2019 News

Full Speed Into Finals Week

DCI 2019

August 5, 2019

Following strong performances at the Tour of Champions - Drums Along The Waterfront in Buffalo, New York for the Colts and the East Troy Showcase in East Troy, Wisconsin for the Colt Cadets, both corps are heading into the last days of their season. Colt Cadets have already arrived at their finals week housing while the Colts will head towards Erie, Pennsylvania, for the Lake Erie Fanfare. The Colts will perform at 8:25 p.m.

Monday and Tuesday will find the Colt Cadets in Marion, Indiana, for the Open Class Championships. Colt Cadets will be staying at Ball State University. Colt Cadets will perform Monday night, 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.

Tuesday through Saturday, the Colts and Colt Cadets will be housing at Ball State University in Muncie, 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 2019 Annual Banquet in the evening. Different from previous years, both corps will be staying in the Emens Auditorium on campus. If you plan on visiting either corps throughout the week, please be sure you have read our information packet about our stay. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Big, Loud, and Live 2019

Thursday through Saturday will be the "loudest nights of the summer" as the drum corps activity descends on Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Colt Cadets will perform Thursday morning between 9:00 a.m and 10:30 a.m. The Colts will perform Thursday evening at 6:37 p.m. Thursday evening will also feature the 16th annual Big, Loud, and Live cinecast in theaters around the country. Purchase your tickets today to see the top 15 corps live! Colts will be the first corps to perform in Big, Loud, and Live.

On Friday, the Colts will perform between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday evening will also feature the annual age out ceremony on the field of Lucas Oil Stadium at 11:02 p.m.

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.

You can click here to view our itinerary for finals week. Updates will be posted regularly on the website throughout the week.

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

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Recognizing The Age Out Class Of 2019

August 1, 2019

With only 10 days left in the 2019 season, the Colts Youth Organization would like to recognize its 31 age outs. Together, they have a combined 64 years of marching experience at the Colts. Read more about the 2019 age outs here! Age outs were recognized with a special ceremony following the Colts performance at Music On The March on Friday, July 12. Click here to view photos from the age out recognition. Thank you to these incredible performers for their hard work and dedication to the Colts!

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Annual Banquet Set For Finals Week

July 26, 2019

The Colts Youth Organization will host its annual awards and recognition banquet for the Colts and Colt Cadets on Wednesday, August 7, at Heartland Hall on the grounds of the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Muncie, Indiana. You can click here to view a map of the facility. The address is 1210 Wheeling Ave, Muncie, IN 47303.

The annual banquet is a chance for both corps to recognize the season's acheivements, as well as the outstanding contributions of members, staff, and volunteers. The banquet will include a catered meal and an awards ceremony for each corps. Thanks to Grand Grilling for catering the meal again! The evening will begin with casual social time at 6:30 p.m. eastern time. The Colt Cadets festivities will begin at 7:00 p.m., and the Colts will join in the fun at 8:00 p.m. Families are welcome and encouraged to attend!

The banquet is provided free of charge to all members and instructional staff of both corps. A fee of $20 per person ($10 for those 10 and under) for all others attending allows us to provide this opportunity to our incredible membership. It is important to us to know that you are attending, so please RSVP as soon as possible by placing an order online through the Colts Mall. The deadline for reservations is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 5.

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

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Colts Announce 2019 Hall Of Fame

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July 17, 2019

The Colts Youth Organization is proud to announce its 2019 Hall Of Fame Inductees:

  • Kent Crawford
  • James J (J.J.) Miller
  • Emily Neuendorf
  • Peggy Swift
  • These honorees join 56 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 2019 inductees. You can view a full list of all Colts Hall Of Fame members online here.

    Please join us in congratulating these honored inductees for the time, love, and contributions they have made to the Colts! The Hall Of Fame inductees were recognized with a special ceremony and plaque at Music On The March on Friday, July 12. They were joined by the Class Of 2018, who unfortuantely were rained out last year. Click here to view photos from the Hall Of Fame induction on the Colts Facebook Page.

    The Colts were saddened to hear of the passing of longtime board member and Colts Hall of Fame Class of 2017 inductee Tom Reilly. For over 20 years, Tom worked behind the scenes to raise money and provide financial guidance to the Colts Youth Organization. Tom became a member of the Board of Directors in 2008 and continued to provide guidance to the organization through various committees and projects. The entire Colts organization is thankful for Tom's service and is sending love and positive thoughts to Tom's family. You can click here to learn more about Tom's contributions to the Colts or click here to read his obituary.

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    Colt Cadets Announce 2019 Program

    June 12, 2019

    Grab your binoculars and look to the skies with the 2019 Colt Cadets!

    Listen for the iconic "Blackbird" by the Beatles used in different ways throughout their program, and experience a peacock personified by Freddie Mercury in "Don't Stop Me Now." The journey soars "On Eagles Wings" during this softer transitional movement, and the Colt Cadets close their program using the dark imagery of birds in their performance of "The Raven" by the Alan Parsons Project.

    From birds conversing in the trees to a majestic eagle soaring into the sunset, the Colt Cadets 2019 program, titled ...OF A FEATHER, encapsulates the power, attitude, and symbolism of various birds from around our world.

    2019 Colt Cadets Production

    The Colt Cadets will debut their 2019 production, along with the Colts, at the 9th Annual Colts Summer Premiere on Friday, June 21, at the University of Dubuque Chalmers Field. The competitive season begins on June 22 in Madison, Wisconsin, and concludes August 8 - 10 at the Drum Corps International World Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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    Annual Car Wash Fundraiser

    June 6, 2019

    The 240 members of the Colts and Colt Cadets will be practicing more than music on Saturday, June 8, as they instead become experts at washing cars! 19 simultaneous locations will be staffed with members of both corps from 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. 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 over 750 cars and earned over $46,000 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 80 - 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.


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    Colt Cadets Move Ins & Car Wash Information

    June 3, 2019

    Summer will be here before you know it! Be sure you are up-to-date on all details for Move Ins and Car Wash. 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.

    COLTS CAR WASH DETAILS
    Parents and students from out-of-town coming in Dubuque further than two hours away are able to check in at Washington Middle School starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7. The address for the school is 51 N Grandview Ave, Dubuque, IA 52001. Click here for a Google Map of the facility. A light snack will be set out that evening, and lights out will be at 11:00 p.m. Students will sleep in the cafeteria, and parents can stay in a separate room. We will be doing light sectional rehearsal during the evening.

