

Return to Colts News.


2017 Banquet Awards And Recap

August 23, 2017

The Colts Youth Organization annual awards and recognition banquet for the Colts and Colt Cadets was held on Wednesday, August 9, in Muncie, Indiana, at Heartland Hall on the grounds of the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Over 400 students, staff, family members, and friends were in attendance. The banquet was a time to recognize the achievements of very successful seasons in both drum corps, as well as the outstanding contributions of both members and volunteers. Awards presented for the Colts and the Colt Cadets members were:

COLTS

Outstanding First Year Members:
Brass - Elijah Elmshaeuser
Guard - Evy Vankeirsbilck
Battery - Joe Tarach
Front Ensemble - Mark Sommer
Visual - Elijah Elmshaeuser

Most Improved Members:
Brass - Dylan Gardner
Guard - Reagan Scherpe
Battery - Michael Riley
Front Ensemble - Zach Grimes
Visual - Wesley Sisk

Outstanding Section Members:
Brass - Alex Spenceri
Guard - Toni Marcowicz
Battery - Jay Cunningham & Derek Sautter
Front Ensemble - Fred Tocco
Visual Brass - Michael Kennedy & Dominic Dingmann
Visual Battery - Elliot Humphrey

Robert M. Buelow Award (Colts Member of the Year): Alex Spenceri

COLT CADETS

Outstanding First Year Members:
Brass - Evan Morales
Guard - Lindsay Peters
Battery - Yates McLaughlin
Front Ensemble - Zachary Poston

Most Improved Members:
Brass - Jude Biwer
Guard - Maxx Flumerfelt
Battery - Max Kues
Front Ensemble - Hannah Oberhoffer

Outstanding Section Members:
Brass - Joey Smith
Guard - Hannah Clark
Battery - Jenna Errthum
Front Ensemble - Blake Dunn

Michael J. Wolfe Award (Colt Cadets Member of the Year): Jake Parker

Age out awards were presented to 25 members of the Colts. These individuals and marching years were:

The Colts will miss their 52 years of combined experience. Congratulations to all age outs and all members of the 2017 Colts and Colt Cadets!

Return to Colts News.


Colts Announce 2018 Drum Majors

August 23, 2017

The Colts are proud to announce their drum majors for the 2018 season: Jack Riehl and Elijah Elmshaeuser.

Jack Riehl

Jack Riehl began his drum corps career with the Colts in 2014 in the front ensemble and is entering his fifth season with the corps, having spent three years on marimba and vibe and this past season as drum major. Originally from Westerville, Ohio, Jack previously marched five seasons with his high school's marching band and indoor drum line. While at Westerville North High School, he spent three of the five seasons as percussion section leader. In the 2016 season of Winter Guard International (WGI) season, Jack was a member of the front ensemble of ConneXus Independent, an Independent Open Class finalist group based out of Delaware, Ohio.

Currently, Jack is attending the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where he is pursuing a degree in medical sciences. Outside of his studies, Jack is an active member of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), an international student organization focused on leadership and technical skill development in the medical and health fields through workshops, trainings, and competitive events. During the fall and winter seasons, he is a front ensemble instructor with the Milford High School band in Milford, Ohio. Following graduation, Jack plans to continue to medical school and become a pediatric surgeon.

“This past season, I learned a lot about the role of being drum major and the discipline, teamwork, and communication it takes to be successful in the role. I couldn’t have asked for a better team to help me along the way. The way this group gels together from the top down is absolutely incredible and unlike any other group I have been a part of. I can’t wait to push all of this momentum into the 2018 season and lead the Red Team on a successful journey."

Eljah Elmshaeuser

Elijah Elmshaeuser is entering his second season with the Colts, having spent this past summer in the trumpet section. He currently attends the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, studying mechanical engineering. Following the completion of his degree, Elijah would like to work behind the scenes of movies designing sets and special effects. Outsde of school, Elijah is on the student leadership team of the Cornhusker Marching Band and is an active member of the Big Red Express.

Elijah was born and raised in Ogallala, Nebraska, where he attended Ogallala High School. While there, he participated in band, choir, speech, drama, mock trial, and baseball, as well as several student organizations. In his free time, Elijah enjoys rock climbing, flying drones, playing intermural sports, and watching movies.

"After one season with the Colts, I was blown away with the amount of growth in the organization. We have a great staff who cares passionately for its members and works hard to bring excellence to the corps. I am thrilled at the opportunity to become drum major and to work with an amazing staff. The Colts are headed in a great direction and I can’t wait for the 2018 season.”

"The drum majors are truly the heartbeat of the organization, in so many ways, and having student leadership at the helm with as much talent, passion, and dedication as Jack and Elijah will be an incredible asset to the 2018 Colts," said Program Coordinator Howard Weinstein. "Not only will their strengths compliment each other, they each bring a unique ability to bring the very best out of their peers both on and off the field. I could not be more excited to work with these brilliant young leaders."

"The structure of the leadership program that Howard has brought to the Colts has already allowed these two students to excel, and it will be wonderful to see them continue to shape the culture of the corps through their own actions and by guiding their peers," said Corps Director Vicki MacFarlane. "They both bring such passion, dedication, and selflessness to the table and are already great leaders by example. I am especially excited to work with Jack in his second year as he continues to apply the lessons learned and skills acquired from his first summer as drum major. These two students have incredible potential to refine what it means to be a Colt and live out that meaning in day to day life."

2018 Audition Information
Audition information for the 2018 season will be out soon! Make plans to audition at a camp and become a member of the 2018 Colts. To be sure you learn about audition dates, locations, and materials as soon as they are available, fill out an Information Request to be added to the Colts mailing list.

Return to Colts News.


Colts And Colt Cadets Finish Strong In 2017

Colts 2017

August 15, 2017

The Colts and Colt Cadets concluded their 2017 seasons with performances at the Drum Corps International World Championships in Indianapolis, August 10 - 12. The Colt Cadets finished 14th at the DCI Open Class Championships in Michigan City on Monday, and ended their season with a score of 60.925 Thursday morning in Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts made a strong charge at the end of the season, being featured on their fifth consecutive "Big, Loud, and Live" brodcast on Thursday, August 10, and ended the season in 15th with a score of 83.888. Many throughout finals week commented on how the corps performance, and the corps program "Both Sides Now," was the strongest they have seen from the Colts in many years.

Photo courtesy of Jon Braude Photgraphy.

Both corps wrapped up their competitive seasons and dismissed from Ball State University on Saturday, August 12. The end of season wrap up for both corps included speeches from all caption heads, both corps directors, playing of the corps song, and, for Colts, speeches from its 25 age outs.

The Colts media team was hard at work throughout the summer, documenting every move, rim shot, and catch on Instagram and Facebook. Be sure to check out the great pictures and videos!

This summer brought many new and exciting things to the Colts, including new design and instructional staff, the corps first visit to the northeast since 2012, the corps first visit to Florida since 2008, and brand new uniforms. In total, the corps traveled over 12,000 miles this summer and did so with incredible smoothness and flexibility, thanks in large parts to strong partnerships with Windstar Lines and Hirschbach semi tractors. The new design and instructional staff brought many unique perspectives with them, which all meshed together incredibly well to create one of the most aesthetically pleasing and enthralling shows of the summer. The corps stops in the northeast included three parades around the Boston area - in total, the Colts performed for an estimated 100,000 people in one day. Moving quickly down the highway to the Sunshine State in just three nights, the Colts spent three days in Florida, performing twice, before heading back north to Dubuque for the annual home show, Music On The March. To view a full itinerary of every day of Colts tour this summer, you can click here.

Colt Cadets 2017

The Colt Cadets also had many new and exiciting things for their 50th anniversary. First-year director David Alford did an incredible job of recruitment and brought together one of the largest groups Cadets has seen in their entire history. In total, there were 87 students this season. This increase in numbers allowed the design team, led by first-year program coordinator Phil Snyder, to challenge the members of the Cadets in new ways with show pacing, content, and overall design. The Cadets celebrated their 50th anniversary with a large crowd of alumni on Saturday, July 15, at Eagle Point Park in Dubuque. The event featured a cook out and a performance from the Colt Cadets. You can read more about the event here. 2017 also saw the induction of Sonia Hickson, founder and first director of the Colt Cadets, into the Colts Hall of Fame.

Photo courtesy of Brent Smith.

The organization as a whole also had many successes throughout the summer. June and July featured three great events planned by the Alumni Steering Committee that brought together the alumni from both corps together to celebrate the season and reconnect with the current membership. August saw the recognition of Bill Symoniak as one of the DCI Volunteers of the Year. Construction at the warehouse has continued, and most of the office spaces are almost ready to be moved into! Plans are in place to finish a majority, if not all, of the remodel this winter. Finally, the Colts inducted six new individuals to the Colts Hall Of Fame. You can read more about their achievements and contributions to the Colts here.

Of course, this season, and this activity, could not have happened without the help, dedication, passion, and love from our many parents and volunteers. A huge THANK YOU to anyone and everyone who helped throughout the summer, whether cooking, driving, sewing uniforms, or anything else that helps both drum corps move down the road, the Colts appreciate you so much and cannot thank you enough. Similarly, a huge THANK YOU to all of the incredible donors, sponsors, and endorsers who continue to believe in the mission of the Colts Youth Organization.

Plans are already being formulated by the Alumhi Steering Committee to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Colts next summer. You can keep up with the plans on the Colts Alumni Facebook Page. You can also help ensure the Colts legacy continues for another 55 years down the road by making a tax-deductible donation or by signing up to become a Colts Monthly Giver.

Return to Colts News.


Full Speed Into Finals Week

DCI 45th Anniversary logo

August 5, 2017

Following strong performances at the 2017 DCI Eastern Classic in Allentown, Pennsylvania for the Colts and the 2017 Shadow Showcase in Oregon, Wisconsin, for the Colt Cadets, both corps are heading in to the last days of their season. Both corps will cap off their competitive season with one more show before competing in the 45th anniversary edition of the Drum Corps International World Championships. The Colt Cadets will be in the final Colts-sponsored show of the season, Tourament Of Drums, on Saturday, August 5 at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Colt Cadets are the last corps on at 9:06PM and will perform an encore following their performance. Still looking to attend? You can purchase tickets for this event here. The Colts will travel north to Erie, Pennsylvania, for the Lake Erie Fanfare. The Colts will perform at 7:49PM.

Monday and Tuesday will find the Colt Cadets in Michigan City, Indiana, for the 10th annual Open Class Championships. Colt Cadets will be staying at Michigan City High School. Performance times for both days are to be determined. Monday's performance time will be based on the results from Saturday's show in Cedar Rapids and Tuesday's performance time will be based on the results from Monday night. Be sure to check colts.org for the most up to date performance times. Following Open Class Finals on Tuesday, August 8, the Colt Cadets will head to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana to prep for their final performance of the year.

Tuesday through Saturday, the Colts will be housing at Ball State University in Munice, Indiana. Tuesday will be a full rehearsal day for the corps, with evening ensemble in Scheumann Stadium. Wednesday will also be a rehearsal day, with the 2017 Annual Banquet in the evening. On Wednesday morning, you can catch the Colts Cymbal Line in downtown Indianapolis at the DCI Performers Showcase presented by System Blue. The #CCL will perform their original composition at 12:00PM in the Indiana Convention Center.

Big, Loud, and Live 2017

Thursday through Saturday will be the "loudest nights of the summer" as the drum corps activity descends on to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Colt Cadets will perform Thursday morning between 9AM and 10:30AM. The Colts will perform Thursday evening betwen 4:30PM and 7:30PM. Check colts.org for confirmed performance times the day of! Thursday evening will also feature the 14th annual Big, Loud, and Live cinecast in theaters around the country. Purchase your tickets today to see the top 15 corps live!

On Friday, the Colts will perform between 4:30PM and 6:30PM. Friday evening will also feature the annual age out ceremony on the field of Lucas Oil at 11:02PM. Immediately prior, at 10:23PM, will be the DCI Volunteer Of The Year Recognition Ceremony. Bill Symoniak, Colts board member and long-time volunteer coordinator, will be recognized for his contributions to both the Colts Youth Organization and the drum corps activity.

Saturday's schedule is to be determind based on the Colts placement on Friday night. All details will be released as soon as they become available.

Fully detailed itineraries of Finals Week can be found on the website. You can click here for the Colts itinerary. You can click here for the Colt Cadets itinerary.

To read more about all the events organized by Drum Corps Internatioanl during Finals Week, you can click here.

Return to Colts News.


Recognizing The Age Out Class Of 2017

August 1, 2017

With only 11 days left in the 2017 season, the Colts Youth Organization would like to recognize its 25 age outs. Together, they have a combined 52 years of marching experience at the Colts. You can read more about the 2017 age outs here.

Return to Colts News.


