Colt Cadets May Camp Weekend Details

May 16, 2022


The May weekend rehearsal for the 2022 Colt Cadets is scheduled for May 20-22. New students are welcome and encouraged to attend! The camp will be held at Washington Middle School in Dubuque. The address is 51 North Grandview Ave, Dubuque, IA 52001. Click here for a Google Map to the building.

This event is set up as a zero-pressure, no strings attached way for students to check out the drum corps activity. All equipment will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own if you are able. Whether you have previously attended a Colt Cadets rehearsal this year or not, ALL students are welcome! Parents are also encouraged to attend to see their students perform as a part of the Colt Cadets. The schedule is availabe online and will be available at the check-in table throughout the weekend with exact times and locations for everything going on throughout the weekend. To learn more about the Colt Cadets, find more information online here.

We ask that all attendees RSVP for the weekend here. This allows us to make sure we have enough supplies for the weekend. The weekend rehearsal costs $50 for all students to help cover the cost of food, housing and instruction. You can pay when you arrive or you can pay in advance on the Colts Mall. This fee does not apply to summer fees.

Registration will begin at 7:00 PM on Friday. Rehearsal begins at 8:00 PM and will conclude by 2:30 PM on Sunday. Plan on arriving between 6:30-7:00 PM to begin unloading equipment. Always check our website within a few hours of leaving for camp for any last-minute updates!

COVID-19 Update: The Colt Cadets expect all who participate in our in-person events (camp and summer tour) to have been vaccinated for COVID-19. We strongly encourage everyone to get the booster as soon as you are able. Anyone with special circumstances should reach out to Rich ( Thank you in advance for your consideration and respect for those around you.

Travel Plans

If you need help finding a ride to camp, please notify us ASAP by email at You can also help fellow members by offering a ride in your vehicle. You can let us know if you have any extra room or if need a ride on your RSVP.

We provide ground transportation anytime to and from the Dubuque Regional Airport (DBQ) for Dubuque camps. We can also accommodate flights into surrounding airports (Quad Cities, Cedar Rapids, Madison, or Rockford) but you MUST notify us prior to booking. MLI (Moline) and CID (Cedar Rapids) are very close to Dubuque and reasonable in fare. Please note that the Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, and Moline airports close overnight. Do not plan on spending the night before or after camp at these airports.

Chicago Shuttle \ We will run one shuttle on Friday and Sunday to Chicago’s two major airports. The shuttle (bus or van depending on the number traveling) will depart Midway at 2:30 PM and O’Hare at 3:30 PM on Friday. The shuttle will be scheduled to arrive at O’Hare on Sunday evening at 5:00 PM and Midway at 6:00 PM. ORD (Chicago O'Hare) travel MUST land prior to 3:00 PM on Friday and depart no earlier than 6:30 PM on Sunday. MDW (Chicago Midway) travel MUST land prior to 2:00 PM on Friday and depart no earlier than 7:30 PM on Sunday. If you plan on using either of these airports, please let Rich ( know prior to booking flights. All flight details should also be listed on your RSVP.

Parking And Building Entrance

Parking is available at the school for the full weekend. Students and parents should enter through the west doors on the north side of the gymnasium. (In the right corner as you're looking from the parking lot.

Camp Paperwork

If the weekend is your first rehearsal with the Colt Cadets, please fill out a Member Application online and print and complete your Parent Consent Form prior to rehearsal. This helps save time at check-in! All students under the age of 18 must have a signed parent consent form to participate. Students only need to submit one member application and parent consent form for the season, unless your information changes.

What To Bring

Students will stay overnight in the gym on the floor like they do all summer. Bring changes of clothes (we recommend layered athletic clothing), shower supplies, towel, comfortable clothes for rehearsal (no jeans), tennis shoes (no high tops), and a water bottle. Many students will bring an inflatable mattress with a battery-powered air pump. Bring a binder with plastic sleeves for your music and any hand-outs. Depending on the weather, we may spend some time outside! Be prepared for anything! This means a t-shirt, shorts, wind or sweat pants, sweatshirt, and a light jacket. Tennis shoes are a must! Bring a hat for the sun.

Brass: Bring your own mouthpiece, music stand, and binder for music, if you are able. We will have extra mouthpieces and stands at the camp if you don't have your own. We will provide all instruments for the weekend. You may bring your own marching instrument if you would like.

Percussion: Bring your own sticks or mallets and practice pads, if you are able. We will provide all instruments for the weekend.

Color Guard: We will provide all flags, rifles, and sabers, but you can bring your own if you would like. Bring lightweight, workout clothing for rehearsals (no jeans).


An informational meeting will be held Friday evening at 8:30 PM in a location to be announced. Bring all of your questions! The schedule is availabe online here.

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the weekend. Parental support is what makes the Colt Cadets successful, and you are needed to give the kids the incredible Colt Cadets experience we are known for. Also, this is the best way for you to find out about our program, meet the other parents, and get comfortable with what this is all about. You will find a very welcoming and exciting opportunity here. Parents will cook and serve the meals throughout the weekend, coordinate sewing projects, and assist with some repair work. We always have things to do for anyone willing to lend a hand. The Colt Cadets staff will also be available throughout the weekend to answer any questions you may have about the drum corps experience, what we do, and how we do it.

Parents are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in a classroom at the school or stay in a hotel. The Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Dubuque/Galena, and Best Western PLUS are popular with our parents. Auditioning students are expected to stay with the group overnight in the gym. As always, email or call us with any questions you may have.

Parents are encouraged to sign onto the email distribution list to receive Colts’ information via email.

Weekend Schedule

A snack before bed will be provided on Friday night after rehearsal. Four meals will be provided on Saturday, and a breakfast and sack lunch will be provided on Sunday. The schedule is availabe online and will be available at the check-in table throughout the weekend. If you are unable to attend the whole weekend, you are definitely still able to participate! Attending part of the weekend is better than not attending at all. If you have schedule conflicts, reach out to Rich Waddington at


We will not have souvenirs onsite for the weekend rehearsal. But if you make a purchase at the Colts Mall (our online store), we will deliver your items to rehearsal and they will be available at the check-in table. Select PICK UP under Delivery Options at checkout and no shipping charges will be added.

Sunday Performance

We encourage you to join us at the end of rehearsal for a final run of everything we've worked on at 12:30 PM. You will be amazed at the progress we make in just one weekend!

Email And Website

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

Colt Cadets Cooks, Parents & Volunteers (for parents)

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 email too.

Welcome! We are excited to have you as a part of the Colt Cadets family!

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