    Wake up at Washington Middle School will be at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 8. Those staying at the school will eat breakfast and pack a sack lunch for the day. All luggage and equipment brought in for Colt Cadets must be fully packed up and put on the far side of the cafeteria. Between 7:45 and 8:15 a.m., any Colt Cadets students may drop off their luggage at the school before continuing on to the car wash site. Only students that stayed overnight at the school will be provided transportation by Colts vehicles to their car wash sites to arrive by 9:00 a.m. Car wash is from 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Students arriving on Saturday 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 p.m, Colt Cadets students may be picked up and returned to Washington Middle School in the same way they were dropped off. If you need special arrangements or help with this, contact Andrew Eaton at andrew@colts.org. Check-in will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Washington Middle School along with equipment unloading. Meal 3 will be provided at 5:30 p.m. There will be a full member and parent meeting at 6:15 p.m in the main gym.


    MOVE INS DETAILS
    On Sunday, June 9, the Colt Cadets will depart for their first performance of the year. The Darlington Canoe Festival Parade in Darlington, Wisconsin, will start at 1:30 p.m. Following the parade, Colt Cadets will kickoff their first of three spring training drill camps at the Dubuque Armory, located at 5001 Old Highway Road, Dubuque, IA 52002. Click here for a Google Map of the facility. A full itinereary of the first part of the Colt Cadets tour will be posted on the Colt Cadets Tour page.


    SPRING TRAINING AIRLINE PLANS
    On June 7, flights will be treated like a normal camp day. We provide ground transportation anytime to and from the Dubuque Regional Airport (DBQ) for 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 close to Davenport and reasonable in fare. ORD (O'Hare) travel MUST land prior to 3:30 p.m. Midway (MDW) travel MUST land prior to 2:30 p.m. If you plan on using any airport other than Dubuque, let andrew@colts.org know prior to booking flights.

    On any other day of move ins, if you plan on flying, you must communicate with andrew@colts.org 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 school still in session during move ins 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 the season, you should purchase a plane ticket home no earlier than 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 12, 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.


    DCI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS HOTEL & TICKETS
    Finals Week is August 8 - 10 in Indianapolis, Indiana. There are still great seats and great rooms available for the best week of the summer! The Colt Cadets WILL perform August 8 in the morning. Plan accordingly. We have seats available for all three shows. You can purchase your tickets online at the Colts Mall. If you need assistance, contact the Colts Office at office@colts.org.

    The Colt Cadets have their prelims and finals in Marion, Indiana 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 p.m. Go to 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. Call the 2019 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 DCICOLTS2019 for a discounted rate. You may also reserve your rooms online. Reservations must be made by June 26, 2019. Any unsold rooms will be released to the public at that time.


    EMAIL AND WEBSITE
    Join our Facebook groups for your area of interest! These pages will help you meet other members prior to auditions and answer questions you may have. Parents are encouraged to join as well!
    General Interest Group
    Percussion Interest Group
    Brass Interest Group
    Guard Interest Group
    Parent and Volunteer 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.

    PARENT INFORMATION FOR SUMMER
    Make sure you've signed up for our email distribution list. We'll use this to communicate regularly throughout the summmer. Be sure you have also joined the Colt Cadets Parents Facebook Group. We will be posting updates throughout the summer on both the Facebook group.

    We still have spots open on the volunteer calendar for the summer! Check your schedules and let us know. Even just a few days during move ins 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 rich@colts.org.

    Need help with travel? We are here to guide you! You can email rich@colts.org with any questions you may have. Even one day with us helps! Come as early as you can to give us a hand (and bring fresh fruits or vegetables!).


    COLT CADETS WISH LIST FOR IN-KIND DONATIONS
    For our full wishlist, click here


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    Colts Announce 2019 Program

    May 21, 2019

    "Redemption is not just about the survival of our soul. It's about the revival of a soul that was once dead." — Rebekah Hallberg.

    Featuring the music of AC/DC, Robert W. Smith, Camille Saint-Saens, Frederic Chopin, and Bob Dylan, the Colts explore the depths and dualities of a place one hopes to never know. In the struggle, there is light. Beyond the inferno, there is ice. Yet no soul is so forsaken that it cannot find its way to heaven's door. The Colts are proud to present their 2019 program... When Hell Freezes Over.

    2019 Colts Production

    The Colts will debut their 2019 production, along with the Colt Cadets, at the 9th Annual Colts Summer Premiere on Friday, June 21, at the University of Dubuque Chalmers Field. The competitive season begins on June 22 in Madison, Wisconsin, and concludes August 8 - 10 at the Drum Corps International World Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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    Colt Cadets May Weekend Rehearsal Details

    May 6, 2019

    The May weekend rehearsal for the 2019 Colt Cadets will be held May 17 - 19 at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Dubuque, Iowa. If using a GPS, it is recommended to use this address: 2525 Viola St, Dubuque, IA 52001. You can also click here for a Google Map to the school. Turn-by-turn directions are also available on the Directions page.

    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, we will do a performance around 12:00 p.m. to recap everything we worked on over the weekend! Parents are encouraged to attend to see their student perform as a part of the Colt Cadets. Schedules will be available at the check in table with exact times and locations for everything going on throughout the weekend. To learn more about the Colt Cadets, you can click here.

    You can register for the weekend ahead of time 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 or you can pay early on the Colts Mall. This fee does not apply to summer fees.

    Registration and unloading will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. Rehearsal begins at 8:00 p.m., and will conclude by 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Plan on arriving at 7:00 p.m. to check in and unload equipment. Always check colts.org within a few hours of leaving for camp for any last-minute updates! If you need help finding a ride to camp, email Colt Cadets Director Andrew Eaton at andrew@colts.org.

    NOTICE: The Colt Cadets 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.


    TRAVEL PLANS
    We provide ground transportation anytime to and from the Dubuque Regional Airport (DBQ) for 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 close to Dubuque and reasonable in fare. ORD (O'Hare) travel MUST land prior to 3:00 p.m. on Friday and depart no earlier than 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Midway (MDW) travel MUST land prior to 2:00 p.m. on Friday and depart no earlier than 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. If you plan on using any airport besides Dubuque, please let andrew@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 andrew@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 you need a ride on your RSVP. All flight details should also be listed on your RSVP.


    PARKING AND SCHOOL ENTRANCE
    Parking is available at the school for the full weekend. Students and parents should enter through the doors on the west side of the school. If you get lost, just look for our big, red trailer!


    CAMP PAPERWORK
    If the weekend is your first rehearsal with the Colt Cadets, fill out a Member Application online and print and complete your Parent Consent Form prior to rehearsal. This helps save time at check in! All students under the age of 18 must have a signed parent consent form to participate. Students only need to submit one member application for the sesaon, unless your information changes.

    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 andrew@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.


    WHAT TO BRING
    Students will stay overnight in the gym on the floor, like they do all summer. Bring changes of clothes (we recommend layered athletic clothing), shower supplies, towel, comfortable clothes for rehearsal (no jeans), tennis shoes (no high tops), and a water bottle. 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. 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.

    Brass: Bring your own mouthpiece, music stand, and binder for music, if you are able. We will have extra mouthpieces and stands at the camp if you don't have your own. We will provide all instruments for the weekend. You may bring your own marching instrument if you would like.