Welcome To #TexasTour

July 22, 2017

Following an extensive tour of the eastern half of the United States, including stops in Allentown, Boston, Washington, D.C., Orlando, and finally Dubuque, the Colts have settled into the heat and sunshine deep in the heart of Texas. The Colts began their #TexasTour with a show in Belton, Texas, at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Today marks the first regional of the season, and the first time all 23 World Class corps will be competitng together. The Colts will be performing in the Alamodome at 6:55PM central time. You can watch the show LIVE on FloMarching by clicking here. On Sunday, the Colts will have a well deserved break and enjoy the sights, sounds, and food of the famous San Antonio Riverwalk. On Monday, July 24, the corps will perform at DCI Dallas in Lake Highlands, Texas. Tickets are still available for the show and can be purchased through DCI here.




A huge thank you to Robinson High School in Robinson, Texas, and Gonzales High School in Gonzales, Texas, for hosting the Colts during its time in Texas! Though the temperature has been high, the Colts are continuing to bring the heat and are ready to show the world how to look at life from both sides now.

Return to Colts News.


Colt Cadets Celebrate 50 Years

Colt Cadets 50th Anniversary logo

July 17, 2017

On Saturday, July 15, Colts alumni and the Colt Cadets, along with their families and friends, gathered at Eagle Point Park in Dubuque to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Colt Cadets. The night prior, the Colt Cadets had performed in the annual Colts home show, Music On The March, finishing with a season high of 51.100. The alumni presence at the home show was strong, as just before was the first annual Colts Alumni Tailgate, organized by the Alumni Steering Committee.

The weather for Saturday could not have been more perfect for the event. There was an incredible turn out from the alumni, spanning all 50 years of the Colt Cadets. A generous alumnni donated the meal of burgers and hot dogs, with the Colt Cadets providing plates and utensils. The hightlight of the afternoon was the stand still performance given by the Colt Cadets of their 2017 program, "The River's Edge". The event was a great opportunity for the alumni to reconnect with the current membership of the Colt Cadets and to share stories and memories from their time marching. A huge thanks to all who attended and who helped make this day possible!

Return to Colts News.


Colts Announce 2017 Hall Of Fame

Hall Of Fame logo

July 5, 2017

The Colts Youth Organization is proud to announce its 2017 Hall Of Fame Inductees:

  • Christian Baughman
  • Sonia Hickson
  • Tom Reilly
  • Jim Killoran
  • Bill and Gayle Cook
  • These honorees join 42 previous inductees in the Colts Hall Of Fame, which was established on the corps' 30th anniversary in 1993 to recognize and honor alumni members, design and instructional staff, administrators, board members, contributors, or volunteers whose history of outstanding contributions to the Colts has played a significant and long-term role in our organization and in the marching arts.

    Click here to learn more about the contributions of our 2017 inductees.

    You can view a full list of all Colts Hall Of Fame members here.

    Please join us in congratulating these honored inductees for the time, love and contributions they have made to the Colts! The 2017 inductees were recognized with a special ceremony and a plaque on Friday, July 14, at Music On The March.

    Return to Colts News.


    Annual Banquet Set For Finals Week

    June 30, 2017

    The Colts Youth Organization will host its annual awards and recognition banquet for the Colt and Colt Cadets on Wednesday, August 9th, at Heartland Hall on the grounds of the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Muncie, Indiana. You can view a map of the facility here.

    The annual banquet has traditionally been held in Dubuque on Thanksgiving weekend, but in recent years it's been more difficult for many members to attend. Last year, the Colts began hosting the annual banquet during finals week, allowing every member of both drum corps to attend. The banquet allows the Colts to recognize the season's achievements, as well as the outstanding contributions of both members and volunteers.

    Details for the evening are still being finalized but we plan to begin the evening around 6:30 PM with some social time and mingling before we get into the member awards and acknowledgements.

    In order to prepare for the evening, the Colts are asking for an RSVP. You can RSVP by using this form.

    It's hard to believe Finals Week is almost here! Thank you all for an incredible summer so far!

    Return to Colts News.


    Colt Cadets Car Wash & Move In Details

    Colt Cadets 50th Anniversary logo

    June 8, 2017

    The Colt Cadets will kickoff their 2017 summer season this weekend following the annual Colts Car Wash, held in Dubuque on Saturday, June 10. Colt Cadets will move in to Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 1105 Althauser Street, to kickoff their first of two spring training drill camps. Click here for a Google Map of the facility. They will then have their first performance of the year in uniform on Sunday, June 11 at 1:30 PM in the Darlington Canoe Festival Parade in Darlington, Wisconsin. Following the parade, Colt Cadets will rehearse at Benton School District, located at 41 Alma Street, in Benton, Wisconsin. Click here for a Google Map of the facility. Colt Cadets will stay at Benton through Thursday, June 15, with an estimated departure of 7:00 PM to arrive at the Dubuque Armory, 5001 Old Highway Road, around 7:30 PM. Click here for a Google Map of the facility.

    While all these times do remain subject to change, below are the details for the Colts Car Wash and move in schedule for Colt Cadets.

    Parents and students from out-of-town coming into Dubuque further than two hours away are able to check in to Thomas Jefferson Middle School starting at 8:00 PM on Friday, June 9. Personal vehicles MUST be parked in the front lot across from the front entrance to the school at the corner of Merz and Althauser. Please note that this is not the typical parking lot used for rehearsals at Jefferson. A light snack will be set out that evening, and lights out will be at 11:15 PM. Students will sleep in the wrestling room and parents can stay in a separate classroom. The Colts will arrive likely around 12:30 AM on Saturday, June 10, with members sleeping in both the main and second gym.

    Wake up for all Colts and the Colt Cadets at Jefferson will be at 7:15 AM on Saturday, June 10. Those staying at Jefferson will eat breakfast and pack a sack lunch for the day with the Colts off their kitchen truck. All luggage and equipment brought in for Colt Cadets must be fully packed up and put off to the side in the wrestling room. Between 7:45 and 8:15 AM, any Colt Cadets students may drop off their luggage in the wrestling room and should only use the door directly into the wrestling room near the corner of Merz and Althauser. All Colt Cadets students should be picked up or arrange their own rides to their car wash sites by 8:15 AM and should arrive to their sites by 9:00 AM. Car wash is from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Local students should bring their own sack lunch, and students should stagger their 30 minute lunch breaks in the middle of the day. It is very important to wear sunscreen, especially on your feet! Also, be sure to drink lots of water to hydrate for the intense heat this weekend.

    After 4:00 PM, Colt Cadets students may be picked up through rides arranged by themselves or their parents and brought to Thomas Jefferson Middle School. A joint pizza party will be held with the Colts and Colt Cadets, sponsored by a generous parent of a Colt Cadet, starting at 4:30 PM until 5:15 PM. While Colts will be “EPL’ing” to check out from the school, Colt Cadets will begin check in at 4:30 PM. Unloading of equipment will begin at 5:45 PM, after the Colts have departed. There will be a full member and parent meeting in the main gym at 6:15 PM. Welcome to the 2017 Colt Cadets!

    Click here to view a full, detailed schedule of the car wash and move in weekend for Colt Cadets.
    *Please Note: subject to change. Changes will be posted on both the Colt Cadets 2017 Members and the Colt Cadets Cooks, Parents, And Volunteers Facebook pages.*

    Click here to view the Colt Cadets itinerary from June 9 through June 23.

    Return to Colts News.


    Annual Car Wash Fundraiser

    June 7, 2017

    The 240 members of the Colts and Colt Cadets will be practicing more than music on Saturday, June 10th, as they instead become experts at washing cars! Twenty simultaneous locations will be staffed with members of both corps from 9:00AM to 4:00PM for the annual Colts Car Wash fundraiser. Since the inception of this program in 1985, over $350,000 has been raised for summer travel expenses of the Colts and Colt Cadets.

    Last year, the groups washed nearly 800 cars and earned over $40,000 in donations and paid pledges. Proceeds from the car wash will be used for summer tour costs. Increased prices for diesel and food will be a real challenge this summer, and the car wash helps get the two groups down the road.

    The car wash is free, with donations accepted. There is no minimum donation expected. The weather looks to be a great day for a car wash - sunny and a high of 85 - so be sure to stop at one of the many locations around Dubuque!

    The Colts would like to extend a big THANK YOU to our host sites! The car wash would not be successful without the warm welcome we receive from these businesses.


    2017 Car Wash Sites:

    Return to Colts News.


    Welcome To Spring Training!

    June 5, 2017

    Spring Training for the 2017 season is well underway and the Colts are currently rehearsing in Independence, Iowa. Thanks to Colts alumnus Dave Lang and the Independence School District for hosting the corps this week! The Colts will conclude their stay in Independence with a performance on Friday, June 9. Full ensemble will begin at 7:00PM with a run through of their 2017 program, Both Sides Now, at 8:30PM.

    A detailed itinerary of the corps plans for Spring Training can be found here.

    Looking to volunteer? There are still spots open on the Colts Cook Truck for all of Spring Training! Any parent, friend, alumni, or fan is able to volunteer! You can email the volunteer coordinator, Bill Symoniak, at colts.cooks@comcast.net to coordinate dates and plans.




    Return to Colts News.


    Uniform Reveal At Memorial Day Parade

    May 30, 2017

    After several months of anticipation, the Colts debuted their new uniforms to the world at the annual Memorial Day Parade in downtown Dubuque. The uniforms were created by world-renowned uniform designer Michael Cesario and printed by Fred J. Miller, Inc. Cesario has long been a designer of uniforms for the corps, starting in 1986 where he pioneered the triangle concept found in many modern uniforms, which featured the lighter colors on top and a fade to the darker colors.

    These new uniforms could not have happened without generous donations from friends, fans, family, and alumni. THANK YOU! for helping make these uniforms a reality! The uniforms could not have happened without you.

    If you missed the Memorial Day Parade, you can also see the new uniform "in action" at one of our many performances around the country this summer. Click here to view our full summer schedule!



    UNIFORM PICTURES










    Return to Colts News.


    Colt Cadets Announce 2017 Program

    May 21, 2017

    CC 2017

    Inspired by life high above the Mississippi River, and marking their 50th anniversary, the Colt Cadets are proud to present their 2017 production, "The River's Edge." This season, the Colt Cadets will bring audiences through various scenes along the river, soaring high above the valleys, sailing through the currents, and even enjoying life in a river town. Highlighted by Smetana's Vltava (Die Moldau), the Colt Cadets depict a great river traveling through woods, bluffs, meadows, and stunning landscapes.

    The Colt Cadets will debut their 2017 production, along with the Colts, at the 7th Annual Colts Summer Premiere on Friday, June 23 at the Loras College Rock Bowl Stadium. The competitive season begins on June 24 in Whitewater, Wisconsin, and concludes August 7 - 8 at the Drum Corps International Open Class Championships in Michigan City, Indiana.




    GRAPHICS

    Computer desktop background:

    2017 Colts Production

    Facebook cover photo:



    2017 Colts Production


    Return to Colts News.


    Colt Cadets May Rehearsal And Pre-Tour Information

    May 15, 2017

    The May drill camp weekend for the 2017 Colt Cadets will be held May 19 - 21 at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Dubuque, Iowa. For all camp attendees, the cost of this weekend is $25. This fee is collected at each camp and covers your meals and overnight housing. This fee does not apply to summer fees. You can pay your camp fees in advance through the Colts Mall. Everyone can save a great deal of time at check in by also paying in advance.

    CLICK HERE for a Google map to the facility.

    Registration and unloading will begin on Friday at 6:00 PM, and rehearsal starts at 7:30 PM. The weekend will conclude around 3:00 PM on Sunday. The camp will be capped off with an outdoor performance (weather permitting) at 1:00 PM on Sunday. If it rains, we will be inside the main gym. Exact locations will be listed on the schedule for the weekend. Schedules will be on the check in table throughout the weekend.

    Parents are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in a classroom at the facility. We also have arrangements for discounted rates at the Hampton Inn in Dubuque. The Hampton Inn is a great sponsor of the Colts! To take advantage of these rates, please call the Hampton Inn directly at 563.690.2005 and ask for the front desk. Tell them you are with the Colts.

    Always check colts.org before leaving for camp for any last-minute updates! Please RSVP now with your plans!

    NOTICE: The Member Handbook and car wash information will be distributed soon. The member handbook will answer most of your questions about what to pack, what to bring, logistics and the like, especially for new members and new parents. We will email the information to all members and parents. Everyone needs to read the handbook in its entirety! The information will also be printable online on the Member Documents web page. All members will be asked to submit a signed acknowledgment of the member handbook.

    Members, please double check with your parents to ensure they are checking the web site and getting all of the information we provide as well! A great way to say updated with everything Colts related is to sign up for our email list. Please bring your own spandex for uniform fittings at this event. We will be doing uniform fittings at this camp.


    HINTS FOR MAY REHEARSAL


    PARKING
    Parking is available in the parking lot of the school. Please park in the parking lot behind the school. If you get lost, you can look for the big red Colt Cadets trailer.

    RSVP, MEMBERSHIP AGREEMENT, AND MEDICAL FORM
    Please RSVP regardless of your plans for this camp, so we can keep up to date with your plans. If you haven’t already done so, make sure to bring your signed membership agreement! Also remember remaining paperwork needed. You can also access the Colts Medical History Form and Physical Examination Form online on our Member Documents Page. Please email david@colts.org if you have any questions regarding any of our forms. The medical forms only need to be submitted once per year unless information changes. The RSVP should be submitted by all students.


