2013 News

Holiday Greetings From The Colts

December 24, 2013

Enjoy The Season With A Bit Of "Winter" From 1993

Sincere best wishes to our entire Colts family for a wonderful holiday season. We are blessed to be surrounded by such an amazing group of young performers, a selfless collection of volunteers without whom we would be lost, and a hard-working staff who keep all the pieces put together.

CLICK HERE to enjoy a bit of "Winter" as performed by the 1993 Colts Drum & Bugle Corps with Eric Weber on solo trumpet.

"Winter" was written by Brass Arranger and Colts alum Chuck Naffier, who has returned to the Colts to create the brass music for the upcoming season. This opening to the 1993 show would be the first song performed by the Colts in Drum Corps International World Championship Finals competition. We will have to wait a few months to see what Santa has under the tree for this year's corps.

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2013 Banquet Awards And Recap

December 5, 2013

What a great weekend for the Colts family! Our annual banquet allowed us to recognize members from both corps, and our return to the Five Flags Center in downtown Dubuque was wonderful once again. Special thanks to Poor Man's Catering for a delicious meal. If you were unable to be here with us, we wish you could have been to share the experience!

The banquet allowed us to recognize our achievements as well as the outstanding contributions of both members and volunteers. Awards presented for the Colts and the Colt Cadets members were:


Outstanding First Year Members:
Brass - Erin Funk
Guard - Lauren Emerson
Percussion - Ujjal Bhattacharyya

Most Improved Members:
Brass - Taylor Hughes
Guard - Sacha East
Percussion - Stephanie Schoeph & Joey Wattenhofer

Outstanding Section Members:
Brass - Patrick McGehee
Guard - Kristen Orwoll
Percussion - Liz Naprstek & Austin Murra

Robert M. Buelow Award (Colt of the Year): Casey Hallahan

Colt Cadets

Outstanding First Year Members:
Brass - Jakob Henzi & Abby Beacom
Guard - Celeste Chapdelaine
Percussion - Jake Kuklish

Most Improved Members:
Brass - Holden Murphy
Guard - Chamberlynn Donath
Percussion - Megan Ahmann & Will Shriver

Outstanding Section Members:
Brass - Brendin Kemp & Taylor Guthrie
Guard - McKenzie Wolfe
Percussion - Ted Townsend

Colt Cadet of the Year: Betsy Guthrie

Age out awards were presented to 21 members of the Colts. These individuals and marching years were:
Corey Axelson - 1
Danni Calderon - 1
Eric Elker - 1
Matt Goodspeed - 1
Amanda West - 1
Charles Mitchell - 2
Bradley Page - 2
Nick Poje - 2
Andrew Riley - 2
Nick Benz - 3
Will Nagorski - 3
Joshua Neujahr - 3
Beth Sample - 3
Paige Schneweis - 3
Shelbye Willard - 3
Stu Meadows - 4
Sarah Quesnell - 4
Casey Hallahan - 6
Erick Hollick - 6
Kyle Lewis - 6
Kristen Orwoll - 6

We will miss their 63 years of combined experience. Congratulations to all age outs!

The Sunday Colts performance was an exciting kick off for the 2014 season. Colt Cadets met on Saturday and the staff gave an overview of the direction of the program for the coming year.

Please send your RSVP for December camp today! Our next rehearsal is December 20-22 at Washington Middle School in Dubuque. Please let us know your plans for the upcoming year! Colt Cadets will begin rehearsals in February 2014.

Thank you to all the parents and volunteers who make it all happen!

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Mike Wolfe Visitation And Services

December 1, 2013

Services for Mike Wolfe will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 2, 2013, at Casey Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cuba City, Wisconsin, with Rev. Francis Steffen officiating. Friends may call from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Sunday and from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. The Colts Booster Club President lost his battle with cancer on Friday afternoon at the age of 54.

CLICK HERE for the funeral home's website where you can leave a message for the family, send a photo, or submit a memorial for the Wolfe family.

