Colt Cadets Move Ins & Car Wash Information

June 3, 2019

Summer will be here before you know it! Be sure you are up-to-date on all details for Move Ins and Car Wash. 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.

Parents and students from out-of-town coming in Dubuque further than two hours away are able to check in at Washington Middle School starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7. The address for the school is 51 N Grandview Ave, Dubuque, IA 52001. Click here for a Google Map of the facility. A light snack will be set out that evening, and lights out will be at 11:00 p.m. Students will sleep in the cafeteria, and parents can stay in a separate room. We will be doing light sectional rehearsal during the evening.

Wake up at Washington Middle School will be at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 8. Those staying at the school will eat breakfast and pack a sack lunch for the day. All luggage and equipment brought in for Colt Cadets must be fully packed up and put on the far side of the cafeteria. Between 7:45 and 8:15 a.m., any Colt Cadets students may drop off their luggage at the school before continuing on to the car wash site. Only students that stayed overnight at the school will be provided transportation by Colts vehicles to their car wash sites to arrive by 9:00 a.m. Car wash is from 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Students arriving on Saturday should bring their own sack lunch, and students should stagger their 30 minute lunch breaks in the middle of the day. It is very important to wear sunscreen, especially on your feet! Also, be sure to drink lots of water to hydrate for the intense heat this weekend.

After 4:00 p.m, Colt Cadets students may be picked up and returned to Washington Middle School in the same way they were dropped off. If you need special arrangements or help with this, contact Andrew Eaton at Check-in will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Washington Middle School along with equipment unloading. Meal 3 will be provided at 5:30 p.m. There will be a full member and parent meeting at 6:15 p.m in the main gym.

On Sunday, June 9, the Colt Cadets will depart for their first performance of the year. The Darlington Canoe Festival Parade in Darlington, Wisconsin, will start at 1:30 p.m. Following the parade, Colt Cadets will kickoff their first of three spring training drill camps at the Dubuque Armory, located at 5001 Old Highway Road, Dubuque, IA 52002. Click here for a Google Map of the facility. A full itinereary of the first part of the Colt Cadets tour will be posted on the Colt Cadets Tour page.

On June 7, flights will be treated like a normal camp 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 move ins, if you plan on flying, you must communicate with 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 move ins 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 12, 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

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 Colt Cadets WILL perform August 8 in the morning. 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 accomadations 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.

Join our Facebook groups for your area of interest! These pages will help you meet other members prior to auditions and answer questions you may have. Parents are encouraged to join as well!
General Interest Group
Percussion Interest Group
Brass Interest Group
Guard Interest Group
Parent and Volunteer Group
Make sure you have signed onto the email distribution list with your current email address, and check your email frequently! Encourage your parents to sign up for the membership emailings too.

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 Colt Cadets Parents Facebook Group. We will be posting updates throughout the summer on both the Facebook group.

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 move ins or summer tour would be incredibly helpful! Remember, we can be very creative in getting you in and out of tour. Cooks, Van Drivers, and/or Those Who Sew 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
  • Medium weight plastic silverware
  • 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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