2016 News

Colts Receive $10,000 Grant From Dubuque Racing Association

December 22, 2016

When the Dubuque Racing Association announced their grant awards to local nonprofit organizations this year, the Colts Youth Organization was pleased to learn it received $10,000 for the purchase of a kitchen trailer for the Colt Cadets. This was the 20th consecutive year that the Colts received a grant of $5,000 or more from the DRA.

This trailer, now affectionately known as the "Chuck Wagon," transformed the way the Colt Cadets parents and volunteers were able to prepare, cook and serve the drum corps throughout the summer. In total, the Colt Cadets prepare an average of 400 meals per day during their 45-day tour. The new trailer is outfitted with one fridge and two freezers and has space to store dry goods, a rolling can rack, and a rolling convection oven set-up. The entire trailer can be powered through an extension cord.

The Chuck Wagon was used throughout the summer by the Colt Cadets and in the winter is being used by the Colts to transport food and cooking supplies to winter audition camps.

The Dubuque Racing Association (DRA) is the nonprofit license holder for the Mystique and Diamond Jo casinos. Grants have been offered to area nonprofit organizations through a competitive submission process since 1985.

Last year, the Colts received a $10,000 grant from the DRA for the purchase a new pop-up souvenir selling tent, The Red Zone.

Two years prior, the Colts received a $12,500 grant from the DRA for the purchase of percussion equipment for the Colts Cadets.

Since 1987, the Colts have received grants from the DRA totaling over $360,000 for new instruments, uniforms, vehicles and trailers, computers and other equipment, and building improvements.

Thank you to the DRA for continuing to support the vision of the Colts Youth Organization and our mission to "use music & excellence to teach other about success in life."

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Colt Cadets Kicking Off 2017 Season In February

December 19, 2016

The Colt Cadets will kick off the 2017 season with the first open rehearsal on February 12 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at Table Mound Elementary in Dubuque. This preseason event is FREE to attend! Students are encouraged to arrive at 12:30 pm to sign in, meet new faces and help set up equipment. Come experience drum corps, bring a friend and see if the Colt Cadets is the place for you!

Colt Cadets winter rehearsals will continue February 26 and March 5 at Table Mound Elementary. This school is new for the Colt Cadets, but will be a great facility for the corps to use! An added benefit is the close proximity of the school to our new offices and warehouse building - just up the street! A full list of preseason rehearsals and the 2017 membership brochure will be released soon. You can view the 2017 Colt Cadets summer schedule HERE.

Help save time at check in! Fill out an ONLINE APPLICATION and print your PARENT CONSENT FORM ahead of time. All students under the age of 18 must turn in a signed parent consent form to participate.

All 2017 preseason rehearsals will take place at a school in the Dubuque area. Most Colt Cadets rehearsals are on Sunday afternoon, with the exception of two overnight camps for the full corps and one additional overnight camp for the battery. Those who might need transportation for rehearsals should contact David Alford, Colt Cadets Director, at david@colts.org to set up travel arrangements.

Membership in the Colt Cadets is open to any young person in middle school or high school, with or without prior performance experience. There is no formal audition to be a member, but students are expected to be strong team players with a desire to be great!

These rehearsals are approached as clinics, so any young person can explore drum corps membership without the full commitment. This allows students to experience a variety of sections or instruments to find what suits them best.

During the summer, the Colt Cadets will travel about 45 days between mid-June and mid-August, and will perform for more than 75,000 people across the Midwest. In 2017, Colt Cadets will again finish the season at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (home of the NFL Colts), at the Drum Corps International World Championships. The Colt Cadets have also made consistent appearances in Open Class finals in Michigan City, Indiana throughout the past decade.

All instruments, uniforms and instruction are provided, and individuals will be provided with opportunities to help earn some, or all, of their summer membership fees.

To learn more about the Colt Cadets, you can click HERE.

Students who live exceptionally far away from Dubuque should contact either David or the Colts office at (563-582-4872) to discuss how they can participate.

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Colt Cadets Announce 2017 Brass Team

December 14, 2016

The Colt Cadets are proud to announce their brass team for the 2017 season. A combination of new and old faces, many of whom are alumni of the organization, will create a strong and dynamic team. The team will work closely with and be supported by Colt Cadets Director David Alford and the entire Colt Cadets design team.

Leading the brass team will be Caption Head Kara Metzger. Kara is a Colts alumna, having aged out as drum major in the 2015 season. She spent the 2016 season on brass staff with Colt Cadets and is currently the director of bands at Whitman Middle School and associate director of bands at West High School in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. This will be Kara's first season as caption head.

"I am extremely excited to continue my journey with the Colts organization and help the Colt Cadet brass program to grow," said Caption Head Kara Metzger. "The combination new and old of staff members creates a team with good chemistry. Each person on this team is a great educator and highly qualified. I am proud to be part of a great team and cannot wait to begin working with the Colt Cadet brass line."

Joining the Colt Cadets brass team will also be Colts alumni Carl Mathwig and Shawn Coleman. Along with teaching brass, Carl will be working on developing and refining the Colt Cadets marching style and providing guidance on the visual components of the show. Returning to the brass team from the 2016 season will be Eric Angeroth Franks. Andrew Eaton will also be an integral part of the brass team for the 2017 season, in addition to his roles as assistant corps director.

"Having Kara return to Colt Cadets in her new role as brass caption head is an incredible opportunity for us," said Colt Cadets Director David Alford. "Additionally, having both Eric and Andrew return to the field as instructors will allow us to provide consistency for the brass members while building and growing the program to the next level. It's an added benefit to have Kara from the same educational background as our program coordinator, Phil Snyder. I'm also very excited for Carl Mathwig to be joining us, especially after he has worked extensively with Phil at his high school program. While we will continue to add instructors to the brass caption, I feel confident with the level of talent and leadership already committed to our program that will ensure 2017 to be an historic year for our corps."

CLICK HERE to view full bios for the Colt Cadets brass team.

Colt Cadets 2017 Membership Information
Information for the 2017 Colt Cadets season will be available soon! Rehearsals will start in mid-February on Sunday afternoons.

Students interested in being a part of the Colt Cadets are encouraged to attend a Colts audition camp for the experience and educational aspects.

To read more about the 2017 audition weekend schedule, CLICK HERE.

Students with questions should email Colt Cadets Director David Alford at david@colts.org.

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Welcome To #WarehouseWednesday

Warehouse Picture

December 7, 2016

Since early October, the Colts have been fully operational out of their new building at 2300 Twin Valley Drive. Because the offices are not finished, all work is being done from inside the warehouse in a very modern, open floor plan design (pictured at left). This current set up is just temporary, and the projected timeline to finish all construction is May 1. But, like any good project, it will never fully be done and there will always be things to improve upon. Various stages are already being planned for the building in the future, including leveling the cement pads in the parking lot, a grant for solar panels, a movie screen, and more. Thank you to every parent, member, alum, and volunteer who has helped in the moving and construction so far! The Colts are truly thankful to have such a wonderful support system. This project wouldn't be possible without you!

Construction is still underway, but is going smoothly. Earlier this week, the framing around the boardroom was finished and new cement was poured in the basement to finish the plumbing project for the second bathroom. Other exciting things off the to-do list have been moving the entryway stairs, drywalling of the upstairs bathroom, framing of the upstairs offices, and assembling of the final shelving units. The next projects to finish will be the loft office and atrium area outside the boardroom. To view updated pictures from the construction, you can CLICK HERE.

This fall has been an exciting time for the organization and has shifted how the Colts operate in many ways. By having all vehicles on one site, loading and unloading for camps has gone far smoother. Cleaning vehicles and organizing all the miscellaneous parts for vehicles has also become a much simpler job. The move has also allowed the Colts to take a close look at all processes related to the organization. One process that is undergoing change is printing, with steps being taken to reduce the amount of paper used by the organization. Additionally, having a 9,000 square feet warehouse has allowed both staff and volunteers to take a full look at everything the Colts owns and gain a far better understanding of new items to purchase and what items there are more than enough of. For example, so far 27 hammers have been found in the process of moving and organizing the tool shelves.

The sale of the Colts Center, located at 1101 Central Avenue, to the City of Dubuque will be complete very soon. The agreement to purchase the Colts Center was the first step in a multi-million dollar expansion and remodeling of the Multicultural Family Center. The expansion will include additional meeting space, presentation areas and office suites, and will allow the center to meet the needs of the city as Dubuque continues to grow.

To celebrate the move and showcase all the new and exciting features of the warehouse, a new campaign titled #WarehouseWednesday is starting on Colts social media. Be sure to follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. New updates will be posted every Wednesday!

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Dubuque Rehearsal & Audition Weekend

Audition Checklist Poster

December 6, 2016

The 2017 Colts December Audition and Rehearsal Weekend will be held December 16-18 at Roosevelt Middle School in Dubuque, IA. For first time 2017 season camp attendees, the cost for this rehearsal is $175, ($125 for returning members). If this is your second rehearsal weekend, the cost is $60. This fee is collected at each camp and covers your meals, overnight accommodations, instruction, and materials. This fee does not apply to summer fees. The rehearsal fee is paid when you register at the facility if you did not pay in advance. If this is your first camp, you can pay your camp fees in advance, and save $25, through the Colts Mall. Advance payments will end on Tuesday, December 13 at 11 pm.


Always check www.colts.org within a few hours of leaving for Dubuque for any last-minute updates! Please RSVP now with your plans!


Please arrive at 6:30 pm to check in and help unload equipment. Registration will be held in the cafeteria. Rehearsal begins at 8:00 pm Friday and will conclude at 3:00 pm on Sunday.


RSVP, APPLICATION AND MEDICAL FORM
Please RSVP regardless of your plans for this camp, so we can keep you up to date. Please also submit a Member Application on the Colts website if you have not already done so. Returning your application in advance will save you a great deal of time when you check in. Please print, fill out, and have the Colts Medical History Form signed in advance of your arrival. Note that this form is two pages long. You will turn this in when you check in for camp. The Medical Form also provides permission to participate in our activities. Students 18 or older may sign their own Medical Form. Any student 17 or younger will need a parent or guardian signature to participate. Please email colts@colts.org if you have any questions regarding any of our forms. The application and medical forms only need to be submitted once per year unless information changes. The RSVP should be submitted each month by interested students.


WHAT TO BRING
Students stay overnight in the gym on the floor, as you will all summer. Bring changes of clothes, shower supplies, towel, sleeping bag and pillow, comfortable clothes for rehearsal (no jeans please), and tennis shoes (no high tops, please). Many students will bring an inflatable mattress with a battery-powered air pump. Please bring a binder with plastic sleeves for your music and any hand-outs. Returning students should bring their Colts camp t-shirt to wear all weekend! It is an expectation that all students wear their audition t-shirt at all of our weekend rehearsals. We will have t-shirts available for sale for $8.00 if you do not have your's.

New auditioning students will receive the audition t-shirt at check in. The shirt with your name will be worn for all rehearsal segments of the weekend. If this is your first camp, please email a picture of yourself to jason@colts.org to speed up the check in process. Include your name (first and last) and section in the email. This picture is printed on your audition form so our instructional team can quickly learn your name and face. There will also be a camera at check in if you are unable to submit a picture ahead of time.

Brass: Please bring your own mouthpiece, marching instrument, music stand, binder for music, and gloves. If you do not have access to an instrument and will need one provided, please contact colts@colts.org. Be prepared to play the exercises and excerpts provided in the brass packet that best fits your area of interest: Trumpet, Mellophone, Baritone/Euphonium, or Tuba. You may also demonstrate your abilities with any piece, etude or excerpt you feel comfortable with. For the Sunday afternoon performance, please wear the audition t-shirt.

Color Guard: Bring lightweight, workout clothing for rehearsals (no jeans), black pants or shorts and a black shirt for Sunday's performance, your own rifle and/or sabre (if you can), and knee pads (if you like). There is no need to purchase any special equipment for rehearsals. You will wear your audition t-shirt for most rehearsal segments through the weekend.

Percussion: Please bring your own sticks or mallets, practice pad, and a binder for music. Prospective members should be familiar with the exercise packet that best fits your area of interest: Battery, Cymbals, or Front Ensemble. Front ensemble students may, but are not required to, perform a short segment from a personal selection. Cymbal students should prepare a short musical and visual phrase of your choice. We will provide all instruments for camps. We will evaluate you individually, and as a part of the group. Please wear the audition t-shirt for the Sunday afternoon performance.


TRAVEL PLANS
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 MLI, Madison, Rockford, or Cedar Rapids CID) but you must notify us prior to booking. MLI (Moline) and CID (Cedar Rapids) are very close to Dubuque and reasonable in fare. ORD (O'Hare) and MDW (Midway) travel MUST land prior to 3:30 p.m. on Friday and depart no earlier than 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. If you plan on using either of these airports, please let colts@colts.org know prior to booking flights.

If you need help finding a ride to camp, or to arrange rides from an airport or bus station, please notify us ASAP by email at colts@colts.org or call 563-582-4872. You can also help fellow members by offering a ride in your vehicle. You can let us know if you have extra room or if need a ride on your RSVP. All flight details should also be listed on your RSVP.

MEMBERSHIP PROCESS & CONTRACTS
There are positions available in every section of the corps. Individuals attending our first events are given priority over those who do not attend these rehearsals. Following the weekend, you will receive 1) an offer of membership, 2) a recall for a second and final audition, or 3) a suggestion that you come back again next year. Most will receive a recall to a second rehearsal, so plan accordingly so we can be sure of our commitment to each other.

