2014 News

2014 Banquet Awards & Recap

December 8, 2014

The opening rehearsal weekend for the Colts kicked off with our annual banquet to celebrate our 2014 memberships. The 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 - Sophie Volpe
Guard - Brittany Bryant & Gladys Cambray
Percussion - Melissa Behling

Most Improved Members:
Brass - Joanna Stubbins
Guard - Ashley Tucker
Percussion - Betsy Guthrie

Outstanding Section Members:
Brass - Patrick McGehee
Guard - Kelly Voegele
Percussion - AJ Collins

Robert M. Buelow Award (Colts Member of the Year): Patrick McGehee

Colt Cadets

Outstanding First Year Members:
Brass - Eli Gregorich
Guard - Kasia Kulchawik
Percussion - Brandon Rice

Most Improved Members:
Brass - Joey Smith & Jackie Harrison
Guard - Reagan Scherpe
Percussion - Jenna Errthum

Outstanding Section Members:
Brass - Ian Murphy
Guard - McKenzie Wolfe
Percussion - Kyler Boss

Michael J. Wolfe Award (Colt Cadets Member of the Year): Jacob Barnwell

Age out awards were presented to 23 members of the Colts. These individuals and marching years were:
Eric "Flint" Angeroth Franks - 1
Diana Gonzalez - 1
Kayla Kirk - 1
Jake Little - 1
Brianna Moehnke - 1
Austin Morlock - 1
Jake Wyndham - 1
Steven Grondin - 2
Kevin Manley - 2
Nathanael Thompson - 2
Samantha Adrales - 3
Bobby Duncalf - 3
Amy James - 3
Bobby Little - 3
Austin Murra - 3
Derek Smith - 3
Matt Stine - 3
Xavier Zahnle - 3
Ashley "AJ" Collins - 4
Mary "MJ" Halco - 4
Jason Schubert - 4
Michael Sommer - 4
Patrick McGehee - 6

We will miss their 59 years of combined experience. Congratulations to all age outs!

The Sunday Colts performance was an exciting kick off for the 2015 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 19-21 at Roosevelt Middle School in Dubuque. Please let us know your plans for the upcoming year! Colt Cadets will begin rehearsals in February 2015.

Thank you to all the parents and volunteers who make it all happen! We congratulate ALL 2014 members who provided the foundation for the exciting season to come!

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On This GIVING TUESDAY, We Give Thanks

December 2, 2014

Following a whirlwind couple of weeks, the staff at the Colts Youth Organization is combining special days as we take this opportunity on Giving Tuesday to GIVE THANKS to all those who make our programs so unique and life-changing.

We recently held our annual banquet in conjunction with our first audition and rehearsal weekend. Record attendances at both events would not have been possible without the tremendous volunteer support we receive throughout the offseason. Also, THANK YOU to all the new parents who provided an opportunity for your sons and daughters to experience the wonderful activity of drum corps.


The Colts treasure all the support received throughout the year, but at this time we would like to especially applaud those who have made a commitment to the Colts Monthly Giver Program. The Monthly Giver Program provides a consistent income stream (especially on those months when nobody is thinking of drum corps) and allows you to spread your gift over the entire year.

ACH NOW AVAILABLE: You can now have your monthly gift sent straight from your checkbook. Once our remodeled "Colts Store" is online, you will be able to enter your secure information there. In the meantime, if you would like to begin a monthly gift OR switch your monthly donation from credit card to your checking or savings account, call Melissa in the office -- (563) 582-4872 Ext. 1 -- or send an email to: melissa@colts.org

You can make a one-time donation at any time HERE.


Check out the AmazonSmile website and choose the Legion-Aires Drum & Bugle Corps (AKA...that's The Colts!) and a percentage of most everything you purchase on Amazon will be donated to the Colts. There is no additional cost to you! And once you join, every time you go to Amazon they'll ask if you would like to shop through AmazonSmile. You click YES, and the rest all happens behind the scenes. It's that easy!


THANK YOU to all who donate, volunteer, teach, drive, cook, sew, construct or provide any other support throughout the year. The opportunity you provide for our youth is amazing!

