2011 News

Colts Family Celebrates 2011 With Annual Recognition Banquet

November 30, 2011

What a great weekend for the Colts family! Our annual banquet allowed us to recognize the three vital elements that create a successful organization -- the members, staff and volunteers from both of the drum corps. One evening alone does not allow us the time to express the gratitude to all who make this experience possible. If you helped out the organization in any way whatsoever (driver, donor, cook, sewing crew, parent, ticket taker, etc., etc.) and were unable to attend the banquet, please accept our sincere THANKS for all you do!

In addition to a number of Honorable Mentions presented in these categories, the following members were given a plaque as the top vote getter(s) in each as chosen by their peers:

Outstanding First Year Member
Kristin Vroman, Brass
James Schuster, Percussion
Megan Schreck, Guard

Most Improved In Section
Justin Rubie, Brass
Gianni Nunn, Percussion
Emily Broghammer and Alexa MickelsonGuard

Outstanding Section Member
Rebecca Gonner, Brass
Brad Ryan, Percussion
Karysa Taylor, Guard

Colt Cadets Member Of The Year Betsy Guthrie

Outstanding First Year Member
Josh Neujahr, Brass
ric Boetcher, Percussion
Kelly Voegele, Guard

Most Improved In Section
Mike Sommer, Brass
Beth Sample, Percussion
Jessica Colip and Sarah Hallahan, Guard

Outstanding Section Member
Casey Hallahan, Brass
Matt DeStasio and Megan Francomb, Percussion
Steven Irving, Guard

Robert M. Buelow Award (given to the most outstanding Colts member) Casey Hallahan

Age Out plaques were presented to 28 members of the Colts. We will miss their 79 years of combined experience.
Congratulations to all! The number of marching years with the Colts follows each name:
Alex Albertson - 1
Kaitlin Gimm - 1
Scott Goodmundson - 1
Sarah Knue - 1
Chase Neely - 1
Kolby Palmore - 1
Samantha Uher - 1
Chris Corrie - 2
Pam Crawford - 2
Matt DeStasio - 2
Wade Gibson - 2
Amanda Kendall-Brown III - 2
Sara Kusnerak - 2
Chris Rossi - 2
Shayne Taylor - 2
Joe Carinci - 3
Elizabeth McIntyre - 3
Jordan Carlton - 4
Megan Francomb - 4
Ross Halley - 4
Alex Higgins - 4
Steven Irving - 4
Sam McGinthy - 4
Monica Rohrabaugh - 4
Leanna Rummes - 4
Adam Merkes - 5
Derek Hessing - 6
Emily Ripley - 7

Our upcoming year celebrates the 49th anniversary of the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps and promises to be exciting and successful. Please join us at 1:00 p.m. on the Sunday afternoon of each rehearsal weekend as the Colts present a public performance. Also, the Drum Corps International summer schedule has been released and is available at www.dci.org

Once again, THANK YOU to all who make this possible!

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Colts Booster Club Receives $25K Award

November 23, 2011

The Colts Parent & Booster Club was among the Top 100 vote getters in the recently concluded Chase Community Giving program.

A late surge of voting helped push the Colts Boosters to #49 in the voting. Your votes also helped several other drum corps receive awards in this season's Chase awards. Read about all of the winners HERE.

Thank you to all who rallied the support to make this possible. And a huge THANK YOU to Chase for continuing the support of non-profit organizations everywhere!

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Colt Cadet Member Sings National Anthem for Semi Finals

August 15, 2011

Jessica Fuller, of Dubuque, daughter of Terry and Lisa Delaney, and a member of the Colt Cadets, sang the National Anthem for the opening ceremony of the DCI Semi Finals on Friday in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. She won the vocal division of the Individual and ensemble competition on Wednesday in Indianapolis so was asked to sing again.

Here is her performance. What an honor for her and for our entire organization! Congratulations, Jessica!

Jessica Fuller on August 12 at Lucas Oil Stadium

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Summer Premier Saturday At Loras College

June 23, 2011

The new Summer Premier show will feature the full field show for both corps and will be the fist time both groups have performed their entire show in uniform. This is an important dress rehearsal for both corps prior to the start of the competition season.

The Colt Cadets will perform first, presenting their 2011 competition show entitled "Notorious" followed by the Colts performance of their show entitled "Deception: The Jagged Edge".

The Cadets fist competition is on Sunday in Lisle, IL and the Colts first competition is Tuesday in Minneapolis, MN.