If this is your second rehearsal, we are specifically looking for the growth you have made in the past month. Your audition will be very similar to the prior month, and please be prepared in the same manner as which was asked for your first audition. A decision will be made regarding your membership after this camp. If you cannot attend this camp, please make sure you are communicating with the office and your caption head about when you will be here.

Individuals offered a contract should begin making payments on your fees immediately when you submit your contract. If you cannot attend this rehearsal, you must be in touch in advance to preserve your position in the corps. Initial contract offerings are valid until noon on Saturday of this rehearsal. We must have a signed contract with initial payment by that time, or the spot will be released to someone else.


SCHEDULE CONFLICTS
Camp attendance is critical to our and your success. If you cannot attend this rehearsal but are planning to attend an upcoming audition, you must be in touch in advance with the office through the RSVP form. It is important to communicate with your caption head as well. Too much communication is better than not enough.
If you have schedule conflicts with our preseason rehearsals, talk with us. We can usually work it out with you. Attending part of the weekend is better than not attending at all. Do not lose your opportunity to perform with the Colts over a lack of communication.


PARENTS
An informational meeting for parents will be held Friday evening at 8:45 pm in a classroom at the middle school. Bring all of your questions! A similar meeting will also take place at the January rehearsal weekend if you are unable to attend this month.
Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the weekend. Parental support is what makes the Colts successful, and you are needed to give the kids the incredible Colts 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.
Parents are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in a classroom at the school, or you can find a discounted rate at the Hampton Inn here in Dubuque. Please call the hotel directly at (563)-690-2005 and ask for the Colts Drum Corps rate.
Parents are encouraged to sign onto the email mailing list to receive Colts information via email.
All parents and volunteers are Colts Boosters! Plan on gathering Saturday morning at the end of breakfast (approximately 9 am) to divide for Saturday projects. If you arrive at a random time, the kitchen and check in tables are good places to start with questions about where you can help.


SOUVENIR SALES
Throughout the weekend, all items in the Colts Mall will be available for sale! The holidays are coming up soon, and the audition weekend will be a great time to purchase a present for your special someone! Anyone is able to purchase souvenirs - students, parents, friends, family, etc. The souvenir racks will be set up by the check-in table, and you can purchase your items there. There will even be a few new items available for purchase!


REMAINING REHEARSALS
January 13-15, 2017  Brass & Percussion  Five Flags Center, Dubuque, Iowa
February 17-19, 2017  Brass Only  Five Flags Center, Dubuque, Iowa
March 17-19, 2017  Brass Only  Maquoketa High School, Maquoketa, Iowa
April 28-30, 2017  Hempstead High School, Dubuque, Iowa

May 21, 2017: Pre-season Move In for Guard and Battery, Dubuque Armory
May 26, 2017: Move In For Summer, Roosevelt Middle School, Dubuque
May 29, 2017: Parade and Summer debut concert in Dubuque, Iowa

You can view a detailed schedule of our entire summer HERE.


EMAIL AND WEBSITE
Please make sure you have received audition information in your area of interest! These materials are emailed to you after requesting information for the current season.
Join our facebook groups for your area of interest! These pages will help you meet other members prior to auditions and clarify questions you may have.
General Interest Group
Brass Interest Group
Percussion Interest Group
Guard Interest Group


SUNDAY AFTERNOON PERFORMANCE
A performance including all participants of the weekend is held Sunday afternoon in the gym at 2:30 pm. You will be amazed at the progress we make in just one short weekend.

Welcome! We would love to have you as part of the Red Team family!

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Colts Welcome Gordon Henderson To Design Team

Gordon Henderson Headshot

November 29, 2016

The Colts are pleased to welcome Gordon Henderson as the brass arranger for the 2017 season. Gordon will be joining the design team, led by Program Coordinator Howard Weinstein, and working closely with Battery Arranger Ben Pyles and Front Ensemble Arranger David Nelson. Gordon is currently the director of bands and Department of Music vice chair at University of California, Los Angeles. He is also the director of the Bruin Marching Band and the Varsity Band.

"I am incredibly excited to be stepping back into the drum corps activity with the Colts," said Gordon. "Howard has already built a solid foundation for the program and I cannot wait to begin working with the rest of the design team. I also am looking forward to working with the skilled and dedicated educators on staff this season to create an impactful and unique experience for the members."

Since 1990, Gordon has served as the arranger for the Tenrikyo Aimachi Marching Band in Nagoya, Japan. In 2016, Aimachi won the WGI Winds International World Division, become the first group from outside of the U.S. to win any division at WGI Finals. Gordon has also worked with several drum corps throughout his career, including Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps, The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps, and the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps.

"Gordon Henderson is a legacy in the drum corps activity, and I could not be more thrilled to have his talents among the Colts design team," said Program Coordinator Howard Weinstein. "Gordon is the perfect addition to not only our design team, but also our brass program. We are in great hands."

"Gordon's experience and success at the highest levels of the marching arts will be tremendous for our program and our members," said Colts Director Vicki MacFarlane. "We have great respect for Gordon's work, especially his influence in the international music community. I am very excited to have Howard and Gordon working together this season and to see Gordon's music come to life."

To read Gordon's full bio, CLICK HERE.


Colts 2017 Membership Information
The Colts 2017 membership brochure is available online. CLICK HERE to view a PDF of the 2017 Membership Information.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the 2017 Colts, CLICK HERE and follow the step-by-step instructions. Be sure to RSVP for camp as well!

To read more about the 2017 audition weekend schedule and expectations of interested students, CLICK HERE.

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Colts Announce 2017 Brass Team

November 14, 2016

The Colts are pleased to announce their brass staff for the 2017 season. The team will be led by Caption Head Chad Miller. This will be Chad's first year with the Colts, but he brings with him over 10 years instructing with various drum corps and marching bands across the country. Currently, Chad is an active brass instructor in the northwest Indiana area and teaches with the Tribe of Pride Marching Band.

Tom Santino will be returning for his second year with the Colts as brass coordinator, providing a holistic view of the brass program and its fit within the music ensemble. Tom brings with him over 30 years of experience performing, writing, adjudicating, designing, and teaching within the marching arts.

Returning to the Colts brass team this year will be Steve Lyons, Keith Hallas and Tom Lizotte. Joining the brass team for the 2017 season will be David Torres, Justin Diaz and David Abrams.

CLICK HERE to view an updated 2017 staff list with bios for the brass team members.


Colts 2017 Membership Information
The Colts 2017 membership brochure is available online. CLICK HERE to view a PDF of the 2017 Membership Information.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the 2017 Colts, CLICK HERE and follow the step-by-step instructions. Be sure to RSVP for camp as well!

To read more about the 2017 audition weekend schedule and expectations of interested students, CLICK HERE.

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November Kansas Rehearsal & Audition Weekend

Audition Checklist Poster

November 7, 2016

The first November rehearsal and audition for the 2017 Colts will be held November 18-20, at Perry-Lecompton High School in Perry, Kansas. The cost for this first rehearsal is $175, ($125 for returning members) and covers your meals, overnight accommodations, instruction, and materials. The rehearsal fee is paid when you register at the facility if you did not pay in advance. CLICK HERE for a Google map to the facility. Students interested in auditioning for the 2017 Colts are expected to attend one of the November audition dates, but are not required to attend both. The other November camp option is November 25-27 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Always check www.colts.org within a few hours of leaving for Dubuque for any last-minute updates!

Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. Rehearsal begins at 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 25, and will conclude at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Please arrive at 6:30 p.m. to register and unload equipment.


TRAVEL PLANS
We provide ground transportation to and from the Kansas City International Airport (MCI) for Kansas City area camps. If you need help finding a ride to camp, or to arrange rides from an airport or bus station, please notify us ASAP by email at colts@colts.org or call 563-582-4872. You can also help fellow members by offering a ride in your vehicle. You can let us know if you have extra room or if need a ride on your RSVP. All flight details should also be listed on your RSVP.

If you need help finding a ride to camp, or to arrange rides from an airport or bus station, please notify us ASAP by email at colts@colts.org or call 563-582-4872. You can also help fellow members by offering a ride in your vehicle. You can let us know if you have extra room or if need a ride on your RSVP. All flight details should also be listed on your RSVP.


RSVP, APPLICATION AND MEDICAL FORM
Please RSVP regardless of your plans for this camp, so we can keep you up to date. Please also submit a Member Application on the Colts website if you have not already done so. Returning your application in advance will save you a great deal of time when you check in. Please print, fill out, and have the Colts Medical History Form signed in advance of your arrival. You will turn this in when you check in for camp. The Medical Form also provides permission to participate in our activities. Students 18 or older may sign their own Medical Form. Any student 17 or younger will need a parent or guardian signature to participate. Please email colts@colts.org if you have any questions regarding any of our forms. The application and medical forms only need to be submitted once per year unless information changes. The RSVP should be submitted each month by interested students.


WHAT TO BRING
Students stay overnight in the gym on the floor, as you will all summer. Bring changes of clothes, shower supplies, towel, sleeping bag and pillow, comfortable clothes for rehearsal (no jeans please), and tennis shoes (no high tops, please). Many students will bring an inflatable mattress with a battery-powered air pump. Please bring a binder with plastic sleeves for your music and any hand-outs. You will receive an audition t-shirt at check in to write your name on that you will wear for all rehearsal segments of the weekend. To speed up the check in process, it is recommended that you email a picture of yourself (think headshot or selfie) to jason@colts.org. Include your name (first and last) and which audition camp you will be attending in the email. This picture is printed on your audition form so our instructional team can quickly learn your name and face. There will also be a camera at check in if you are unable to submit a picture ahead of time.

Brass: Please bring your own mouthpiece, marching instrument, music stand, binder for music, and gloves. If you do not have access to an instrument and will need one provided, please contact colts@colts.org. Be prepared to play the exercises and excerpts provided in the brass packet that best fits your area of interest: Trumpet, Mellophone, Baritone/Euphonium, or Tuba. You may also demonstrate your abilities with any piece, etude or excerpt you feel comfortable with. For the Sunday afternoon performance, please wear the audition t-shirt and jeans.

Color Guard: Bring lightweight, workout clothing for rehearsals (no jeans), black pants or shorts and a black shirt for Sunday's performance, your own rifle and/or sabre (if you can), and knee pads (if you like). There is no need to purchase any special equipment for rehearsals. You will wear your audition t-shirt for most rehearsal segments through the weekend.

Percussion: Please bring your own sticks or mallets and your practice pad. Prospective members should be familiar with the exercise packet that best fits your area of interest: Battery, Cymbals, or Front Ensemble. Front ensemble students may, but are not required to, perform a short segment from a personal selection. Cymbal students should prepare a short musical and visual phrase of your choice. We will provide all instruments for camps. We will evaluate you individually, and as a part of the group. Please wear the audition t-shirt and jeans for the Sunday afternoon performance.


MEMBERSHIP CONTRACTS
All positions in the corps are open. Following the weekend, you will receive 1) an offer of membership, 2) a recall for a second audition, or 3) a suggestion that you come back again next year. Most will receive a recall to a second rehearsal, so please plan accordingly.


SCHEDULE CONFLICTS
Camp attendance is critical to our and your success. If you cannot attend this rehearsal but are planning to attend an upcoming audition, you must be in touch in advance through the RSVP form. It is important to communicate with your caption head as well. Too much communication is better than not enough.
If you have schedule conflicts with our preseason rehearsals, talk with us. Attending part of the weekend is better than not attending at all. Do not lose your opportunity to perform with the Colts over a lack of communication.


PARENTS
An informational meeting for parents will be held Friday evening at 9:00 p.m. at the high school. Bring all your questions! We know you have plenty of them. A similar meeting will also take place at the December and January rehearsal weekends if you are unable to attend this month.
Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the weekend. Parental support is what makes the Colts successful, and you are needed to give the kids the incredible Colts experience we are known for. Also, this is the best way for you to find out all 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 occasionally assist with some repair work or construction projects. We can always find something to do for anyone willing to lend a hand.
Parents are welcome to stay overnight in designated rooms at the high school with sleeping bags/air mattresses. We dont have any specific hotel recommendations for this event, but there are many options in the Lawrence or Topeka areas that are driving distance. Auditioning students are expected to stay with the group overnight in the high school. As always, call us with any questions you may have.
Parents are encouraged to sign onto the email mailing list at www.colts.org to receive Colts information via email.
Volunteers at camp generally gather at the end of breakfast in the kitchen area on Saturday at 9:00 am to divide for Saturday projects. If you arrive at a random time, the kitchen or the check in table are always good places to start with questions about where to jump in.


SUNDAY AFTERNOON PERFORMANCE
A performance including all participants of the weekend is held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. You will be amazed at the progress we make in just one short weekend.


EMAIL AND WEBSITE
Please make sure you have received audition information in your area of interest! These materials are emailed to you after requesting information for the current season. Join our facebook groups for your area of interest! These pages will help you meet other members prior to auditions and clarify questions you may have.
General Interest Group
Brass Interest Group
Percussion Interest Group
Guard Interest 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.