    Paying in advance can also speed up your check in process. You can pay your camp fees in advance through the Colts Mall. You can also make payments toward your summer tour fees by selecting Colt Cadets Summer Member Fees and selecting the quantity to update the amount.


    WHAT TO BRING
    Students stay overnight in the gym on the floor, as you will all summer. Bring changes of clothes, shower supplies, towel, sleeping bag and pillow, comfortable clothes for rehearsal (no jeans please), and tennis shoes (no high tops, please). Many students will bring an inflatable mattress with a battery-powered air pump. Please bring a binder with plastic sleeves for your music and any hand-outs. Please remember to bring a white t-shirt for the Sunday afternoon performance.


    Brass: Please bring a binder for music, and gloves. Instruments will be provided for the weekend.

    Color Guard: Bring lightweight, workout clothing for rehearsals (no jeans), black pants or shorts and a black shirt for Sunday's performance, your own rifle and/or sabre (if you can), and knee pads (if you like). There is no need to purchase any special equipment for rehearsals. You will wear your audition t-shirt for most rehearsal segments through the weekend.

    Percussion: Please bring your own sticks or mallets, practice pad, and a binder for music. We will provide all instruments for camps. We will evaluate you individually, and as a part of the group. Please wear the audition t-shirt for the Sunday afternoon performance.


    PARENTS
    An informational meeting for parents will be held Friday evening at 8:45 pm in a location to be announced. Bring all of your questions! Schedules will be available at the check in table with locations for everything going on throughout the weekend.

    Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the weekend. Parental support is what makes the Colt Cadets successful, and you are needed to give the kids the incredible Colt Cadets experience we are known for. Also, this is the best way for you to find out about our program, meet the other parents, and get comfortable with what this is all about. You will find a very welcoming and exciting opportunity here.

    Parents will cook and serve the meals throughout the weekend, coordinate sewing projects, and assist with some repair work. We always have things to do for anyone willing to lend a hand.

    Parents are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in a classroom at the school, or you can find a discounted rate at the Hampton Inn here in Dubuque. Please call the hotel directly at 563.690.2005 and ask for the Colts Drum Corps rate.

    Parents are encouraged to sign onto the email mailing list to receive Colts information via email.

    All parents and volunteers are Colts Boosters! Plan on joining us Saturday morning, before or after breakfast (approximately 8:30 am), to divide for Saturday projects. If you arrive at a random time, the kitchen and check in tables are good places to start with questions about where you can help.


    SUMMER CHECK IN
    Check in for the summer will be on Saturday, June 10, in conjunction with our annual car wash fundraiser. Full details are still being sorted out and will be announced following the May camp. We ask that parents will help by signing up to supervise a car wash location and help provide transportation of students to their car wash locations to begin at 9:00 AM.

    To arrange alternate plans, please notify us by email at david@colts.org or call 563.582.4872. You can also help fellow members by offering a ride in your vehicle. You can let us know if you have extra room or if need a ride on your RSVP.


    AUGUST AIRLINE PLANS

    For those who will be flying home after finals, please note: You should purchase a plane ticket home no earlier than 6:00 AM on Sunday, August 13, from the Indianapolis Airport (IND). We will run a bus from the stadium to the Indianapolis Airport after finals early Sunday morning. A fun-filled overnight at the airport awaits you with about 2,000 other corps members!


    PERSONAL UNIFORM PARTS
    These parts have been added to your bill and will be emailed with your statement. The parts will be handed out after Car Wash. Each brass and battery member receives a plume, member shirt, and marching shoes (brass/cymbals/DM also receive gloves). Prices for Brass/Percussion/DM will be $50. Guard members pay $75 for personal uniform parts that will be supplied, including shoes, under uniform garments and other necessary personal items.


    CAR WASH, JUNE 10, 2017
    This is a critical project for us, and the only fundraiser for which we expect everyone's participation. We ask that you collect a minimum of 20 pledges or donations, with a total potential value of $175. If you start now and get one per day, you'll have close to 30. If you wait until the last day, you'll have a problem. Please make sure your sheets are legible! You can access the pledge sheet and instructions on the Member Documents page.

    The vast majority (90%+) of Colts and Cadets do a great job, but we do remind you that this is a requirement of your membership, agreed to in your membership agreement. The car wash will be held Saturday, June 10 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

    As in all facets of membership, we need people who are committed to the success of the Colts. When everyone does their share, we can make more than $45,000 in our one-day event!

    Please plan, so that you can do your share. It's important to all of us, and it beats having to sell cookie dough, magazines, candy, pizzas and whatever else. Our one and only fundraiser for members does the same thing as many small ones.

    The money raised from this project helps with tour expenses, especially food and fuel.

    As a guideline, set a goal of an average value of $10 per pledge or donation. If someone asks the value of a penny per car, the typical pledge of a penny per car total will end up being around $8. If we wash 750 cars across approximately 20 locations, that amounts to $7.50 per pledge. Some pledges will be more, some less. Remember, although you may collect money in advance, you are not required to. You do not need to collect pledges. After the car wash, we will mail letters from the office to the commitments you received for you. We then collect these payments through the office by mail. We prefer to not bill for anything less than $5. Please keep in mind the total goal to raise $175 personally. Twenty donations of a dollar each is not satisfactory.

    We ask that parents will help by signing up to supervise a car wash location and help provide transportation of students to their car wash locations to begin at 9:00 AM.


    SUMMER TOUR HELP!
    We are scheduling summer volunteers. Check your schedules and let us know. Remember, we can be very creative in getting you in and out of tour. Cooks, Van Drivers, and/or Those Who Sew email david@colts.org.


    DCI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS HOTEL & TICKETS
    Finals Week is August 10 - 12 in Indinapolis, Indiana. There are still great seats and great rooms available for the best week of the summer! Please note that the Colts WILL perform August 10 and 11, but are not guaranteed a spot in finals on August 12. Plan accordingly. We have seats available for all three shows. You can purchase your tickets online at the Colts Mall. If you need assistance, you can contact the Colts Office at office@colts.org.

    The Colt Cadets have their prelims and finals in Michigan City on Monday and Tuesday and will also be performing in prelims on Thursday in Lucas Oil Stadium. The top 15 corps at Thursday prelims will be shown live at Star Cinema theaters throughout the country beginning at 5:00 pm. Go to www.dci.org to find the location nearest you. If you can't make it to Indianapolis, this is the next best thing!

    Hotel accomadations are available at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Indianapolis. Please call the 2017 Drum Corps Housing bureau at 317.262.8191 to book your room(s). Make sure to mention that you are with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps and provide the code DCICOLTS2017 for a discounted rate. You may also reserve your rooms online. Reservations must be made by June 27, 2017. Any unsold rooms will be released to the public at that time.


    COLTS WISH LIST FOR IN-KIND DONATIONS
    Your time on tour with us!
    Cereal
    Medium weight plastic silverware
    Gift certificates for fuel and office supply
    An RV
    Coffee - definitely caffeinated!
    Paper towels
    Fresh Fruits or Vegetables
    Did we mention, a week on tour with us!

    For a detailed list, CLICK HERE


    COLTS OFFICE
    2300 Twin Valley Drive
    Dubuque, IA 52003
    Phone 563.582.4872
    Fax 1.844.347.5323

    David Alford, Colt Cadets Director
    david@colts.org
    Cell: 773.308.6710

    Andrew Eaton, Colt Cadets Assistant Director
    andreweaton@gmail.com
    Cell: 317.402.3290

    Vicki MacFarlane, Director
    vicki@colts.org
    Cell: 563.564.9016

    Jason Schubert, Colts Tour Director
    jason@colts.org
    Cell: 630-666-7489

    Jeff MacFarlane, Executive Director
    jeff@colts.org
    Cell: 563.599.8553

    Return to Colts News.


    Colts Announce 2017 Program

    May 10, 2017

    "They say... logic makes you think... and emotion makes you act..."

    The phyiscal construction of the human brain is very defined:

    In reality, the mind does not divide itself in two quite so perfectly. It takes two halves to make the whole, working together to create a complete mind. The duality of the human brain allows us to experience logic and emotion so deeply and simultaneously. There is no doubt that it takes both sides to make us who we are.

    The Colts are proud to announce their 2017 program....

    2017 Colts Production

    The Colts will debut their 2017 production, along with the Colt Cadets, at the 7th Annual Colts Summer Premiere on Friday, June 23 at the Loras College Rock Bowl Stadium. The competitive season begins on June 24 in Whitewater, Wisconsin, and concludes August 10 - 12 at the Drum Corps International World Championships in Indianapolis.


    GRAPHICS

    Computer desktop background:

    2017 Colts Production

    Facebook cover photo:



    2017 Colts Production


    Return to Colts News.


    Colts Move In & Spring Training Reminders

    May 5, 2017

    Summer will be here before you know it! Please be sure you are up-to-date on all details for Move Ins and Spring Training. RSVP one last time before the start of summer to be sure we have all of your travel plans and arrival detials. Make sure you (and your parents!) have signed up for our email list. Important information will be sent out throughout the summer via our email list.


    EARLY MOVE-IN FOR GUARD AND PERCUSSION
    We will be staying at the Dubuque Armory again this season and bussing to fields. The address is 5001 Old Highway Road, Dubuque, IA 52002. Please plan on arriving at 6:00 PM on Sunday, May 21. Sunday evening will run just like a typical camp, with a brief meeting, rehearsal, and a meal at the end of the day. If you are arriving in Dubuque prior to 3:00 PM, please come to Jefferson Middle School and we will move to the armory as a group at 4:00 PM. If you are driving your car, we will have you take it to the Armory with us, but once you move in, assume you will not be using it. The cost of $15 per day ($75 for the week) has been added to your bill earlier this season. Please arrive with all missing paperwork and final payment for the season. You can save time by paying in advance online.

    When you move in with us, you are moved in for the summer. Be sure to bring everything you will need for the summer - clothes, rehearsal supplies, bedding, etc.

    If your parents are able to volunteer for a day or two during this time, we would be VERY EXCITED to have them with us! Please have them contact Vicki to help.


    FULL CORPS MOVE INS
    Full corps move in will be on Friday, May 26 at Roosevelt Middle School. Timelines will operate like a normal camp - unloading and check in will begin at 6:00 PM with rehearsal starting promptly at 8:00 PM. We do not have accesss to the school until 6:00 PM - if you need to arrive to Dubuque earlier in the day, please head to the corps hall, located at 2300 Twin Valley Drive.

    On Monday, May 29, the Colts will perform in the annual Memorial Day celebration in Downtown Dubuque, including a parade at 1:30 PM, standstill performance at 2:30 PM, and reveal of the new 2017 uniform. Following the performance, we will head to Loras College in Dubuque for the week. A detailed schedule for Memorial Day weekend will be posted closer to the date.

    When you move in with us, you are moved in for the summer. Be sure to bring everything you will need for the summer - clothes, rehearsal supplies, bedding, etc.


    SPRING TRAINING AIRLINE PLANS
    On May 21 and May 26, flights will be treated like a normal camp day. We provide ground transportation anytime to and from the Dubuque Regional Airport (DBQ) or the bus station in Dubuque. MLI (Moline) and CID (Cedar Rapids) are very close to Dubuque and reasonable in fare. ORD (O'Hare) travel MUST land prior to 3:30 pm. MDW (Midway) travel MUST land prior to 2:30 pm. If you plan on using either of these airports, please let colts@colts.org know prior to booking flights.

    On any other day of Spring Training, if you plan on flying, you must communicate with Vicki or Jason prior to booking a flight. We will work with you to ensure your flight plans work well with the corps travel plans.

    Local students with schools still in session during Spring Training are asked to attend evening and weekend portions of rehearsal so you don't fall behind. Attendance and communication is critical.


    AUGUST AIRLINE PLANS
    For those who will be flying home after finals, please note: You should purchase a plane ticket home no earlier than 6:00 AM on Sunday, August 13, from the Indianapolis Airport (IND). We will run a bus from the stadium to the Indianapolis Airport after finals early Sunday morning. A fun-filled overnight at the airport awaits you with about 2,000 other corps members!


    SUMMER TOUR PAPERWORK
    A reminder that the following paperwork must be turned in prior to you moving in with the corps. You can bring the paperwork with you when you move in or email it ahead of time to colts@colts.org.


    CAR PARKING OVER SUMMER
    If you are driving your car, you will park it for the weekend at Roosevelt, and then take it to the corps hall prior to us leaving the school Monday morning for the parade. Your car will be kept throughout the summer at our vehicle lot at the corps hall. The lot is not secured. We prefer that you do not leave a car in Dubuque for the summer. If you have no other alternative, please contact Jason in advance of the weekend. Please only leave your car in Dubuque if absolutely essential. Although we do our best to keep everything safe, the Colts accept no responsibility for cars left in Dubuque.


    PERSONAL UNIFORM PARTS
    These parts have been added to your bill and will be emailed with your statement. The parts will be handed out at the Memorial Day camp. Each brass and battery member receives a new plume, member shirt, mirror triangle, and marching shoes (brass/cymbals/DM also purchase gloves). Prices for Brass/Cymbals/DM will be $100; Battery $80 (no gloves); Front Ensemble will be $55 (no plumes). Guard members pay $150 for personal uniform parts that will be supplied, including shoes, earrings, flag bag, under uniform garments, warm ups, uniform parts bag, and other necessary personal items.