Mike will be remembered by all within the Colts family but especially by those in the Colt Cadets where he managed the food program for the past few years. He traveled frequently with the drum corps, and counseled, bandaged and repaired many Colt Cadets through the years serving as the corps' EMT on the road.

Mike is survived by his wife, Bonnie; four children, Brittany (fiancé, Adam Ben-zikri) Wolfe, of Fitchburg, Wisconsin, Kyle Wolfe, of Dubuque, and Michelle and McKenzie Wolfe, both at home; his father, Paul Wolfe, of Lancaster; five sisters, Kris (Ron) Zenz, of Bagley, Aleise (Cyril) Oyen, of Potosi, Ann (Thom) Peters, of La Farge, Wisconsin, Jill (Craig) Moldenhauer, of Princeton, Wisconsin, and Lori (Dexter) Wolfe, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; two brothers, Paul (Jeanne) Wolfe, of Potosi, and Mark (Wendy) Wolfe, of Olathe, Kansas; six brothers and sisters-in-law, Alan (Lois) Reynolds, Tom (Deb) Reynolds, and Dan (Brenda) Reynolds, all of Potosi, Mike (Rosie) Reynolds, of Ottawa, Illinois, Pat (Ric) Walsh, of Galena, Illinois, and Sam Reynolds, of Potosi; and several nieces and nephews.

Mike Wolfe will forever be missed by the entire Colts family.

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Colts Prepare For Next 50 Years

November 25, 2013

Following a memorable season in which it celebrated its 50th Anniversary, the Colts Youth Organization is preparing for the next 50 years without its most familiar face. Greg Orwoll, the group's development director and former executive director, recently accepted a new challenge as executive director of DuRide in Dubuque. Executive Director Jeff MacFarlane manages the Colts business operation and will take on many of the duties vacated by Orwoll's departure.

"Greg created a wonderful foundation on which we will continue to build the Colts. His philosophies used to develop young students into accomplished leaders and performers will live on here forever," said MacFarlane. "We will certainly miss his three decades of leadership, but I have his number and know he will be there when we need some advice or counsel."

MacFarlane has been with the Colts Youth Organization since 2005 serving as controller and designer. Prior to joining the Colts, he was more known throughout Dubuque for creating many of the area's iconic logo designs at the company he founded, Get Smart Design (which later became Mission Creative  a property of Woodward Communications). He spent over twenty years in the advertising business before shifting gears and joining the non-profit organization where he participated as a drummer in the 1970s. He grew up with the Colts having watched all four of his older siblings march in the drum corps.

"I used to get a call from Greg every now and then to do a pro bono design project for the Colts," MacFarlane continued. "I look forward to bringing a bit of that marketing focus to the organization as we refine the Colts brand, and spread the word about our mission and the accomplishments of these amazing students we meet year after year."

The Colts bring one season to a close and begin another this weekend when they host their Annual Recognition Banquet on Friday, November 29th followed immediately by their first audition weekend. There is still plenty of time to sign up (www.colts.org/rsvp) and become a member of the 2014 Colts!

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Colts Membership Information Released

November 4, 2013

The Colts have published their 2014 Membership Information. An email will be sent to all who signed up on the website to receive information. The brochure is also available online now. CLICK HERE to view a PDF of the 2014 Membership Information. The Membership Information is being distributed to over 2,500 band directors along with a poster to post in their band rooms. A PDF of the poster is available HERE.

In addition to the poster and brochure, the Colts have released their recruiting video for the November camp. Isaac Campbell has turned in another creative look at the Colts incorporating some vintage footage into clips of the 2013 season. CLICK HERE for the video link. While on YouTube, be sure to check out the COLLECTION OF VIDEOS that capture special moments from last summer.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the 2014 Colts, click the JOIN button on the right side of the page and follow the step-by-step instructions. Be sure to RSVP for camp even if you cannot attend until December.

Many more details regarding camp attendance will be posted a few days prior to Thanksgiving.

Thank you for your interest in the 2014 Colts!


