Colts And Colt Cadets Prepare For 2021 Drum Corps Season

December 3, 2020

DCI logo over aerial shot of Lucas Oil Stadium

The Colts are excited to confirm their return to Lucas Oil Stadium in 2021! Following Drum Corps International’s announcement of Indianapolis events in August 2021, the Colts and Colt Cadets will continue their plans to keep the drum corps light burning bright for our students, volunteers and fans. The Colts design team has been in regular communication since the 2020 season was canceled in March. Concepts for a 2021 production have begun to solidify at the same time discussions and planning have taken place among DCI World Class corps directors regarding the summer tour and considerations involving the pandemic.

In addition to the announced DCI events, we anticipate a number of performance opportunities in the Midwest leading up to Indianapolis. As you might expect, so much of our summer planning revolves around the pandemic and eventual vaccine distribution, but we would love nothing more than to bring drum corps back to our Dubuque fans in 2021.

The Colts launched the RED ZONE in October as a virtual vehicle to deliver their offseason training, evaluation, and audition program. If you are interested in becoming a member of the 2021 Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, join the RED ZONE at We do not anticipate in-person rehearsal events for the foreseeable future, so all auditions, and preparations for the 2021 production, will continue virtually.

Colt Cadets are also using the RED ZONE to identify and prepare students interested in their 2021 season. The virtual training program includes an Open Class track for students looking for increased focus on drum corps fundamentals. Their membership includes many students in our local area — some learning their instrument for the first time — as well as those who auditioned for Colts but may need an additional year of training to earn their spot in the World Class corps. Students interested in Colt Cadets should consider joining the RED ZONE or submit an Information Request at

We said for months that we would be back — with an intent to emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever. We can now state with confidence that both are true. To our supporters, thank you so much for believing in our future and what the drum experience means for so many young people — not just today but throughout our 57-year history.

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