    CAR WASH, JUNE 10, 2017
    This is a critical project for us, and the only fundraiser for which we expect everyone's participation. We ask that you collect a minimum of 20 pledges or donations, with a total potential value of $175. If you start now and get one per day, you'll have over 40. If you wait until the last day, you'll have a problem. Please make sure your sheets are legible!

    The vast majority (90%+) of Colts and Cadets do a great job, but we do remind you that this is a requirement of your membership, agreed to in your membership contract. The car wash will be held Saturday, June 10.

    As in all facets of membership, we need people who are committed to the success of the Colts. When everyone does their share, we can make more than $45,000 in our one-day event! It's important to all of us, and it beats having to sell cookie dough, magazines, candy, pizzas, and whatever else. Our one and only fundraiser for members does the same thing as many small ones. The money raised from this project helps with tour expenses, especially food and fuel.

    As a guideline, set a goal of an average value of $10 per pledge or donation. If someone asks the value of a penny per car, the typical pledge will end up being around $7.50. If we wash 750 cars at approximately 20 locations, that amounts to $7.50 per pledge. Some pledges will be more, some less. Remember, although you may collect money in advance, you are not required to. You do not need to collect pledges. After the car wash, we will mail letters from the office to the commitments you received. We collect these payments through the office by mail or online. We prefer to not bill for anything less than $5.00. Please keep in mind the total goal to raise $175 personally. Twenty donations of a dollar each is not satisfactory.


    DCI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS HOTEL & TICKETS
    Finals Week is August 10 - 12 in Indinapolis, Indiana. There are still great seats and great rooms available for the best week of the summer! Please note that the Colts WILL perform August 10 and 11, but are not guaranteed a spot in finals on August 12. Plan accordingly. We have seats available for all three shows. You can purchase your tickets online at the Colts Mall. If you need assistance, you can contact the Colts Office at office@colts.org.

    The Colt Cadets have their prelims and finals in Michigan City on Monday and Tuesday and will also be performing in prelims on Thursday in Lucas Oil Stadium. The top 15 corps at Thursday prelims will be shown live at Star Cinema theaters throughout the country beginning at 5:00 pm. Go to www.dci.org to find the location nearest you. If you can't make it to Indianapolis, this is the next best thing!

    Hotel accomadations are available at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Indianapolis. Please call the 2017 Drum Corps Housing bureau at 317.262.8191 to book your room(s). Make sure to mention that you are with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps and provide the code DCICOLTS2017 for a discounted rate. You may also reserve your rooms online. Reservations must be made by June 27, 2017. Any unsold rooms will be released to the public at that time.


    MEMBERS FACEBOOK GROUPS
    Please make sure you have joined our Facebook groups for your section! We will also be distributing information through the Facebook pages throughout the summer.
    2017 Members Group
    Brass Members Group
    Percussion Members Group
    Guard Interest Group


    SUMMER TOUR HELP!
    We are scheduling summer volunteers. Check your schedules and let us know. Even just a few days during Spring Training or summer tour would be incredibly helpful! Remember, we can be very creative in getting you in and out of tour. Cooks, Van Drivers, and/or Those Who Sew email colts.cooks@comcast.net. Other Tour Drivers email colts@colts.org. Parents, be sure you have also joined the Colts Parents Facebook Group. We will be posting updates throughout the summer on both the Facebook group and the Colts Virtual Cooktruck.

    Most parents purchase their own airline tickets, if necessary, to get in and out of tour, but if you volunteer two weeks or more, we can furnish your air travel upon request. Even one day helps! Come as early as you can to give us a hand (and bring fresh fruits or vegetables!).

    COLTS WISH LIST FOR IN-KIND DONATIONS
    Your time on tour with us!
    Cereal
    Medium weight plastic silverware
    Gift certificates for fuel and office supply
    An RV
    Coffee - definitely caffeinated!
    Paper towels
    Fresh Fruits or Vegetables
    Did we mention, a week on tour with us!

    For a detailed list, CLICK HERE


    COLTS OFFICE
    2300 Twin Valley Drive
    Dubuque, IA 52003
    Phone 563.582.4872
    Fax 1.844.347.5323

    Vicki MacFarlane, Director
    vicki@colts.org
    Cell: 563.564.9016

    Jason Schubert, Colts Tour Director
    jason@colts.org
    Cell: 630-666-7489

    David Alford, Colt Cadets Director
    david@colts.org
    Cell: 773.308.6710

    Jeff MacFarlane, Executive Director
    jeff@colts.org
    Cell: 563.599.8553

    Return to Colts News.


    Colts Alumni Network Summer Events

    Hall Of Fame logo

    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!

    Return to Colts News.


    Colts April Rehearsal And Pre-Tour Information

    April 17, 2017

    The April rehearsal and audition weekend for the 2017 Colts will be held April 28 - 30 at Stephen Hempstead High School in Dubuque, Iowa. For first time 2017 season camp attendees, the cost of this rehearsal is $175, ($125 for returning members). If you have already attended rehearsal weekends for the 2017 season, the cost is $60. This fee is collected at each camp and covers your meals, overnight accommodations, instruction, and materials. This fee does not apply to summer fees. You can pay your camp fees in advance through the Colts Mall. Returning students can save a great deal of time at check in by also paying in advance.

    New students are welcome to attend!

    CLICK HERE for a Google map to the facility.

    Registration and unloading will begin at 6:00 pm, and rehearsal starts at 8:00 pm Friday. The weekend will conclude around 4:00 pm on Sunday. The guard will recap their weekend in the gym at 2:00 pm. The brass and percussion will conclude their weekend with a full music ensemble run through at 2:30 pm to conclude rehearsal. Exact locations will be listed on the schedule for the weekend. Schedules will be on the check in table throughout the weekend.

    Parents are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in a classroom at the facility. We also have arrangements for discounted rates at the Hampton Inn in Dubuque. The Hampton Inn is a great sponsor of the Colts! To take advantage of these rates, please call the Hampton Inn directly at 563.690.2005 and ask for the front desk. Tell them you are with the Colts.

    Always check www.colts.org before leaving for camp for any last-minute updates! Please RSVP now with your plans!


    NOTICE: The Member Handbook (aka Tour Survival Guide) and car wash information will be distributed soon. The member handbook will answer most of your questions about what to pack, what to bring, logistics and the like, especially for new members and new parents. We will email the information to all members and parents. Everyone needs to read the handbook in its entirety! The information will also be printable online. All members will be asked to submit a signed acknowledgment of the member handbook.


    Members, please double check with your parents to ensure they are checking the web site and getting all of the information we provide as well! Please bring your own spandex for uniform fittings at this event. We will be doing uniform fittings at this camp.


    HINTS FOR APRIL REHEARSAL


    PARKING
    Parking is available in the parking lot of the school. Please park in the parking lot behind the school.


    RSVP, APPLICATION, AND MEDICAL FORM
    Please RSVP regardless of your plans for this camp, so we can keep up to date with your plans. Please also submit a Member Application on the Colts website if you have not already done so. Returning your application in advance will save you a great deal of time when you check in. For first time attendees, please print, fill out, and have the Colts Medical History Form signed in advance of your arrival. You will turn this in when you check in for camp. The Medical Form also provides permission to participate in our activities. Students 18 or older may sign their own Medical Form. Any student 17 or younger will need a parent or guardian signature to participate. Please email colts@colts.org if you have any questions regarding any of our forms. The application and medical forms only need to be submitted once per year unless information changes. The RSVP should be submitted each month by interested students.

    Paying in advance can also speed up your check in process. First time attendees get a $25 discount by paying at least 48 hours before camp begins. You can pay your camp fees in advance through the Colts Mall. Returning students can save a great deal of time at check in by also paying in advance.


    WHAT TO BRING
    Students stay overnight in the gym on the floor, as you will all summer. Bring changes of clothes, shower supplies, towel, sleeping bag and pillow, comfortable clothes for rehearsal (no jeans please), and tennis shoes (no high tops, please). Many students will bring an inflatable mattress with a battery-powered air pump. Please bring a binder with plastic sleeves for your music and any hand-outs. Returning students should bring their Colts camp t-shirt to wear all weekend! We will have t-shirts available for sale for $8.00 if you need a new one.

    New auditioning students will receive the audition t-shirt at check in. The shirt with your name will be worn for all rehearsal segments of the weekend. If this is your first camp, please email a picture of yourself to jason@colts.org. Include your name (first and last) and section in the email. This picture is printed on your audition form so our instructional team can quickly learn your name and face.

    Brass: Please bring your own mouthpiece binder for music, and gloves. Instruments will be provided for the weekend. Be prepared to play the exercises and excerpts provided in the brass packet that best fits your area of interest: Trumpet, Mellophone, Baritone/Euphonium, or Tuba. You may also demonstrate your abilities with any piece, etude or excerpt you feel comfortable with. For the Sunday afternoon performance, please wear the audition t-shirt.

    Color Guard: Bring lightweight, workout clothing for rehearsals (no jeans), black pants or shorts and a black shirt for Sunday's performance, your own rifle and/or sabre (if you can), and knee pads (if you like). There is no need to purchase any special equipment for rehearsals. You will wear your audition t-shirt for most rehearsal segments through the weekend.

    Percussion: Please bring your own sticks or mallets, practice pad, and a binder for music. We will provide all instruments for camps. We will evaluate you individually, and as a part of the group. Please wear the audition t-shirt for the Sunday afternoon performance.


    TRAVEL PLANS
    We provide ground transportation anytime to and from the Dubuque Regional Airport (DBQ) for Dubuque camps. We can also accommodate flights into surrounding airports (Quad Cities, Madison, Rockford, or Cedar Rapids). You MUST notify the office prior to booking a flight into anywhere other than Dubuque. MLI (Moline) and CID (Cedar Rapids) are very close to Dubuque and reasonable in fare. ORD (O'Hare) travel MUST land prior to 3:30 pm on Friday and depart no earlier than 7:30 pm on Sunday. MDW (Midway) travel MUST land prior to 2:30 pm on Friday and depart no earlier than 8:30 pm on Sunday. If you plan on using either of these airports, please let colts@colts.org know prior to booking flights.

    If you need help finding a ride to camp, or to arrange rides from an airport or bus station, please notify us ASAP by email at colts@colts.org or call 563.582.4872. You can also help fellow members by offering a ride in your vehicle. You can let us know if you have extra room or if need a ride on your RSVP. All flight details should also be listed on your RSVP.


    MEMBERSHIP PROCESS & CONTRACTS
    There are positions available in the brass line and color guard. Individuals attending our first events are given priority over those who do not attend these rehearsals. Following the weekend, you will receive 1) an offer of membership, 2) a recall for a second and final audition, or 3) a suggestion that you come back again next year.

    If this is your second or third rehearsal, we are specifically looking for the growth you have made in the past month. Your audition will be very similar to the prior month, and please be prepared in the same manner as which was asked for your first audition. A decision will be made regarding your membership after this camp. If you cannot attend this camp, please make sure you are communicating with the office and your caption head about when you will be here.

    Individuals offered a contract should begin making payments on your fees immediately when you submit your contract. If you cannot attend this rehearsal, you must be in touch in advance to preserve your position in the corps. Initial contract offerings are valid until noon on Saturday of this rehearsal. We must have a signed contract with initial payment by that time, or the spot will be released to someone else.


    SCHEDULE CONFLICTS
    Camp attendance is critical to our and your success. If you cannot attend this rehearsal but are planning to attend an upcoming audition, you must be in touch in advance with the office through the RSVP form. It is important to communicate with your caption head as well. Too much communication is better than not enough.

    If you have schedule conflicts with our preseason rehearsals, talk with us. We can usually work it out with you. Attending part of the weekend is better than not attending at all. Do not lose your opportunity to perform with the Colts over a lack of communication.


    PARENTS
    An informational meeting for parents will be held Friday evening at 8:45 pm in a location to be announced. Bring all of your questions! Schedules will be available at the check in table with locations for everything going on throughout the weekend.

    Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the weekend. Parental support is what makes the Colts successful, and you are needed to give the kids the incredible Colts experience we are known for. Also, this is the best way for you to find out about our program, meet the other parents, and get comfortable with what this is all about. You will find a very welcoming and exciting opportunity here.

    Parents will cook and serve the meals throughout the weekend, coordinate sewing projects, and assist with some repair work. We always have things to do for anyone willing to lend a hand.

    Parents are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in a classroom at the school, or you can find a discounted rate at the Hampton Inn here in Dubuque. Please call the hotel directly at 563.690.2005 and ask for the Colts Drum Corps rate.

    Parents are encouraged to sign onto the email mailing list to receive Colts information via email.

    All parents and volunteers are Colts Boosters! Plan on joining us Saturday morning, before or after breakfast (approximately 8:30 am), to divide for Saturday projects. If you arrive at a random time, the kitchen and check in tables are good places to start with questions about where you can help.


