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Jeff is a long-time drum corps junkie having grown up as the youngest of five marching siblings of the Colts. He started as a snare drummer with the Colt Cadets in 1973-74, graduated to the 'A' Corps on bass with the Colt .45 in 1975, and marched his last two years as a tenor (CQB!) in the Colts in 1976-77. He regrets that he left a few good years on the shelf having not marched until aging out. In 2009, Jeff returned to the drumline as the oldest marching member of the Colts Presidential Inaugural Parade Corps.
Jeff currently serves as executive director for the Colts Youth Organization where he oversees the business operations for the nonprofit corporation. He was previously the group's controller (2005-12), and program coordinator for the Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps (2008-12). He first became a member of the Colts Cadets design team in 2006 where he brought his 20+ years of graphic design experience to the football field in several visual capacities. He also works on graphic design and marketing projects for the organization.
Jeff received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication from Northern Illinois University in 1984. In 1994, he started his own business - Get Smart Design Company - doing logos, brochures, advertising and websites for businesses throughout the Midwest, as well as an occassional pro bono project for the Colts.
In 1998, Get Smart Design was one of ten small businesses in Iowa to receive the Benchmark Award from the Iowa Secretary of State for entreprenurial spirit and community good deeds. Jeff received the Silver Medal from the Advertising Club of Dubuque in 1999 -- a lifetime achievement award, of sorts. In 2000, he was named the American Advertising Federation's 9th District President of the Year.
Having sold the business (then known as Mission Creative) in 2003, he was between jobs in 2005 when an "opportunity" to help in the Colts office selling Music On The March tickets eventually led to his current position.
Jeff is so proud of his two kids, Max (a former Colt Cadet and resident of Fort Collins, Colorado) and Maddie (an avid hockey fan, published photographer and student at St. Cloud State University). He is also quite proud to work side-by-side with his wife, Vicki, trying to make the Colts organization the best it can be.
As director of youth programs, Vicki is responsible for the operations of the Colts Youth Organization which includes the World Class Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, the Open Class Colt Cadets, and the Colts Summer Band. Programs also include PanrhythmiX and Pandemonium steel drum ensembles, and Vocal Fusion, all based at Prescott Elementary School. Over 320 young people, grade three through age 21, are now members of a Colts program.
Vicki began working for the Colts in May 2001, and was most recently director of the Colt Cadets serving in that position from 2002-12. Besides making sure everyone was the right place at the right time, she spent valuable time working with the Cadets marching staff and strengthening the visual program. In her time as director, she saw the membership grow from a perfectly-proportioned ensemble of 18 (six each of brass, percussion and color guard) to become a DCI Open Class Finalist for the first time in 2010, and repeating that distinction again in 2011 and 2012. The Colt Cadets were named Most Improved Corps in DCI's Division II in 2006.
Vicki served six terms as chair of Drum Corps International's Open Class Advisory Committee where she acted as liaison between the Open Class directors and DCI's Board of Directors. She resigned that position in 2012 when she became director of the Colts.
Vicki played baritone for the Colts in 1994 and 1995. She also marched baritone in the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, DC. But her favorite bit of musicianship was on the clarinet as a member of the Wartburg College Concert Band on their 40-day tour of Europe where she soloed during Rhapsody In Blue while sitting on Bach's grave in St. Thomas Church (Leipzig, Germany).
She moved to Dubuque in May 2001 from the English Valleys Community School District, where she served as the 5th-12th grade instrumental music director (as well as "coach" for a variety of sports) from 1998-2001. She earned her degree in music education from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Vicki serves as an active educator, clinician, and adjudicator in Iowa and the Midwest. She has taught clarinet privately, and has performed with the Waterloo/Cedar Falls and Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestras.
While she owns two other residences in Dubuque, she now lives with her husband, Jeff, in their ofttimes-staff-filled home in the Cedar Lake subdivision.
Jason grew up in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton and comes to the Colts via Lexington, Kentucky. He is a 2016 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor's degree in community and leadership development and minors in Spanish and music.