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The Year In Review :: 2013

August 31, 2013

As August draws to a close, what a great time to reflect on all that's transpired over the past year. We welcomed in our 50th Anniversary, having been founded in 1963, and celebrated throughout the summer as alumni, parents, fans and friends. Thank you to all who performed, donated, volunteered, bought a ticket or a souvenir, taught, or in any other way helped our programs experience the pursuit of our common cause...to use music and excellence to teach each other about success in life. Following are just some of the highlights from this memorable year of the Colts Youth Organization:

Soon after Vicki (Schaffer) MacFarlane was named Colts director, she got right to work and named Marc Sylvester to lead the Colts design team as program coordinator for the 2013 season. "Sully," as he has been known throughout the activity for over 30 years, brought his Hall of Fame toolbox to Dubuque to begin painting a fresh canvas for the Colts in their anniversary season. Joining Marc on the design team were returning members Chris Tomsa, brass arranger; Dave Nelson, percussion arranger; Carla Burgess-Tomsa, color guard supervisor; and Brandon Smith, guard designer. Also adding his creativity to the Colts design team in his first year was Aaron Guidry, composer and electronics supervisor.

VIDEO Colts 2013: January Camp (An interview with Colts Director Vicki MacFarlane)

VIDEO Colts 2013: The Stepoff

Matt Mulvanny was named director of the Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps in September 2012. A Colts alumnus from 2006, Matt had been on staff with the cadet corps for two seasons, serving as a leader in the marching program and a key member of the brass staff. Matt's excitement for the season was unmistakable, "I'm looking forward to working alongside an instructional and design staff that continues to inspire the drum corps community every year. Filling the shoes of Vicki (Schaffer) MacFarlane is not a task anybody should take lightly, but with such hard working members, and support from a family of staff that gels so well together, I could not be more enthusiastic about the future of the Colt Cadets."

VIDEO Colt Cadets 2013: The Debut

At the February rehearsal weekend, the Colts brass line had the rare opportunity to perform with one of its own from four decades prior. Greg Blum, current president of the Colts Board of Directors, came to prominence within the drum corps activity in the early '80s as soloist on the Colts classic, Summertime. He sat down with Colts videographer Isaac Campbell following the performance to discuss the significance of this piece of Colts history. Isaac produced the interview for his campus television station at the University of Northern Iowa.

VIDEO Colts 2013: Summertime With Harpo

The Colts Booster Club held a $10-per-ticket fundraising raffle throughout the spring and summer. Tickets were sold at Colts camps, Colts Bingo, Winter Farmer's Market here in the Colts Center, and a variety of other venues including our host events. The winners of the 2013 Colts Booster Club Raffle were: Jennifer Murphy from Benton, WI ($1,000), Andrew Eaton from Roselle, IL ($1,500), and Dave Guthrie from Hopkinton, IA ($5,000). Plans are being discussed to host another raffle next year with a few changes to make the event even more exciting, and to introduce the 2014 raffle at the November weekend audition camp. What a wonderful stocking stuffer for anyone on your gift list...so long as they are 18 years old and eligible for the grand prize! Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's raffle!

The Colts and Colt Cadets were outfitted in new uniforms for the 50th Anniversary thanks in large part to a 2012 grant from the Dubuque Racing Association. Renowned uniform designer Michael Cesario worked with Marc Sylvester to establish the look, and the great team at Fred J. Miller (FJM) brought the uniform to life. The DRA grant required a 25% match from the organization and when development director Greg Orwoll posed the challenge to our supporters, they responded enthusiastically. For $65, a donor could dedicate a uniform in their name or in remembrance of another. Some of the most moving dedications were in honor of Colts family members who are no longer with us. Thank you to all who supported this new look for the Colts and Colt Cadets.

VIDEO 2013 Colts And Colt Cadets: Revealed

As part of the 50th Anniversary events, the Colts took a moment to recognize the first national championship in the organization's history. The 2013 Colts members served as the audience while several members and instructional staff of the 1976 Colts Color Guard were introduced and presented with triangles for the years they marched. The guard won the Midwest Circuit Color Guard Championship in Chicago followed by the VFW National Color Guard Championship later in the summer. Following a slideshow tribute, all in attendance were treated to the championship performance which was preserved on 8mm videotape by none other than 1976 corps director Tom Faulkner (who, BTW, was also in attendance).