    SOUVENIR SALES
    Throughout the weekend, all items in the Colts Mall will be available for sale! Summer is coming up soon, and the weekend will be a great time to purchase a present for your special someone! Anyone is able to purchase souvenirs - students, parents, friends, family, etc. The souvenir racks will be set up by the check in table, and you can purchase your items there.


    EARLY MOVE-IN FOR GUARD AND PERCUSSION
    We will be staying at the Dubuque Armory again this season, and bussing to fields. Please plan on arriving at 6:00 pm on Sunday evening May 21, so we may begin rehearsal bright and early Monday morning, May 22.

    If your parents are able to volunteer for a day or two during this time, we would be VERY EXCITED to have them with us! Please have them contact Vicki to help during this time.


    MAY \ SPRING TRAINING \ AUGUST AIRLINE PLANS
    We can pick you up at the airport or bus station in Dubuque. If you need assistance getting here from another airport, please call us before booking flights. Rides from other local airports such as Moline (MLI) or Cedar Rapids (CID) can generally be accommodated.

    To arrange rides from an airport or bus station, please notify us by email at colts@colts.org or call 563.582.4872. You can also help fellow members by offering a ride in your vehicle. You can let us know if you have extra room or if need a ride on your RSVP.

    For those who will be flying home after finals, please note: You should purchase a plane ticket home no earlier than 6:00 am on Sunday, August 13, from the Indianapolis Airport (IND). We will run a bus from the stadium to the Indianapolis Airport after finals early Sunday morning. A fun-filled overnight at the airport awaits you with about 2,000 other corps members!


    PERSONAL UNIFORM PARTS
    These parts have been added to your bill and will be emailed with your statement. The parts will be handed out at the Memorial Day camp. Each brass and battery member receive a new plume, member shirt, mirror triangle, and marching shoes (brass/cymbals/DM also purchase gloves). Prices for Brass/Cymbals/DM will be $100; Battery $80 (no gloves); Front Ensemble will be $55 (no plumes). Guard members pay $150 for personal uniform parts that will be supplied, including shoes, earrings, flag bag, under uniform garments, warm ups, uniform parts bag and other necessary personal items.


    CAR WASH, JUNE 10, 2017
    This is a critical project for us, and the only fundraiser for which we expect everyone's participation. We ask that you collect a minimum of 20 pledges or donations, with a total potential value of $175. If you start now and get one per day, you'll have over 40. If you wait until the last day, you'll have a problem. Please make sure your sheets are legible!

    The vast majority (90%+) of Colts and Cadets do a great job, but we do remind you that this is a requirement of your membership, agreed to in your membership contract. The car wash will be held Saturday, June 10.

    As in all facets of membership, we need people who are committed to the success of the Colts. When everyone does their share, we can make more than $45,000 in our one-day event!

    Please plan, so that you can do your share. It's important to all of us, and it beats having to sell cookie dough, magazines, candy, pizzas and whatever else. Our one and only fundraiser for members does the same thing as many small ones.

    The money raised from this project helps with tour expenses, especially food and fuel. It's extra important that we do well this year with what is happening in the world and with beef prices going crazy.

    As a guideline, set a goal of an average value of $10 per pledge or donation. If someone asks the value of a penny per car, the typical pledge of a penny per car total will end up being around $8. If we wash 750 cars at approximately 20 locations, that amounts to $7.50 per pledge. Some pledges will be more, some less. Remember, although you may collect money in advance, you are not required to. You do not need to collect pledges. After the car wash, we will mail letters from the office to the commitments you received for you. We then collect these payments through the office by mail. We prefer to not bill for anything less than $5. Please keep in mind the total goal to raise $175 personally. Twenty donations of a dollar each is not satisfactory.


    REMAINING REHEARSALS
    May 21, 2017: Pre-season Move In for Guard and Percussion, Dubuque Armory
    May 26, 2017: Move In For Summer, Roosevelt Middle School, Dubuque
    May 29, 2017: Parade and Summer debut concert in Dubuque, Iowa


    EMAIL AND WEBSITE
    Please make sure you have received audition information in your area of interest! These materials are emailed to you after requesting information for the current season.

    Join our Facebook groups for your area of interest! These pages will help you meet other members prior to auditions and clarify questions you may have. We will also be distributing music through the Facebook pages.
    2017 Members Group
    Brass Members Group
    Percussion Members Group
    Guard Interest Group


    SUMMER TOUR HELP!
    We are scheduling summer volunteers. Check your schedules and let us know. Remember, we can be very creative in getting you in and out of tour. Cooks, Van Drivers, and/or Those Who Sew email colts.cooks@comcast.net. Other Tour Drivers email colts@colts.org

    Most parents purchase their own airline tickets, if necessary, to get in and out of tour, but if you volunteer two weeks or more, we can furnish your air travel upon request. Even one day helps! Come as early as you can to give us a hand (and bring fresh fruits or vegetables!).

    COLTS WISH LIST FOR IN-KIND DONATIONS
    Your time on tour with us!
    8-12 Board room chairs
    Medium weight plastic silverware
    Gift certificates for fuel and office supply
    An RV
    Coffee - definitely caffeinated!
    Paper towels
    Fresh Fruits or Vegetables
    Did we mention, a week on tour with us!

    For a detailed list, CLICK HERE

    Welcome! We would love to have you as part of the Red Team family!


    COLTS OFFICE
    2300 Twin Valley Drive
    Dubuque, IA 52003
    Phone 563.582.4872
    Fax 1.844.347.5323

    Vicki MacFarlane, Director
    vicki@colts.org
    Cell: 563.564.9016

    Jason Schubert, Colts Tour Director
    jason@colts.org
    Cell: 630-666-7489

    David Alford, Colt Cadets Director
    david@colts.org
    Cell: 773.308.6710

    Jeff MacFarlane, Executive Director
    jeff@colts.org
    Cell: 563.599.8553

    Return to Colts News.


    Now Accepting Nominations For Colts Hall Of Fame

    Hall Of Fame logo

    April 15, 2017

    The Colts are now accepting nominations for their Hall of Fame class of 2017! Any member of the public may nominate an individual for induction into the Colts Hall of Fame by submitting a letter describing the reasons their nominee should be considered, along with a brief description of the role and history of contributions that person has made to the Colts organization. Click here for a description of the nomination process.

    The Hall of Fame was established in 1993 during the 30th anniversary celebration of the Colts. The award is the highest level of recognition given by the organization, and many of the founders of the Colts were the first to be inducted. The Hall of Fame went dormant following our 40th anniversary but was reintroduced in 2015 to honor those who have provided distinguished service to the organization. Throughout the years, the Colts have recognized board members, alumni, volunteers, and staff as Hall of Fame inductees.

    In the days ahead, we will expand the recognition of the individuals currently included in the Hall of Fame by adding a brief biography and photograph for each. If you have photographs, anecdotes, or other information to add to Hall of Fame member biographies, please send them to: hof@colts.org. You can view a full listing of all Colts Hall of Fame members here.

    Act now, as 2017 nominations are due by May 22!

    Return to Colts News.


    Colt Cadets March 10-12 Weekend Rehearsal Details

    February 28, 2017

    March 10-12 Colt Cadets Overnight Details
    7:00 pm Friday through 12:00 pm Sunday
    Edgewood-Colesburg Jr / Sr High
    403 W Union St.
    Edgewood, IA 52042

    The Colt Cadets weekend rehearsal will be the weekend of March 10 - 12 at Edgewood-Colesburg Jr / Sr High in Edgewood, Iowa. For a map to the facility, you can click here. To sign-up for the weekend, please fill out our registration here. This allows us to make sure we have enough supplies for the weekend. The weekend rehearsal costs $25 for all students to help cover the cost of food, housing, and instruction. You can pay when you arrive at check in or you can pay early on the Colts Mall. Please arrive at Edgewood-Colesburg Jr / Sr High at 7:00 pm to check in and help unload. We will start promptly at 8:00 pm. We can provide rides between Dubuque and Edgewood to those who need help with transportation. Please email david@colts.org ASAP if you are in need of a ride.

    This event is set up as a zero-pressure, no strings attached way for students to check out the drum corps activity. All equipment will be provided! Whether you have previously attended a Colt Cadets rehearsal this year or not, ALL students are welcome!

    On Sunday morning, we will do a performance at 11:30 am* to recap everything that we worked on over the weekend! Parents are encouraged to attend to see their student perform as a part of the Colt Cadets. (*time subject to change! Check back over the weekend for the specific performance time)

    First time attendees, please help us save time at check in! Fill out an ONLINE APPLICATION and print your PARENT CONSENT FORM ahead of time. All students under the age of 18 must turn in a signed parent consent form to participate.

    A snack before bed will be provided on Friday. Four meals will be provided on Saturday and breakfast and a sack lunch will be provided on Sunday. We will eat off of the Cadets food truck (the "Chuck Wagon") just like we do on tour! We will also sleep in the gym, just like we do on tour!

    We will have several projects for volunteers during the weekend, including uniform organization, food preparation & serving, and trailer maintenance. The more the merrier! Parents who volunteer are welcome to stay with us in the school and eat meals with us as well. We will take any and all help!

    Depending on the weather, we plan to spend some time outside! Be prepared for anything! This means t-shirt, shorts, wind or sweat pants, sweatshirt, and light jacket. Tennis shoes are a must! Bring a hat for the sun. No jeans, please.

    Sample Schedule:
    *subject to change*

    Friday
    7:00 pm - Check in and Unload
    8:00 pm - Stretch/Cals
    8:30 pm - Rehearsal and Parent Meeting
    11:00 pm - Snack
    12:00 am - Lights Out

    Saturday
    8:00 am - Wake up and breakfast
    9:00 am - Strech/Cals
    10:00 am - Rehearsal
    12:30 pm - Lunch
    1:30 pm - Rehearsal
    6:00 pm - Dinner
    7:00 pm - Rehearsal
    11:00 pm - Snack
    12:00 am - Lights Out

    Sunday
    8:00 am - Wake up and Breakfast
    9:00 am - Stretch/Cals
    9:30 am - Rehearsal
    11:00 am - Break to get sack lunch & set up for performance
    11:30 am - Performance
    12:00 pm - Pack and load, clean the school
    1:00 pm - Dismissed

    For parents interested in volunteering during the weekend, a meeting will take place at 8:30 pm on Friday to get things started! If you are a new parent, Colt Cadet staff will be available throughout the weekend to explain all about what we do and how we do it! Please come introduce yourself, we are excited that you and your student are spending the weekend with us, and happy to answer any questions you might have.

    It is better to attend some of the weekend than none of the weekend - please come and go as your schedule allows.

    Learn More About The Colt Cadets:

    Summer membership in the Colt Cadets is open to any young person in middle school or high school, with or without prior performance experience. There is no audition to be a member, but students are expected to be strong team players with a desire to be great!

    Our preseason rehearsals are approached as clinics, so that any young person can explore drum corps membership without the full commitment. This allows students to experience a variety of sections or instruments to find what suits them best.

    During the summer the Colt Cadets will perform for more than 75,000 people in seven states. In 2016, Colt Cadets will again finish the season at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (home of the NFL Colts), at the Drum Corps International World Championships. Last season marked the sixth consecutive year the Colt Cadets placed as DCI Open Class Finalists. For the full summer schedule, click here.

    We can make a variety of summer schedules work! Many members are able to participate in other summer activities while performing with the Colt Cadets. If you have questions about your specific summer plans, do not hesitate to call or email, and feel free to bring your summer schedule to an open rehearsal. Our staff will provide more insight on how to balance your summer plans.

    All instruments, uniforms, and instruction are provided, and individuals will be provided with opportunities to help earn some, or all, of their summer membership fees. But remember, all preseason rehearsals are FREE to attend.

    Anyone unavailable for this event can still join us at one of our upcoming rehearsals in Dubuque. See a full list of our preseason rehearsals click here.

    Students who live exceptionally far away from Dubuque should contact either David david@colts.org or the Colts Office at 563.582.4872 to discuss how they can participate.

    For more information, visit the Colt Cadets Homepage.

    Welcome! We would love to have you as part of the Red Team family!

    COLTS OFFICE
    2300 Twin Valley Drive
    Dubuque, IA 52003
    Phone 563.482.4872
    Fax 1.844.347.5323

    David Alford, Colt Cadets Director
    david@colts.org
    Cell: 773.308.6710

    Jason Schubert, Colts Tour Director
    jason@colts.org
    Cell: 630-666-7489

    Vicki MacFarlane, Colts Director
    vicki@colts.org
    Cell: 563.564.9016

    Jeff MacFarlane, Executive Director
    jeff@colts.org
    Cell: 563.599.8553

    Return to Colts News.


    March 17-19 Brass Rehearsal And Audition Weekend Details

    March 6, 2017

    Attend our March brass weekend at Maquoketa High School in Maquoketa, Iowa, just 20 minues south of Dubuque! Lots of information for students auditioning, members, and parents. New students welcome!

    The March brass rehearsal and audition for the 2017 Colts will be held March 17 - 19, at the Maquoketa High School in Maquoketa, Iowa. For first time 2017 season camp attendees, the cost of this rehearsal is $175, ($125 for returning members). If you have already attended rehearsal weekends for the 2017 season, the cost is $60. This fee is collected at each camp and covers your meals, overnight accommodations, instruction, and materials. This fee does not apply to summer fees.