    Percussion: Bring your own sticks or mallets and practice pads, if you are able. We will provide all instruments for the weekend.

    Color Guard: We will provide all flags, rifle, and sabres, but you can bring your own if you would like. Bring lightweight, workout clothing for rehearsals (no jeans).


    HINTS FOR MAY REHEARSAL


    PARENTS
    An informational meeting will be held Friday evening at 8:45 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 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. The Colt Cadets staff will also be available throughout the weekend to answer any questions you may have about the drum corps experience, what we do, and how we do it.

    Parents are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in a classroom at the school or stay in a hotel. 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. 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.

    WEEKEND SCHEDULE
    A snack before bed will be provided on Friday night after rehearsal. Four meals will be provided on Saturday, and a breakfast and sack lunch will be provided on Sunday. We will eat off of the Colt Cadets food truck (affectionately called the "Chuck Wagon") just like we do on tour!

    For a sample schedule for the weekend, you can click here. A full schedule will be available at the check in table with exact times and locations for everything going on throughout the weekend. If you are unable to attend the whole weekend, you are definitely still able to participate! Attending part of the weekend is better than not attending at all. If you have schedule conflicts, reach out to Andrew Eaton at andrew@colts.org.

    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, and DM also receive gloves). Prices for brass, percussion, and 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.


    SOUVENIRS
    Throughout the weekend, many 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 will be held Sunday afternoon at approximately 12:00 p.m. in the main gym. You will be amazed at the progress we make in just one weekend!


    MOVE IN DETAILS
    Be on the lookout for a post about details related to move ins soon! Information included will be flight information for Spring Training and August, car wash, personal uniform parts, and the member handbook.


    SUMMER TOUR HELP
    We are scheduling summer volunteers now! Check your schedules and let us know. Remember, we can be very creative in getting you in and out of tour. Cooks, drivers, and those who sew can email andrew@colts.org to sign up to volunteer.


    EMAIL AND WEBSITE
    Join our Facebook groups for your area of interest! These pages will help you meet other members prior to auditions and answer questions you may have. Parents are encouraged to join as well!
    General Interest Group
    Percussion Interest Group
    Brass Interest Group
    Guard Interest Group
    Parent and Volunteer 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 Colt Cadets family!

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    Colts Announce New Partnership With Ultimate Drill Book

    May 3, 2019

    The Colts Youth Organization and Ultimate Drill Book are excited to continue their partnership for 2019 and beyond. UDB is at the forefront of incorporating technology into the marching arts. Through the UDB app, students, staff, and designers are able to have the most updated drill charts with them at all times. By combining traditional styles of learning drill with the most modern technology available, UDB allows for a heightened learning experience for every student. Every student in Colts and Colt Cadets is also provided with a pre-printed dot book for dots, music, and any special notes about the drill sets. Learn more about Ultimate Drill Book online at ultimatedrillbook.com

     

    "I love our relationship with Ultimate Drill Book," said Colts Director Vicki MacFarlane. "The impact the tools have on our students are profound. The members love learning with UDB and the staff loves teaching with it. The program is incredibly easy to use, but it's also had the most significant impact on the learning process I've seen in the past decade. Last year, we were able to start using the program with Colts, and everyone is very excited to be able to use the program at an even higher level this year."

     

    "I think Ultimate Drill Book will be a game changer for the Colt Cadets this year," said Colt Cadets Director Andrew Eaton. "I'm looking forward to seeing our members and staff dive into the program. We are all advocates for UDB. A majority of our members are in high school marching band and will be able to bring the things they learn through UDB back to their band programs at home."

     

    "Partnering with the Colts Youth Organization is a natural fit for us," said Luke Gall at Ultimate Drill Book. "We care deeply about the marching arts, and both the Colts and Colt Cadets consistently provide high quality, positive educational experiences to marchers of all ages. We couldn’t be more proud to be working with Vicki, Andrew, and the entire Colts team!"

     

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    Colts Move Ins & Spring Training Information

    May 1, 2019

    Summer will be here before you know it! 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.


    COLOR GUARD AND PERCUSSION MOVE INS
    On Sunday, May 19, plan on arriving at 6:00 p.m. to unload and check in. We will be staying at the Dubuque Armory again this season. The address for the Armory is 5001 Old Highway Road, Dubuque, IA 52002. Click here for a Google Map of the facility. 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 p.m., head to Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Dubuque. If using a GPS, it is recommended to use this address: 2525 Viola St, Dubuque, IA 52001. We will then move as a group to the Armory around 4:00 p.m. 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 $20 per day ($100 for the week) has been added to your member statement. Bring with you all missing paperwork and final payment for the season. You can save time by paying in advance online on the Colts Mall.

    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 volunteers@colts.org to help.


    BRASS MOVE INS
    Full corps move in will be on Friday, May 24 at Eleanor Roosevelet Middle School in Dubuque. The address is 2001 Radford Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002. Click here for a Google Map to the facility. Timelines will operate like a normal camp — unloading and check in will begin at 6:00 p.m. with rehearsal starting promptly at 8:00 p.m. We do not have accesss to the school until 6:00 p.m. If you need to arrive to Dubuque earlier in the day, head to the corps hall, located at 2300 Twin Valley Drive.

    On Monday, May 27, the Colts will perform in the annual Memorial Day Parade in downtown Dubuque, including a parade at 10:00 a.m. and the Memorial Day Celebration starting at 11:30 a.m. The Colts will perform at the end of the celebration. Following the performance, we will head to Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, for the next two weeks. 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 19 and 24, flights will be treated like a normal camp arrival day. We provide ground transportation anytime to and from the Dubuque Regional Airport (DBQ) for 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 close to Davenport and reasonable in fare. ORD (O'Hare) travel MUST land prior to 3:30 p.m. Midway (MDW) travel MUST land prior to 2:30 p.m. If you plan on using any airport other than Dubuque, 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 school 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 the season, you should purchase a plane ticket home no earlier than 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 11, 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, contact Jason at jason@colts.org in advance. Only leave your car in Dubuque if absolutely essential. Although we do our best to keep everything safe, the Colts accept no responsibility for vehicles left in Dubuque.


    PERSONAL UNIFORM PARTS
    These parts were included in your contract payments and will be handed out at Move Ins. Each brass and battery member receives a member shirt and marching shoes (brass, cymbals, and DM also receive gloves). Guard members receive shoes, earrings, flag bag, under uniform garments, warm ups, uniform parts bag, and other necessary personal items.


    CAR WASH: JUNE 8, 2019
    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 8.

    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 $50,000 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.

    For donations and pledges collected and turned in prior at move ins, members who collect and turn in $225 or more will receive a $25 gift card to the souvie stand. Members who collect and turn in $300 or more will get a $50 gift card to the souvie stand.