The annual Music on the March is Sunday, July 10 at Senior High School at 7 p.m. and features the Colts and Colt Cadets plus the Madison Scouts, Glassmen, Boston Crusaders, Spirit of Atlanta and Teal Sound.

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Colts Announce Their 2011 Program

May 11, 2011

The Colts are proud to present their 2011 program... DECEPTION: The Jagged Edge

Inspired by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's epic ballet Swan Lake, and Darren Aronofsky's mesmerizing Academy Award nominated film, Black Swan, the Colts present our own tale of deception about the jagged edge between innocence and the dark side within.

"Art is the most beautiful deception of all." - Claude Debussy

The jagged edge is "a feeling all performers are familiar with, the spooky sense, when you're in full flight, that you've crossed over into the dark territory of dream, or fairy tale, somewhere you haven't seen before. It's the exhilaration of losing yourself, and the fear of being lost to yourself forever." - Terrence Rafferty, New York Times (October 30, 2010).

Musical selections include:
Swan Lake - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Danza de los Duendes - Nancy Galbraith
The Swan from Carnival of the Animals - Camille Saint-Saens
Mind Heist - Zack Hemsey

CLICK HERE for a downloadable show poster, desktop backgrounds, and the Colts summer tour schedule.

Our program also features original music and arrangements by Chris Tomsa, Jerry Carpenter and Rich Viano. Program coordination is by Chris Tomsa and visual coordination by Stephanie Furniss. Drill design is by Andrew Ebert and color guard designs are by Charles Williams, Christopher Dulin, Ashley Studer, Brandon Smith, Amy Braun, Erin Culver, and Carla Burgess-Tomsa.

CLICK HERE for a complete Colts staff roster.

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Chase Community Giving - Facebook Contest

May 3, 2011

The Colts are not in this contest since we were one of the top 100 charities last year, where we won $25,000. A number of organizations, including several corps and Drum Corps International, are in the contest this time around. The rules and format have changed this year, so this voting session is for organizations with an operating budget of between $1 million and $10 million. The winning organization receives a contribution from Chase in the amount of - ready..... ? $25,000 now and the possibility of another $500,000!

YEA (The Cadets) and Drum Corps International are currently both near the top of the rankings recently and other corps are doing well, too. Please do your part to support all the drum corps and our other friends when you use your 10 votes today! VOTE TODAY! Here is a link to our "favorite organizations" that we hope you will consider supporting - please use all 10 of your votes! CLICK HERE Please forward this link to as many of your friends as you can, and encourage them to vote today too!

Thank you!

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Colt Cadets Kick Off 2011 Season!

February 17, 2011

The first rehearsal of the Colt Cadets 2011 season will be held at Jefferson Middle School on Sunday, February 20, from 1:00-5:00 pm. Find directions to Jefferson HERE. No RSVP is necessary for this rehearsal. All equipment will be provided. A parent meeting will be held at the beginning of all rehearsals to answer questions and provide further information.

Membership is open to any young person in middle school or high school, with or without prior performance experience. There is no audition to be a member, but students are expected to be good team players with a desire to be great!

The first few rehearsals are approached as clinics, so that any young person can explore drum corps membership without the full commitment. This allows students to explore a variety of sections or instruments to find what suits them best.

The Colt Cadets rehearse three Sundays per month during the school year, and Tues/Wed/Thurs/Sat during the summer. The group will travel about 23 days during the summer months. In 2011, Colt Cadets will again finish the season at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, at the Drum Corps International World Championships. Last season marked the first time Cadets were Open Class Finalists. The corps will perform for over 75,000 people in 7 states!

Most members participate in other summer activities while performing with the Colt Cadets. It is possible to make a variety of summer schedules work! If you have questions about your specific summer plans, do not hesitate to call or email, and feel free to bring your summer schedule to an open rehearsal, and staff will provide more insight on how to balance summer plans.

All instruments, uniforms, and instruction are provided, and individuals will be provided with opportunities to help earn some, or all, of the membership fees.

Please call 563-582-4872 or e-mail Vicki Schaffer, Colt Cadets Director, with any questions! We will help in any way we can!

A second open rehearsal will be held on Sunday, February 27, from 1:00-5:00 pm, at Jefferson Middle School for anyone unable to attend the opening event. Although all students are encouraged to attend the first rehearsal, students living 4 hours or more from Dubuque may find the February 27 rehearsal more valuable.

Check out more details about specific 2011 Colt Cadets Information HERE.

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