    New students are welcome to attend! There are still openings in each section of the brass line.

    CLICK HERE for a Google map to the facility.

    Registration will begin at 6:30 pm, and rehearsal begins at 8:00 pm Friday. The weekend will conclude around 4:00 pm on Sunday. There will be a performance around 2:00 pm* Sunday afternoon to recap the weekend (*time subject to change! Check back over the weekend for the specific performance time).

    Parents are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in a classroom at the facility. We also have arrangements for discounted rates at the Hampton Inn in Dubuque. The Hampton Inn is a great sponsor of the Colts! To take advantage of these rates, please call the Hampton Inn directly at 563.690.2005 and tell them you are with the Colts.

    Always check www.colts.org before leaving for camp for any last-minute updates! Please RSVP now with your plans!

    Guard students should contact Colts Color Guard Caption Head, Brandon Smith, at coltscolorguard1963@gmail.com, with interest in a video audition. Color guard will be expected to be at the April camp, April 28 - 30, along with the rest of the drum corps. Percussion students should contact Colts Director Vicki MacFarlane at colts@colts.org with questions about percussion spots remaining in the 2017 Colts.


    PARKING
    Parking is available in the parking lot of the school. Please park in the parking lot on the north side of the school and enter through the main front doors.


    RSVP, APPLICATION, AND MEDICAL FORM
    Please RSVP regardless of your plans for this camp, so we can keep up to date with your plans. Please also submit a Member Application on the Colts website if you have not already done so. Returning your application in advance will save you a great deal of time when you check in. For first time attendees, please print, fill out, and have the Colts Medical History Form signed in advance of your arrival. You will turn this in when you check in for camp. The Medical Form also provides permission to participate in our activities. Students 18 or older may sign their own Medical Form. Any student 17 or younger will need a parent or guardian signature to participate. Please email colts@colts.org if you have any questions regarding any of our forms. The application and medical forms only need to be submitted once per year unless information changes. The RSVP should be submitted each month by interested students.

    Paying in advance can also speed up your check in process. First time attendees get a $25 discount by paying at least 48 hours before camp begins. You can pay your camp fees in advance through the Colts Mall. Returning students can save a great deal of time at check in by also paying in advance.


    WHAT TO BRING
    Students stay overnight in the gym on the floor, as you will all summer. Bring changes of clothes, shower supplies, towel, sleeping bag and pillow, comfortable clothes for rehearsal (no jeans please), and tennis shoes (no high tops, please). Many students will bring an inflatable mattress with a battery-powered air pump. Please bring a binder with plastic sleeves for your music and any hand-outs. Returning students should bring their Colts camp t-shirt to wear all weekend! We will have t-shirts available for sale for $8.00 if you do not have your's.

    New auditioning students will receive the audition t-shirt at check in. The shirt with your name will be worn for all rehearsal segments of the weekend. If this is your first camp, please email a picture of yourself to jason@colts.org. Include your name (first and last) and section in the email. This picture is printed on your audition form so our instructional team can quickly learn your name and face.

    Brass: Please bring your own mouthpiece, marching instrument, music stand, binder for music, and gloves. If you do not have access to an instrument and will need one provided, please contact colts@colts.org. Be prepared to play the exercises and excerpts provided in the brass packet that best fits your area of interest: Trumpet, Mellophone, Baritone/Euphonium, or Tuba. You may also demonstrate your abilities with any piece, etude or excerpt you feel comfortable with. For the Sunday afternoon performance, please wear the audition t-shirt.


    TRAVEL PLANS
    We provide ground transportation anytime to and from the Dubuque Regional Airport (DBQ) for Dubuque camps. We can also accommodate flights into surrounding airports (Quad Cities, Madison, Rockford, or Cedar Rapids). You MUST notify the office prior to booking a flight into anywhere other than Dubuque. MLI (Moline) and CID (Cedar Rapids) are very close to Dubuque and reasonable in fare. ORD (O'Hare) travel MUST land prior to 3:30 pm on Friday and depart no earlier than 7:30 pm on Sunday. MDW (Midway) travel MUST land prior to 2:30 pm on Friday and depart no earlier than 8:30 pm on Sunday. If you plan on using either of these airports, please let colts@colts.org know prior to booking flights.

    If you need help finding a ride to camp, or to arrange rides from an airport or bus station, please notify us ASAP by email at colts@colts.org or call 563.582.4872. You can also help fellow members by offering a ride in your vehicle. You can let us know if you have extra room or if need a ride on your RSVP. All flight details should also be listed on your RSVP.


    MEMBERSHIP PROCESS & CONTRACTS
    There are positions available in every section of the brass line. Individuals attending our first events are given priority over those who do not attend these rehearsals. Following the weekend, you will receive 1) an offer of membership, 2) a recall for a second and final audition, or 3) a suggestion that you come back again next year. Most will receive a recall to a second rehearsal, so plan accordingly so we can be sure of our commitment to each other.

    If this is your second or third rehearsal, we are specifically looking for the growth you have made in the past month. Your audition will be very similar to the prior month, and please be prepared in the same manner as which was asked for your first audition. A decision will be made regarding your membership after this camp. If you cannot attend this camp, please make sure you are communicating with the office and your caption head about when you will be here.

    Individuals offered a contract should begin making payments on your fees immediately when you submit your contract. If you cannot attend this rehearsal, you must be in touch in advance to preserve your position in the corps. Initial contract offerings are valid until noon on Saturday of this rehearsal. We must have a signed contract with initial payment by that time, or the spot will be released to someone else.


    SCHEDULE CONFLICTS
    Camp attendance is critical to our and your success. If you cannot attend this rehearsal but are planning to attend an upcoming audition, you must be in touch in advance with the office through the RSVP form. It is important to communicate with your caption head as well. Too much communication is better than not enough.

    If you have schedule conflicts with our preseason rehearsals, talk with us. We can usually work it out with you. Attending part of the weekend is better than not attending at all. Do not lose your opportunity to perform with the Colts over a lack of communication.


    PARENTS
    An informational meeting for parents will be held Friday evening at 8:45 pm in a location to be announced. Detailed schedules with the location will be at the check-in table. Bring all of your questions!

    Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the weekend. Parental support is what makes the Colts successful, and you are needed to give the kids the incredible Colts experience we are known for. Also, this is the best way for you to find out about our program, meet the other parents, and get comfortable with what this is all about. You will find a very welcoming and exciting opportunity here.

    Parents will cook and serve the meals throughout the weekend, coordinate sewing projects, and assist with some repair work. We always have things to do for anyone willing to lend a hand.

    Parents are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in a classroom at the school, or you can find a discounted rate at the Hampton Inn here in Dubuque. Please call the hotel directly at 563.690.2005 and ask for the Colts Drum Corps rate.

    Parents are encouraged to sign onto the email mailing list to receive Colts information via email.

    All parents and volunteers are Colts Boosters! Plan on joining us Saturday morning, before or after breakfast (approximately 9 am), to divide for Saturday projects. If you arrive at a random time, the kitchen and check in tables are good places to start with questions about where you can help.


    REMAINING REHEARSALS
    April 28-30, 2017 | Full Corps, Hempstead High School, Dubuque, Iowa

    May 21, 2017: Pre-season Move In for Guard and Percussion, Dubuque Armory
    May 26, 2017: Move In For Summer, Roosevelt Middle School, Dubuque
    May 29, 2017: Parade and Summer debut concert in Dubuque, Iowa


    EMAIL AND WEBSITE
    Please make sure you have received audition information in your area of interest! These materials are emailed to you after requesting information for the current season.

    Join our Facebook groups for your area of interest! These pages will help you meet other members prior to auditions and clarify questions you may have. We will also be distributing music through the Facebook pages.
    2017 Members Group
    Brass Members Group
    Percussion Members Group
    Guard Interest Group


    SUMMER TOUR HELP!
    We are scheduling summer volunteers. Check your schedules and let us know. Remember, we can be very creative in getting you in and out of tour. Cooks, Van Drivers, and/or Those Who Sew email colts.cooks@comcast.net. Other Tour Drivers email colts@colts.org

    Most parents purchase their own airline tickets, if necessary, to get in and out of tour, but if you volunteer two weeks or more, we can furnish your air travel upon request. Even one day helps! Come as early as you can to give us a hand (and bring fresh fruits or vegetables!).

    COLTS WISH LIST FOR IN-KIND DONATIONS
    Your time on tour with us!
    8-12 Board room chairs
    Medium weight plastic silverware
    Gift certificates for fuel and office supply
    An RV
    Coffee - definitely caffeinated!
    Paper towels
    Fresh Fruits or Vegetables
    Did we mention, a week on tour with us!

    For a detailed list, CLICK HERE

    Welcome! We would love to have you as part of the Red Team family!


    COLTS OFFICE
    2300 Twin Valley Drive
    Dubuque, IA 52003
    Phone 563.582.4872
    Fax 1.844.347.5323

    Vicki MacFarlane, Director
    vicki@colts.org
    Cell: 563.564.9016

    David Alford, Colt Cadets Director
    david@colts.org
    Cell: 773.308.6710

    Jason Schubert, Colts Tour Director
    jason@colts.org
    Cell: 630-666-7489

    Jeff MacFarlane, Executive Director
    jeff@colts.org
    Cell: 563.599.8553

    Return to Colts News.


    Colts Debut New Website

    February 18, 2017

    Website Design 1

    It began as a school project in the fall of 1998 in an introduction to web design course. Katherine Eichhorn was a Colts member and mellophone player who began marching in the Colt Cadets in 1994 and moved up to the Colts in 1997 before aging out in 2002. This initial version of the Colts website (pictured left) looks simple now, but when it was designed was considered ahead of its time for the drum corps activity. Katherine's father and board member, Randy Eichhorn, purchased the domain name colts.org for the project and allowed the corps to use it.



    Website Design 2

    As the Internet age continued to expand and become more prevalent around the world, the corps website was updated again (pictured right). However, the capabilities of the Internet were still developing - all forms had to be printed off and mailed or faxed in. While it's not that exciting today, having a fax machine in the early 2000's was still a big deal. This version debuted in 2002, again designed by Katherine as she completed her MIS degree at Iowa State University. Katherine is currently a product and solutions specialist at tickets.com in New York City.





    Website Design 2

    Throughout this time, Katherine was the only one who was able to update the website - all changes had to be sent to her before they could be uploaded. Around 2002, the ability to post news articles on the website was added, allowing the office staff to post directly to the website. With this change came another redesign of the website, which has been the website used since (pictured left). The design was a collaborative effort between several designers and creators, including Katherine and Jeff MacFarlane. This website redesign provided a major face-lift for the corps, allowing far more options for design and the amount of information that could be posted.



    During the Colts 50th anniversary season in 2013, discussions began again about redesigning the Colts website and alumnus Brandon Rogers was engaged to design the framework for the new website. Brandon Rogers was a trumpet and mellophone player starting in 2004 and aging out in 2007. Brandon currently works as a web developer with CloudCraze, a Chicago based company that develops web-based storefronts designed to engage and collaborate with Salesforce. The creation of the website framework was completed in 2015, allowing the office staff to take over and begin transferring all data and files from the old website to the new.

    A huge thank you to all who have been a part of the Colts' various websites throughout our time as an organization, but especially to Katherine and Brandon. Without their dedication, creativity and passion, the organization's presence online would not be what it is today.

    Return to Colts News.


    DCI World Championships Tickets And Hotel

    February 7, 2017

    The Colts are pleased to once again be offering some of the best Drum Corps International World Championships tickets to our families, alumni, fans, and friends. The DCI World Championships will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 10-12, 2017, where the Colts will wrap up their 55th season and the Colt Cadets will conclude their 50th.

    The members of the Colts and Colt Cadets thank you for your support for attending their biggest shows of the year! Tickets are limited and orders will be filled on a first come, first served basis. All seats in the Colts Block will be in Premium sections in the stadium on both the upper and lower seating decks. To purchase your tickets today on the Colts Mall, you can click here. Tickets for Quarterfinals sell for $54 each, Semifinals for $64 each, and Finals for $84 each. For each ticket purchased, you will also receive a $5.00 off coupon for the Colts Souvenir Stand! If you have any questions, please e-mail the Colts Office at office@colts.org or call 563.582.4872.

    Have your tickets? Now get your room!

    The Colts have a block of rooms reserved at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Indianapolis. Please call the 2017 Drum Corps Housing bureau at 317.262.8191 to book your room(s). Make sure to mention that you are with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps and provide the code DCICOLTS2017 for a discounted rate. You may also reserve your rooms online. Reservations must be made by June 27, 2017. Any unsold rooms will be released to the public at that time.

    Come to Indy and join the fun and excitement!

    Return to Colts News.


    February 17-19 Brass Rehearsal And Audition Weekend Details

    February 4, 2017

    Attend our February brass weekend at the beautiful Five Flags Center in Dubuque! Lots of information for students auditioning, members, and parents. New students welcome!