The Colts celebrated the men and women of the United States Armed Forces by participating in the annual Memorial Day parade in downtown Dubuque followed by their tribute concert in Washington Park. The day also marked the public debut of their new uniforms. For new and veteran Colts alike, becoming the first person to wear a new corps uniform is a unique experience.

VIDEO Colts 2013: Such Men Lived

What a better way to experience the 26th Annual Colts Car Wash than with a brand new BMW and time lapse footage? (See video) Washing over 800 cars at 20 different locations, the annual fundraiser raised over $33,800 (and counting) for the Colts Youth Organization. Thank you to the businesses that hosted a site, parents, volunteers, members and supporters who made the event such a huge success. Also, special thanks to Doug and Matt Warthan of BMW Dubuque for providing a BMW 3 Series automobile for the day!

VIDEO Colts 2013: Squeaky Clean

The Colts announced in July that they were awarded a $40,000 grant from the City of Dubuque as part of the its Arts & Culture Funding Program. The city supports arts and culture by recognizing the contribution such organizations make to the quality of life in the community as well as the significance of their economic impact. The Dubuque Racing Association awarded a grant to the Colts Youth Organization to be used for the replacement of the roof at the Colts Center. Since 1987, the Colts have received grants from the DRA totaling over $340,000 for new instruments, vehicles, uniforms, a souvenir trailer, computers and equipment maintenance. The contributions of these two groups have been critical to our ability to provide top-notch programs for our 300+ students.

Celebrating the end of Cornfield Tour, and being the inspiration for their 2013 program, the corps visited the famed movie site just outside of Dyersville, Iowa. The trip presented an opportunity to perform their 2013 ballad on the actual Field Of Dreams. Members of the Colts, Colt Cadets, board members, staff and alumni were on hand for this memorable event.

VIDEO Colts 2013: The Place Where Dreams Come True

Pandemonium, the Colts-sponsored steel drum ensemble directed by Patti Millius, took on their busiest summer schedule to date beginning with a performance at the Colts Summer Premiere at Loras College on June 22nd, and finishing in early August. Since 2009, Pandemonium has been entertaining audiences while learning a unique blend of melody and rhythm using a wide variety of popular music. The Colts also sponsor the PanrythmiX Steel Drum Ensemble for students in grades 4-5 attending Prescott Elementary School.

Started in memory of Hunter Aaron Vondran, HAVlife is a not for profit foundation that was established to fund the resources students need to pursue their musical aspirations and athletic goals - just like Hunter did. This past summer, HAVlife provided a grant of $5,000 to assist members of the Colt Cadets who may otherwise have not been able to afford their drum corps membership. We are thrilled to have established this partnership and look forward to turning lost potential into long-term achievement in the years to come.

For the seventh consecutive summer, the Colts Summer Band capped their season with a wonderful concert in Eagle Point Park on Tuesday, July 2nd, along with the Colt Cadets. While the size of the summer band remained consistent with 2012, a common review of the concert from those in attendance was, "This is the best the summer band has EVER sounded!" Congratulations to directors Brian Enabnit and Dan Norman for providing an incredible experience for this ambitious group of students!

Eight drum and bugle corps rolled onto the campus of Dubuque Senior High School on Friday, July 12th, and delivered their world-class performances to a packed house at the newly-remodeled Dalzell Field. The local crowd was enthusiastic and supportive, as they have been for several decades, and Mother Nature cooperated with a spectacular night just up until the time a swarm of mayflies made its way from the Mississippi River to the lights of the stadium. Most in the crowd were not going to let a few summer pests ruin their evening that concluded with recognition of the Colts age outs and encore performances by the Colt Cadets, Colts and the 50th Anniversary Colts Alumni Corps.