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

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November Dubuque Rehearsal & Audition Weekendm

Audition Checklist Poster

November 7, 2016

The first Dubuque rehearsal and audition for the 2017 Colts will be held November 25-27, at the Five Flags Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The cost for this first rehearsal is $175, ($125 for returning members) and covers your meals, overnight accommodations, instruction, and materials. The rehearsal fee is paid when you register at the facility if you did not pay in advance. CLICK HERE for a Google map to the facility. Students interested in auditioning for the 2017 Colts are expected to attend one of the November audition dates, but are not required to attend both. The other November camp option is the week prior in Perry, Kansas to be held November 18-20.

Always check www.colts.org within a few hours of leaving for Dubuque for any last-minute updates!

Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. Rehearsal begins at 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 25, and will conclude at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Please arrive at 6:30 p.m. to register and unload equipment.


TRAVEL PLANS
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, Madison, Rockford, or Cedar Rapids) but you must notify us prior to booking. MLI (Moline) and CID (Cedar Rapids) are very close to Dubuque and reasonable in fare. ORD (O'Hare) and MDW (Midway) travel MUST land prior to 3:30 p.m. on Friday and depart no earlier than 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. If you plan on using either of these airports, please let colts@colts.org know prior to booking flights.

If you need help finding a ride to camp, or to arrange rides from an airport or bus station, please notify us ASAP by email at colts@colts.org or call 563-582-4872. You can also help fellow members by offering a ride in your vehicle. You can let us know if you have extra room or if need a ride on your RSVP. All flight details should also be listed on your RSVP.


PARKING
Parking is available after 6 p.m. on Friday in the city lot next to the Five Flags at the corner of 5th and Main Streets. Parking is also available behind the Holiday Inn, as well as in the Five Flags Center Ramp on the corner of 4th and Iowa Streets. As most of this parking is metered on Saturday, all should be sensitive and aware of where you park to avoid getting ticketed.


RSVP, APPLICATION AND MEDICAL FORM
Please RSVP regardless of your plans for this camp, so we can keep you up to date. Please also submit a Member Application on the Colts website if you have not already done so. Returning your application in advance will save you a great deal of time when you check in. Please print, fill out, and have the Colts Medical History Form signed in advance of your arrival. You will turn this in when you check in for camp. The Medical Form also provides permission to participate in our activities. Students 18 or older may sign their own Medical Form. Any student 17 or younger will need a parent or guardian signature to participate. Please email colts@colts.org if you have any questions regarding any of our forms. The application and medical forms only need to be submitted once per year unless information changes. The RSVP should be submitted each month by interested students.


WHAT TO BRING
Students stay overnight in the arena on the floor, as you will all summer. Bring changes of clothes, shower supplies, towel, sleeping bag and pillow, comfortable clothes for rehearsal (no jeans please), and tennis shoes (no high tops, please). Many students will bring an inflatable mattress with a battery-powered air pump. Please bring a binder with plastic sleeves for your music and any hand-outs. You will receive an audition t-shirt at check in to write your name on that you will wear for all rehearsal segments of the weekend. To speed up the check in process, it is recommended that you email a picture of yourself (think headshot or selfie) to jason@colts.org. Include your name (first and last) and which audition camp you will be attending in the email. This picture is printed on your audition form so our instructional team can quickly learn your name and face. There will also be a camera at check in if you are unable to submit a picture ahead of time.

Brass: Please bring your own mouthpiece, marching instrument, music stand, binder for music, and gloves. If you do not have access to an instrument and will need one provided, please contact colts@colts.org. Be prepared to play the exercises and excerpts provided in the brass packet that best fits your area of interest: Trumpet, Mellophone, Baritone/Euphonium, or Tuba. You may also demonstrate your abilities with any piece, etude or excerpt you feel comfortable with. For the Sunday afternoon performance, please wear the audition t-shirt and jeans.

Color Guard: Bring lightweight, workout clothing for rehearsals (no jeans), black pants or shorts and a black shirt for Sunday's performance, your own rifle and/or sabre (if you can), and knee pads (if you like). There is no need to purchase any special equipment for rehearsals. You will wear your audition t-shirt for most rehearsal segments through the weekend.

Percussion: Please bring your own sticks or mallets and your practice pad. Prospective members should be familiar with the exercise packet that best fits your area of interest: Battery, Cymbals, or Front Ensemble. Front ensemble students may, but are not required to, perform a short segment from a personal selection. Cymbal students should prepare a short musical and visual phrase of your choice. We will provide all instruments for camps. We will evaluate you individually, and as a part of the group. Please wear the audition t-shirt and jeans for the Sunday afternoon performance.


MEMBERSHIP CONTRACTS
All positions in the corps are open. Following the weekend, you will receive 1) an offer of membership, 2) a recall for a second audition, or 3) a suggestion that you come back again next year. Most will receive a recall to a second rehearsal, so please plan accordingly.


SCHEDULE CONFLICTS
Camp attendance is critical to our and your success. If you cannot attend this rehearsal but are planning to attend an upcoming audition, you must be in touch in advance through the RSVP form. It is important to communicate with your caption head as well. Too much communication is better than not enough.
If you have schedule conflicts with our preseason rehearsals, talk with us. Attending part of the weekend is better than not attending at all. Do not lose your opportunity to perform with the Colts over a lack of communication.


PARENTS
An informational meeting for parents will be held Friday evening at 9:00 pm at the Five Flags Center. Bring all of your questions! We know you have plenty of them. A similar meeting will also take place at the December and January rehearsal weekends if you are unable to attend this month.
Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the weekend. Parental support is what makes the Colts successful, and you are needed to give the kids the incredible Colts experience we are known for. Also, this is the best way for you to find out all 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 occasionally assist with some repair work or construction projects. We can always find something to do for anyone willing to lend a hand.
Parents are welcome to stay overnight in designated rooms at the Five Flags Center with sleeping bags/air mattresses. If parents are interested in hotel accommodations, we recommend the Holiday Inn for this rehearsal, as it is attached to the Arena in which we are rehearsing. Please call 563-556-2000 and ask for the Colts Drum Corps rate for $76 per night. For all events, we recommend the Hampton Inn for your stay in Dubuque. Auditioning students are expected to stay with the group overnight in the arena. As always, call us with any questions you may have.
Parents are encouraged to sign onto the email mailing list at www.colts.org to receive Colts information via email.
Volunteers at camp generally gather at the end of breakfast on Saturday at 9 am to divide for Saturday projects. If you arrive at a random time, the kitchen or the check in table are always good places to start with questions about where to jump in.


SUNDAY AFTERNOON PERFORMANCE
A performance including all participants of the weekend is held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Five Flags Center. You will be amazed at the progress we make in just one short weekend.


EMAIL AND WEBSITE
Please make sure you have received audition information in your area of interest! These materials are emailed to you after requesting information for the current season. Join our facebook groups for your area of interest! These pages will help you meet other members prior to auditions and clarify questions you may have.
General Interest Group
Brass Interest Group
Percussion Interest Group
Guard Interest 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.

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

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Colt Cadets Announce 2017 Design Team

November 7, 2016

The Colt Cadets are proud to announce the design team for the 2017 season. A combination of new and old faces, many of whom are alumni of the organization, will create a strong and dynamic team. The team will work closely with and be supported by Colt Cadets Director David Alford and Assistant Director Andrew Eaton. This season will also celebrate Colt Cadets' 50th anniversary.

"I couldn't be more excited for the incredible leadership and talent we have on the Colt Cadets design team this year," said Colt Cadets Director David Alford. "Phil Snyder brings the right philosophy and approach to music education and programming that is proven through his years of brass instruction at the Colts. Terry White is an exceptional brass arranger and I'm thrilled he's returning with his successful career in education and composition. Alex Albertson promises to bring success and consistency to a talented percussion section. And, I couldn't be happier to have Mitchell Stolberg returning to the Colts Youth Organization, along with Jessica Dunkel. Their combined years of color guard and dance instruction will prove to be invaluable for the Colt Cadets color guard."

"With this being the corps' 50th anniversary, I'm looking forward to working with this design team to create an educational and entertaining program," said Colt Cadets Assistant Director Andrew Eaton. "Seeing the growth in the corps over my past 10 seasons on staff has been truly rewarding, and I believe this team will be able to provide a strong foundation for the corps looking into the future. The combination of experienced and skilled designers, along with a high number of Colts alumni, will create a unique and powerful educational environment for the students."

Leading the design team will be Program Coordinator and Visual Designer Phil Snyder. Phil is an alumnus of the Colts, having aged out on trumpet in 2004. He has been on brass staff with the Colts for several years since, most recently from 2014 to 2016. Phil is an active designer, adjudicator and band director in Minnesota.

Returning to the Colt Cadets design team will be Brass Arranger Terry White and Percussion Arranger Alex Albertson. Terry has been the brass arranger for the Colt Cadets since 2012 and is excited to continue writing for the corps. He currently resides in Maine, where he is an active arranger, composer and performer for several groups in the area, including the Portland Jazz Orchestra. Alex Albertson is also an alumnus of the Colts, having aged out of the front ensemble in 2011. Alex has been on Colt Cadets staff since 2012, and is currently a music teacher at Logan-Magnolia Community Schools in Logan, Iowa. Alex will also be percussion caption head for the 2017 season.

Color Guard Caption Head and Designer Mitchell Stolberg will lead the color guard with support from Color Guard Supervisor Jessica Dunkel. Both are alumni of the Colts color guard program. Mitchell is an adjunct dance professor at Rockford University and an active performer with the Bad Wolf Dance Theatre. Jessica is entering her ninth season on staff with the Colt Cadets and is currently a part-time technician with the Downers Grove South High School marching band.

CLICK HERE to view full bios for the Colt Cadets design team.


Colt Cadets 2017 Membership Information
Information for the 2017 Colt Cadets season will be available soon! Rehearsals will start in mid-February on Sunday afternoons.

Students interested in being a part of the Colt Cadets are encouraged to attend a Colts audition camp for the experience and educational aspects.

To read more about the 2017 audition weekend schedule, CLICK HERE.

Students with questions should email Colt Cadets Director David Alford at david@colts.org.

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Colts Announce 2017 Visual Team

October 31, 2016

The Colts are pleased to announce their visual staff for the 2017 season. The team will be led by Caption Head Bob Barfield and Visual Designer Ralph Stewart. This will be Bob's first year with the Colts, but he brings with him over 30 years instructing, designing and adjudicating within the marching arts. Ralph Stewart will join the Colts again as visual designer, writing the drill for the corps. Dean Broadbent will assist the visual caption, as well as the color guard caption, contributing to the visual effects, pacing, and overall design of the visual package. All three have worked with Program Coordinator Howard Weinstein in various capacities before.

Joining Bob as instructors for the summer will be Adriel Rodriguez, Chris Turner, Zack Crissman, Christina Scocchera, Jack Fry, Preston Ridgell, James Lazaro, and Jeff Duffy. Returning to the Colts will be Mark Donahue and Ian Jeffrey.

CLICK HERE to view an updated 2017 staff list with bios for the visual team members.

Colts 2017 Membership Information
The Colts 2017 membership brochure is now available online. CLICK HERE to view a PDF of the 2017 Membership Information.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the 2017 Colts, click the JOIN button on the top of the home page, and follow the step-by-step instructions. Be sure to RSVP for camp as well!

To read more about the 2017 audition weekend schedule and expectations of interested students, CLICK HERE.

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Colts Announce 2017 Color Guard Team

October 24, 2016

The Colts are pleased to announce their color guard staff for the 2017 season. The team will be led by Caption Head and Designer Brandon Smith. Brandon will be returning for his sixth season as color guard caption head and seventh overall. Stepping into a new role as assistant caption head is Colts alum Elana Siegel. Elana is entering her ninth year with the organization, having marched for four years (2009 - 2012) and been on staff since 2013. Elana started the first ever color guards in Eastern Europe and also has been working with Western European drum corps the past two summers.

The choreographers for the summer will be Byron Valentine and Kayne O'Brien. Byron is currently employed as a designer for FJM Inc. and has been active as an instructor, designer and adjudicator throughout the country. Kayne joins the Colts from the Cincinnati area where he is an instructor for several color guards in the area.

Returning to the color guard staff this year will be Danielle Marquardt, Steven MacAlpine, Hillary Hannan, and Joshua Lear. New to the color guard staff this year will be Nicole Younger and Caleb Brown, as well as Colts alums Julie Rohrabaugh and Tim Coady.

CLICK HERE to view an updated 2017 staff list with bios for the color guard team members.

Colts 2017 Membership Information
The Colts 2017 membership brochure is now available online. CLICK HERE to view a PDF of the 2017 Membership Information.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the 2017 Colts, click the JOIN button on the top of the home page, and follow the step-by-step instructions. Be sure to RSVP for camp as well!

To read more about the 2017 audition weekend schedule and expectations of interested students, CLICK HERE.

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Visit The Colts At The Illinois State University Invitational Marching Band Championships

October 21, 2016

The Colts are excited to have a booth this year in the exhibitors section of the Illinois State University Invitational Marching Championships. The competition will be held on Saturday, October 22nd at Hancock Stadium in Normal, Illinois and will feature of 40 of the best marching bands from Illinois. The first band will begin at 7:00 a.m. and prelims competition will end at 6:30 p.m., followed by finals performance for the top 12 bands in the state. The competition will also feature a performance by the Big Red Marching Machine, one of the top college marching bands in the country.