    The February Brass rehearsal and audition for the 2017 Colts will be held February 17-19, at the Five Flags Center in Dubuque, Iowa. For first time 2017 season camp attendees, the cost of this rehearsal is $175, ($125 for returning members). If you have already attended rehearsal weekends for the 2017 season, the cost is $60. This fee is collected at each camp and covers your meals, overnight accommodations, instruction, and materials. This fee does not apply to summer fees.

    New students are welcome to attend! There are still openings in each section of the brass line.

    CLICK HERE for a Google map to the facility.

    Registration will begin at 6:30 pm, and rehearsal begins at 8:00 pm Friday. The weekend will conclude around 4:00 pm on Sunday. There will be a performance around 2:00 pm* Sunday afternoon to recap the weekend (*time subject to change! Check back over the weekend for the specific performance time).

    Parents are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in a classroom at the facility. We also have arrangements for discounted rates at the Hampton Inn in Dubuque. The Hampton Inn is a great sponsor of the Colts! To take advantage of these rates, please call the Hampton Inn directly (563-690-2005) and tell them you are with the Colts.

    Always check www.colts.org before leaving for Dubuque for any last-minute updates! Please RSVP now with your plans!

    Guard students should contact Colts Color Guard Caption Head, Brandon Smith, at coltscolorguard1963@gmail.com, with interest in a video audition. Color guard will be expected to be at the April camp, April 28-30, along with the rest of the drum corps. Percussion students should contact Colts Director Vicki MacFarlane at colts@colts.org with questions about percussion spots remaining in the 2017 Colts.

    PARKING
    Parking is available after 6 pm on Friday in the city lot next to the Five Flags at the corner of 5th and Main Streets. Parking is also available in the Five Flags Center Ramp on the corner of 4th and Iowa Streets. As most of this parking is metered on Saturday, all drivers should be sensitive and aware of where you physically park to avoid getting ticketed or towed.

    RSVP, APPLICATION, AND MEDICAL FORM
    Please RSVP regardless of your plans for this camp, so we can keep up to date with your plans. Please also submit a Member Application on the Colts website if you have not already done so. Returning your application in advance will save you a great deal of time when you check in. For first time attendees, please print, fill out, and have the Colts Medical History Form signed in advance of your arrival. You will turn this in when you check in for camp. The Medical Form also provides permission to participate in our activities. Students 18 or older may sign their own Medical Form. Any student 17 or younger will need a parent or guardian signature to participate. Please email colts@colts.org if you have any questions regarding any of our forms. The application and medical forms only need to be submitted once per year unless information changes. The RSVP should be submitted each month by interested students.

    Paying in advance can also speed up your check in process. First time attendees get a $25 discount by paying at least 48 hours before camp begins. You can pay your camp fees in advance through the Colts Mall. Returning students can save a great deal of time at check in by also paying this fee in advance.

    WHAT TO BRING
    Students stay overnight in the arena on the floor, as you will all summer. Bring changes of clothes, shower supplies, towel, sleeping bag and pillow, comfortable clothes for rehearsal (no jeans please), and tennis shoes (no high tops, please). Many students will bring an inflatable mattress with a battery-powered air pump. Please bring a binder with plastic sleeves for your music and any hand-outs. Returning students should bring their Colts camp t-shirt to wear all weekend! We will have t-shirts available for sale for $8.00 if you do not have yours.

    New auditioning students will receive the audition t-shirt at check in. The shirt with your name will be worn for all rehearsal segments of the weekend. If this is your first camp, please email a picture of yourself to jason@colts.org. Include your name (first and last) and section in the email. This picture is printed on your audition form so our instructional team can quickly learn your name and face.

    Brass: Please bring your own mouthpiece, marching instrument, music stand, binder for music, and gloves. If you do not have access to an instrument and will need one provided, please contact colts@colts.org. Be prepared to play the exercises and excerpts provided in the brass packet that best fits your area of interest: Trumpet, Mellophone, Baritone/Euphonium, or Tuba. You may also demonstrate your abilities with any piece, etude or excerpt you feel comfortable with. For the Sunday afternoon performance, please wear the audition t-shirt.

    TRAVEL PLANS
    We provide ground transportation anytime to and from the Dubuque Regional Airport (DBQ) for Dubuque camps. We can also accommodate flights into surrounding airports (Quad Cities, Madison, Rockford, or Cedar Rapids). You MUST notify the office prior to booking a flight into anywhere other than Dubuque. MLI (Moline) and CID (Cedar Rapids) are very close to Dubuque and reasonable in fare. ORD (O'Hare) travel MUST land prior to 3:30 pm. on Friday and depart no earlier than 7:30 pm on Sunday. MDW (Midway) travel MUST land prior to 2:30 pm on Friday and depart no earlier than 8:30 pm on Sunday. If you plan on using either of these airports, please let colts@colts.org know prior to booking flights.

    If you need help finding a ride to camp, or to arrange rides from an airport or bus station, please notify us ASAP by email at colts@colts.org or call 563-582-4872. You can also help fellow members by offering a ride in your vehicle. You can let us know if you have extra room or if need a ride on your RSVP. All flight details should also be listed on your RSVP.

    MEMBERSHIP PROCESS & CONTRACTS
    There are positions available in every section of the brass line. Individuals attending our first events are given priority over those who do not attend these rehearsals. Following the weekend, you will receive 1) an offer of membership, 2) a recall for a second and final audition, or 3) a suggestion that you come back again next year. Most will receive a recall to a second rehearsal, so plan accordingly so we can be sure of our commitment to each other.

    If this is your second or third rehearsal, we are specifically looking for the growth you have made in the past month. Your audition will be very similar to the prior month, and please be prepared in the same manner as which was asked for your first audition. A decision will be made regarding your membership after this camp. If you cannot attend this camp, please make sure you are communicating with the office and your caption head about when you will be here.

    Individuals offered a contract should begin making payments on your fees immediately when you submit your contract. If you cannot attend this rehearsal, you must be in touch in advance to preserve your position in the corps. Initial contract offerings are valid until noon on Saturday of this rehearsal. We must have a signed contract with initial payment by that time, or the spot will be released to someone else.

    SCHEDULE CONFLICTS
    Camp attendance is critical to our and your success. If you cannot attend this rehearsal but are planning to attend an upcoming audition, you must be in touch in advance with the office through the RSVP form. It is important to communicate with your caption head as well. Too much communication is better than not enough.

    If you have schedule conflicts with our preseason rehearsals, talk with us. We can usually work it out with you. Attending part of the weekend is better than not attending at all. Do not lose your opportunity to perform with the Colts over a lack of communication.

    PARENTS
    An informational meeting for parents will be held Friday evening at 8:45 pm in a location to be announced at check in. Detailed schedules with the location will be at the check-in table. Bring all of your questions!

    Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the weekend. Parental support is what makes the Colts successful, and you are needed to give the kids the incredible Colts experience we are known for. Also, this is the best way for you to find out about our program, meet the other parents and get comfortable with what this is all about. You will find a very welcoming and exciting opportunity here.

    Parents will cook and serve the meals throughout the weekend, coordinate sewing projects, and assist with some repair work. We always have things to do for anyone willing to lend a hand.

    Parents are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in a classroom at the school, or you can find a discounted rate at the Hampton Inn here in Dubuque. Please call the hotel directly at (563)-690-2005 and ask for the Colts Drum Corps rate.

    Parents are encouraged to sign onto the email mailing list to receive Colts information via email.

    All parents and volunteers are Colts Boosters! Plan on joining us Saturday morning, before or after breakfast (approximately 9 am), to divide for Saturday projects. If you arrive at a random time, the kitchen and check in tables are good places to start with questions about where you can help.

    SOUVENIR SALES
    Throughout the weekend, all items in the Colts Mall will be available for sale! Anyone is able to purchase souvenirs - students, parents, friends, family, etc. The souvenir racks will be set up by the check-in table, and you can purchase your items there. There will even be a few new items available for purchase!

    REMAINING REHEARSALS
    March 17-19, 2017  Brass Only, Maquoketa High School, Maquoketa, Iowa
    April 28-30, 2017  Full Corps, Hempstead High School, Dubuque, Iowa

    May 21, 2017: Pre-season Move In for Guard and Percussion, Dubuque Armory
    May 26, 2017: Move In For Summer, Roosevelt Middle School, Dubuque
    May 29, 2017: Parade and Summer debut concert in Dubuque, Iowa

    EMAIL AND WEBSITE
    Please make sure you have received audition information in your area of interest! These materials are emailed to you after requesting information for the current season.

    Join our Facebook groups for your area of interest! These pages will help you meet other members prior to auditions and clarify questions you may have. We will also be distributing music through the Facebook pages.
    General Interest Group
    Brass Interest Group
    Percussion Interest Group
    Guard Interest Group

    SUMMER TOUR HELP!
    We are scheduling summer volunteers. Check your schedules and let us know. Remember, we can be very creative in getting you in and out of tour.

    Cooks, Van Drivers, and/or Those Who Sew email colts.cooks@comcast.net Other Tour Drivers email colts@colts.org

    Most parents purchase their own airline tickets, if necessary, to get in and out of tour, but if you volunteer two weeks or more, we can furnish your air travel upon request. Even one day helps! Come as early as you can to give us a hand (and bring fresh fruits or vegetables!).

    COLTS WISH LIST FOR IN-KIND DONATIONS
    Your time on tour with us!
    8-12 Board room chairs
    Medium weight plastic silverware
    Gift certificates for fuel and office supply
    An RV
    Coffee - definitely caffeinated!
    Paper towels
    Fresh Fruits or Vegetables
    Did we mention, a week on tour with us!

    For a detailed list, CLICK HERE

    Welcome! We would love to have you as part of the Red Team family!

    COLTS OFFICE - We've Moved!
    2300 Twin Valley Drive
    Dubuque, IA 52003
    phone 563-482-4872
    fax 1-844-347-5323

    Vicki MacFarlane, Director
    vicki@colts.org
    Cell 563-564-9016

    Jason Schubert, Tour Director
    jason@colts.org
    Cell 630-666-7489

    David Alford, Colt Cadets Director
    david@colts.org
    Cell 773-308-6710

    Jeff MacFarlane, Executive Director
    jeff@colts.org
    Cell 563-599-8553

    Return to Colts News.


    Colt Cadets 2017 Spring Rehearsal Schedule

    CC Poster

    January 17, 2017

    The Colt Cadets will kick off the 2017 season with the first open rehearsal on February 12 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at Table Mound Elementary in Dubuque. This preseason event is FREE to attend! Students are encouraged to arrive at 12:30 pm to sign in, meet new faces and help set up equipment. Come experience drum corps, bring a friend and see if the Colt Cadets is the place for you!

    Colt Cadets winter rehearsals will continue February 26 and March 5 at Table Mound Elementary. This school is new for the Colt Cadets, but will be a great facility for the corps to use! An added benefit is the close proximity of the school to our new offices and warehouse building - just up the street!

    The first overnight camp will be the weekend of March 10 - 12 at Edgewood-Colesburg Jr. Sr. High. The camp will start at 7:00 p.m. Friday and finish 2:00 p.m. Sunday. This weekend camp will cost $25 to cover food and housing.

    Colt Cadets will continue March 26 and April 2 and 9. The battery will join the Colts for an overnight camp April 28 - 30. Final Spring rehearsals are set for May 7 and the weekend of May 19 - 21 for another overnight camp.

    For a full schedule for 2017, including spring rehearsals and summer, you can click HERE. To view the 2017 Colt Cadets membership brochure, you can click HERE. To print a poster for the 2017 Colt Cadets to hang in your room, on your fridge, or in your band room, you can click HERE.

    Help save time at check in! Fill out an ONLINE APPLICATION and print your PARENT CONSENT FORM ahead of time. All students under the age of 18 must turn in a signed parent consent form to participate.

    All 2017 preseason rehearsals will take place at a school in the Dubuque area. Most Colt Cadets rehearsals are on Sunday afternoon, with the exception of two overnight camps for the full corps and one additional overnight camp for the battery. Those who might need transportation for rehearsals should contact David Alford, Colt Cadets Director, at david@colts.org to set up travel arrangements.

    Membership in the Colt Cadets is open to any young person in middle school or high school, with or without prior performance experience. There is no formal audition to be a member, but students are expected to be strong team players with a desire to be great!

    These rehearsals are approached as clinics, so any young person can explore drum corps membership without the full commitment. This allows students to experience a variety of sections or instruments to find what suits them best.

    During the summer, the Colt Cadets will perform about 25 times this summer between mid-June and mid-August, and will perform for more than 75,000 people across the Midwest. In 2017, Colt Cadets will again finish the season at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (home of the NFL Colts), at the Drum Corps International World Championships. The Colt Cadets have also made consistent appearances in Open Class finals in Michigan City, Indiana throughout the past decade.

    All instruments, uniforms and instruction are provided, and individuals will be provided with opportunities to help earn some, or all, of their summer membership fees.

    To learn more about the Colt Cadets, you can click HERE.

    Students who live exceptionally far away from Dubuque should contact either David or the Colts office at (563-582-4872) to discuss how they can participate.

    Return to Colts News.


    Colts Board Of Directors Set For The New Year

    January 9, 2017

    At their November meeting, the Colts Board of Directors elected officers and additional Board members to oversee the organization for the 2016 - 2017 fiscal year.