    DCI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS HOTEL & TICKETS
    Finals Week is August 8 - 10 in Indianapolis, Indiana. There are still great seats and great rooms available for the best week of the summer! The Colts WILL perform August 8 and 9, but are not guaranteed a spot in finals on August 10. Plan accordingly. We have seats available for all three shows. You can purchase your tickets online at the Colts Mall. If you need assistance, contact the Colts Office at office@colts.org.

    The Colt Cadets have their prelims and finals in Marion, Indiana 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 p.m. Go to dci.org to find the location nearest you. If you can't make it to Indianapolis, this is the next best thing!

    Hotel accommodations are available at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Indianapolis. Call the 2019 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 DCICOLTS2019 for a discounted rate. You may also reserve your rooms online. Reservations must be made by June 26, 2019. Any unsold rooms will be released to the public at that time.


    MEMBER FACEBOOK GROUPS
    Make sure you have joined our Facebook groups for your section! We will also be distributing information through the Facebook pages throughout the summer.
    2019 Members Group
    2019 Percussion Group
    2019 Brass Group
    2019 Color Guard Group

    PARENT INFORMATION FOR SUMMER
    Make sure you've signed up for our email distribution list. We'll use this to communicate regularly throughout the summmer. 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. The Colts Virtual Cooktruck will have all of our daily schedules this summer.

    We still have spots open on the volunteer calendar for the summer! Check your schedules and let us know. Even just a few days during Spring Training or summer tour would be incredibly helpful! You can view our 2019 Volunteer Calendar here. Remember, we can be very creative in getting you in and out of tour. Cooks, Van Drivers, and/or Those Who Sew email volunteers@colts.org. Other Tour Drivers email colts@colts.org.

    Need help with travel? We are here to guide you! You can email volunteers@colts.org with any questions you may have. Even one day with us 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
    For our full wishlist, click here


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    Colts Announce New Partnership With Fruhauf Uniforms

    April 2, 2019

    The Colts Youth Organization and Fruhauf Uniforms are excited to announce a partnership for 2019 and beyond. The Colts will exclusively wear Fruhauf uniforms, becoming the third Drum Corps International World Class corps to do so. The Fruhauf team will work closely with the Colts design team to bring a unique and memorable uniform to the field every year, made possible by the unparalleled Fruhauf level of service. The Colt Cadets will begin wearing Fruhauf uniforms in 2020, becoming the first Open Class corps to do so. Click here to learn more about Fruhauf Uniforms.

    "From our very first meeting with the Fruhauf team — Richard, Kenny, and Landon — we felt immediately at home,” said Colts Executive Director Jeff MacFarlane. “To be honest, their history and legacy in the uniform industry was a bit of a surprise to me. But their vision for creating pieces that work in tandem with the corps program designers feels very fresh to me. The move to Fruhauf opens up an opportunity for the Colts to begin a new era in our long, drum corps history.”

    "I am ecstatic about our partnership with Fruhauf!" said Colts Director Vicki MacFarlane. "While I have always admired their work, their attention to detail and care of employees stood out to me on our initial visit. Their capability and capacity to fulfill visions in-house is amazing and uncommon. Their designers have an ability to combine modern methods with traditional looks; every experience is one of a kind. We look forward to an incredible partnership that ultimately benefits each and every member that wears the Fruhauf name."

    “On behalf of the entire Fruhauf family, we could not be more excited about partnering with an organization who is dedicated to life on the field, excellence in music education, and an unwavering passion for the arts. We are proud to welcome the Colts to the Fruhauf Family!”

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    Now Accepting Nominations To The Colts Hall Of Fame

    Hall Of Fame Logo

    April 1, 2019

    The Colts are now accepting nominations for the Hall Of Fame class Of 2019! 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 Youth Organization. Click here to submit a nomination today!

    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. Throughout the years, the Colts have recognized board members, alumni, volunteers, and staff as Hall of Fame inductees. Click here to view a full listing of all Colts Hall Of Fame members.

    Act now, as 2019 nominations are due by May 15!

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    April Rehearsal & Audition Weekend

    March 29, 2019

    The April rehearsal and audition for the 2019 Colts will be held April 26 - 28 at Stephen Hempstead High School in Dubuque, Iowa. The address is 3715 Pennsylvania Avenue, Dubuque, IA 52002. Click here for a Google map to the facility. This camp is for all students who are contracted, on recall, or are auditioning for the first time. New students are welcome to attend!

    If this is your second or more camp, the cost is $60. You are encouraged to pay this fee early on the Colts Mall. 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.

    Registration and unloading will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday. Rehearsal begins at 8:00 p.m., and will conclude at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Plan on arriving at 6:00 p.m. to register and unload equipment. Always check colts.org within a few hours of leaving for camp for any last-minute updates!


    TRAVEL PLANS
    We provide ground transportation anytime to and from the Dubuque Regional Airport (DBQ) for 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 close to Davenport 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 AND SCHOOL ENTRANCE
    Parking is available at the school. Use the parking lots in the back of the school and enter through the doors by the gym. A map with that location pointed out will be posted in the member Facebook pages prior to camp and emailed out. If you get lost, look for the big, white semi trailers!


    CAMP PAPERWORK
    Prior to camp, all students will be expected to:

    Prior to camp, first time attendees will need to:
    If this is your second or more camp, you do not need to submit another application, medical history form, or headshot, unless your information has changed. However, you should still submit an RSVP for this camp.


    WHAT TO BRING
    Students will stay overnight in the gym on the floor like they do 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.

    Brass: Bring your own mouthpiece, music stand, binder for music, and gloves. First time attendees should bring a brass instrument, but 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.

    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, 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.

    HINTS FOR APRIL REHEARSAL


    MEMBERSHIP CONTRACTS
    Limited positions are open in the color guard and brass line. Following the weekend, you will receive an offer of membership or a suggestion to consider Colt Cadets or try again next season.

    If this is your second audition, we are specifically looking for the growth you have made through the winter months. Your audition will be very similar to your initial audition. A decision will be made regarding your membership after this camp.

    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. You can pay your member fees online at the Colts Mall or in person using cash or check.


    PARENTS
    There will be parent meeting on Friday night at 8:45 p.m. in the cafeteria. Bring all your questions! This camp is a great chance to sign up to volunteer, or you can sign up today by emailing volunteers@colts.org. Schedules will be available at the check in table with locations for everything going on throughout the weekend. If you arrive at a random time, the kitchen or check in table are great places to start with questions anytime you visit about where you can help.

    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 high school with sleeping bags and air mattresses. If parents are interested in hotel accommodations, 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 with any questions you may have.

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


    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 volunteers@colts.org. 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!).


    SOUVENIRS
    Throughout the weekend, many 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 will be held Sunday afternoon. The color guard will recap their weekend in the gym at 12:30 p.m. The brass and percussion will conclude their weekend with a music ensemble run through at 1:00 p.m. Exact locations will be listed on the schedule for the weekend. Schedules will be on the check in table throughout the weekend.