"With so many of our members, alumni and staff active within the marching band circuit in Illinois, this event is a great chance for us to reconnect with familiar faces from past years and recruit for the next year," said Colts Director Vicki MacFarlane. "Additionally, the band programs in Illinois are some of the best in the Midwest, and an event like this allows us to have direct contact with hundreds of students from across the state."

The exhibitors section will be located on the main concourse on the home side of Hancock Stadium. The Colts booth will be on the east end of the concourse. Students interested in marching in the Colts or Colt Cadets are invited to visit the booth, register, and ask any questions they may have about performing with the Colts organization. There will be posters to pick up and videos from past years will be playing throughout the day. Band directors are also encouraged to stop by and learn more about the Colts and the drum corps activity.

Colts 2017 Membership Information
The Colts 2017 membership brochure is now available online. CLICK HERE to view a PDF of the 2017 Membership Information.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the 2017 Colts, click the JOIN button on the top of the home page, and follow the step-by-step instructions. Be sure to RSVP for camp, as well!

To read more about the 2017 audition weekend schedule and expectations of interested students, CLICK HERE.

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2017 Membership Information Now Online

October 17, 2016

The Colts 2017 membership brochure is now available online. CLICK HERE to view a PDF of the 2017 Membership Information.

In addition to the membership information, the Colts have announced audition dates for the 2017 season. New this year is an additional November audition camp in the Kansas City area. Students can choose which November camps works better for their schedule. The Kansas City camp will be held November 18-20, and the Dubuque, Iowa camp will be held the following weekend, November 25-27. The expectation is all interested students audition at one of the November camps and plan to return to the December camp. Legitimate conflicts are excused, provided there is communication in advance. Email colts@colts.org with any individual questions.

Rehearsal weekends typically begin with check-in and unloading at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and conclude around 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Below are the 2017 rehearsal and audition dates:

November 18 - 20, 2016 | Perry, KS (Audition Weekend)
November 25 - 27, 2016 | Dubuque, IA (Audition Weekend)
December 16 - 18, 2016 | Dubuque, IA (Audition Weekend)
January 13 - 15, 2017 | Dubuque, IA (Brass and Percussion Only)
February 17 - 19, 2017 | Dubuque, IA (Brass Only)
March 17 - 19, 2017 | Dubuque, IA (Brass Only)
April 28 - 30, 2017 | Dubuque, IA (Full Corps)

A rehearsal and audition weekend is more than just an audition. You'll play all weekend and perform on Sunday as part of The Colts. If you need help finding a ride, please call the office (563-582-4872) or email colts@colts.org.

The cost for your first rehearsal is $175 (or $125 for returning members), which includes all audition materials and application fees. Pay the fees for your first camp in advance and SAVE $25. PAY ONLINE HERE. The deadline for advance payment is the Tuesday immediately prior to each camp at 11:00 p.m. Each subsequent weekend you attend is $60. This fee covers the cost of these rehearsals and does not apply toward your summer tuition.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the 2017 Colts, click the JOIN button on the top of the home page, and follow the step-by-step instructions. Be sure to RSVP for camp, as well!

More detailed information about each camp will be posted at least two weeks prior to the camp date.

Thank you for your interest in the 2017 Colts!

YOU BELONG HERE.

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Colts Announce 2017 Percussion Team

October 4, 2016

The Colts are pleased to announce their percussion staff for the 2017 season. The team will be led by Caption Head and Battery Arranger Ben Pyles. Back with the Colts design team arranging the front ensemble book is David Nelson. Dave spent time working with Colts Program Coordinator Howard Weinstein at the Boston Crusaders. Ben and Dave will be able to provide a great conduit between the design and instructional teams.

Colts alum and former staff member Kent Lineberry will serve as percussion consultant, providing a holistic view of the percussion program and its fit within the music ensemble. Kent is currently the assistant band director and director of percussion in the Blue Springs School District in Blue Springs, Missouri. Kent brings with him over 20 years of experience performing, writing, adjudicating, and teaching within the marching arts.

The battery staff will be composed of new and old faces, including Oliver DeLotto, Andrew Barlow, Benjamin Braude, Aundray Edwards, Chelsea Levine, and Ryan Carberry.

Leading the front ensemble will be Greg Tsalikis and Jake Lyons. Greg is currently the percussion director and music arranger at Obra D. Tompkins High School in Katy, Texas. Jake is currently the executive director for the World Class WGI group Equinox Percussion, based in Athens, Georgia as well as the front ensemble coordinator at the University of Georgia. Returning to the front ensemble for the 2017 season are Jeremy Gurganious and Drew Brown.

CLICK HERE to view an updated 2017 staff list with bios for the percussion team members.

AUDITION MATERIALS AVAILABLE
For Battery, Front Ensemble and Cymbals

Fill out an INFORMATION REQUEST to receive an audition packet for the instrument of your choice. If you have already submitted an Information Request for the 2017 season, an auction packet will be emailed to you very soon.

Visit the Colts website regularly to find out additional information regarding audition camps, travel details, 2017 general membership information, and more!

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David Alford Named Colt Cadets Director

October 3, 2016

David Alford has been named as director of the Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. A Colts alumnus from 2005 - 2007, David also has experience as a brass staff member and a cook truck volunteer with the Colts within the drum corps world. Outside of drum corps, David has immense experience in supply chain management and general operations with several major companies. A native of the Chicago suburbs and a graduate of Michigan State, David brings with him a unique perspective and fresh ideas to the organization. David will also be taking over the role of controller and handling the financial aspects of the Colts Youth Organization.

"I'm overjoyed for this opportunity to work for the Colts organization after it gave me such a rewarding and life-changing experience as a member," said David. "Jeff, Vicki and Jason have an incredible working relationship, and I am honored to join them and the amazing network of parents, volunteers and staff that consistently provide invaluable experiences for the talented members. I am looking forward to using my background in supply chain management and logistics to ensure smooth operations for the Colt Cadets so we may provide the members a season of seamless learning. I am excited to be partnering with the skillful design and instructional staff in creating a memorable and entertaining season as the corps celebrates its 50th anniversary."

"Having David join our team is very exciting given his skill set and experience. He is quick to analyze an issue and come up with an appropriate solution regardless of the scale of the task," said Executive Director Jeff MacFarlane. "David's communication skills will serve him well as director of Colt Cadets, his awareness and understanding of details will aid in managing financials, and the members and parent volunteers will be drawn to his character and demeanor. I am thrilled about the team we have moving forward."

"I am ecstatic, not just for the organization, but especially for the Colt Cadets members and families," said Colts Director Vicki MacFarlane. "David is well-suited for this role, and his enthusiasm is a perfect fit to kick off the Cadets' 50th anniversary season. David's background and experience complements the rest of our team beautifully. His history with the corps as an alumnus, a former staff member, and as a volunteer has given him a sense of the total organization few can bring to the table. The Red Team continues to become stronger every day, and I cannot wait to see what the rest of this year will bring for us!"

CLICK HERE for more information about David Alford.

Colt Cadets will begin rehearsals in February, but students interested in being a part of the Colt Cadets are encouraged to attend a Colts rehearsal weekend for experience. There is no audition requirement and membership is primarily from Dubuque and the tri-state area. More information about joining the Colt Cadets will be posted in January. Students interested in being a part of Colt Cadets should fill out an INFORMATION REQUEST to receive information about Colt Cadets, membership, and upcoming Colts rehearsals.

Visit the Colts website regularly to find out additional information regarding audition camps, travel details, 2017 general membership information, and more!

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Updates On The New Colts Building

September 21, 2016

The past month has been filled with many late nights and busy weekends as the Colts work to finish the demolition phase and move everything from the old downtown office to the new warehouse and office. Thank you to every parent, member, alum, and volunteer who has helped in the demolition and moving so far! The Colts are truly thankful to have such a wonderful support system.

The sale of the Colts Center, located at 1101 Central Avenue, to the City of Dubuque will be complete very soon. The agreement to purchase of the Colts Center was the first step in a multi-million dollar expansion and remodeling of the Multicultural Family Center. The expansion will include additional meeting space, presentation areas, and office suites.

The Colts are moving to 2300 Twin Valley Drive, former home of Key City Moving & Storage, in the Key West area of Dubuque. The new facility includes a warehouse, office space, and ample parking for all vehicles. For years, the Colts have leased or been given permission to park their vehicles on numerous lots around the city. The organization currently owns four motor coaches, two semi trailers and a tractor, five vans, and numerous small trailers. Within the warehouse, shelves will line the perimeter and provide space to store all equipment, souvenirs, surplus food, and archives in a secure and temperature controlled location. The office area will hold four offices, a boardroom, and two restrooms.

Starting October 1, the Colts will begin the building phase to completely renovate the office and boardroom areas.

You can view pictures of the moving and demolition phases HERE.

The Colts will completely move into the new facility starting the first week of October. Be sure to stop by and check out the new Colts Center!

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Colts Announce Bob Barfield To Lead Visual Program

September 16, 2016

The Colts are pleased to introduce Bob Barfield as visual caption head. Bob brings with him 30+ years of experience in the drum corps activity, having experience as a technician, caption head, and consultant with Carolina Crown, the Boston Crusaders, and the Blue Stars, among others. He also has experience teaching and designing with various high schools around the country, most recently with Tarpon Springs High School in Florida and Robert Vela High School in Texas. Currently, Bob is the head band director at White Knoll High School in Lexington, South Carolina. Bob has been recognized several times in the "Who's Who Among America's High School Teachers"

"I have worked with Bob on marching pageantry arts projects and programs for decades," said Program Coordinator Howard Weinstein. "There is no one finer I can think of to lead our marching program. Our members are in for a real treat, and I am proud to be working along side of Bob, and to share his expertise and skills with our entire Colts organization."

"Bob will bring sage experience to this caption for the Colts," said Colts Director Vicki MacFarlane. "His experience and abilities as a teacher will elevate the member's experience in so many ways and I think they will all benefit from his leadership this summer. His friendship and past teaching experiences with Howard are also a huge plus and I'm happy to see them working together again. Bob has the skills, experience and heart to put our visual program on a solid path for years to come."

"I am looking forward to working with the Colts this year, and especially being reunited with my life-long friend, Howard Weinstein!" said Bob. "It is an honor to be given an opportunity to share my knowledge with the members and work with such a talented and professional staff!"

Fill out an INFORMATION REQUEST to receive an audition packet for the instrument of your choice. If you have already submitted an Information Request for the 2017 season, an auction packet will be emailed to you very soon.

Visit the Colts website regularly to find out additional information regarding audition camps, travel details, 2017 general membership information, and more!

BIO
Bob Barfield is currently in his 24th year of teaching high school band. His first 19 years were spent teaching in the state of Florida public school system since 1992. He was the associate director of bands for the Tarpon Springs High School Leadership Conservatory for the Arts from 1999 - 2012. His responsibilities at Tarpon Springs High School included teaching the marching band, jazz ensembles and jazz combos, wind ensemble, instructor in brass pedagogy, music theory and technology, and overseeing the solo and ensemble process. In addition, Bob taught the Leadership Skills Development course, which is required of all freshman enrolled in the Leadership Conservatory for the Arts at Tarpon Springs High School.

During his tenure at Tarpon Springs High School, the marching band was a six-time Bands of America National Class Champion, and was an elite top 12 finalist every time they attended the Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. The wind ensemble performed around the United States at some of the most prestigious concert halls in the country, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and Chicago Symphony Hall. The jazz ensemble performed at the University of North Texas Jazz Festival twice, and was selected to perform at the Savannah Swing Central Jazz Competition two times. In addition, they were the runner up band at the Essentially Ellington Regional Jazz Band Festival in Lafayette, Louisiana in the spring of 2012. In 2010, they were chosen as the National Winner for the Mark of Excellence National Jazz Ensemble Contest.

Bob was also a director of the community youth jazz ensemble at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Performing Arts Center in Clearwater, Florida. He was a teacher in their jazz preparatory course for nine years, which met weekly and included students from all over the Tampa Bay area, and annually performed at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday.

In 2012, Bob relocated to Edinburg, Texas to open up a brand new high school as the head band director and assistant fine arts supervisor of Robert Vela High School.

From 2013 - 2016, Bob was the head band director at White Knoll High School in Lexington, South Carolina. The band program was been a consistent state finalist at the SCBDA Class 5A Marching Band Championships, BOA Regionals, and the WCU Tournament of Champions. The wind ensemble was a consistent level VI Superior rated ensemble. In 2015, the wind ensemble performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Currently, Bob is the Head Band Director at Cypress Park High School in Cypress, Texas. This is a brand new high school in the Cypress Fairbanks ISD.

Bob has also been involved in the drum and bugle corps activity for over 30 years, having marched for four years in the Suncoast Sound Drum & Bugle Corps, and instructed several different drum corps over the years. Bob has served as the visual caption head for Carolina Crown and the Boston Crusaders, Blue Stars, and most recently for the Troopers.

Bob graduated Summa cum Laude from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in music education. While there he was a member of the prestigious Jazz Ensemble I. During his time there, he performed with such jazz greats as Louie Bellson, Pat Metheny, James Moody, Randy Brecker, Eddie Daniels, Marcus Roberts, Elaine Elias, Rich Matteson, Bunky Green, Bill Prince, the Airmen of Note, and the Count Basie Orchestra just to name a few. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), and the Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA). Past memberships include the South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA), the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA), and the Pinellas County Music Educators Association. Bob also has a TI:ME level 2 certification in music technology. In addition to his duties as a band director, Bob enjoys an active schedule as an adjudicator, drill designer, and guest clinician throughout the country. Bob was the guest conductor of the Maine All-State Jazz Band in January of 2010. Bob has been recognized several times in the "Who's Who Among America's High School Teachers."