    The board selected Peter Hansen to serve as President. Peter first joined the board in 2007 after having been a parent volunteer in 2005 and 2006. During his time on the board, Peter helped organize the Colts' appearance in the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade and has been responsible for running the Brass Impact show in the Kansas City area since 2010. Appointed to Vice President was Jim Johnson, who has been active with the Colts in various roles, including member, volunteer, board member, and corps director for the Colt Cadets. Bill Howes was reappointed to his position as Treasurer along with Bill Symoniak who will once again serve as Secretary for the coming year. Greg Blum will provide support as Past President of the board.

    The newest members of the board are Cathi Roberts and Gary Metzger.

    Cathi has been active as a volunteer since the 2014 season and currently leads the Red Team Thread Team, organizing the sewing of souvenir flags and uniform fitting and alterations. She has been active in various philanthropic endeavors throughout the Omaha area, including holding a seat on the board of directors for the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha and serving on the Event Leadership Team for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life for 12 years. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, she chaired the event and helped raise over $4,500,000. Her other volunteer experience includes guild member for Omaha Hearing School for Children, work with the St. Andrews UMC Youth Group, and a scout leader for two separate Girl Scout troops from 1995 - 2004. With her combination of nonprofit leadership, fundraising experience, and dedication to the organization, Cathi will bring much insight and a fresh perspective to the board.

    Gary has been an active volunteer with the Colts since the 2011 season when his daughter joined the Colts. He and his wife, Micki, each spend a week over the summer as head cook on the cook truck with the Colts. Gary brings with him a background of financials, having worked for an accounting agency and tax firm for many years. In his spare time, Gary is a member of the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band, playing bass trombone for the community group. Gary started with the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band in the 2016 - 2017 concert season. With his background in finance and experience as a long-term volunteer with the organization, Gary is sure to be a great addition to the board.

    Thank you to all who have accepted positions on the board. And thanks to all have served in the past. Your hours of volunteerism are a great example for our entire Colts family of what it takes to be great!

    CLICK HERE for a complete listing of the Colts Corporate and Booster Boards.

    Return to Colts News.


    January 13-15 Brass & Percussion Rehearsal And Audition Weekend Details

    January 3, 2017

    Attend our January Brass & Percussion weekend at the beautiful Five Flags Center in Dubuque! Lots of information for students auditioning, members, and parents. New students welcome!

    The January Brass & Percussion rehearsal and audition for the 2017 Colts will be held January 13-15, at the Five Flags Center in Dubuque, Iowa. For first time 2017 season camp attendees, the cost of this rehearsal is $175, ($125 for returning members). If this is your second or third rehearsal weekend of the 2017 season, the cost is $60. This fee is collected at each camp and covers your meals, overnight accommodations, instruction, and materials. This fee does not apply to summer fees.

    New students are welcome to attend! There are still openings in all sections.

    CLICK HERE for a Google map to the facility.

    Registration will begin at 6:30 pm., and rehearsal begins at 8:00 pm Friday. The weekend will conclude around 4:00 pm on Sunday. There will be a performance around 2:00 pm* Sunday afternoon to recap the weekend (*time subject to change! Check back the week of camp for the specific performance time).

    Parents are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in a classroom at the facility. We also have arrangements for discounted rates at the Hampton Inn in Dubuque. The Hampton Inn is a great sponsor of the Colts! To take advantage of these rates, please call the Hampton Inn directly (563-690-2005) and tell them you are with the Colts.

    Always check www.colts.org before leaving for Dubuque for any last-minute updates! Please RSVP now with your plans!

    Guard students should contact Colts Color Guard Caption Head, Brandon Smith, at coltscolorguard1963@gmail.com, with interest in a video audition. Color guard will be expected to be at the April camp, April 28-30, along with the rest of the drum corps.

    Drum Corps Medical Project
    6:30 - 8:00 pm Friday night we will have medical pre-screenings for anyone with a contract that is: 18 or older OR under the age of 18 with a parent present.

    PARKING
    Parking is available after 6 pm on Friday in the city lot next to the Five Flags at the corner of 5th and Main Streets. Parking is also available in the Five Flags Center Ramp on the corner of 4th and Iowa Streets. As most of this parking is metered on Saturday, all drivers should be sensitive and aware of where you physically park to avoid getting ticketed or towed.

    RSVP, APPLICATION, AND MEDICAL FORM
    Please RSVP regardless of your plans for this camp, so we can keep you up to date. Please also submit a Member Application on the Colts website if you have not already done so. Returning your application in advance will save you a great deal of time when you check in. For first time attendees, please print, fill out, and have the Colts Medical History Form signed in advance of your arrival. You will turn this in when you check in for camp. The Medical Form also provides permission to participate in our activities. Students 18 or older may sign their own Medical Form. Any student 17 or younger will need a parent or guardian signature to participate. Please email colts@colts.org if you have any questions regarding any of our forms. The application and medical forms only need to be submitted once per year unless information changes. The RSVP should be submitted each month by interested students.

    Paying in advance can also speed up your check in process. First time attendees get a $25 discount by paying at least 48 hours before camp begins. You can pay your camp fees in advance through the Colts Mall. Returning students can save a great deal of time at check in by also paying this fee in advance.

    WHAT TO BRING
    Students stay overnight in the arena on the floor, as you will all summer. Bring changes of clothes, shower supplies, towel, sleeping bag and pillow, comfortable clothes for rehearsal (no jeans please), and tennis shoes (no high tops, please). Many students will bring an inflatable mattress with a battery-powered air pump. Please bring a binder with plastic sleeves for your music and any hand-outs. Returning students should bring their Colts camp t-shirt to wear all weekend! We will have t-shirts available for sale for $8.00 if you do not have your's.

    New auditioning students will receive the audition t-shirt at check in. The shirt with your name will be worn for all rehearsal segments of the weekend. If this is your first camp, please email a picture of yourself to jason@colts.org. Include your name (first and last) and section in the email. This picture is printed on your audition form so our instructional team can quickly learn your name and face.

    Brass: Please bring your own mouthpiece, marching instrument, music stand, binder for music, and gloves. If you do not have access to an instrument and will need one provided, please contact colts@colts.org. Be prepared to play the exercises and excerpts provided in the brass packet that best fits your area of interest: Trumpet, Mellophone, Baritone/Euphonium, or Tuba. You may also demonstrate your abilities with any piece, etude or excerpt you feel comfortable with. For the Sunday afternoon performance, please wear the audition t-shirt.

    Percussion: Please bring your own sticks or mallets, practice pad, and a binder for music. Prospective members should be familiar with the exercise packet that best fits your area of interest: Battery, Cymbals, or Front Ensemble. Front ensemble students may, but are not required to, perform a short segment from a personal selection. Cymbal students should prepare a short musical and visual phrase of your choice. We will provide all instruments for camps. We will evaluate you individually, and as a part of the group. Please wear the audition t-shirt for the Sunday afternoon performance.

    TRAVEL PLANS
    We provide ground transportation anytime to and from the Dubuque Regional Airport (DBQ) for Dubuque camps. We can also accommodate flights into surrounding airports (Quad Cities, Madison, Rockford, or Cedar Rapids). You MUST notify the office prior to booking a flight into anywhere other than Dubuque or Kansas City. MLI (Moline) and CID (Cedar Rapids) are very close to Dubuque and reasonable in fare. ORD (O'Hare) travel MUST land prior to 3:30 pm. on Friday and depart no earlier than 7:30 pm on Sunday. MDW (Midway) travel MUST land prior to 2:30 pm on Friday and depart no earlier than 8:30 pm on Sunday. If you plan on using either of these airports, please let colts@colts.org know prior to booking flights.

    If you need help finding a ride to camp, or to arrange rides from an airport or bus station, please notify us ASAP by email at colts@colts.org or call 563-582-4872. You can also help fellow members by offering a ride in your vehicle. You can let us know if you have extra room or if need a ride on your RSVP. All flight details should also be listed on your RSVP.

    MEMBERSHIP PROCESS & CONTRACTS
    There are positions available in every section of the corps. Individuals attending our first events are given priority over those who do not attend these rehearsals. Following the weekend, you will receive 1) an offer of membership, 2) a recall for a second and final audition, or 3) a suggestion that you come back again next year. Most will receive a recall to a second rehearsal, so plan accordingly so we can be sure of our commitment to each other.

    If this is your second or third rehearsal, we are specifically looking for the growth you have made in the past month. Your audition will be very similar to the prior month, and please be prepared in the same manner as which was asked for your first audition. A decision will be made regarding your membership after this camp. If you cannot attend this camp, please make sure you are communicating with the office and your caption head about when you will be here.

    Individuals offered a contract should begin making payments on your fees immediately when you submit your contract. If you cannot attend this rehearsal, you must be in touch in advance to preserve your position in the corps. Initial contract offerings are valid until noon on Saturday of this rehearsal. We must have a signed contract with initial payment by that time, or the spot will be released to someone else.

    SCHEDULE CONFLICTS
    Camp attendance is critical to our and your success. If you cannot attend this rehearsal but are planning to attend an upcoming audition, you must be in touch in advance with the office through the RSVP form. It is important to communicate with your caption head as well. Too much communication is better than not enough.

    If you have schedule conflicts with our preseason rehearsals, talk with us. We can usually work it out with you. Attending part of the weekend is better than not attending at all. Do not lose your opportunity to perform with the Colts over a lack of communication.

    PARENTS
    An informational meeting for parents will be held Friday evening at 8:45 pm in a location to be announced at check in. Bring all of your questions!

    Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the weekend. Parental support is what makes the Colts successful, and you are needed to give the kids the incredible Colts experience we are known for. Also, this is the best way for you to find out about our program, meet the other parents and get comfortable with what this is all about. You will find a very welcoming and exciting opportunity here.

    Parents will cook and serve the meals throughout the weekend, coordinate sewing projects, and assist with some repair work. We always have things to do for anyone willing to lend a hand.

    Parents are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in a classroom at the school, or you can find a discounted rate at the Hampton Inn here in Dubuque. Please call the hotel directly at (563)-690-2005 and ask for the Colts Drum Corps rate.

    Parents are encouraged to sign onto the email mailing list to receive Colts information via email.

    All parents and volunteers are Colts Boosters! Plan on joining us Saturday morning, before or after breakfast (approximately 9 am), to divide for Saturday projects. If you arrive at a random time, the kitchen and check in tables are good places to start with questions about where you can help.

    SOUVENIR SALES
    Throughout the weekend, all items in the Colts Mall will be available for sale! Anyone is able to purchase souvenirs - students, parents, friends, family, etc. The souvenir racks will be set up by the check-in table, and you can purchase your items there. There will even be a few new items available for purchase!

    REMAINING REHEARSALS
    February 17-19, 2017  Brass Only, Five Flags Center, Dubuque, Iowa
    March 17-19, 2017  Brass Only, Maquoketa High School, Maquoketa, Iowa
    April 28-30, 2017  Full Corps, Hempstead High School, Dubuque, Iowa

    May 21, 2017: Pre-season Move In for Guard and Percussion, Dubuque Armory
    May 26, 2017: Move In For Summer, Roosevelt Middle School, Dubuque
    May 29, 2017: Parade and Summer debut concert in Dubuque, Iowa

    EMAIL AND WEBSITE
    Please make sure you have received audition information in your area of interest! These materials are emailed to you after requesting information for the current season. Join our Facebook groups for your area of interest! These pages will help you meet other members prior to auditions and clarify questions you may have. We will also be distributing music through the Facebook pages.
    General Interest Group
    Brass Interest Group
    Percussion Interest Group
    Guard Interest Group

    SUMMER TOUR HELP!
    We are scheduling summer volunteers. Check your schedules and let us know. Remember, we can be very creative in getting you in and out of tour. Cooks, Van Drivers, and/or Those Who Sew email colts.cooks@comcast.net Other Tour Drivers email colts@colts.org

    Most parents purchase their own airline tickets, if necessary, to get in and out of tour, but if you volunteer two weeks or more, we can furnish your air travel upon request. Even one day helps! Come as early as you can to give us a hand (and bring fresh fruits or vegetables!).

    COLTS WISH LIST FOR IN-KIND DONATIONS
    Your time on tour with us!
    8-12 Board room chairs
    Medium weight plastic silverware
    Gift certificates for fuel and office supply
    An RV
    Coffee - definitely caffeinated!
    Paper towels
    Fresh Fruits or Vegetables
    Did we mention, a week on tour with us!

    For a detailed list, CLICK HERE

    Welcome! We would love to have you as part of the Red Team family!

    COLTS OFFICE - We've Moved!
    2300 Twin Valley Drive
    Dubuque, IA 52003
    phone 563-482-4872
    fax 1-844-347-5323

    Vicki MacFarlane, Director vicki@colts.org Cell 563-564-9016
    Jason Schubert, Tour Director jason@colts.org Cell 630-666-7489
    David Alford, Colt Cadets Director david@colts.org Cell 773-308-6710
    Jeff MacFarlane, Executive Director jeff@colts.org Cell 563-599-8553

    Return to Colts News.