Brass members from throughout the years joined together to revive a few classics from the Colts repertoire. Thank you to LeAnn Splitter for organizing the group and to all who participated. The alumni corps was complimented in Dubuque by a color guard unit that fashioned uniforms from throughout Colts history, and was lead by former color guard sergeant Jolene (Miller) O'Toole. Many members of the brass group, along with a few others who joined for the Indianapolis event, performed in Lucas Oil Stadium following the DCI World Class Semifinals as they played the 2013 DCI age out class onto the field for their recognition ceremony. The group also performed on Georgia Street earlier in the evening, and finally at the DCI Championships After-Party on Friday night at the Omni Severin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis.

On Saturday, July 13th, alumni who marched throughout the past five decades, along with many parents and others who offered their support, gathered at the Holiday Inn in downtown Dubuque for an evening filled with stories and memories of days gone by. Emceed by Colts board member Emily Neuendorf, the evening included a few comedic moments from our own Fruit Of The Loom leaf, Gene Steichen, and a great story of perseverance from '90s alum and former staff member Kent Lineberry. The history of the triangle was discussed, and the significance of the medals now given to members who march, and then all of the alums were presented with a triangle commemorating each of their years in the Colts. The evening concluded with Vox One's rendition of the corps song, Morning.

The Colts and Colt Cadets each took a step forward within their competitive divisions at the DCI World Championships in Michigan City and Indianapolis. The Colt Cadets reached DCI Open Class Finals for the fourth consecutive year and achieved the highest placement in their history (10th) with their show titled, Red. The Colts 2013 program, Field Of Dreams, was a crowd favorite all season long and the members performed with incredible energy throughout the week. Congratulations to all of the members of both corps who have now joined in the great tradition of Colts and Colt Cadets who've performed throughout the past 50 years. You have laid the foundation on which the next 50 years will be built!

Watch the Colts website in the coming weeks for additional videos from Isaac Campbell from the final weeks of the Colt and Colt Cadets summer tours. Thank you to ALL for your continued support! November camp is just around the corner!

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Colts Receive $40,000 Operating Grant From City Of Dubuque

July 16, 2013

The Colts $40,000 grant from the City of Dubuque was approved by the Dubuque City Council for the fiscal year 2014 budget, which began July 1.

A total of 16 organizations submitted grants for this program, and each organization was evaluated by a volunteer commission as to the relative impact on the Arts and Culture goals contained in the City of Dubuque's Vision and MIssion.

Funding was determined by using a combination of the overall evaluated score and the size of the organization's operating budget. The Colts ranked 2nd overall in their contribution to the city's objectives, with a 95.3% rating.

The City of Dubuque has made it a priority to support Arts and Culture in the city, recognizing both the contribution the arts make to the quality of life but also the importance and significance of the economic impact the arts and culture make.

In total, the 16 non profit arts and culture organizations who were qualified for funding received grants ranging from $1,061 to $40,000.

The Colts are proud of their contribution to the quality of life in Dubuque and of their support of the goals and objectives of the City of Dubuque.

Dubuque is a three-time All American City Designee, most recently again this year.

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Colts Summer Premiere TONIGHT!

June 4, 2013

Join us in the Loras College Rock Bowl for the 3rd Annual Colts Summer Premiere. The premiere gives the audience an opportunity to see the full field performances of both the Colts and Colt Cadets.

The evening will get underway at 7:00 p.m. with some great entertainment by our Pandemonium Steel Drum Ensemble. The Colt Cadets will step off just after 7:30 p.m.

Following the Colts performance, the Colts Booster Club will give away the first of three prizes in their 3-For-1 Raffle. The Booster Club is selling raffle tickets for $10 per chance. Each ticket gives you an opportunity to win $1,000 at tonight's event, $1,500 at Music On The March on July 12, and $5,000 at the DCI Championships on August 10. You need not be present to win any of these prizes. Tickets will be available for sale tonight at the Summer Premiere along with an expanded collection of Colts souvenirs and apparel.

Please attend this very special event. The 220+ members of the Colts and Colt Cadets appreciate the tremendous support they receive from the community. Take this opportunity to see the full field productions of both corps as they head into Drum Corps International competition for the summer. No charge to attend.