    MOVE IN DATES
    May 19, 2019 | Dubuque National Guard Armory, Dubuque, IA | Guard and Percussion Move In
    May 24, 2019 | Roosevelt Middle School, Dubuque, IA | Brass Move In
    May 27, 2019 | Dubuque, IA | Memorial Day Parade and Performance


    MOVE IN DETAILS
    Be on the lookout for a post about details related to move ins soon! Information included will be flight information for Spring Training and August, car wash, personal uniform parts, and the member handbook.


    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.
    2019 Members Group
    2019 Percussion Group
    2019 Brass Group
    2019 Color Guard 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.


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    Drum Corps Returns To Ankeny In 2019

    Celebration In Brass 2019

    March 7, 2019

    In 2019, the annual drum corps show Celebration In Brass will return to Ankeny, Iowa. The show has its historic roots in Ankeny, with the first drum corps performance in the town taking place in 1982. Ankeny hosted the event for over 25 years, where the show became a staple summer event for drum corps fans in the Des Moines area. In 2019, the Colts are partnering with the Ankeny Instrumental Music Foundation to host the show. Established in 1999, the foundation supports the band programs in both Ankeny High School and Ankeny Centennial High School.

    Brandt Crocker, DCI Hall of Famer and "The Voice Of DCI" since 1972, has been with Celebration In Brass since its first year.

    "The show really had a small beginning," said Brandt. "There was a guy in town who ran a tire shop and, someway or another, he knew about drum corps. He happened to also be on the Ankeny Area Chamber Of Commerce and brought the idea of hosting a drum corps show to the Chamber in the fall of 1981. The Chamber then approached DCI and started setting everything up. Shortly after the contract was signed, I got a call from the DCI office asking me to work with the Chamber to make sure everything went well."

    "With all the prep work completed, we were all ready for what looked like was going to be a great event. I was there to announce the show and oversee the day-of operations. Unfortunately, the weather had other plans. The first year was dominated by storms and a mini-tornado that blew through the north end zone of the stadium. In those days, we didn't have any real weather policies, so we kept moving the crowd between the school's gym and the stadium, hoping to have the show go on. Eventually, we called the show, with only one corps being able to perform. However, a spark had been lit within the Chamber, and they were committed to the idea of hosting a drum corps show. We came back next year and had perfect weather. Over the years, the show developed a massive following in the community and we generally had around 3,500 people in the stands. The community loved the drum corps activity and loved seeing the performances every summer. The corps always enjoyed coming to Ankeny as well — we had some great housing sites and the crowd response was always top-notch."

     

    A couple years after the Ankeny Chamber dropped out due to a change in the DCI tour schedule, the Colts brought a show back to the Des Moines metro. Originally named Summer Showdown to tie into the fall marching band festival at West Des Moines Valley High School, the event was held for two years in Valley Stadium before moving to Waukee. In 2011, the regular DCI tour stop resumed the long-standing name Celebration In Brass in partnership with the Waukee Band Boosters. Celebration In Brass then moved to Johnston High School in 2017 due to a stadium conflict in Waukee, and now this year the long-overdue return to Ankeny.

    “We’re thrilled to have an opportunity to reunite with Ankeny for Celebration In Brass,” said Colts Executive Director Jeff MacFarlane. "The school district has been fully supportive — from the superintendent and facilities people to the band directors — everyone is excited to see if we can rekindle the magic of drum corps in Ankeny. I remember coming here in 2004 when my son marched in Colt Cadets, and while the setting will be familiar, the stadium has been completely remodeled and will provide a perfect setting for a good ol’ Midwest drum corps show. Not to mention, the corps line up is fantastic.”

     

    Christian Baughman, Colts alumnus and instrumental music instructor for Ankeny Community Schools, is working closely with the Colts and the Ankeny Instrumental Music Foundation to coordinate the show.

    "30 years ago, in the summer of 1989, my high school ‘band buddy’ picked up an incoming freshman who knew nothing about drum corps, let alone marching band, and brought me to Celebration In Brass," said Christian. "That experience put me on a path that would eventually lead me to join the Colts in the summer of 1991. The following school year, I had an English teacher who shared my passion for music, the trumpet, and drum and bugle corps. I went on to become the drum major of the Colts, major in music education, and become a band director. Eleven years ago, I joined the band staff in Ankeny and three years later my former English teacher, Dr. Bruce Kimpston, became our superintendent. Like so many others in our community, we have both been eagerly anticipating the return of Celebration In Brass to Ankeny."

    "I know that somewhere in that crowd this July there will be another kid who will be just as awestruck as I was that night all those years ago. That kid will end up following a dream that was ignited by the power, precision, and excellence that is competitive drum and bugle corps. This kid’s experiences may be repeated hundreds of times, and in this way the show will further the Ankeny Instrumental Music Foundation’s goal to elevate the skills and knowledge of every student musician to the highest level possible. I could not be more proud to help present this event with the cooperation of the AIM Foundation, the Ankeny Community Schools, and the Colts. These organizations are all world class in their own right. The audience and participating corps are in for a very special event on July 10!"

     

    "For 2019, I'm very happy the show is back in Ankeny," said Brandt. "The community here still remembers the event, so I'm sure they'll be very excited to have drum corps back in their town as well. The renovated Ankeny Stadium will be great for the show — there's now a turf field and the stands now face east, so the setting sun won't be in everyone's eyes. I'm looking forward to being the contest coordinator for the great line up at Celebration In Brass this year."

     

    Celebration In Brass will be held on Wednesday, July 10, at Ankeny Stadium At Northview Middle School. This year’s show features eight corps in DCI competition. In addition to the hosts Colts and Colt Cadets, Celebration In Brass is thrilled to welcome the 2018 World Class Champion Santa Clara Vanguard from Santa Clara, CA; the 2016 World Class Champion Bluecoats from Canton, OH; last year’s first-time DCI Finalist Mandarins from Sacramento, CA; as well as the Blue Stars from La Crosse, WI; The Academy from Tempe, AZ; and River City Rhythm from Anoka, MN. Tickets are available for purchase online! Tickets are assigned according to the date/time orders are received. Order early to get the best seats! Discounts are also available for groups of 20+. Have questions about tickets? Reach out to the Colts Ticket Desk and tickets@colts.org or by calling 563.582.4872.

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    Colt Cadets March Weekend Rehearsal Details

    Colt Cadets 2019

    February 20, 2019

    The March weekend rehearsal for the 2019 Colt Cadets will be held March 15 - 17. The camp is tentatively set to be held at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Dubuque, Iowa. If using a GPS, it is recommended to use this address: 2525 Viola St, Dubuque, IA 52001. You can also click here for a Google Map to the school. Turn-by-turn directions are also available on the Directions page.

