About Us

We use music and excellence to teach each other about success in life.

Colts Youth Organization

The Colts Youth Organization was founded in 1963 and offers the Colts and Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps, Vocal Fusion choral program, PanrhythmiX and Pandemonium steel drum ensembles, and the Colts Summer Band. Over 350 members from 3rd grade through age 21 are members of a Colts program.

The Colts Drum & Bugle Corps is the flagship program and has grown to 154 members, ages 16-21. The Colts travel, rehearse and perform full time all summer, performing 40+ times for over 250,000 people in 20 or more states, covering 14,000 miles. Colts members are from Dubuque and the tri-state area, more than 20 other states, and even overseas.

Financial Picture

A prominent and successful collaboration of organizations, such as the Colts, is expensive to operate. All of our funds are self-generated. We receive little in the way of federal, state or local funds, and we do not receive United Way funding.

Funding for the Organization

  • 6% Fundraising projects by the Colts Booster Club
  • 47% Membership fees from the Colts and Colt Cadets
  • 10% Performance fees earned by the Colts and Colt Cadets in the summer
  • 12% Profits from our annual summer shows, souvenir sales, and asset sales
  • 25% Direct donations and support from businesses and individuals


Our nonprofit organization is governed by the Corporation Board and supported by a second nonprofit corporation, the Colts Booster Board. The Corporation Board is responsible for policy and planning, while the Boosters manage local fundraising activities, including our annual car wash. A full-time Executive Director handles the business operations and overall management of the organization.

The organization's legal name as filed with the IRS is Legion-Aires Drum & Bugle Corps (EIN: 42-1057444)

Donations to the Colts are tax deductible!