Colt Cadets Design Team Returns For 2018

December 1, 2017

The Colt Cadets are excited to announce that their entire design team will be returning for the 2018 season! The team brings with them experience spanning several decades across various fields in the arts, including performing, adjudicating, educating, designing, and composing. The team will work closely with and be supported by Colt Cadets Director David Alford and Assistant Director Andrew Eaton throughout the entire design process.

"After the success of this team last season, it's a thrill to have all the designers return to provide an even greater educational and entertaining product for our members and audience," said Colt Cadets Director David Alford. "The entire staff worked great together, and we were blessed to have strong cohesion and cooperation among everyone throughout the full season. We've already begun working on the 2018 production, and I'm looking forward to sharing the great progress and ideas soon!"

Leading the design team will be Program Coordinator and Visual Designer Phil Snyder. Phil is an alumnus of the Colts, having aged out on trumpet in 2004. He has been on brass staff with the Colts for several years since, most recently from 2014 to 2016. Phil is an active designer, adjudicator, and band director in Minnesota.

Returning to the Colt Cadets design team will be Brass Arranger Terry White and Percussion Arranger Alex Albertson. Terry has been the brass arranger for the Colt Cadets since 2012, and is excited to continue writing for the corps. He currently resides in Maine, where he is an active arranger, composer, and performer for several groups in the area, including the Portland Jazz Orchestra. Alex Albertson is also an alumnus of the Colts, having aged out in 2011 as a member of the front ensemble. Alex has been on Colt Cadets staff since 2012, and is currently a music teacher at Logan-Magnolia Community Schools in Logan, Iowa. Alex will also be percussion caption head for the 2018 season.

Color Guard Caption Head and Designer Mitchell Stolberg will lead the color guard, with support from Color Guard Supervisor Jessica Dunkel. Both are alumni of the Colts color guard program. Mitchell is an adjunct dance professor at Rockford University and an active performer with the Bad Wolf Dance Theatre, as well as a technichian with Allegiance Color Guard our of Dundee, IL. Jessica is entering her tenth season on staff with the Colt Cadets, and is currently a part-time technician with the Downers Grove South High School marching band.

You can view the full bios of the 2018 Colt Cadets design team here.


Colt Cadets 2018 Membeship Information
Information for the 2018 Colt Cadets season will be available soon! Rehearsals will start in mid-February on Sunday afternoons in Dubuque. Students interested in being a part of the Colt Cadets should submit an Info Request. Learn more about the Colt Cadets program here! Students with questions can also email Colt Cadets Director David Alford at


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