    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, but you are encouraged to bring your own if you are able. Whether you have previously attended a Colt Cadets rehearsal this year or not, ALL students are welcome! Parents are also encouraged to attend to see their student perform as a part of the Colt Cadets. Schedules will be available at the check in table throughout the weekend with exact times and locations for everything going on throughout the weekend. To learn more about the Colt Cadets, you can click here.

    You can click here to RSVP for the weekend. 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 or you can pay early on the Colts Mall. This fee does not apply to summer fees.

    Please note: due to other events going on at the school, we will finish the camp weekend early at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.

    Registration and unloading will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. Rehearsal begins at 8:00 p.m., and will conclude by 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. Plan on arriving at 7:00 p.m. to check in and unload equipment. Always check colts.org within a few hours of leaving for camp for any last-minute updates! If you need help finding a ride to camp, email Colt Cadets Director Andrew Eaton at andrew@colts.org or Megan Hobbs, Colt Cadets Membership Coordinator, at megan@colts.org.


    TRAVEL PLANS
    If you need help finding a ride to camp, please notify us ASAP by email at andrew@colts.org or megan@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.

    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 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Midway (MDW) travel MUST land prior to 2:30 p.m. on Friday and depart no earlier than 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. If you plan on using any airport other than Dubuque (DBQ), please let colts@colts.org so we can confirm the flight times work with our schedules. We will coordinate a carpool for you to get you from the airport to Dubuque. All flight details should also be listed on your RSVP.


    PARKING AND SCHOOL ENTRANCE
    Parking is available at the school for the full weekend. Students and parents should enter through the doors on the west side of the school. If you get lost, just look for our big, red trailer!


    CAMP PAPERWORK
    If the weekend is your first rehearsal with the Colt Cadets, please fill out a Member Application online and print and complete your Parent Consent Form prior to rehearsal. This helps save time at check in! All students under the age of 18 must have a signed parent consent form to participate. Students only need to submit one member application for the sesaon, unless your information changes.


    WHAT TO BRING
    Students will stay overnight in the gym on the floor, like they do all summer. Bring changes of clothes (we recommend layered athletic clothing), shower supplies, towel, comfortable clothes for rehearsal (no jeans), tennis shoes (no high tops), and a water bottle. 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. 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.

    Brass: Bring your own mouthpiece, music stand, and binder for music, if you are able. We will have extra mouthpieces and stands at the camp if you don't have your own. We will provide all instruments for the weekend. You may bring your own marching instrument if you would like.

    Percussion: Bring your own sticks or mallets and practice pads, if you are able. We will provide all instruments for the weekend.

    Color Guard: We will provide all flags, rifles, and sabres, but you can bring your own if you would like. Bring lightweight, workout clothing for rehearsals (no jeans).


    PARENTS
    An informational meeting will be held Friday evening at 8:45 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 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. The Colt Cadets staff will also be available throughout the weekend to answer any questions you may have about the drum corps experience, what we do, and how we do it.

    Parents are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in a classroom at the school or stay in a hotel. 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.

    WEEKEND SCHEDULE
    A snack before bed will be provided on Friday night after rehearsal. Four meals will be provided on Saturday, and a breakfast and sack lunch will be provided on Sunday. We will eat off of the Colt Cadets food truck (affectionately called the "Chuck Wagon") just like we do on tour!

    For a sample schedule for the weekend, you can click here. A full schedule will be available at the check in table with exact times and locations for everything going on throughout the weekend. If you are unable to attend the whole weekend, you are definitely still able to participate! Attending part of the weekend is better than not attending at all. If you have schedule conflicts, reach out to Andrew Eaton at andrew@colts.org.

    SOUVENIRS
    Throughout the weekend, many 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 PERFORMANCE
    Due to other events in the school, we will not be doing a full corps formal performance on Sunday. We encourage you to join us at the end of rehearsal (approx. 9:00 a.m.) for a final run of everything we've worked on. You will be amazed at the progress we make in just one weekend!


    EMAIL AND WEBSITE
    Join our Facebook groups for your area of interest! These pages will help you meet other members prior to auditions and answer questions you may have. Parents are encouraged to join as well!
    General Interest Group
    Percussion Interest Group
    Brass Interest Group
    Guard Interest Group
    Parent and Volunteer 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 Colt Cadets family!

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    Colt Cadets 2019 Spring Rehearsal Schedule

    Colt Cadets 2019 Poster

    February 2, 2019

    The Colt Cadets will kick off the 2019 season with the first open rehearsal on Sunday, February 10, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Washington Middle School Dubuque, Iowa. The address of the school is 51 North Grandview Avenue, Dubuque, IA 52001. Click here for a Google Map to the school.

    This preseason event is FREE to attend! Students are encouraged to arrive at 12:30 p.m. 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 spring rehearsals will continue February 24 and March 3 in Dubuque. Locations will be announced soon, pending availability with the Dubuque schools. The first overnight camp will be the weekend of March 15 - 17. 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.

    Help save time at check in! Fill out a Member 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.

    The full 2019 preseason rehearsal schedule for Colt Cadets is below. Please note: this schedule is tentative, pending availability with the Dubuque schools. The 2019 Colt Cadets Preseason Schedule will continue to be updated as rehearsal sites are confirmed. Always check colts.org for the most up to date information on rehearsal sites. Colt Cadets 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 Andrew Eaton, Colt Cadets Director, at andrew@colts.org to set up travel arrangements.

    Full 2019 Rehearsal Schedule:
    February 10, 2019 | Washington Middle School, Dubuque, IA
    February 24, 2019 | Table Mound Elementary, Dubuque, IA
    March 3, 2019 | Table Mound Elementary, Dubuque, IA
    March 15 - 17, 2019 | Jefferson Middle School, Dubuque, IA
    March 24, 2019 | National Guard Armory, Dubuque, IA (Brass Only)
    April 7, 2019 | Roosevelt Middle School, Dubuque, IA
    April 14, 2019 | Roosevelt Middle School, Dubuque, IA
    April 26 - 28, 2019 | Stephen Hempstead High School, Dubuque, IA (Percussion Only)
    May 5, 2019 | Roosevelt Middle School, Dubuque, IA
    May 17 - 19, 2019 | Jefferson Middle School, Dubuque, IA

    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 student 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 between mid-June and mid-August for more than 75,000 people across the Midwest. In 2019, 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.

    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 through our sponsorship program.

    Looking for more information on the Colt Cadets? Click here to read all about the Colt Cadets program!

    Students who live exceptionally far away from Dubuque should contact Andrew Eaton at andrew@colts.org to discuss how they can participate.

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    February Dubuque Rehearsal & Audition

    February 1, 2019

    The February Dubuque brass rehearsal and audition for the 2019 Colts will be held February 15 - 17, at the Five Flags Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The address of the facility is 405 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001. Click here for a Google map to the facility. New brass students are welcome to attend!

