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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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