Colts Move Ins & Spring Training Information

May 1, 2019

Summer will be here before you know it! Be sure you are up-to-date on all details for Move Ins and Spring Training. RSVP one last time before the start of summer to be sure we have all of your travel plans and arrival detials. Make sure you (and your parents!) have signed up for our email list. Important information will be sent out throughout the summer via our email list.

On Sunday, May 19, plan on arriving at 6:00 p.m. to unload and check in. We will be staying at the Dubuque Armory again this season. The address for the Armory is 5001 Old Highway Road, Dubuque, IA 52002. Click here for a Google Map of the facility. Sunday evening will run just like a typical camp, with a brief meeting, rehearsal, and a meal at the end of the day. If you are arriving in Dubuque prior to 3:00 p.m., head to Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Dubuque. If using a GPS, it is recommended to use this address: 2525 Viola St, Dubuque, IA 52001. We will then move as a group to the Armory around 4:00 p.m. If you are driving your car, we will have you take it to the Armory with us, but once you move in, assume you will not be using it. The cost of $20 per day ($100 for the week) has been added to your member statement. Bring with you all missing paperwork and final payment for the season. You can save time by paying in advance online on the Colts Mall.

When you move in with us, you are moved in for the summer. Be sure to bring everything you will need for the summer - clothes, rehearsal supplies, bedding, etc.

If your parents are able to volunteer for a day or two during this time, we would be VERY EXCITED to have them with us! Please have them contact to help.

Full corps move in will be on Friday, May 24 at Eleanor Roosevelet Middle School in Dubuque. The address is 2001 Radford Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002. Click here for a Google Map to the facility. Timelines will operate like a normal camp — unloading and check in will begin at 6:00 p.m. with rehearsal starting promptly at 8:00 p.m. We do not have accesss to the school until 6:00 p.m. If you need to arrive to Dubuque earlier in the day, head to the corps hall, located at 2300 Twin Valley Drive.

On Monday, May 27, the Colts will perform in the annual Memorial Day Parade in downtown Dubuque, including a parade at 10:00 a.m. and the Memorial Day Celebration starting at 11:30 a.m. The Colts will perform at the end of the celebration. Following the performance, we will head to Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, for the next two weeks. A detailed schedule for Memorial Day weekend will be posted closer to the date.

When you move in with us, you are moved in for the summer. Be sure to bring everything you will need for the summer - clothes, rehearsal supplies, bedding, etc.

On May 19 and 24, flights will be treated like a normal camp arrival day. We provide ground transportation anytime to and from the Dubuque Regional Airport (DBQ) for camps. We can also accommodate flights into surrounding airports (Quad Cities, Madison, Rockford, or Cedar Rapids) but you MUST notify us prior to booking. MLI (Moline) and CID (Cedar Rapids) are close to Davenport and reasonable in fare. ORD (O'Hare) travel MUST land prior to 3:30 p.m. Midway (MDW) travel MUST land prior to 2:30 p.m. If you plan on using any airport other than Dubuque, let know prior to booking flights.

On any other day of Spring Training, if you plan on flying, you must communicate with Vicki or Jason prior to booking a flight. We will work with you to ensure your flight plans work well with the corps travel plans.

Local students with school still in session during Spring Training are asked to attend evening and weekend portions of rehearsal so you don't fall behind. Attendance and communication is critical.

For those who will be flying home after the season, you should purchase a plane ticket home no earlier than 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 11, from the Indianapolis Airport (IND). We will run a bus from the stadium to the Indianapolis Airport after Finals early Sunday morning. A fun-filled overnight at the airport awaits you with about 2,000 other corps members!

A reminder that the following paperwork must be turned in prior to you moving in with the corps. You can bring the paperwork with you when you move in or email it ahead of time to

If you are driving your car, you will park it for the weekend at Roosevelt, and then take it to the corps hall prior to us leaving the school Monday morning for the parade. Your car will be kept throughout the summer at our vehicle lot at the corps hall. The lot is not secured. We prefer that you do not leave a car in Dubuque for the summer. If you have no other alternative, contact Jason at in advance. Only leave your car in Dubuque if absolutely essential. Although we do our best to keep everything safe, the Colts accept no responsibility for vehicles left in Dubuque.