Attend a special reception and social prior to the Summer Premiere performances, in the Alumni Campus Center at Loras College.

Hors doeuvres and cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 6:15 p.m.

The reception schedule includes:
Welcome To The 50th Anniversary Season
Insight On The 2013 Colts: FIELD OF DREAMS
Legacy Campaign Update
HAVlife Foundation Presentation
State Of The Colts

Summer Premiere sponsored by MOLO PETROLEUM & BIG 10 MARTS

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Colts Win Ring From McCoy Jeweler

June 4, 2013

In McCoy's "$40K For 40 Years" fundraising program to support area non-profits, the Colts received the most votes in the May Facebook competition and will receive a beautiful ring set (pictured) created by the craftsmen at McCoy Goldsmith & Jeweler.

The Colts will use this wonderful piece of jewelry in a future fundraising effort. Watch for more information to come regarding the auction of this ring set valued at $6,620. If you would like to win the auction before it starts, send your eye-popping bid to jeff@colts.org. The set can be viewed at McCoy Goldsmith & Jeweler, 261 Main St., Dubuque. The creativity and craftsmanship of the jewelers at McCoy is magnificent. Stop in and browse their complete collection, or have something custom-designed just for you!

"We have so much to celebrate on our 40th Anniversary and so much to look forward to," states Jonathan McCoy. "As a group, we have remained committed to numerous things  the downtown, the community, and our customers. We look forward to the new resurgence in upscale development in downtown Dubuque and celebrating other milestones in years to come."

Thank you, Jonathan, for your commitment to Dubuque and all of its unique non-profit organizations that make our community so culturally-rich and full of pride.

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Colts Receive $25,000 Grant From Dubuque Racing Association

May 30, 2013

TThe Dubuque Racing Association, (DRA) is the non-profit organization that is the license holder for the Mystique and the Diamond Jo casinos. Grants have been offered to non-profit organizations through a competitive grants process most every year since 1985.

Significant funds also are contributed to the City of Dubuque from the DRA.

The last two years, the DRA awarded the Colts the maximum amount offered both years, $40,000 last year for new uniforms for both the Colts and the Colt Cadets in commemoration of the 50th anniversary season of the Colts, and this year, the maximum $25,000.

Both grants came with a requirement of a match of an additional 25% or more. For the new uniforms for the Colts and the Colt Cadets, 230 in total, donors were given the opportunity to dedicate a uniform for a contribution of $65 per uniform. A total of 237 uniforms were dedicated by donors this spring.

The Colts wore the new uniforms in the Memorial Day Parade in Dubuque and the Colt Cadets will show off their new uniforms at Brass 'n' Brats in Belmont, Wisconsin on Tuesday, June 11.

Since 1987, the Colts have received grants from the DRA totaling over $340,000 for new instruments, vehicles, uniforms, a souvenir trailer, computers and equipment maintenance.

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Colts Announce 2013 Program

May 20, 2013

The Colts are proud to announce their 50th Anniversary program, "Field of Dreams." CLICK HERE to learn more about the show, view the 2013 Colts repertoire, and check the summer tour schedule.

Enjoy two opportunities to see the Colts prior to the start of the DCI season. The Colts will appear in the annual Memorial Day parade in downtown Dubuque on Monday, May 27th. Following the parade, the Colts will perform their 2013 production with a standstill performance in Washington Park.

Our 3rd Annual Summer Premiere is scheduled for Saturday, June 22nd in the Loras College Rock Bowl. CLICK HERE for additional details regarding this FREE event featuring the full field shows of both the Colts and Colt Cadets. Preshow entertainment provided by our Pandemonium Steel Drum Ensemble.

Be sure to order your tickets for Music On The March to be held in the beautiful, new Dalzell Field at Dubuque Senior High School on Friday, July 12th. Summer is here! Time to enjoy some great music and performances provided by your "home team" Colts.