    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.

    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:
    If this is your second or more 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. Don't forget to bring a water bottle!

    Brass: Bring your own mouthpiece, marching instrument, music stand, binder for music, and gloves. If you have absolutely no access to an instrument and 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. We will evaluate you individually, and as a part of the group

    MEMBERSHIP CONTRACTS
    Limited positions are open in the brass line. Following the weekend, you will receive 1) an offer of membership or provisional membership or 2) 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 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
    There is no parent meeting scheduled for this event, but Vicki, Jason, and Andrew will be available throughout the weekend to answer any questions you may have about Colts or Colt Cadets. Schedules will be available at the check in table with locations for everything going on throughout the weekend. If you arrive at a random time, the kitchen or check in table are great places to start with questions anytime you visit about where you can help.

    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 $78.00 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.


    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 the Five Flags Center. You will be amazed at the progress we make in just one short weekend. Specific time and details about Sunday's performance will be posted the week of camp and will be available on the schedules at the check in table.


    REMAINING REHEARSALS
    April 26 - 28, 2019 | Dubuque, IA (All Sections)
    Move In Dates
    May 19, 2019 | Dubuque, IA | Guard and Percussion Move In
    May 24, 2019 | 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.
    2019 Members Group
    2019 Percussion Group
    2019 Brass Group
    2019 Color Guard 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!

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    Colts Continue Strong Partnership With Clarke University & Medical Associates

    January 19, 2019

    A few snowflakes were starting to fall outside on Friday night as students finished unloading the equipment trailer. Inside Five Flags Center, the main lobby was packed with students and parents checking in for the camp weekend on one end, and athletic training students from Clarke University on the other. The athletic training students gathered together to go over a few last minute details with Dr. Dee Higgins, PhD, director of the Clarke University Athletic Training Program, before splitting up and making themselves available for Colts students. Now in its sixth year, this unique partnership with Clarke University allows Colts students the opportunity to have a full orthopedic and flexibility screening prior to the season, while also providing valuable hands-on experience for the students from Clarke.

    "The orthopedic and flexibility screenings we're able to provide for the Colts can do so much to help the students have a successful season," said Dr. Higgins. "Having the opportunity to sit with someone trained in athletic training and a greater understanding of how the body works in sports allows them to ask questions and receive feedback they may not get otherwise. For Clarke students, it's great exposure to the marching arts, while also providing them hands-on experience that is so crucial for future professionals in the athletic training field."

    Also on site Friday night was Dr. Steve Rock, MD, a member of Medical Associates Orthopedic & Sports Medicine department. Dr. Rock is the forefront expert on concussions in the performing arts and works closely with Athletes and the Arts to bring the world of marching arts and sports medicine together. In collaboration with Athletes and the Arts, Dr. Rock recently wrote a chapter in "Performing Arts Medicine" by Lauren E. Elson (Elsevier Publishers) titled, Care of the Marching Musician.

    "We've learned that about 80% of physical issues which may arise during a drum corps season are pre-exisiting conditions we can address readily and safely this time of year," said Dr. Rock. "By providing the Colts this one-on-one time with athletic trainers, we are able to identify potential issues with the time to react and assure a successful season. This gives everyone time to create plans for issues that may arise over the season, allowing the student to arrive at move ins as prepared and healthy as possible."

    Dr. Higgins and Dr. Rock have been involved with the Colts organization since 2009, providing resources, feedback, and ideas to the Colts and Colt Cadets students and staff on a wide variety of scenarios that may arise in a drum corps season. In 2016, Colts added an athletic trainer to the tour staff, and in 2017 Colt Cadets added a health and wellness coordinator to the tour staff. These staff members, along with Colts Director Vicki MacFarlane and Colt Cadets Director Andrew Eaton, communicate regularly with Dr. Rock and Dr. Higgins about the various needs of students while on tour. In 2014, the Colts received a grant from Medical Associates Foundation to fund a three-year medical research project to study the effects of the drum corps activity on students. This study provided information on the physical demands students experience during a season of drum corps, allowing Dr. Rock and Dr. Higgins to target their efforts to where students need them most. This study also heightened the Colts awareness of the caloric intake of students, leading to a restructuring of the food program for both corps to help provide sufficient calories to stay healthy throughout a drum corps season. Read more about this grant and study here.

    "Our partnership with Dr. Rock and Dr. Higgins has been a game-changer for the experience of our members," said Vicki MacFarlane. "It's taken several seasons to build the level of awareness and trust we have, but we are very proud of where we are as an organization now. Seeing first-hand the success stories of our students who have finished their seasons has been wonderful. Everything is a work in progress, and our ultimate goal is to just be better today than the we were the day before."

    Last September, Dr. Rock and Dr. Higgins presented to all World Class drum corps directors at the annual Drum Corps International September Meeting in Phoenix. Their presentation and discussions with the voting membership helped lay the groundwork for the Here’s to Our Health: Drum Corps International’s 2019 Annual Meetings and Activity-Wide Health, Wellness & Safety Summit that took place in January in Indianapolis. In April, when the color guard and percussion students from Texas join the corps in Dubuque, Dr. Higgins, Dr. Rock, and the Clarke University athletic training students will again be on site to provide orthopedic and flexibility screenings for Colts students.

    Returning for her second year as athletic trainer for the Colts will be Jennifer Pohlman, LAT, ATC. Jen is a graduate of Clarke University and helped with several years of the Colts orthopedic screenings before signing on for a full season with the corps. "My first season as athletic trainer with the Colts was a phenomenal experience," said Jen. "Being able to graduate and then jump right into my profession, while still working closely with Dr. Higgins, has given me such a strong foundation. Every day brought something new while on tour, but all the students and staff were so fun and easy going, and it made my job so enjoyable. I'm very excited to be back in 2019 with the corps." Click here to read Jen's full bio.

    “We love being able to showcase the strong medical and athletic training communities we have in Dubuque,” said Colts Executive Director Jeff MacFarlane. “At our rehearsal weekends, we welcome parents and students from around the country, and even overseas, so having all our guests see first-hand the connectivity we have to the greater Dubuque community no doubt benefits the Colts, but also shines a light on Clarke University and Medical Associates. We’ve had Colts or Colt Cadets alumni who have been, or currently are, students with Dr. Higgins so seeing them interact with the organization in a new way has brought a new perspective to the Colts, as well as the classroom at Clarke. Working with Medical Associates, especially through the grant we received from them in 2014, has allowed us to really standardize and formalize a lot of what we do at the Colts, while also providing data and information to their doctors on this unique athletic and performing arts activity.”