These parts were included in your contract payments and will be handed out at Move Ins. Each brass and battery member receives a member shirt and marching shoes (brass, cymbals, and DM also receive gloves). Guard members receive shoes, earrings, flag bag, under uniform garments, warm ups, uniform parts bag, and other necessary personal items.

CAR WASH: JUNE 8, 2019
This is a critical project for us, and the only fundraiser for which we expect everyone's participation. We ask that you collect a minimum of 20 pledges or donations, with a total potential value of $175. If you start now and get one per day, you'll have over 40. If you wait until the last day, you'll have a problem. Please make sure your sheets are legible!

The vast majority (90%+) of Colts and Cadets do a great job, but we do remind you that this is a requirement of your membership, agreed to in your membership contract. The car wash will be held Saturday, June 8.

As in all facets of membership, we need people who are committed to the success of the Colts. When everyone does their share, we can make more than $50,000 in our one-day event! It's important to all of us, and it beats having to sell cookie dough, magazines, candy, pizzas, and whatever else. Our one and only fundraiser for members does the same thing as many small ones. The money raised from this project helps with tour expenses, especially food and fuel.

As a guideline, set a goal of an average value of $10 per pledge or donation. If someone asks the value of a penny per car, the typical pledge will end up being around $7.50. If we wash 750 cars at approximately 20 locations, that amounts to $7.50 per pledge. Some pledges will be more, some less. Remember, although you may collect money in advance, you are not required to. You do not need to collect pledges. After the car wash, we will mail letters from the office to the commitments you received. We collect these payments through the office by mail or online. We prefer to not bill for anything less than $5.00. Please keep in mind the total goal to raise $175 personally. Twenty donations of a dollar each is not satisfactory.

For donations and pledges collected and turned in prior at move ins, members who collect and turn in $225 or more will receive a $25 gift card to the souvie stand. Members who collect and turn in $300 or more will get a $50 gift card to the souvie stand.

Finals Week is August 8 - 10 in Indianapolis, Indiana. There are still great seats and great rooms available for the best week of the summer! The Colts WILL perform August 8 and 9, but are not guaranteed a spot in finals on August 10. Plan accordingly. We have seats available for all three shows. You can purchase your tickets online at the Colts Mall. If you need assistance, contact the Colts Office at

The Colt Cadets have their prelims and finals in Marion, Indiana on Monday and Tuesday and will also be performing in prelims on Thursday in Lucas Oil Stadium. The top 15 corps at Thursday prelims will be shown live at Star Cinema theaters throughout the country beginning at 5:00 p.m. Go to to find the location nearest you. If you can't make it to Indianapolis, this is the next best thing!

Hotel accommodations are available at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Indianapolis. Call the 2019 Drum Corps Housing bureau at 317.262.8191 to book your room(s). Make sure to mention that you are with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps and provide the code DCICOLTS2019 for a discounted rate. You may also reserve your rooms online. Reservations must be made by June 26, 2019. Any unsold rooms will be released to the public at that time.

Make sure you have joined our Facebook groups for your section! We will also be distributing information through the Facebook pages throughout the summer.
2019 Members Group
2019 Percussion Group
2019 Brass Group
2019 Color Guard Group

Make sure you've signed up for our email distribution list. We'll use this to communicate regularly throughout the summmer. Be sure you have also joined the Colts Parents Facebook Group. We will be posting updates throughout the summer on both the Facebook group and the Colts Virtual Cooktruck. The Colts Virtual Cooktruck will have all of our daily schedules this summer.

We still have spots open on the volunteer calendar for the summer! Check your schedules and let us know. Even just a few days during Spring Training or summer tour would be incredibly helpful! You can view our 2019 Volunteer Calendar here. Remember, we can be very creative in getting you in and out of tour. Cooks, Van Drivers, and/or Those Who Sew email Other Tour Drivers email

Need help with travel? We are here to guide you! You can email with any questions you may have. Even one day with us helps! Come as early as you can to give us a hand (and bring fresh fruits or vegetables!).


  • Your time on tour with us!
  • Cereal
  • Items on our Amazon Wish List
  • Gift certificates for fuel and office supply
  • An RV
  • Coffee - definitely caffeinated!
  • Paper towels
  • Fresh fruits or vegetables
  • Did we mention, a week on tour with us!

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