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Colt Cadets Announce Assistant Director Along With 2015 Design & Caption Heads

September 29, 2014

The Colt Cadets are excited to announce many returning faces, along with a few new ones, to lead the corps into 2015. With the organization looking to take on new challenges in 2015, Andrew Eaton, a seasoned veteran of the Colt Cadets brass and design staff has been appointed assistant director. Andrew will assist the director in the logistical operations of the drum corps, advise on the design team, as well as help mentor and guide the 2015 instructional staff led by Alex Albertson (percussion caption head), Randil Jeffreys (brass caption head) and Julie Rohrabaugh (color guard caption head).

Stepping up to lead the design team this year, Brian Zeglis will assume the role of program coordinator. Brian has sat at the Colt Cadets design table for several years as percussion arranger and music coordinator. Working in conjunction with Alex Albertson (percussion caption head) and Kolby Palmore (battery coordinator) to write the percussion book, Brian will lead a team of familiar faces in 2015, including Ted Reicher (drill designer), Julie Rohrabaugh (color guard designer) and Terry White (brass arranger).

Andrew Eaton | Assistant Director
Andrew will be starting his eighth 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 led the design team in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. "Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to table," says Colt Cadets Director Matt Mulvanny. "Utilizing this experience and working in conjunction with each other will bring more structure and continuity to the logistical operation of the summer tour." Read Andrew's full bio HERE

Brian Zeglis | Program Coordinator & Percussion Arranger
Entering his 8th season with the Colt Cadets, Zeglis has served as the percussion caption head, percussion arranger, and music coordinator since 2010.  During the school year, Brian is a percussion instructor at Davenport Central, Iowa City West, and Clear Creek Amana High Schools. Brian graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in music business with a marketing minor from Western Illinois University.  He then received his M.M. in jazz studies with emphasis on drum set performance from the University of North Texas. Read Brian's full bio HERE

Julie Rohrabaugh | Color Guard Caption Head & Designer
Julie is an alumna of The Colts organization where she was in the color guard from 2007 to 2009. She joined the ranks of Colt Cadets staff in 2010. During the school year Julie is a mathematics teacher for the Greater Johnstown School District. However, she has also found time in the off-season to teach many competitive units in the TOB/TIA color guard circuit, including: Rubicon (co-founder), Fusion XI World Class Dance Team, Penn State Eclipse Indoor Guard, Synergetic Indoor Percussion, Shade Marching Band, Windber Marching Units, and she is now the director of the Greater Johnstown High School Guard. Read Julie's full bio HERE

Ted Reicher | Drill Designer
Ted is a composer, arranger and visual designer for bands and drum corps throughout the United States with over 50 original marching compositions and hundreds of visual designs to his credit. He owns and operates his website www.trmarching.com, where his compositions and designs are available. Formerly a band director of 21 years, his bands consistently ranked at the top of competitions throughout the midwest and were competitive on the national level. Read Ted's full bio HERE

Terry White | Brass Arranger
Terry received a Bachelor of Music in composition from Berklee College of Music and a M.S. in music education from the University of New Hampshire. Presently, he composes and arranges for many groups throughout the country. He has written for many idioms including the Portland Symphony Orchestra, marching band, jazz ensemble and concert band. His music has been performed at the Mid West Clinic in Chicago, the Illinois Music Educators Conference and is listed in several states festival lists. Terry's music has also been reviewed in the Instrumentalist and the IAJE Journal. Many of is publications have been selected for J.W. Peppers Editor's Choice list annually. Read Terry's full bio HERE

Alex Albertson | Percussion Caption Head
Alex is currently a music teacher at Logan-Magnolia Community Schools in Logan, IA. Along with previously serving as the Colt Cadets front ensemble coordinator, Alex has worked as a percussion instructor in the south Chicago suburbs at Lincoln-Way East High School and Pioneer Indoor Percussion. Alex earned his bachelor's degree in music education from Western Illinois University. He is also an alumnus of the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps and Rhythm X Indoor Percussion. Read Alex's full bio HERE

Randll Jeffreys | Brass Caption Head
Randil currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa where he is completing his master's degree in euphonium performance at the University of Iowa. In addition to his graduate studies, Randil also serves as the euphonium and tuba studio teaching assistant, conducts the university tuba/euphonium ensemble, and is principal euphonium in the Symphony Band. Randil is an alumnus of The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps (Rosemont, IL) and served on the Colt Cadets brass staff throughout the 2013 season. Read Randil's full bio HERE

The Colt Cadets will announce the remainder of their 2015 instructional staff in the coming weeks. Rehearsals will begin in February in Dubuque, Iowa. More information to come.