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Colts Announce 2017 Music Design Team

September 14, 2016

The Colts Drum & Bugle Corps is pleased to announce the music design team for the 2017 season. A combination of new and old faces will be writing the music for the production, under the direction of Program Coordinator Howard Weinstein, who is returning for his second season with the Colts. Joining Howard will be Marty McCartt (brass arranger), Ben Pyles (percussion caption head and battery arranger), David Nelson (front ensemble arranger) and Bryan Harmsen (electronics designer).

Marty, David, and Ben will be focusing on writing the music for the 2017 production while Bryan will be focusing on enhancing the production through unique and specially designed sound effects.

Marty McCartt | Brass Arranger
Based in Florida, Marty is a freelance composer and arranger for junior high, high school, and collegiate level concert, marching, and jazz bands. Marty brings with him experience teaching and arranging at all levels, having experience that spans multiple decades. Read Marty's bio HERE.

Ben Pyles | Percussion Caption Head & Battery Arranger
Ben brings experience teaching and performing with ensembles across varying levels, including high school, college band, drum corps, and indoor percussion. His wealth of experience and passion for seeing productions come to life combine to create powerful learning experiences for the groups he instructs. Read Ben's bio HERE.

David Nelson | Front Ensemble Arranger
Returning for his seventh season with the Colts, David brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience arranging and teaching for outdoor ensembles, having been an active arranger, designer, and instructor for the past 20 years. Read David's bio HERE.

Bryan Harmsen | Electronics Designer
Bryan comes to the Colts from South Carolina and is the owner of Visaudio Designs, a company specializing in design for the pageantry arts. Combining his passion for electronics design and his experience teaching at a world class level, Bryan is able to create unique soundscapes for the ensembles he works with. Read Bryan's bio HERE.

2017 Auditions
Fill out an INFORMATION REQUEST to receive an audition packet for the instrument of your choice. If you have already submitted an Information Request for the 2017 season, an auction packet will be emailed to you very soon.

Visit the Colts website regularly to find out additional information regarding audition camps, travel details, 2017 general membership information, and more!

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Colts Announce 2017 Visual Design Team

September 12, 2016

The Colts Drum & Bugle Corps is pleased to announce the visual design team for the 2017 season. All of the visual designers from 2016 will be returning, along with a new addition, under the direction of Howard Weinstein, who is returning for his second season as program coordinator. Joining Howard will be Ralph Stewart (visual designer ), Dean Broadbent (visual consultant), and Brandon Smith (color guard caption head and designer).

Ralph will continue writing the drill for the corps, with Brandon bringing the production to life through color guard costuming, flags, and overall design. Dean will be a major contributor to the visual effects, pacing, and overall design of the visual package.

Ralph Stewart | Visual Designer
Returning for his second year with the Colts as visual designer, Ralph brings with him experience teaching at all levels, from middle school students up through WGI and DCI groups. Read Ralph's bio HERE.

Dean Broadbent | Visual Consultant
Dean comes to the Colts from South Florida, where he is the Director of Color Guards at Flanagan High School, one of the most awarded winter guard groups in the activity. Dean's experience in the marching arts includes time as a technician, caption head, and director. Read Dean's bio HERE.

Brandon Smith | Color Guard Caption Head & Designer
Returning for his seventh season leading the Colts color guard, Brandon brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the color guard activity, having been a performer, instructor and designer with various ensembles across DCI, WGI, and high school groups. Read Brandon's bio HERE.

2017 Auditions
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Colts Add Jason Schubert To Full-Time Staff

September 7, 2016

Jason Schubert, 2016 Colts tour director and drum major in his age-out year (2014), joins the Colts full-time office staff as director of operations and media. In his new role, Jason will be responsible for all social media, maintenance of the Colts website, member recruitment, preseason auditions and camp logistics, housing, and summer tour management.

"I couldn't be more excited to be working with the Colts in an increased capacity," said Jason. "It's been incredible seeing the organization transform and grow over my six years of involvement, and I'm looking forward to taking a bigger role in the overall direction of the corps and the organization as a whole. Right now, there are a lot great things happening for Colts, and for the entire drum corps activity, and that makes the work so enjoyable and exciting. Every day is different and brings in new challenges, new ideas, and new people."

Jason will work alongside Colts Director Vicki MacFarlane in helping prepare the Colts for the upcoming season. They are currently finalizing staff and preparing for the Colts auditions in November, as well as working on the new building in advance of the Colts move later this month.

"I am beyond excited to have Jason in house and to work with him year-round," said Vicki. "His communication level, attention to detail and passion for our programs are top notch. He brings a fresh skill set to the organization, especially in regard to the ever-changing world of social media. His experiences as a member, drum major, staff member and tour director all provide a great foundation for his new role with the Colts organization."

You can reach Jason at his Colts email address. Welcome aboard!

BIO
Jason began his drum corps career in 2011 as a tuba player with the Colts. In total, he marched four years, spending two seasons (2012 and 2013) as section leader and his final summer (2014) as drum major. In 2015, he was an assistant tour director and social media manager, and in 2016 took over the role of tour director. Following the summer, Jason started working for the Colts full time, taking on the roles of operations director and media director.

Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Jason is a 2016 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in community and leadership development, and minors in Spanish and music. During his time as a student, he was an active student leader across campus in various organizations including the Wildcat Marching Band, the universitys volunteer center (UK Center for Community Outreach), and the Alpha Gamma chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Jason also spent three seasons as a marching technician with the Lafayette High School marching band in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Colts Welcome Back Program Coordinator Howard Weinstein

September 6, 2016

Returning for his second year with the Colts is Program Coordinator Howard Weinstein. Howard has a long history in the drum corps activity, having experience as a program coordinator, corps director, and instructor, with his two most recent DCI stops being with the Boston Crusaders (1999-2007) and the Blue Stars (2009-2011). Additionally, he has been a music educator for the past 29 years. He works with many high school programs in Florida and Georgia including Tarpon Springs, and Timber Creek High School in Orlando.

"I am ecstatic to begin season two with Howard," said Colts Director Vicki MacFarlane. "Throughout this past year of working together, we have discovered how perfectly matched we are in terms of philosophies, standards and approach. The fit is a dream and will help us build a stronger organization moving forward. His passion, detail, leadership, and professionalism are beyond words. I'm most excited for our students, who gain so much from his instruction."

Howard is excited to begin building on the momentum of the 2016 Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, while also bringing in a more defined student leadership structure and education, additional designers and technicians, and new ideas for the 2017 season.

"I truly enjoyed my first year with the Colts, not only developing relationships within the organization, but learning how and where to expand the organization to the next level from a programmatic standpoint," said Howard. "I started working on the 2017 program and framework long before this year's season ended, as I have that much passion and drive to grow the Colts to the next level. I am excited to use my thirty plus years of drum corps experience, coupled with a strong study of the current direction of the activity, to move the corps into an even stronger level of performance, while maintaining the member experience that the Colts provide for their students."

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Visit the Colts website regularly to find out additional information regarding audition camps, travel details, 2017 general membership information, and more!

BIO

Howard has a long history of education, leadership and achievement. He holds a degree in music education from the University of Central Florida, and has been a music educator for the past 29 years. He currently designs for and instructs multiple college and high school programs throughout the country. Weinstein's presence in the Drum Corps International community includes director, program coordinator, as well as instructor with decades of success and accomplishments within the activity. Howard's most recent experience in the drum corps activity includes multiple years as program coordinator and corps director for the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps (1999-2007), corps director for the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps (2009-2011), and then he took on the program coordination role at the Colts in 2016. Howard served as a member of the DCI Board of Directors for many years, participating on the executive committee, as well as serving as chairman in 2007.

His experience includes middle school, high school and collegiate level instruction and leadership. He has served as an adjudicator throughout the country for multiple circuits in the areas of symphonic, jazz and marching ensembles. As a high school band director in schools throughout Florida and Georgia, his band programs were superior rated at both the district and state levels. Howard remains active as a guest clinician, consultant and adjudicator. He also teaches leadership to both faculties and student leadership programs in multiple school districts.

Howard is currently the program coordinator for both Dawson High School in Dawson, Texas as well as Timber Creek High School in Orlando, Florida. He is currently on the faculty for the Tarpon Springs High School Leadership Conservatory for the Arts  a magnet program offering a leadership curriculum for students pursuing excellence in the performing arts. Tarpon Springs has been a consistent finalist at the Bands of America championships since 1997, and was named Grand National Champions at the 2014 BOA championships in Indianapolis.

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Brandon Smith Returning As Color Guard Caption Head

September 2, 2016

Brandon Smith returns to the Colts for his sixth season as Color Guard Caption Head and seventh overall with the corps. Brandon is currently attending the University of Akron and pursuing a master's degree in Arts Administration, as well as being on staff with the Juxtaposition Winter Guard, the 2016 WGI Independent Open Class Champions. Brandon brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the color guard activity, having been a performer, instructor and designer with various ensembles.

"Each season, the Colts Color Guard has established itself as being technically strong and full of amazing performers," said Brandon. "From year to year, the entire drum corps has matured and produced many memorable moments. With the guidance and leadership of Howard and Vicki, Im very excited to see how the Colts continue to grow."

"I am thrilled to be going into my second year of collaboration with Brandon," said Program Coordinator Howard Weinstein. "His eye for artistry coupled with his instructional strength brings a force to the Colts that ensures a great experience for both our color guard members as well as our spectators. Brandon's professionalism and motivation has an effect on our entire performance organization, and it's an honor for me to be working with him."

"I am elated to continue working with Brandon," said Colts Director Vicki MacFarlane. "With the strengths and dynamic of the guard staff and veteran members, and Brandon's skill set, life spirit, and experience, 2017 is set to be a fantastic year for the color guard. I have great confidence in the experience Brandon and his team will provide!"

Fill out an INFORMATION REQUEST to receive an audition packet for the instrument of your choice. If you have already submitted an Information Request for the 2017 season, an auction packet will be emailed to you very soon.

Visit the Colts website regularly to find out additional information regarding audition camps, travel details, 2017 general membership information, and more!

BIO

Brandon began his drum corps and color guard career with the Madison Scouts, performing with them from 2003-06. Afterwards, he was a member of the 2008 Pride of Cincinnati Winter Guard, the 2011 Juxtaposition Winter Guard, and the Pride of Cincinnati Dance Ensemble. Brandon has an extensive stage performance resume that includes musical theatre and professional ballet. Highlights include, HAIR, RENT, Hairspray, Legally Blonde: The Musical, and The Nutcracker Ballet.

This season marks Brandon's sixth as the color guard caption head and designer. His career with the Colts began in 2011 as a movement choreographer and technician, taking over as caption head in 2012.

Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Brandon has been a designer and choreographer for several programs in the Kentucky and Ohio region including Paul Laurence Dunbar HS, North Hardin HS, Madison Central HS, Phoenix Independent Winter Guard, and Juxtaposition Winter Guard, the 2016 WGI Independent Open Class Champions.

A 2007 graduate of Miami University of Ohio, he was a four year member of their dance company and led them as artistic director for the 2005-06 season. After graduating, he served as a musical theatre dance instructor for Kentucky Conservatory Theatre (KCT).

Brandon now lives in Cleveland, Ohio where he is completing a master's degree in Arts Administration at the University of Akron. He also works at the Olmstead Performing Arts Center where he teaches jazz and contemporary dance.

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Colts Announce Chad Miller To Lead Brass Program

August 31, 2016

The Colts are pleased to introduce Chad Miller as brass caption head. Chad is currently the brass instructor and wind caption head of the Tribe of Pride Marching Band at Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana. He also teaches a full private studio and serves as a clinician for area middle and high school bands. Chad brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from various areas of music, from the marching arts to New Orleans funk to symphonic bands.

"Chad Miller lives, eats, sleeps and breathes brass pedagogy and performance," said Colts Program Coordinator Howard Weinstein. "Being a current brass performer and educator throughout the Midwest, he will be bringing a passion for the marching arts to the Colts that will impact the brass program at an intense level. Chad's attention to detail, paired with his energy to teach youth, will be a recipe that will not only positively affect our brass program at a high level, but will resound throughout our entire performance organization."

"Chads experience with a number of our staff members, including Howard, allows us to hit the ground running," said Colts Director Vicki MacFarlane. "He has a great connectivity with his students. I'm very excited for what he will bring to our brass line!"

"I am thrilled to be joining the Colts family and sharing my passion for music, education, and the marching arts," said Chad. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for this organization and look forward to being a part of its successful evolution."

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Visit the Colts website regularly to find out additional information regarding audition camps, travel details, 2017 general membership information, and more!