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    Colts January Camp Continues As Planned

    January 17, 2019

    The Colts are set to host their January camp beginning Friday at the Five Flags Center in downtown Dubuque. There is some snow moving through the midwest on Friday, so please make the best decision for you depending on your path of travel. Your membership status in the drum corps will not be affected if you are unable to attend camp due to travel concerns. We have a large number of flights coming in so we will continue to have camp for those that have the ability to make the trip.

    If you arrive in Dubuque earlier than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, you are free to stop at the Colts Warehouse, 2300 Twin Valley Dr., Dubuque, IA 52003. If you need to be dropped off at any point during the day, we will make sure you have transportation to Five Flags before the start of camp. If you would need to arrive before 9:00 a.m. on Friday, please contact Jason Schubert, Director of Operations and Media, at jason@colts.org or 630.666.7489 or Vicki MacFarlane, Colts Director, at colts@colts.org or 563.564.9016.

    Dubuque is in the path to receive anywhere from 1 - 5 inches of snow on Friday late afternoon and evening depending on which weather service you turn to for information. The snow is said to be of the light, fluffy variety and winds could cause some drifting in areas. The outlook for Sunday travel from Dubuque is much better, although temperatures are expected to fall into the single digits. Please take the usual precautions for driving in winter weather by packing some extra food, water, and blankets in your vehicle. We will have plenty of jumper cables available if your car has trouble starting on Sunday. Please bring a hat and gloves, as frigid temperatures are anticipated about the time loading starts on Sunday afternoon — especially if you are in the pit. We will have extra gloves on site as well.

    If you are scheduled to come to camp and and will be arriving late or have to cancel because of the weather, or for any other reason, please notify Jason Schubert, Director of Operations and Media, or Vicki MacFarlane, Colts Director, that your plans have changed. Click here to view the full list of contact information. Thank you!

    We’re looking forward to an exciting weekend and a lot of growth for the drum corps!

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    Colt Cadets Announce 2019 Design Team And Caption Heads

    January 11, 2019

    The Colt Cadets are excited to announce their design team and caption heads for the 2019 season. A combination of new and old faces, many of whom are veteran educators with the Colt Cadets, will create a strong and dynamic team for the corps. Leading the team as program director, percussion supervisor, and front ensemble arranger will be Alex Albertson. Alex Albertson is 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, as well as director and designer for Railmen Indoor Percussion, based in Omaha, Nebraska

    Returning to the brass team will be Terry White, brass arranger, and Kara Metzger, brass caption head. Terry is entering his eighth year as brass arranger for the Colt Cadets. A retired music educator, Terry currently resides in Maine, where he is an active arranger, composer, and performer for several groups in the area, including the Portland Jazz Orchestra. Many of his publications have been selected for J.W. Pepper’s Editor’s Choice list annually, and his music is published through Alfred (Belwin Jazz), Hal Leonard, Grand Mesa, Ludwig Masters, and Jalen/Matrix Music. Outside of composing, he is an active adjudicator and festival conductor. Kara is also an alumna of the Colts, having spent five years with the group as both a baritone player and drum major, and is entering her fourth year on staff with Colt Cadets. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Kara is currently the director of bands at Whitman Middle School and associate director of bands at West High School in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

    New to the design team for 2019 will be Jake Esterberg, battery arranger, Steve Lyons, visual designer, Dalton Stout, color guard caption head and designer, and Samantha Adrales, color guard designer. Jake Esterberg was a member of the Colts in 2016 has is entering his third year on staff with Colt Cadets. Jake is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a degree in music education. Steve Lyons has been involved with the drum corps activity as a performer, educator, and designer since 2001. He currently lives in Connecticut and works with several high school and indoor programs as a designer and brass and visual instructor. Dalton Stout is entering his second year with the Colt Cadets, having spent 2018 as a color guard technician. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, and is an elementary music teacher with Columbus City Schools. Samantha was a member of the Colts from 2012 to 2014, and is entering her fourth year on staff with the Colt Cadets. As an active dancer, performer, educator, and designer, Samantha brings with her a wide background in the performing arts.

     

    "I'm really excited to continue working with this fantastic team of educators and designers," said Corps Director Andrew Eaton. "The amount of educational experience really sets our corps up for a strong season educationally, both for the entire group and for the individual students. It's always a pleasure working with staff who truly care about the student's success and overall member experience."

     

    "The team we've assembled for this season brings so many strengths from so many different areas of the arts," said Program Director Alex Albertson. "Seeing the growth in the corps the past seven seasons has been incredible for me, and I'm looking forward to continuing to provide a great experience for our students through a committment to high quality deisgn and a solid educational approach."

     

    You can view the full bios of the 2019 Colt Cadets design team and caption heads online here.

     

    Colt Cadets 2019 Membership Information

    Information for the 2019 Colt Cadets season will be avilable soon! Rehearsals will start in mid-Febraury on Sunday afternoons in Dubuque. Students interested in being a part of the Colt Cadets should submit an Information Request. To learn more about the Colt Cadets program, click here. Students with questions about Colt Cadets should email Colt Cadets Director Andrew Eaton at andreweaton81@gmail.com.

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    Janaury Dubuque Rehearsal & Audition Weekend

    January 4, 2019

    The January Dubuque rehearsal and audition for the 2019 Colts will be held January 18 - 20, at the Five Flags Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The address of the facility is 405 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001. Click here for a Google map to the facility. New attendees are welcome for brass and percussion students!

    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.

    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:
    If this is your second or more 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. Don't forget to bring a water bottle!

    Brass: Bring your own mouthpiece, marching instrument, music stand, binder for music, and gloves. If you have absolutely no access to an instrument and 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. We will evaluate you individually, and as a part of the group

    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. Cymbal should prepare a short phrase of your own choice musically and visually, in addition to the cymbal packet. Front ensemble students are expected to perform a short segment of a personal selection for the individual audition. We ask that you provide your own marching cymbals, sticks, and/or mallets, as well as a practice pad. We will provide all other instruments for camps. We will evaluate you individually, and as a part of the group.


    MEMBERSHIP CONTRACTS
    Positions are available in all sections. 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. Recall auditions can be scheduled three weeks after your initial audition at one of our events. Attend early and attend often for your best chance at a position in the Colts.

    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 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 p.m. Bring all of your questions! Schedules will be available at the check in table with locations for everything going on throughout the weekend. If you arrive at a random time throughout the weekend, the kitchen or check in table are great places to start with questions anytime you visit about where you can help.

    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 $78.00 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.


    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 the Five Flags Center. You will be amazed at the progress we make in just one short weekend. Specific time and details about Sunday's performance will be posted the week of camp and will be available on the schedules at the check in table.


    REMAINING REHEARSALS
    February 15 - 17, 2019 | Midwest Location TBD (Brass Only)
    April 26 - 28, 2019 | Dubuque, IA (All Sections)
    Move In Dates
    May 19, 2019 | Dubuque, IA | Guard and Percussion Move In
    May 24, 2019 | 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
    Color 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!

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