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Colts Receive $12,500 Grant From Dubuque Racing Association

August 18, 2014

When the Dubuque Racing Association announced their grant awards to local nonprofit organizations just before summer, the Colts Youth Organization was pleased to learn it received $12,500 for the purchase of Colt Cadets percussion instruments. This was the 18th consecutive year that the Colts received a grant of $5,000 or more from the DRA.

Those instruments were obviously put to good use as the Colt Cadets recently completed their season with a 10th place finish at the Drum Corps International Open Class Championships in Michigan City, Indiana.

The Dubuque Racing Association (DRA) is the nonprofit license holder for the Mystique and Diamond Jo casinos. Grants have been offered to area nonprofit organizations through a competitive submission process since 1985.

The two prior years, the DRA awarded the Colts the maximum amount offered with $40,000 in 2012 to purchase all-new uniforms for both the Colts and Colt Cadets, and $25,000 in 2013 for the completion of a new roof on the Colts Center at 11th & Central in downtown Dubuque.

Since 1987, the Colts have received grants from the DRA totaling over $350,000 for new instruments, vehicles, uniforms, souvenir trailer, computers and other equipment, and building improvements.

Thank you to the DRA for continuing to support the vision of the Colts Youth Organization and our mission to "use music & excellence to teach other about success in life."

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Colts And Colt Cadets Complete Magical Summer

August 18, 2014

The Colts and Colt Cadets concluded their 2014 seasons with performances at the Drum Corps International World Championships in Indianapolis, August 7-9. The Colt Cadets finished in 10th place at the DCI Open Class Finals in Michigan City on Tuesday, August 5 before joining the Colts in Indianapolis for the DCI World Class Prelims on Thursday, August 7.

The Colts made an incredible charge at the end of the season to finish in 13th place at the DCI World Class Semifinals on Friday, August 8. The corps was just 0.1 of a point away from an opportunity to perform their show once again on Saturday night. One could argue the Colts were the hottest corps going down the stretch as the members dug in to deliver magical performances the last week of the season.

Both corps wrapped up their tours and dismissed for the summer at Military Park in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, August 9. For first-time members and parents, they realized the completion of the drum corps experience for this Summer of 2014. Much congratulations goes out to all members; the talented staffs, volunteers, and drivers of both corps; and all the parents who support this amazing opportunity for their kids.

Colts Videographer Isaac Campbell is working on some end-of-season social media content. But while he's continuing that work, take a minute to go back and review his summer posts including the Between 5Lines series, 3PM Throwback photos, and a variety of Tweets and Retweets from throughout the season:

Colts On YouTube
Colts On Twitter
Colts On Instagram
Colts Facebook Page
Colt Cadets Facebook Page
Colts Alumni Facebook Page
And check out the wonderful photos by Souvie Manager Ray Morgan on his Facebook page.

Finally, a huge THANK YOU to all the donors, sponsors and endorsers who continue to believe in the mission of the Colts Youth Organization. Without your support we would not be where we are today...nor headed to where we're going tomorrow. Thank you!

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Colts Return To The Big Screen For DCI Prelims

August 5, 2014

This summer, Drum Corps International (DCI) celebrates 11 years of larger-than-life performances from the world's most elite marching music ensembles when Big, Loud & Live returns to cinemas nationwide on Thursday, August 7th!

AMC Star 14 will broadcast the event in Dubuque. The Colts return to the annual cinema event for the first time since 2010.