BIO
Chad graduated from Indiana University South Bend with a Bachelor of Music in music composition with focus on tuba performance. He began his drum corps career as a performing member with the Phantom Regiment in 1997-99 and served on brass educational staffs at the Glassmen and Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, as well as the 2001 Division 3 World Champion Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps, where he served as the brass caption head and arranger. Chad has composed and arranged for many genres of music and continues performing on a regular basis with multiple groups in the northern Indiana and southern Michigan areas. His experience performing in diverse settings from symphonic bands to New Orleans funk and blues bands continues to inform his approach to brass playing and music in general. A tuba player/multi-instrumentalist and brass instructor from northwestern Indiana, Chad has worked with several successful Indiana high school music programs throughout the past 14 years, including Penn High School in Mishawaka, and Lake Central High School in St. John, where he currently serves as the brass instructor and wind caption head of the Tribe of Pride Marching Band.

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2016 Banquet Awards And Recap

August 30, 2016

The Colts Youth Organization annual awards and recognition banquet for the Colts and Colt Cadets was held on Wednesday, August 10th in Muncie, Indiana. Traditionally held in Dubuque on Thanksgiving weekend, the banquet was moved to finals week this year to allow all students and staff the opportunity to attend.

The event was held at Heartland Hall on the grounds of the Delaware County Fairgrounds, with over 400 students, staff, and family members in attendance. Thanks to a generous donation from a Colts parent, the meal was catered by City Barbeque. If you were unable to be here with us, we wish you could have been to share the experience and our new tradition!

The banquet allowed us to recognize our achievements as well as the outstanding contributions of both members and volunteers. Awards presented for the Colts and the Colt Cadets members were:

COLTS

Outstanding First Year Members:
Brass - Michael Kennedy
Guard - Kelsey Luedecke
Battery - Derek Peplaw
Front Ensemble - Jesse Mack

Most Improved Members:
Brass - Carter Secor
Guard - Katelyn LaManna
Percussion - Alex Bublick
Front Ensemble - Julio Abreu
Visual - Darren Figgins

Outstanding Section Members:
Brass - Casey Dozier and Alex Spenceri
Guard - Jessica Coblentz
Percussion - Noah Cole
Front Ensemble - Philip Treutel
Visual - Motonori Tsunoda

Robert M. Buelow Award (Colts Member of the Year): Casey Dozier

COLT CADETS

Outstanding First Year Members:
Brass - Jonathan Samsel and Justin Nowack
Guard - Hanna Nabulsi and Deena Nabulsi
Battery - Dalton Vanderpool
Front Ensemble - Blake Dunn

Most Improved Members:
Brass - Christopher Speakman
Guard - Mackenzie Bodell
Battery - Spencer Geers
Front Ensemble - Meredith Jones and Bryan Nunez

Outstanding Section Members:
Brass - Joseph Smith
Guard - Maya Struhar
Battery - Tony Cangelli
Front Ensemble - Ben Litterer and Christian Vasquez

Michael J. Wolfe Award (Colt Cadets Member of the Year): Tony Canganelli

Age out awards were presented to 26 members of the Colts. These individuals and marching years were:
Katie Adams - 1
Luke Burch - 1
Gabriel Cabrera - 1
Allison Cumbie - 1
Derek Dalton - 1
Jake Esterberg - 1
Chris Garcia - 1
Danny Groh - 1
Sema Kazemi - 1
Jesse Mack - 1
Nick Miller - 1
Derek Peplaw - 1
Seth Post - 1
Jay Verbecken - 1
Trace Woods - 1
Sarah Rabin - 2
Phil Treutel - 2
Andy Eklund - 3
Ryan Feather - 3
Alyssa Navarro - 3
Karysa Taylor - 3
Shawn Coleman - 4
Jessica Coblentz - 4
Lauren Emerson - 4
Mason Moss - 4
Collin Schneweis - 5
We will miss their 52 years of combined experience. Congratulations to all age outs!

The banquet also included recognition of the outstanding parent volunteers from throughout the summer and speeches from caption heads and designers recapping the season. At the end of the night, all Colts members and staff were presented with their 2016 triangles.

Following the banquet was Colt Cadets' final performance of the year on Thursday morning in Lucas Oil as a part of the Drum Corps International World Championships. Colts performed Thursday and had their final performance of the season on Friday evening.

Saturday was a wrap up of the season for both corps at Ball State, including speeches from age outs, the final playing of the corps song, and the end of the season dismissal.

Thank you to all the parents, volunteers and supporters who make it all happen!

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Colts Announce Ben Pyles To Lead Percussion Program

August 30, 2016

The Colts are pleased to introduce Benjamin Pyles as percussion caption head and battery arranger. Ben is currently the director of athletic percussion at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Back with the Colts design team arranging the front ensemble book is David Nelson. Dave is director of bands at Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana. Both arrangers have worked with returning Program Coordinator Howard Weinstein on prior projects, and they are excited to build a dynamic percussion program under his leadership.

"I could not be more thrilled for the Colts to add Ben Pyles to our 2017 design and instructional team, said Howard. "Having had the opportunity to work with Ben on some pageantry arts projects in the past, I know his passion, his drive and quest for excellence. Ben brings an incredibly fresh approach to percussion design, along with a strong and comprehensive educational plan that will propel the Colts percussion program to the next level."

"We feel very fortunate to have landed Ben for these roles," said Colts Director Vicki MacFarlane. "He has the skills, experience and heart to put our percussion program on a solid path for years to come."

"Working in any capacity with a World Class drum and bugle corps is an absolute honor," said Ben. "I'm extremely humbled and grateful for the opportunity to work with some of the most talented designers, teachers, and performance the activity has to offer! The Colts organization has a very bright future ahead of them and I'm excited to be a small part of their success for the 2017 season!"

Fill out an INFORMATION REQUEST to receive an audition packet for the instrument of your choice. If you have already submitted an Information Request for the 2017 season, an auction packet will be emailed to you very soon.

Visit the Colts website regularly to find out additional information regarding audition camps, travel details, 2017 general membership information, and more!

BIO
Benjamin Pyles is currently the director of athletic percussion at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Previously, Ben majored in music education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Lamar University, with a primary focus in percussion. His most intensive studies came under the direction of Chris Hestin, Mike Macintosh, Travis Fife, and Michael Kingan. Ben has several years of World Class performing, and instructional experience, including the Bluecoats from Canton, Ohio; Crossmen from San Antonio, Texas; Monarch Independent from Houston, Texas; Glassmen from Toledo, Ohio; and Spirit of Atlanta from Atlanta, Georgia. Along with teaching, Ben is also an active arranger and composer for multiple Indoor and outdoor ensembles across the country. He is endorsed by Sabian Cymbals and Innovative Percussion.

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Colts Announce 2017 Drum Majors

August 29, 2016

Announcing our two drum majors for the 2017 season: Noah Perkins and Jack Riehl.

Noah Perkins just finished his first season as drum major and fifth as a member of the Colts -- marching the other four on baritone. He is in his third year at the University of Iowa as a trombone performance and instrumental music education major.

"My first season as drum major was very much a growth experience for me, and I'm looking forward to getting to return to the position as drum major as a more experienced and mature leader," said Noah. "It was an honor to stand in front of, and grow with, such an excellent ensemble. The whole Colts organization has been such a great family to me the past five years and I can't wait to see where the 2017 season takes us."

Jack Riehl just finished his third year in the Colts front ensemble playing marimba. Other than playing in the Colts, he has also been a part of Westerville North Marching Band and Westerville North Indoor Ensemble. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Jack now lives in Cincinnati getting his degree in medical sciences from the University of Cincinnati, which he hopes to use to go to medical school and become a pediatric surgeon.

"Colts has been a family for me since my first season marching here," said Jack. "Everyone was so welcoming and I instantly found people that are still some of my greatest friends today. I'm so excited for the opportunity to become drum major so I will have the chance to repay the organization for everything they have done for me and push the Colts to a new level both on and off the field."

Audition information for the 2017 season will be out soon! Make plans to audition at a camp and become a member of the 2017 Colts.

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Colts Annual Banquet Set For Muncie

August 2, 2016

The Colts Youth Organization will host its annual awards and recognition banquet for the Colts and Colt Cadets on Wednesday evening, August 10th, at Heartland Hall on the grounds of the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Muncie, Indiana. MAP

The annual banquet has traditionally been held in Dubuque on Thanksgiving weekend but in recent years it's been more difficult for many members to attend. We are excited to note that this year ALL the students in BOTH the Colts and Colt Cadets will be in attendance at banquet.

Details for the evening are still being finalized but we plan to begin the evening around 6:00 PM with some social time and mingling before we get into the member awards and acknowledgements.

Dinner for the annual banquet will be catered by City Barbeque. An extremely generous Colts parent will be picking up the tab for our banquet meal and we cannot be more appreciative for the generosity and tasty treats!

If you're planning to attend DCI Championships Week in Indianapolis, the Colts hotel block (which is likely long sold out) is at the Coutyard By Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. We have just a few tickets remaining for the shows in Lucas Oil Stadium. Contact Jake in the office for availability.

Hard to believe it's finally here! Thank you all for a great summer!

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Colt Cadets July 24th Move In Details

July 21, 2016

Colt Cadets will move in to Cuba City High School (101 N School Street in Cuba City, WI) this Sunday, July 24th. Please arrive at Cuba City High School between the hours of 8:00pm-8:45pm. A member meeting will be held at 9:00pm, followed by some brief rehearsal before Meal 4 and lights out.

Although we strongly urge students to meet us in Cuba City, the corps hall will be available for early drop off to accommodate those parents with long drives back home. The corps hall is located at 1101 Central Ave in Dubuque, and will be available from 5:00pm-7:00pm for student drop off. We will depart for Cuba City shortly after 7:00pm. Space is limited for transportation to Cuba City, if you have the means to drive or carpool on your own, we ask that you please do so.

The detailed itinerary for summer is updated live, and can be found by visiting www.colts.org, select the "Schedules" tab, and then "Colt Cadets". For a direct link to our detailed itinerary, Click Here

Colt Cadet members should ensure they stay well hydrated during this week off. No pop or junk food, keep getting exercise! The Colt Cadets will pick up where they left off on Sunday evening. If you have any questions about the second half of the season, or about Sunday night's move-in, contact matt by email: matt@colts.org.

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Colts Annouce 2016 Hall Of Fame

June 21, 2016

The Colts Youth Organization is proud to announce its 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees:

Dean & Sandra Carlson
Dean Musson
Gene Steichen
Joe Stecher

These honorees join 37 previous inductees in the Colts Hall of Fame, which was established on the corps' 30th anniversary in 1993 to recognize and honor alumni members, design and instructional staff, administrators, board members, contributors, or volunteers whose history of outstanding contributions to the Colts has played a significant and long-term role in our organization and in the marching arts.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the contributions of our 2016 inductees.

View a list of all Colts Hall of Fame members HERE.

Please join us in congratulating these honored inductees for the time, love and contributions they have made to the Colts!

We will celebrate this milestone at an induction ceremony held at Music On The March on Thursday July 14th, at Dalzell Field in Dubuque. Additional details about the show, including how to get tickets, can be found HERE.

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Colts Summer Premiere FRIDAY!

June 21, 2016

The 6th Annual Colts Summer Premiere takes place Friday, June 24th at the University of Dubuque's Chalmers Field. The evening gets underway at 7:00 p.m.

The University of Dubuque will be selling a wide variety of concessions including hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, popcorn, candy and beverages (water and soda). The Colt Cadets step off just after 7:10 p.m.

The Colts Summer Premiere is sponsored by Wayne & Lynn Stewwart / W.C. Stewart Construction Co.

The Red Zone, the Colts retail marketplace with all sorts of apparel and other Colts merchandise, will be open for business. The souvenir project was made possible with a 2015 grant from the Dubuque Racing Association. Thank you, DRA, for your continued support of the Colts Youth Organization!

CLICK HERE for additional performance details.

The 230+ members of the Colts and Colt Cadets appreciate the tremendous support they receive from the community.

Take this opportunity to see the on-field productions of both corps as they head into Drum Corps International competition for the summer. NO CHARGE TO ATTEND.

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Annual Colts Car Wash SATURDAY!

June 6, 2016

The 240 members of the Colts and Colt Cadets will be practicing more than music on Saturday, June 11th, as they instead become experts at washing cars.

Nineteen simultaneous locations will be staffed with members of both corps from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM for the annual Colts Car Wash fundraiser. Since inception of this program in 1985, over $350,000 has been raised for summer travel expenses of the Colts and Colt Cadets.

Last year the groups washed nearly 800 cars and earned over $40,000 in donations and paid pledges. Proceeds from the car wash will be used for summer tour costs. Increased prices for diesel and food will be a real challenge this summer, and the car wash helps get the two groups down the road.

The car wash is free, with donations accepted. There is no minimum donation expected.

We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to our host sites! We would not be successful with this event without the warm welcome we receive from these businesses.