Jason began his drum corps career in 2011 as a tuba player with the Colts, and went on to march a total of four years with the organization. In 2012 and 2013, he was tuba section leader, and aged out in 2014 as drum major. After aging out, Jason joined the admin staff, spending the 2015 summer as assistant tour director and social media manager. For the 2016 season, Jason took on the role of tour director, which following the season, transitioned into a full time position with the Colts. His current roles are director of operations and media and tour director for the Colts. Throughout the offseason, Jason handles all social media for the organization, the website, donor and alumni database management, souvenirs, and camp logistics. Over the summer, Jason works closely with Vicki MacFarlane and Mike Lang to oversee all travel and housing logistics for the corps, as well as managing the props. Of course, all encompassing in his various jobs is the ubiquitous non-profit job description “other duties as assigned.”
While at the University of Kentucky, Jason was an active member of the Wildcat Marching Band for three years, playing at all home football games, and many of the men’s and women’s home basketball games. He also spent four years with the university’s volunteer office, the Center for Community Outreach. For two years, he was director of the office’s alternative breaks program, planning 15 service trips each year for students and staff, and overseeing, instructing, and participating in the program’s intensive leadership training course. In his final year at Kentucky, Jason was director of the office, overseeing 11 different volunteer-based student-led programs and over 200 student leaders on various levels of involvement. Jason was also an active member of the Alpha Gamma chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, spending one year as fraternity education officer and two years as president. For three of his years in Lexington, Jason was a marching technician with the Lafayette High School marching band.
Jason is an avid lover of all things Kentucky, frequently wearing apparel from the university or the state, and always making sure to use “y’all” instead of “you guys.” He is a huge fan of Kentucky basketball, as well as the Chicago Cubs and Bears. During his down time, Jason enjoys hiking, camping, working out, and dreaming about owning a dog. Or two dogs.
Megan has been involved in the marching arts since 2008, when she started her marching career with the Kenosha Beats, an independent percussion ensemble out of her hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Her introduction to drum corps was with the Kilties Drum & Bugle Corps, based out of Racine, Wisconsin, in 2010. As a member, she went on to win the DCA individual and ensemble marimba competition in 2011. While starting as a marching member, Megan began undertaking staff roles in 2012, and has continued to be active in the organization since.
Her DCI debut was spending her age-out summer with the 2015 Colts front ensemble. She also aged out in the 2016 winterseason with the three-time WGI Independent World Class champions, Rhythm X.
Megan has always had a passion for percussion and teaching. After she graduated from Bradford High School in Kenosha, she began a degree in percussion performance and music education at the University of Wisconsin. She has also enjoyed being a part of recreational ensembles, playing bass drum with the Milwaukee Bucks drumline, as well as the Tundraline, the offical drumline of the Green Bay Packers.
Her past teaching career includes experience as a technician, coordinator, arranger, and consultant, spanning front ensemble work with the Kilties Drum & Bugle Corps, various Wisconsin schools, including Sauk Prairie High School, various indoor drum lines in Wisconsin, and Thomas Worthington High School, Westerville North High School, Westerville South High School, Springboro High School, and Kettering Fairmont High School out of Ohio. Megan was also the front ensemble coordinator for ConneXus, a WGI Independent Open Class finalist.
Megan spent the 2017 drum corps season as an assistant tour director with the Colts, and in 2018 spent the season teaching the front ensemble with Colt Cadets. Megan will continue to be very active with Colt Cadets in 2019, and is very excited to move to Dubuque to take on a larger role within the Colts!
Andrew attended Indiana State University where he obtained a BA in music, playing French horn in multiple ensembles along the way. He continued his education at Western Iowa Technical Community College in Sioux City to study instrument repair where he also played horn in the Morningside Symphony and Wind Ensemble. After completing his program in Sioux City, Iowa, Andrew moved to the suburbs of Chicago in 2006 where he is now the head of brass repair in one of the nation's largest music shops.
Andrew's DCI experience includes the 1999 and 2002 summers with the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps from Toledo, Ohio. He played mellophone both summers and had the opportunity to learn from some of the best music educators in the activity. He has taught the marching bands at Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana, Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana, and Clay City High School in Clay City, Indiana.
Andrew will be starting his tenth year with the Colts organization, where he has taught mellophone for the Colts and instructed brass and visual for the Colt Cadets, as well as lead the design team during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. When not teaching or doing office work, he enjoys restoring his 1967 Mustang.