Fathom Events and Drum Corps International are proud to bring Big, Loud & Live 11 to select cinemas across the country for an exclusive one-night event on Thursday, August 7th. Broadcast LIVE from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana to select cinema locations across the country, don't miss this opportunity to experience the best of the best as they battle for the title of World Champion!

CLICK HERE for additional information.

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Medical Associates Foundation Grant Fuels Drum Corps Research

July 22, 2014

The Colts Drum & Bugle Corps was recently honored to receive a grant from the Medical Associates Clinic Foundation of Dubuque in the amount of $21,367.00 to fund a three-year medical research project to study the effects of the drum corps performance on its students.

Steven Rock, MD and Melody Higgins, PhD will lead the project as volunteer co-coordinators of research for injuries and illness for the Drum Corps Medical Project (DCMP). Drs. Higgins and Rock are helping youth participants understand and reduce their risks for injury and illness while participating in the rigorous and physically demanding drum corps summer season.

The team will utilize devices to collect and record data from Drum Corps International participants. These measurements and analyses will help the Colts and the DCMP facilitate safe and appropriate activities and performances for healthier youth within the drum corps activity.

"(The grant from the Medical Associates Clinic Foundation of Dubuque) will allow us to gather data and work with Dr. Rock and Dr. Higgins to further develop ways to enhance and maintain the well-being of young people in this highly demanding physical activity," Colts Executive Director Jeff MacFarlane wrote in the grant request.

In addition to the benefits expected for students in the Colts, there are additional benefits that will serve Clarke University athletic training students integrally involved in clinical rotations that help youth in the Dubuque region. These encounters and rotations will provide Clarke students with real patients and real problems that require the students to collaborate with members of their clinical faculty as well as the health care communities throughout Clarke and the Dubuque region.

"Medical Associates is excited to be able to support this important research that will both help protect our youth and provide additional learning opportunities for Clarke University's athletic training students," said John Tallent, Medical Associates Clinic Foundation Executive Director. "We are pleased that our Foundation can assist in this unique collaboration between Dr. Higgins, Dr. Rock, Clarke University, the Colts, and the Dubuque Community."

The Colt summer tour includes approximately 40 competitions and performances in 12 states, covering over 11,000 miles, and will culminate at the Drum Corps International World Championships in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on August 7-9, 2014.

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

July 11, 2014

The Colts Youth Organization is pleased to announce it has received a $40,000 grant from the City of Dubuque as part of the City Council's Arts & Culture Grant Program for Operating Support. A total of $210,000 was appropriated to 16 area nonprofit organizations. This is the tenth year of the program.

The Dubuque City Council approved the creation of this funding program in 2005 to play an important role in supporting the artistic and cultural development of the community. The intent of the program is to sustain and insure long-term viability for existing arts and culture organizations in our community.

The Colts $40,000 grant from the City of Dubuque was approved by the Dubuque City Council for the fiscal year 2015 budget, which began July 1.

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 Council.

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There's No Place Like Home

July 9, 2014

The Colts Youth Organization presented Music On The March at Dalzell Field in Dubuque on Tuesday, July 8th. The hometown crowd is likely the most appreciative audience anywhere along the DCI tour. And not just for the Colt Cadets and Colts. The ovations for all the performers were heard regularly throughout the night.

The Thank Yous following an event of this magnitude are numerous:
The Fans - for continuing to support this great summer tradition in Dubuque.
Parents - who made the drum corps experience possible for these 1,100+ performers.
Show Sponsors & Advertisers - we appreciate your support of our mission.
Mother Nature - for providing an absolutely spectacular evening for drum corps
Senior HS Staff - for your hospitality and use of the wonderful facilities.
The Corps - for continuing to make Dubuque a great stop on the DCI summer tour.

And, of course, THE VOLUNTEERS...
Parking lot attendants
Ticket sellers and ticket takers
Program distribution
DCI survey collectors
Judge runners
Ushers and Booster Raffle sellers
Elevator monitors
Everyone else who jumped in when asked
Did I mention parking lot attendants
Our wonderful announcer
Colts cooks and volunteer team
And the volunteer coordinator who pulled all the pieces together!