2016 CAR WASH SITES:

Advance Auto, 3190 Central Ave, Dubuque
Beecher Beverage, 1691 Asbury Rd, Dubuque
Big A Auto, 2311 Central Ave, Dubuque
Casey's, 5505 Asbury Rd, Dubuque
Casey's, 236 Peosta St, Peosta
Culver's, 4800 Asbury Rd, Dubuque
DK Auto, 500 Locust St, Dubuque
Dubuque Auto Plaza, 600 Century Dr, Dubuque
Ender's Diagnostic, 2098 Central Ave, Dubuque
Family Beer & Liquor, 20200 Hwy 20, East Dubuque
Hampton Inn, 3434 Dodge St, Dubuque
Kwik Stop / DQ, 4039 Pennsylvania Ave, Dubuque
Kwik Stop / DQ / Fazoli's, 1210 East 16th St, Dubuque
McCann's, 690 West Locust St, Dubuque
Oky Doky, 250 West 1st St, Dubuque
Oky Doky, 535 Hill St, Dubuque
Pioneer's Rest Area, 4900 Old Hwy Rd, Dubuque
Theisen's, 2900 Dodge St, Dubuque
True Value Hardware, 2100 Stonehill Dr, Dubuque

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Colts Organization On The Move

June 3, 2016

Not only are the members of the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps on the move as they prepare for the upcoming season, the Colts Youth Organization is making plans to move their offices later this summer. The Colts are working with the City of Dubuque on an agreement to purchase their building at 1101 Central Avenue. If the sale of their current facility becomes finalized, the Colts will move to 2300 Twin Valley Dr., former home of Key City Moving & Storage. While the two have agreed in principle on the City's acquisition, the sale does not become official until the city council takes action at their meeting on Monday, June 6th.

"We are excited for both the future of the Colts and the City of Dubuque as they look to expand the Multicultural Family Center," said Colts Executive Director Jeff MacFarlane. "The new Colts facility would offer much-needed additional storage, and the ability to finally park our fleet of vehicles on our own property."

The summer tours of both the Colts and Colts Cadets require many vehicles to move the students and their instruments down the road. Both groups also have meals prepared by volunteers while on the road. For years, the Colts have leased or been given permission to park their vehicles on numerous lots around the city. The organization currently owns four motor coaches, two semi trailers and a tractor, four vans, and numerous small trailers.

Unfortunately, without a large banquet hall at the new facility the organization will no longer operate their three-nights-per-week bingo games that are run by the Colts Booster Club.

"I played Colts bingo as a kid, so there is part of me that is sad we will no longer have a facility to operate our bingo," said MacFarlane.

The Colts bingo, as well as other charitable bingos in the area, has been impacted by the popularity of the land-based casinos and, more recently, the smoking ban in 2008.

Colts Bingo will host their final bingo on Sunday, June 5, 2016, at which both jackpot prizes will be awarded. Other than the guaranteed jackpots, the evening will be a regular session of bingo.

Pending approval of their agreement with the City of Dubuque, the Colts plan to remodel the new property on Twin Valley Dr. before moving in following their 2016 summer tour.

"Regarding our bingo, I would like to thank everyone who has ever played or volunteered at Colts bingo through the years," said MacFarlane. "There have been hundreds of bingo players these past decades who believed, and still believe, in the mission of the Colts Youth Organization and what we do for kids."

"We use music and excellence to teach each other about success in life." This simple mission drives the organization and ensures its continued success. Colts programs provide motivated young people an opportunity to participate in intensive, accelerated performing arts ensembles, and in the process learn life skills that allow them to grow as future leaders.

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Colts Move In Scheduled For May 27th

May 24, 2016

The Colts move in and Memorial Day rehearsal weekend will run from 9:00 pm Friday night through Memorial Day morning at Roosevelt Middle School. Camp registration and equipment unloading will begin at 7:00 pm on Friday evening. Following our Memorial Day performances, we will be moving to Loras College and officially starting tour.

Our directions page has specific guidance to Roosevelt Middle School. Directions

Please RSVP one last time for this season so we can keep up to date with your plans!

We will be holding much of our weekend rehearsal outside. Plan and prepare for any kind of weather. It's been cold, especially in the evenings! Please make sure to bring everything your instructors have asked you to have for tour.

If you are driving your car, you will park it for the camp weekend at Roosevelt, and then take it to the corps hall when we leave the school. Your car will be kept throughout the summer at our vehicle lot which is the site of a former bowling alley. The lot is not secured. (Please note: We prefer that you do not leave a car in Dubuque for the summer. If you have no other alternative, please contact Vicki in advance of the weekend. Please only leave your car in Dubuque if absolutely essential. Although we do our best to keep everything safe, the Colts accept no responsibility for cars left in Dubuque.)

HINTS FOR THIS REHEARSAL
1. Bring clothes for any weather. Again  please plan for cold, rain or heat wave. You are apt to be outside for most of the weekend. Don't forget cold weather gear. You never know.
2. Two pairs of comfortable tennis shoes (no high tops). One pair is for wet and mud that will be taken off before entering the school if it rains or is wet outdoors.
3. Athletic braces for any previous injuries or weaknesses. You will be on your feet a lot this weekend, so protect yourself against injury.
4. Other helpful items: Extra socks, sunscreen, lip protection (DCT) with sunscreen, hat or bandana, sunglasses, a bright, cheery face, fanny pack and one gallon water bottle or jug, dot book on the shoelace, etc.
5. Binder with plastic sheet covers for your music and drill; and a dot book.

The Member Handbook (aka Tour Survival Guide) will answer most of your packing questions. Please make sure to turn in the member handbook acknowledgment form!

PLEASE!!
- Make sure you (and your PARENTS) are signed onto the website distribution list. Distribution List
- Read the Member Handbook and turn in the acknowledgment.
- Turn in Car Wash Forms with the minimum of $175 in donations or pledges on Friday, May 27th or as soon as you arrive for summer.
- Ensure all paperwork is in before you move in! (medical form, insurance card copy, vaccination record, physical, age proof, car wash, handbook acknowledgment)

MAY 30 MEMORIAL DAY PERFORMANCES
We will pack and load everything out of the school in the morning and will not be returning after the performances. We will not have access to the school once we leave. Our itinerary will be approximately:
8:00 - Wake/Eat/Pack/Clean School
10:00 - Depart for Colts Center (1101 Central Ave.); Kitchen truck departs for Loras College
11:00 - Unload battery and tubas at Colts Center
11:15 - Lunch (pit eat first and walks to Washington Park)
12:15 - All marching members walk to Jackson Park
12:30 - Sectional warm ups in park
1:30 - Full ensemble in Jackson Park; Parade begins; Colts are last (2:15ish)
3:00ish - Summer Debut Concert in Washington Park, following memorial services
4:00ish - Full Corps Meeting
5:00ish - Depart for Loras College
7:00ish - Supper at Loras College

MEDICAL FORMS
If you have not turned in your medical form or physical papers you MUST turn them in when you arrive for the summer. A copy of your driver's license or birth certificate is sufficient for age proof. It is available online or we can send you another one. EVERYONE MUST HAVE a parent or guardian sign the medical form, regardless of age!

CAR WASH - CRITICAL! JUNE 11, 2016
This is a critical project for us and the only fundraiser for which we expect everyone's participation. We expect you will collect a minimum of $175. Our goal is to wash 750 cars or more. Please do your share and please make sure your sheets are legible!

Remember, the car wash is an expectation of your membership, stated and agreed to on your membership contract. More importantly, we are only successful if we all contribute, and it beats the heck out of selling pizzas, magazines and other products. Please do your share and more. When everyone pitches in, like last year, we can make over $40,000!

Remember, you don't have to collect the pledges or donations. We can bill and collect from the office by mail when you turn in your form with supportive donors.

MEMBER JACKETS
Payment must be made when the order is taken. Jacket prices are $110 (sizes XS-XXL), which includes the embroidery of your name and section.

SUMMER TOUR SHIRTS
Members and staff can purchase a 2016 Colts summer tour shirt -- ie: the "show shirt" -- for a discounted price of $12 (normally $18) THIS WEEKEND ONLY. All tour shirt sales after Memorial Day will be $18 for everyone. We will have ALL Colts merchandise available beginning Saturday evening at Roosevelt Middle School.

VOLUNTEERS
We CRITICALLY need your help for tour! There are still spots on the summer calendar that need to be filled! Parents, if you are able to help during the summer or have any questions, please contact Bill Symoniak by calling 651-470-3553 or email colts.cooks@comcast.net. A great experience for your member is up to all of us! We are CRITICALLY short on help May 31-June 1 and July 24-Aug 6. We need you and it's a great experience for you, too!

PARENTS
When you visit the Colts on tour, get to our housing site as early in the day as you can to give us a hand. When you come, please consider bringing fresh fruit or vegetables! We prep for 200 meals four times a day. Cookies are a nice treat also, but fresh fruits and vegetables are a necessity!

DCI CHAMPIONSHIPS FLIGHT INFORMATION
If you are flying home after finals, book your ticket out of Indianapolis International (IND) after 5:00 am Sunday, August 14. We will be running a bus from the stadium to the airport after Finals. A fun-filled overnight at the airport awaits you. About 2,000 other corps members will be with you. The bus returning to Dubuque will arrive between 8:00 and 10:00 am Sunday morning.

DCI CHAMPIONSHIPS & TICKETS
Finals week is August 11-13 in Indianapolis, IN. There are still good seats available! It's going to be quite the show! Please note that the Colts WILL perform August 11 and 12, but are not guaranteed a spot in finals on August 13. Plan accordingly.

We have some seats available for all three shows. Contact office@colts.org ASAP if you would like to buy tickets to championships through our office.

The Colt Cadets have their prelims and finals in Michigan City 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 pm. Go to www.dci.org to find the location nearest you. If you can't make it to Indianapolis, this is the next best thing!

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Colts Guard & Battery Early Move In Details

May 17, 2016

GUARD & BATTERY EARLY MOVE INS



Our housing for the pre-season Sunday night through Friday afternoon Guard and Battery rehearsal will be at the Iowa National Guard Armory Building, 195 Radford Road in Dubuque. (The turn off to Radford Road is approximately 300 yards west of Walmart off of Highway 20).

We will be moving into the armory beginning at 6:00 pm Sunday night. If you are arriving in Dubuque prior to that, please come to the Colts Center (1101 Central Avenue) and we will move to the armory as a group at 5:30 pm. If you are arriving later than 6:00 on Sunday evening or later in the week, please go directly to the Armory.

Please eat before you arrive, we will check in beginning at 6pm, begin rehearsal at 7:30 and snack around 10:30 pm. Please arrive packed for tour. Your Tour Survival Guide will answer most of your packing questions.

Our regular move in weekend will start with move in at 7:00 pm on Friday night through Memorial Day morning at Roosevelt Middle School. Following our Memorial Day performances, we will be moving into Loras College and officially starting tour.

If you are driving your car, we will have you take it to the Armory with us, but once you move in please assume you will not be using it.

The cost of $15 per day ($75 for the week) has been added to your bill earlier this season. Please arrive with all missing paperwork and final payment for the season. You can save time by paying in advance online.

As always, if you are flying in, check with Vicki to confirm your flight arrangements.

MAY AND CORNFIELD TOUR AIRLINE PLANS
If you are flying to May rehearsal and/or Cornfield Tour, we may be able to help you with a ride from airports other than Dubuque (Moline, IL; Cedar Rapids, IA; or Madison, WI). Please contact Vicki prior to making reservations at any airport other than Dubuque.

Local students with schools still in session are asked to attend evening and weekend portions of rehearsal so you don't fall behind.

If you have a parent that would like to assist during the week, please let us know! We could use some additional assistance with meals.

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Colt Cadets Weekend Rehearsal Details: May 20-22

May 16, 2016

May 20-22 Colt Cadets Overnight Details
9:00 pm Friday night through 2:30 pm Sunday
Jefferson Middle School, 1105 Althauser Avenue, Dubuque, IA
$20 at the door

Please arrive at Jefferson at 7:30 pm on Friday night to check-in, help unload, and meet with your section. Rehearsal will begin promptly at 9pm, but there is lots to do before we begin! We will sleep in the gym, and eat off the Cadets truck all weekend. The cost for rehearsal is $20 at the door (cash, check and visa/mastercard are accepted), and please be prepared to turn in any outstanding paperwork.

Parents, we need help throughout the weekend! We will accept any and all help! We'd like to ensure we have at least 8 folks for each meal (consider 2 hours of prep, 1 hour to serve a meal, and 1 hour clean up). We will also be sewing uniforms and fitting shakos all weekend, along with other projects.

Please bring:
- Spandex athletic shorts for uniform fitting (except color guard)
- Music (you will want a hard cover binder with many plastic sleeves for the summer)
- Dot Book (Index Card Notebooks with wide Rings and a long shoe string)
- Sunscreen, Hat, & Sunglasses (guard may wear bandanas)
- Instrument & Mouthpiece if possible
- Overnight supplies (sleeping bag, pillow, towel, shower supplies, 2 changes of clothes.)
- ONE-GALLON WATER JUG (red in color)

Please prepare to dress in layers! Weather could be hot or cold, wet or dry. Be prepared for anything! This means t-shirt, shorts, wind or sweat pants, sweatshirt, and light jacket. Tennis Shoes are a must! No jeans please. You may want a spare pair of tennis shoes and multiple pairs of socks if it's wet outside.

Please notify Matt of your schedule if they are unable to attend the whole weekend, and come and go as you are available. It is better for a student to attend some of camp than none of camp.

