Joe Delaney Named 2020 Colt Cadets Drum Major

March 18, 2020

Joe Delaney

After marching with the Colt Cadets on trumpet for five years, Joe Delaney will have the opportunity to serve as drum major for the Colt Cadets in 2020.

Joe first became involved with the Colts Youth Organization when his siblings marched. His mother, Lisa, drove a bus for the Colt Cadets, and Joe rode along as they traveled around the Midwest. In 2015, Joe started marching in the Colt Cadets on trumpet, and he's been a member every year since.

"I've found this growing passion for music and drum corps, so I kept going with it," Joe said.

Outside of Colt Cadets, Joe is a sophomore at Dubuque Senior High School. He is active in the school's speech and theater programs, and he also participates in band and choir.

This year, Joe said he's excited to have the opportunity to serve the corps in a new role.

"I am very happy I have been given this opportunity to give back to the corps and organization that has done so much for me," Joe said. "I'm also looking forward to an incredible amount of growth that we're going to make as a group."

Colt Cadets Director Rich Waddington said he appreciates the level of experience Joe brings to the drum major position.

"Joe has grown quite a bit over the last five years," Rich said, "and I feel like he's positioned well to offer our new members a perspective on drum corps that no one else can. I think he is well-suited to take on this leadership role, and I look forward to watching him grow even more this season."

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