The winner of the 2014 Colts Booster Club Raffle was Don Boeding of Dundee, Iowa.

Stay tuned to all the Colts social media for more news, photos, daily blog, "3PM Throwback," and more videos including additional interviews in Isaac Campbell's "Between 5Lines" series. Click on any other the icons to the right and start following The Colts!

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Music On The March

July 8, 2014

The Colts' home show is here! MUSIC ON THE MARCH, Dubuque's summer tradition for over 50 years, is being held Tuesday, July 8th in Dalzell Field at Dubuque Senior High School. The weather forecast is spectacular and GREAT SEATS REMAIN in all sections!

Advance ticket sales via the website and the Colts office have closed so that we can transfer our ticket operation to the stadium.

Tickets will be available at the stadium box office beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8th. The gates to the stadium will open to the public at 5:30 p.m. VIP PARKING is located just outside the Main Gate in the lower level of the lot. Access to VIP Parking is available from W. Locust St. or N. Grandview Ave. behind the visitors stands. Other spectator parking is available on the street or in the small lot outside the upper (secondary) ticket gate.

CLICK HERE for many other details regarding the event.

MUSIC ON THE MARCH is proud to be sponsored by:
Molo Companies / Big 10 Marts
W.C. Stewart Construction Co.
Birchwood Golf Course
American Trust & Savings Bank
Dubuque Auto Plaza
Dubuque Bank & Trust
Dupaco Community Credit Union
DuTrac Community Credit Union
Hampton Inn Dubuque
United States Marine Corps
Warthan Brothers Maquoketa Ford
Yamaha Corporation of America

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No Boundaries Documentary Showing At Mindframe

July 7, 2014

Mindframe Theaters is the place for the screening of No Boundaries, the documentary film produced about the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps. The film is showing Monday, July 7th, ONE NIGHT ONLY. Doors open at 6:30 PM. The screening will begin at 7:00 PM, and there will be a chance for Q&A afterwards.

The showing is FREE and open to the public. Donations will be accepted with the money going directly to the Colts to assist with summer tour expenses.

For those of you who don't recall the connection to Mindframe, Suzie Wright, the film's writer and producer, has a little story.

"Our film's visionary executive producer, Molly first shared her idea to create this film with Grant Grudzina, who is one of the owners of Mindframe Theaters. He introduced Molly and I and so the film began.

Mindframe is an independent movie house that has been very supportive of local filmmakers ever since they opened. In fact, the very first film I ever worked on, called Ghost Player: Relive the Magic, held its world premiere at Mindframe Theaters.

Around the time we started planning that premiere, we also worked together to found the Great River Film Initiative, which is a network of local filmmakers. Members of that network have created dozens of short films, documentaries, and features since the group formed in 2009."

Interested in more to this story? Stop out to Mindframe where Suzie and others will be on hand to answer questions about the film's conception and reality.

Mindframe Theaters are located at 555 JFK Rd., Dubuque IA, behind the Kennedy Mall next to JoAnn's Fabrics.

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Drum Corps At The Cinema

June 23, 2014

Experience a high-powered line-up of seven elite teams as they kick-off the 2014 DCI Tour on the big screen.

Fathom Events and Drum Corps International (DCI) invite you to kick-off Marching Musics Major League 2014 season when the DCI 2014 Tour Premiere comes to select cinemas nationwide on Monday, June 23.

Captured LIVE just two days earlier from Akron, Ohio, this exclusive one-night cinema event will showcase seven of DCIs top marching music ensembles for a season-opening competition that is sure to ignite the competitive fire between these fierce rivals.

CLICK HERE for details.

There is not a theater in Dubuque showing the event but there are a number of theaters in the region including Cedar Falls, Davenport and Madison.

Catch the Colts on the small screen with a LIVE webcast from Muncie, Indiana on Friday, June 27. Check out the DCI Fan Network for details!

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Colts Perform At Field Of Dreams 25th Anniversary

June 13, 2014

The Colts brass line will participate during the intermission between the early game and the celebrity game at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Field of Dreams movie site. There is an entire weekend of events planned. CLICK HERE for a schedule of events.

