Colt Cadets 2018 Spring Rehearsal Schedule

January 20, 2018

Colt Cadets 2018 Poster

The Colt Cadets will kick off the 2018 season with the first open rehearsal on Sunday, February 11, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at Jefferson Middle School in Dubuque. If using a GPS, it is recommended to use this address: 2525 Viola St, Dubuque, IA 52001. You can also click here for a Google Map to the middle school. 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 spring rehearsals will continue February 25 and March 3 at Jefferson Middle School. The first overnight camp will be the weekend of March 16 - 18 at Jefferson Middle School. The camp will start at 7:00 p.m. Friday and finish 2:00 p.m. Sunday. This weekend camp will cost $25 to cover food and housing.

Help save time at check in! Fill out a Member 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 2018 preseason rehearsals will take place at a school in the Dubuque. 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.

Full 2018 Rehearsal Schedule:
February 11, 2018 | Thomas Jefferson Middle School
February 25, 2018 | Thomas Jefferson Middle School
March 4, 2018 | Thomas Jefferson Middle School
March 16 - 18, 2018 | Thomas Jefferson Middle School
April 8, 2018 | Roosevelt Middle School
April 15, 2018 | Roosevelt Middle School
April 22, 2018 | Washington Middle School
April 27 - 29, 2018 | Stephen Hempstead High School (Battery Only)
May 6, 2018 | Washington Middle School
May 18 - 20, 2018 | Jefferson Middle School

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 perform about 25 times between mid-June and mid-August for more than 75,000 people across the Midwest. In 2018, 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.

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 through our sponsorship program.

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

Students who live exceptionally far away from Dubuque should contact David at to discuss how they can participate.

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