2010 News

Colts Camp And Banquet Weekend A Success

November 29, 2010

The annual banquet for the Colts organization was also held during the camp weekend at the Colts Center. Over 250 attended the banquet, which was a celebration of the 2010 seasons just concluded. The normal school facilities used by the Colts were unavailable due to the holiday weekend, so alternate arrangements were made. Special thanks go to Nativity Church for allowing the use of their school, and to the YM-YWCA for providing shower facilities and to Westminster Church for the use of their kitchen.Many volunteer parents pitched in to make the weekend a success as well.

A performance showcasing the work that was accomplished over the weekend was held on Sunday afternoon.

The next and final audition for the Colts will be held in Dubuque on December 17-19. Further details will be posted on the Colts web site.

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What A Year! Colt Cadets Make Finals, Colts Miss By Just A Little

August 16, 2010

The Cadets set records for themselves this year in placement and score and the Colts achieved a level of performance that captured the audience both days at finals and throughout the country during the summer. The Cadets were amazing all through the week and put on performances that were natural and exciting extensions of several years of stable yet dramatic improvement in all areas of their program. Congratulations to the staff and members of both corps on great and very, very successful seasons. Now, let the marching band season begin...

We at the Colts now unpack and begin next year all at the same time....

Today it feels a little overwhelming. Trucks full of instruments, food, uniforms and flags, and a vision are all we have to start with. Out of that will come an even more amazing experience for over 225 members of the Colts and Colt Cadets in 2011. We prepare to do it all over again, yet we prepare to do it all fresh and new. No two seasons are ever the same, (even comparing my 26 of them!) yet I am certain that no two seasons will be as different as 2010 compared to 2011 on many levels.

We're keeping the many things that work extremely well here exactly as they are, and we're taking a hard look at the areas we can and should do better. Excellence is a very demanding standard, yet it is what we strive for in every aspect of what we do. And while we can't use competition as the only, or even the most important measurement of our organizational excellence, it is important. In that area, particularly to the outside folks who are looking in, only one of our two programs was "successful".

We know that both corps were quite successful, and to finish where the Colts did requires an amazing drum corps full of amazing members, but to the outside world, the Cadets "made it". The Colts did not. While we do so many things so well, we have to do well, on a world-class level, compared to the very best in the world, in every area of our programs.

One of our goals for the Colts was to be in finals. We came up short. We were good enough to make finals, but so were others, and we were not good enough to make finals early enough in the season to have the inside track to a position. There are few surprises finals week, and frankly, the corps that made finals deserved to be in finals. But so did we. There just weren't enough slots in finals to accommodate all the corps that deserved it.

I have no doubt in my mind that the performance we put on in Semi Finals was over and away the finest performance in the history of the Colts. And probably better than any Colts finals performance in previous seasons. And I think the audience concurred. Congratulations. So, we didn't leave regrets and both of our corps were amazing, we have to be better every year in every area - on and off the field. And we will be. Starting today.

The 2011 season is here. It will look strikingly similar and strikingly different at the same time. It will be amazing. The hard work has already begun. Congratulations to our members, staff, volunteers and supporters on a tremendous season, and thank you for your trust and support. This year is your's to cherish forever. You earned that right.

Next year is now. Welcome!

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Colts Receive City Grant

June 28, 2010

The program consists of a competitive grants process and is open to local 501 c 3 organizations. An appointed commission reviews the grants and forms a recommendation for City Council action.

Funding for the arts is an important facet of Dubuque's strategic plan. The funding comes available with the new city fiscal year beginning July 1.

This is the fifth year of the program and the fourth year the Colts have received funding.

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Colts Receive Grant

June 9, 2010

Mystique Casino has announced grant recipients for 2010 and the Colts are pleased to announce they have received funding for a newer 15 passenger van.

The Dubuque Racing Association/Mystique Casino is a paramutuel dog track and casino located in Dubuque and owned by a non-profit organization. It recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The DRA/Mystique Casino has made money available for non-profit organizations through a competitive grant process every year since 1985, and in that time, has contributed over $30,500,000 to non-profit organizations in and around Dubuque, including over $1,200,000 in 2010.

The Colts have received funding in all but one of those years and in total are the 5th largest recipient organization, receiving nearly $300,000 in that time. These contributions have been used for instruments, uniforms, our current souvenir truck and trailer, building remodeling and vehicle upgrades.

This year, over 175 non-profit agencies received funding, and the grant the Colts received was one of the ten largest awarded.

The new van will be on tour with the Colts beginning later this month.

Our thanks to the Mystique Casino for their on-going and valuable support of the Colts organization.

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Colt Cadets Start Today!

February 21, 2010

Rehearsal is a go! With poor weather in some areas, please do not put yourself in harms way to get here. Our 2nd rehearsal is next weekend, Feb 28 from 1-5 pm at Jefferson Middle School in Dubuque.

Cadets web pages have been updated also. Go to Youth Programs, select Colt Cadets and navigate from there. General information and summer schedule contain 2010 information - keep your eyes posted for the upcoming announcement of the 2010 Cadets show!

We meet with parents at all rehearsals, and there is no audition or RSVP necessary. Questions? Visit a rehearsal or email colts@colts.org.

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Colts Announce 2010 Program

January 19, 2010

Bret Kuhn, program coordinator, along with the entire Colts design team are pleased to announce their 2010 program: True Colors.

The Colts will be playing selections by Michael Torke, Jeff Beal, Billy Steinberg-Tom Kelly and Paul Halley.

Additional details to follow...

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