The 72 members of the brass section will perform their parade tune, "March America," to accompany the honor guard of the Dyersville American Legion post, and "The Place Where Dreams Come True" from the Field of Dreams soundtrack.

The early game is scheduled to conclude around 2:00 pm. The celebrity game will begin at 2:30 pm. The national anthem will be sung by Dubuque native, and Colts mellophone member Jessica Fuller.

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Great Give Day TODAY!

May 6, 2014

On May 6, 2014, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., the Colts Youth Organization is participating in Great Give Day. During this time, every donation of $10 or more will be stretched further if you donate to the Colts through www.GreatGiveDay.org. The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque is sponsoring this event for its endowed nonprofit partners as part of a nationwide day of giving.

CLICK HERE to make a Great Give Day donation to the Colts (aka Legion-Aires).

Please note these special challenge opportunities:
+ Dupaco Double Donation Hour: 9:00-10:00 am
+ Honkamp Krueger Double Donation Hour: Noon-1:00 pm
+ Premier Bank Double Donation Hour: 7:00-8:00 pm
+ Theisen's Golden Ticket Hours: 7:00, 10:00, 2:00, and 5:00

Your donation will go a long way in helping us continue to serve students who desire high levels of challenge and achievement, in programs that carry an expectation of hard work and dedication. Plus, gifts given today will receive a portion of local and national bonus funds making your dollars go further. Please consider making a gift today!

Great Give Day is a 24-hour, online giving day designed to bring together people in Northeast Iowa to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits. On May 6, 2014, every gift of $10 or more made at www.GreatGiveDay.org between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. will be amplified by local and national match dollars. Great Give Day is organized by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque in support of building strong nonprofits. Learn more about the Community Foundation here: www.dbqfoundation.org

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Julien Dubuque Film Festival Premieres

April 25, 2014

The film documenting the 2012 season of the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps will be shown as part of the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival on Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th.

"No Boundaries" was produced by DreamCatcher Productions and PKP Films who spent the entire 2012 summer tour on the road with the Colts. The film is a wonderful portrayal of the emotional journey taken by members in a world-class drum corps.

You can catch a screening of the movie at these times and locations:
Saturday, April 26th, 12:00 Noon @ Vinny Vanuchhi's
Sunday, April 27th, 9:00 a.m. @ Eronel

For a complete listing of Julien Dubuque International Film Festival events, CLICK HERE.

In the coming weeks, the film will be packaged and available for sale at the Colts Store, and the Colts souvenir trailer throughout the DCI Summer Tour.

Thank you to Executive Producers Molly Kreiss and Richard and Rose Ann Splitter, along with all of the other supporters, for bringing the film to life. Congratulations on a job well done!

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Colt Cadets Program Gets Crazy In 2014

April 4, 2014

The 2014 Colt Cadets present "CraZed."

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 16 competitive performances throughout the summer, as well as a number of parades and exhibitions in the Dubuque area.

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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Greg Orwoll To Receive Elisha Darlin Award

March 19, 2014

Dubuque County Fine Arts Society is proud to announce that they will present Greg Orwoll with the 34th Annual Elisha Darlin Art Award at a reception on Friday, March 28th at the Five Flags Theater. Five Flags Arena doors on Main St. will open for reception at 6:00 PM where appetizers will be served with cash bar. Award ceremony will begin in the Five Flags Theater at 7:00 PM.

Tickets are on sale now at the Five Flags Box Office and at Ticketmaster, or email EDAward@DCFAS.org to reserve you tickets. General admission is $25.

An annual award presented by the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society, the Elisha Darlin Arts Award honors an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the arts. Named after the late Elisha Darlin, an educator and founding board member of Dubuque County Fine Arts Society, past recipients of the award include Ruth and Russ Nash, Sue Riedel, Lenore Howard and Doug Donald, Gail Chavenelle, Sandye Voight, Gene Tully, Fran and Ellen Henkels, former Dubuque City Councilwoman Ann Michalski, Connie Twining and Stormy Mochal, and the Dubuque Cultural Preservation Committee, among many others. Last year's award recipient was Dr. William Intriligator, conductor of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra.