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In Memory of Dakotah Coach

May 19, 2013

An open house gathering to celebrate the life of Dakotah Coach will be held on Wednesday, May 22 from 3:00-9:00 pm, with a service taking place at 7:00 pm, at Warren Park, 710 112th Street, Roberts, Wisconsin. Friends are encouraged to dress casual and bring lawn chairs and appreciation for music. Read the full details HERE.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held during the open house at 7:00 pm.

Students needing assistance with a place to stay overnight in the WI/MN area should contact Michele McKnelly (Tom Smisek's mom).

Students looking for a ride from the Dubuque area should contact Matt Mulvanny. Our plan is to leave Dubuque around 11:00 am on Wednesday morning, and return around 2:00 am early Thursday morning.

A counselor and chaplains will be available to members and families over the Memorial Day weekend in Dubuque.

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Brass Member Dakotah Coach, 18, Presumed Drowned

May 14, 2013

With heavy hearts, we received a call this morning from Shane Coach, father of second-year brass member Dakotah Coach, who informed us that it appeared Dakotah and his friend, Erika Borgstrom, jumped from the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis and are presumed to have drowned in the Mississippi River. The two had been reported missing since last Friday evening.

Witnesses reported seeing two people jump from the bridge around 4:30 a.m. this morning. It is believed they have drowned but police continue their search. Tuesday afternoon, St. Croix Central High School principal Glenn Webb released this statement:

"The St. Croix Central School District community is grieving the loss of two wonderful students. Erika Borgstrom, a sophomore, and Dakotah Coach, a senior, took their own lives early Tuesday morning, May 14, 2013. Both were excellent students and outstanding musicians. They will be missed greatly by all who knew them. Our thoughts, prayers and support go out to their families, friends and the entire community during this very difficult time."

The Colts send prayers and sincere condolences to the teens' families. Dakotah's father, Shane, has been a regular volunteer at Colts weekend rehearsal camps, along with his grandparents, with whom Dakotah was very close.

Dakotah Coach embraced many of the qualities that make everyone in the Colts family so proud of its members. We remember the Dakotah we met last spring who came to his first drum corps audition young and inexperienced. Earning a position was not easy for Dakotah, and he had to push himself to a level that he may not have known existed. He persevered. He continued working toward his goal, and on Memorial Day, a year ago, he slipped into his uniform jacket for the first time as a member of the 2012 Colts Drum & Bugle Corps. He struggled through the "Cornfield Tour," pushed himself even further still throughout the summer, and when the season concluded at the Colts annual awards banquet in November, his peers had voted him one of the two Most Improved Members of the brass section.

Dakotah returned in November 2012 to once again earn his position within the drum corps. He had a contract to be a member of 2013 Colts and was scheduled to move-in for summer over the Memorial Day weekend. His wonderful presence - on the field, on the bus, and in the hearts of his Colts brothers and sisters - will live on.

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Help The Colts Win McCoy's '$40K For 40 Years' Contest!

May 10, 2013

Help the Colts win McCoys "$40K For 40 Years" contest! McCoy Goldsmiths & Jewelers, a cornerstone of Dubuque's Main Street since 1973, is celebrating their 40th anniversary in Dubuque. To honor this milestone, they started a Facebook voting contest where each month, a tri-state area non-profit organization will have a chance to win a custom ring to auction off to support their fundraising programs.

This month the Colts have a chance to win the beautiful ring trio pictured here! Voting is May 10-17. EACH PERSON CAN VOTE ONCE A DAY. To vote you just need to go to McCoys Facebook page, click on the "40 For 40" link, and click on the Colts logo! www.facebook.com/McCoyJeweler

Thank you to Jonathan McCoy for inviting the Colts to participate in their program to assist some great area organizations. May is the fifth month of the program. Previous winners have included the Dubuque Regional Humane Society, Hills & Dales, St. Mark's Community Center, and Hospice of Dubuque. This month's voting has something of a music theme with the Colts trying to gather more votes than the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Happy voting...Good luck to all...And thank you, McCoys!

