Colt Cadets Kicking Off 2017 Season In February

December 19, 2016

The Colt Cadets will kick off the 2017 season with the first open rehearsal on February 12 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at Table Mound Elementary in Dubuque. This preseason event is FREE to attend! Students are encouraged to arrive at 12:30 pm to sign in, meet new faces and help set up equipment. Come experience drum corps, bring a friend and see if the Colt Cadets is the place for you!

Colt Cadets winter rehearsals will continue February 26 and March 5 at Table Mound Elementary. This school is new for the Colt Cadets, but will be a great facility for the corps to use! An added benefit is the close proximity of the school to our new offices and warehouse building - just up the street! A full list of preseason rehearsals and the 2017 membership brochure will be released soon. You can view the 2017 Colt Cadets summer schedule HERE.

Help save time at check in! Fill out an ONLINE APPLICATION and print your PARENT CONSENT FORM ahead of time. All students under the age of 18 must turn in a signed parent consent form to participate.

All 2017 preseason rehearsals will take place at a school in the Dubuque area. Most Colt Cadets rehearsals are on Sunday afternoon, with the exception of two overnight camps for the full corps and one additional overnight camp for the battery. Those who might need transportation for rehearsals should contact David Alford, Colt Cadets Director, at to set up travel arrangements.

Membership in the Colt Cadets is open to any young person in middle school or high school, with or without prior performance experience. There is no formal 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 any young person can explore drum corps membership without the full commitment. This allows students to experience a variety of sections or instruments to find what suits them best.

During the summer, the Colt Cadets will travel about 45 days between mid-June and mid-August, and will perform for more than 75,000 people across the Midwest. In 2017, Colt Cadets will again finish the season at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (home of the NFL Colts), at the Drum Corps International World Championships. The Colt Cadets have also made consistent appearances in Open Class finals in Michigan City, Indiana throughout the past decade.

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

To learn more about the Colt Cadets, you can click HERE.

Students who live exceptionally far away from Dubuque should contact either David or the Colts office at (563-582-4872) to discuss how they can participate.

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