This year, the Fine Arts Society presents the award to Greg Orwoll. Greg's 31 years with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps created a rich and encouraging environment for the members. The Colts have an international reach, bringing students to Dubuque to learn, compete, and experience the joy of expression through music and motion. The award ceremony will include a performance by Dubuque Senior High Band and some other fun surprises.

Dubuque County Fine Arts Society will present the Elisha Darlin Arts Award on Friday, March 28th at the Five Flags Theater. The public is encouraged to attend. Find more information at www.dcfas.org.

Ali Levasseur
Dubuque County Fine Arts Society
P.O. Box 1166
Dubuque, IA 52004-1166

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Colts Announce 2014 Program

March 5, 2014

From the creative minds of program coordinator, Marc Sylvester and writer/storyteller, Wayne Harris, comes a story of a quite different Emerald City.

The 2014 Colts proudly present..."Dark Side of the Rainbow."

CLICK HERE to read the full announcement, view the video trailer, and download cool 1920x1080 desktop backgrounds for PC or laptop.

CLICK HERE to view the Colts 2014 design and instructional staffs.

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Mayor Buol Honored For Support Of Arts And Culture

January 24, 2014

Americans for the Arts, the nations leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, in partnership with The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), presented Dubuque Mayor Roy D. Buol with the 2014 Public Leadership in the Arts Award for Local Arts Leadership for cities with a population of less than 100,000. The award was presented today at the USCM Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.

"I am deeply honored to receive this recognition from the United States Conference of Mayors and Americans for the Arts. In Dubuque, we have strived to ensure that the arts are part of the intrinsic value of our quality of life...the education, inspiration and aspiration!," said Buol. "The Dubuque City Council has consistently chosen support of the cultural arts as a high priority in our goals over the last eight years. Our investment and support has proven to make solid economic sense -- over $47 million dollars of sense for our local economy every year, and a critical element of what makes Dubuque a 'Masterpiece on the Mississippi'."

Under the leadership of Mayor Buol, the arts and culture have enjoyed a tremendous resurgence as a result of his consistent advocacy of arts and cultural initiatives for the city. In 1995, when he first assumed office, the city provided zero funding for the arts and culture. But, under his leadership of mayor, the city has distributed $2.3 million to arts and cultural groups since 2005 for operating and project support, as well as for a public art project. Upon taking office, Mayor Buol also established an Arts & Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission.

The Colts Youth Organization has been an annual recipient of an Arts & Cultural Affairs Grant since the program's inception. Last year, the organization received $40,000 for operating support. The Colts Drum & Bugle Corps has been proud to represent the City of Dubuque in their travels throughout the United States for over 50 years.

Mayor Buol facilitated the development of Dubuque's Comprehensive Downtown master plan that called for the formation of a cultural district and, in 2005, the city received the first Cultural District designation from the State of Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Through Mayor Buol's involvement in the America's River Project, the city has developed a nearly $400 million educational, entertainment, and historic riverfront project at the Port of Dubuque. Specifically, the Mississippi Riverwalk, the American Trust River's Edge Plaza, and the Alliant Energy Amphitheater were built to host multiple community arts and culture activities, including a now thriving roster of festivals. In 2006, Dubuque was named one of the first Iowa Great Places due to projects that sought to expand and continue the revitalization that has occurred along the citys riverfront within the last decade.

"Mayor Buol is an elected official who understands the critical importance of arts, culture and creativity in creating vibrant communities and places," said Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts. "Since 1995, when he began his public service as a city councilman, to 2005 when he was first elected mayor, he has made funding for the arts and culture, along with other arts friendly policy initiatives a priority of his administration."

"Every year, the U.S. Conference of Mayors recognizes the efforts of those who believe as much as we do, that the arts are the heart of our society. Arts and culture help shape a city's quality of life, but mayors also understand the connection between the arts and business and the arts' impact on the local economy," said U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran.

Three other awards were presented at the breakfast event: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder; Akron, OH Mayor Don Plusquellic, and Actress Fran Drescher were also honored.

Read the official press release on the City of Dubuque's website HERE.

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