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Colts Alum Injured In Boston Bombing

April 16, 2013

Lee Ann Yanni-Sauer, a five year member and age out of the Colts color guard in 1998-2002 was approximately 10 feet from one of the bombs that went off at the Boston Marathon and is hospitalized in Boston. Her injuries are not life threatening, but they are serious and requiring surgery.

"I'm not sure exactly sure where it was detonated," she said. "It sounded awfully close, we were probably 10 feet from the finish line. It was quite loud and you could definitely smell the smoke when it happened."

Interviewed from Tufts Medical Center in Boston by NBC's Today Show host Matt Lauer on Tuesday, Yanni, who aged out of the Colts color guard in 2002, reported that she and her husband were approximately 10 feet from the marathons finish line when the bombs went off.

Messages of support may be sent to her via her facebook page (Lee Ann Yanni), or can be sent to the Colts at greg@colts.org that will be forwarded to her.

See her Today Show interview with Matt Lauer at this link: Lee Ann Yanni interview from Tufts Medical Center in Boston. We wish her a speedy and complete recovery. Hold onto morning.

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Colt Cadets Announce 2013 Program

April 3, 2013

The 2013 Colt Cadets present "RED."

CLICK HERE for a detailed description of the show, musical repertoire, and a list of staff that will instruct the Cadets during the summer.

The Colt Cadets are comprised of approximately 80 middle- and high-school students from throughout the U.S. The corps maintains at least a 2/3 local base of members that live in Dubuque and the surrounding tri-state area. The Colt Cadets will appear in 15-16 competitive performances throughout the summer, as well as a number of parades and exhibitions in the Dubuque area.

Their Drum Corps International season begins with a show in Rockford, Illinois on June 21, followed by an evening in Dubuque with the Colts at their Summer Premiere on June 22 at Loras College.

The Colt Cadets were founded in 1967 and are one of only three corps with a World Class "big brother" in Drum Corps International...the others being in Santa Clara and Concord, California.

For more information on the Colt Cadets, contact Matt Mulvanny, Colt Cadets Director, at: matt@colts.org

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Summertime In February!

March 1, 2013

Happy March!

Videographer Isaac Campbell reminisces with Colts legend Greg "Harpo" Blum along with the one and only Beth Wilson at the 2013 Colts February camp. Click the link below to watch!

Summertime In February

The Colts will continue their 2013 season with a weekend rehearsal on April 26-28 at Jefferson Middle School in Dubuque. Best of luck to Colts members who participate in winter drumlines and color guards through the months of March and April. See you soon!

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2013 Colt Cadets Begin February 17!

January 31, 2013

The Colt Cadets will kick off their 2013 season with an Open House Rehearsal and Clinic at Jefferson Middle School on Sunday, February 17th, 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 strong team players with a desire to be great!

These 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. During the summer the corps rehearses Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday. The group will travel about 23 days during the summer months, and will perform for more than 75,000 people in 7 states. In 2013, Colt Cadets will again finish the season at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, at the Drum Corps International World Championships. Last season marked the third consecutive year the Colt Cadets were Open Class Finalists.

It is possible to make a variety of summer schedules work! Many members are able to participate in other summer activities while performing with the Colt Cadets. 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. Our 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 Matt Mulvanny, Colt Cadets Director, with any questions! We will help in any way we can!

Anyone unavailable for the kick-off event may attend our second scheduled rehearsal on February 24th. Students who live exceptionally far away from Dubuque should contact the either Matt or the office directly to discuss their rehearsal options.

Veteran Colt Cadet members and their families are encouraged to attend the 2013 kick-off and leadership meeting during Colts camp on February 10th at Washington Middle School. The meeting will begin at 12 noon and dismiss in time to watch the Colts end of camp performance. Please come with your feedback, questions, and suggestions for the 2013 season!

Check out more details about specific 2013 Colt Cadets Information and Schedule HERE.

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January Camp Recap

January 22, 2013

Videographer Isaac Campbell catches up with Colts Director Vicki MacFarlane as she talks about the 50th anniversary season and whats in store for 2013.


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