Administrative Staff

* denotes Colts Alumni

ADMINISTRATION

Jeff MacFarlane
Executive Director

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.

Vicki (Schaffer) MacFarlane
Director of Youth Programs / Director, Colts Drum & Bugle Corps

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.

David Alford
Director, Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps / Comptroller

David is a native of the Chicago suburbs, growing up in Oswego, Illinois, before attending Michigan State University to pursue a degree in supply chain management. While studying at the Eli Broad College of Business in East Lansing, Michigan, David was also a member for two years of the Spartan Marching Band in the trombone section and spent his freshman year playing trombone for all home men’s and women’s basketball and hockey games as part of Spartan Brass. He was a member of the Gamma Mu chapter of the professional business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, spending one year as president.

Growing up attending the early-season Drum Corps Midwest show at his hometown high school, David had an early appreciation for the drum corps activity and joined the 2002 baritone section of Capital Sound Drum & Bugle Corps, a Division II corps based in Madison, Wisconsin and part of the Madison Drum & Bugle Corps Association. After reaching Division II/III DCI Finals in 2003 in Orlando, Florida, David returned to the activity in 2005 as a baritone player for the Colts. David switched to play contra for both the 2006 and 2007 seasons and enjoyed his age-out season with the Colts, achieving 10th place at DCI World Class Finals in Pasadena, California. David then joined the Colts brass staff for both the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

After graduating from Michigan State in 2009, David began his career as a Merchandise Associate at Meijer headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has then worked for Omnicell, Inc. on the Field Operations team providing inventory solutions for hospital pharmacies throughout the Midwest and Northeast, living in both Chicago and New York City. Also in Chicago, David worked to plan production schedules for Hefty waste bags with Reynolds Consumer Products. In 2013, David moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to work for startup ecommerce Chewy.com to build the supply chain department of an online pet food retailer. Learning and growing as the company experienced hyper growth, David worked his way up to a merchandising operations manager before leaving the company in the summer of 2016.

David had the opportunity to volunteer on the Colts Cook Truck for the final three weeks of the DCI 2016 season, where he gained a renewed and deep appreciation for all the volunteers and parents that help feed the drum corps and everyone he has met through the activity in seven years of marching and teaching. David also gave a week of his time to help move the Colts into the new warehouse in the Key West district of Dubuque, clearing out the old storeroom and bingo hall on Central Avenue.

David is an avid fan of college football and basketball, always cheering on the Michigan State Spartans. He’s also a life-long Chicago Bears fan, so he’s well versed in disappointing seasons. David enjoys getting out to go running and riding his bike, and he’s “thrilled” to once again keep a shovel and brush in the trunk of his car for the winter months in the Midwest. Although to him, winter is now anytime the temperature dips below 68 degrees.

Jason Schubert
Director of Operations and Media

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 at the local Crossfit gym, and dreaming about owning a dog. Or two dogs.

Andrew Eaton
Assistant Director, Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps

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.