Our Tentative Schedule (Subject to Change & Pending Weather):

Friday
7:30 pm - Arrive at Jefferson, Check-in & Unload
9:00 pm - Full Corps Meeting
9:30 pm - Sectionals & Drill Preparation
9:30 pm - Parent Volunteers Meet at Trailer
11:30 pm - Snack, Shower (Staff Meeting in Band Room)
12:30 am Lights Out

Saturday
8 am - Breakfast (field liners eat first)
8:30 am - Field Liners to field
9 am - Cals
9:30 am - Battery & Brass Marching Fundamentals Outside
- Pit Sectionals Main Gym; Guard in 2nd Gym
11:00 am - Sectional Warm-ups, Review Opener, Tracking
12:30 pm - Lunch
1:15 pm - Visual Ensemble (Drill); Front Ensemble Sectionals
5:30 pm - Dinner
6:30 pm - Sectional Warm-Up
6:45 pm - Full Ensemble (Drill)
(Move inside for Sectionals at dark, noise ordinance in effect at 9pm)
10:30 pm - Snack, Shower
11:30 pm - Lights Out

Sunday
8 am - Breakfast
9 am - Cals
9:30 am - Sectionals
10:30 am - Music Ensemble
12:00 pm - Full Ensemble
1:00 pm - Performance
1:30 pm Pack/Load/Clean School
2:30 pm Dismissed

Emergency Contact:
Matt Mulvanny, Colt Cadets Director cell 443-614-3446
Vicki MacFarlane, Colts Director cell 563-564-9016
Jeff MacFarlane, Executive Director cell 563-599-8553

Please turn in any outstanding paperwork at this event.

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Colts April Rehearsal And Pre-Tour Information

April 26, 2016

COLTS APRIL 29-MAY 1 REHEARSAL

This months camp start is different, so please read carefully. Please arrive at Washington Middle School between 7:00 pm and 7:15 pm to unload the trailer. We cannot enter the school until 9:00 pm, so rehearsal will begin outdoors. Please do not try to get into the building any earlier than 9:00 pm. If you must arrive earlier on Friday, please join us at the Colts Center (1101 Central Avenue) until the time we have school grounds permission (7:00 pm).

We will start with a quick meeting for everyone at 7:50 pm. Sectionals will begin at 8:00 pm Friday outdoors, and we will move inside to continue sectionals at 9:00 pm. The camp will conclude by 3:00 pm Sunday. Please arrive at 7:30 pm on Friday to help unload. You can find directions to the school HERE.

While we will do some check in outdoors, the bulk of check in will happen at snack (11:00 pm in Washington Middle School). Paying in advance will speed up your check in process. First time attendees get a $25 discount by paying before the camp date. You can pay your camp fees through Wednesday 5:00 pm at the Colts Store.

For first time 2016 season camp attendees, the cost of this rehearsal is $175, ($125 for returning members). If this is your second or more rehearsal for this season, then the cost is $60. This fee is collected at each camp and covers your meals, overnight accommodations, instruction, and materials. This fee does not apply toward summer tuition.

NOTICE: The Member Handbook (aka Tour Survival Guide) and car wash information will be distributed soon. THE MEMBER HANDBOOK (Tour Survival Guide) will answer most of your questions about what to pack, what to bring, logistics and the like, especially for new members and new parents. We will email the information to all members and parents. Everyone needs to read the handbook in its entirety! The information will also be printable at www.colts.org. All members will be asked to submit a signed acknowledgment of the member handbook.

Members, please double check with your parents to ensure they are checking the website and getting all of the information we provide as well! Please bring your own spandex for uniform fittings at this event. Brass and battery members should feel free to bring your favorite pillow case for your shako bag! If bringing your own pillow case, please do not bring a RED or DARK PINK pillow case (they can stain the front of the shakos). We will be fitting shakos at this camp.

If you are auditioning, please make sure you are prepared with the details on the website.

The COLOR GUARD will be offsite much of the weekend for rehearsals. On Friday night, the guard will meet at Washington, but will bus to the National Guard Armory from 8:15 pm until 10:45 pm. On Saturday, the guard will depart for Hempstead High School, and use their gym from 9:00 am until 8:30 pm (meals 2 & 3 will be remote). For Sunday, we will utilize the Five Flags Center in downtown Dubuque from 8:45 am until 1:45 pm (sack lunch at Five Flags).

PLEASE RSVP TODAY

As always, submit an RSVP TODAY so we can plan not only this rehearsal, but also the rest of the spring. Now is the time to plan the rest of the year as it relates to the Colts schedule. We need to know the date that you will be moving in for the summer.

Parents are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in a classroom at the facility. We also have arrangements for discounted rates at the Hampton Inn here in Dubuque. The Hampton Inn is a great sponsor of the Colts! To take advantage of these rates, please call the Hampton Inn directly (563-690-2005) and tell them you are with the Colts.

HINTS FOR THIS REHEARSAL
1. Bring clothes for any weather (snow, rain or heat wave). You may be outside for much of the weekend, working on drill and music. Dont forget cold weather gear. You just never know. Right now there is an 80% chance of rain each day this weekend. Please plan accordingly!
2. Two pairs of comfortable tennis shoes (no high tops). One pair is for wet and mud that will be taken off before entering the school if it rains or is wet outdoors.
3. Athletic braces for any previous injuries or weaknesses. You will be on your feet a lot this weekend, so protect yourself against injury.
4. Other helpful items: extra socks, sunscreen, lip protection (DCT) with sunscreen, hat or bandana, sunglasses, a smile, backpack (field bag) and water bottle or jug, dot book on a shoelace.

Be A Colts Booster!
Help needed from parents, fans, and friends. We will be working frantically on uniform fitting this weekend and to sew more souvie flags. Of course, help in the kitchen is always necessary! We will also begin preparing the kitchen truck (cleaning, loading, painting, etc). Parents, please bring sewing machines, power tools, and work clothes.

You don't need to be a parent! What about Grandma? Or Grandpa's friend? You get the idea. The corps work can be fulfilling for the volunteers, too! Thank you for all of your support in advance!

HELP NEEDED
PARENTS, we need your help for tour! There are still spots on the summer calendar that need to be filled! If you are able to help during the summer or have any questions, please contact Bill Symoniak by calling 651-470-3553 or email colts.cooks@comcast.net. A great experience for your member is up to you! Volunteering is a great experience, too! We need help on the cook truck and by driving vans in the convoy.

We ask that members try to find someone to help tour for one week this summer. If not mom or dad, how about a friend or a family relative, band director or someone else you know. Tour volunteers should be beyond marching age (22 or older).

Parents, when you visit the Colts on tour, please arrive to our housing site as early in the day as you can to give us a hand. When you come, please consider bringing fresh fruit or vegetables!

PAPERWORK NEEDED - Proof Of Age and Medical Information
All members must have proof of age on file with us. This can be a copy of your birth certificate, passport, or a driver's license or permit.

Your Medical History Form and Physical are due ASAP! Contact us if you have any questions. EVERYONE MUST have a parent or next of kin signature on the medical form, regardless of age. You may not travel or perform until all records are complete. Please bring or mail this information ASAP. We also collect a copy of your insurance card and your immunization record.

Don't forget to handle your member fees before tour! Statements are emailed prior to each camp. Questions about your account can be addressed to matt@colts.org.

COLTS MEMBER JACKETS
Members are eligible to purchase a jacket if you have a signed contract. These jackets are only available to members and alumni. Payment must be made when the order is taken. The price for a jacket is $110, sizes XS-2XL. Name and Section embroidery is included in this price. The jackets run one size larger than what you would normally purchase. You may order a member jacket online at the Colts Store. If you ORDER NOW and we are out of your size, we will plan to have your jacket available before tour departs after Colts Summer Premiere.

EARLY MOVE IN FOR GUARD AND BATTERY
We will be staying at the Dubuque Armory again this season, and bussing to fields. Please plan on arriving around 6:00 pm on Sunday evening May 22, so we may begin rehearsal bright and early Monday morning, May 23.

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 Vicki to help during this time.

MAY / CORNFIELD TOUR / AUGUST AIRLINE PLANS
We can pick you up at the airport or bus station in Dubuque. If you need assistance getting here from another airport, please call us before booking flights. Rides from other local airports such as Moline (MLI) or Cedar Rapids (CID) can generally be accommodated.

To arrange rides from an airport or bus station, please notify us by email at colts@colts.org or call 563-582-4872. You can also help fellow members by offering a ride in your vehicle. You can let us know if you have extra room or if need a ride on your RSVP. (BTW...have you submitted an RSVP for camp? This is a must before EACH camp and move ins to confirm your attendance.)

For those who will be flying home after finals, please note: You should purchase a plane ticket home no earlier than 6:00 am on Sunday, August 14, 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!

CHAMPIONSHIPS / TICKETS
There are a few tickets remaining in the Colts block for the Drum Corp International World Championships held in Indianapolis, IN on August 11-13. To purchase or find out additional information, contact Kevin at office@colts.org.

Personal Uniform Parts
These parts have been added to your bill and were emailed with your statement. The parts will be handed out at the Memorial Day camp. Each brass and battery member receive a new plume, member shirt, mirror triangle, and marching shoes (brass/cymbals also purchase gloves). Prices for Brass/Cymbals/DM will be $100; Battery $80 (no gloves), and front ensemble will be $55 (no plumes). Guard members pay $125 for personal uniform parts that will be supplied, including shoes, earrings, flag bag, under uniform garments, warm ups, uniform parts bag and other necessary personal items.

CAR WASH, JUNE 11, 2016
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 11.

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 $40,000 in our one-day event!

Please plan, so that you can do your share. 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. It's extra important that we do well this year with what is happening in the world and with beef prices going crazy.

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 of a penny per car total will end up being around $8. 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 for you. We then collect these payments through the office by mail. We prefer to not bill for anything less than $5. Please keep in mind the total goal to raise $175 personally. Twenty donations of a dollar each is not satisfactory.

COLTS WISH LIST FOR IN-KIND DONATIONS
Your time on the road with us on tour. A day or a week! Contact us with questions!
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Cookies (300 per meal)
9 volt batteries
7 and 9 oz. plastic or paper cups
9"-10" sturdy paper or Styrofoam plates
Sturdy paper or Styrofoam bowls
Medium-weight plastic silverware
Gift cards for fuel and/or office supplies
12 oz. Styrofoam coffee cups
Coffee (caffeinated, please!)
Paper towels
Cereal (Your kid's favorite works! We use 1,000 boxes on tour!)
An RV for tour
Acres of land around Dubuque (for a rehearsal field)
Did we mention your time on tour?

REMAINING REHEARSALS
May 22 6:00 pm - Guard & Battery Move In for Pre-Season Rehearsal
May 27 7:00 pm - Move In for Full Corps at Roosevelt Middle School
May 30 Noon - Parade and Summer Debut Concert in Dubuque, Iowa

OFFICE CONTACTS
Vicki MacFarlane, Director
Jeff MacFarlane, Executive Director
Matt Mulvanny, Colt Cadets Director

COLTS OFFICE
P.O. Box 515
1101 Central Avenue
Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone: 563-582-4872
Fax: 563-582-7317

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Colt Cadets April 23-24 Overnight Rehearsal Details

April 18, 2016

April 23-24 Colt Cadets Overnight Details

1:00 pm Saturday through 2:00 pm Sunday
JEFFERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL
1105 Althauser St,
Dubuque, IA 52001

Cost: $20 at the door. Please arrive at Jefferson Middle School by 12:30 pm to check in and help unload. We will start promptly at 1:00 pm.

This event is set up as a zero-pressure, no strings attached way for students to check out the drum corps activity. No advance registration is necessary for this rehearsal, and all equipment will be provided. Whether you have previously attended a Colt Cadets rehearsal this year or not, ALL students are welcome! First time attendees, please help us save time at check in! Fill out an ONLINE APPLICATION and print your PARENT CONSENT FORM ahead of time. All students under the age of 18 must turn in a signed parent consent form to participate.

Dinner and Snack before bed will be provided on Saturday. Breakfast and a sack lunch will be provided on Sunday. We will eat off of the Cadets Truck just like we do on tour! We will also sleep in the gym, just like we do on tour!

We will have several projects for volunteers during the weekend, including uniform organization, food preparation & serving, and trailer maintenance. The more the merrier! Parents who volunteer are welcome to stay with us in the school and eat meals with us as well. We will take any and all help!

What to bring:
Instrument
Hard Cover 3 ring binder with plastic sleeves for your music
Water Jug (Red 1 gallon jugs are what we use for summer)
Sleeping Bag/Air Mattress &/or Sleeping Pad
Pillow
Shower Supplies & Toiletries (some choose to shower in a swim suit)
Towel
Change of Clothes for Sunday (we recommend layered athletic clothing)
Tennis Shoes
Athletic Clothes

Depending on the weather, we plan to spend some time outside! Be prepared for anything! This means tshirt, shorts, wind or sweat pants, sweatshirt, and light jacket. Tennis Shoes are a must! Bring a hat for the sun. No jeans please.

Sample Schedule:

Saturday
12:30 pm - Arrive / Check-In / Unload
1:00 pm - Welcome Meeting
1:15 pm - Stretch/Cals
1:45 pm - Rehearsal
6:00 pm - Dinner
7:00 pm - Rehearsal
11:00 pm - Snack
Midnight - Lights Out

Sunday
8:00 am - Wake Up & Breakfast
9:00 am - Stretch/Cals
9:30 am - Rehearsal
12:30 pm - Break to get sack lunch & set up for performance
1:00 pm - Performance
1:30 pm - Pack & Load, Clean the School
2:00 pm - Dismissed

For parents interested in volunteering during the weekend, a meeting will take place shortly after 1:15pm on Saturday to get things started! If you are a new parent, Colt Cadet staff will be available throughout the weekend to explain all about what we do and how we do it! Please come introduce yourself, we are excited that you and your student are spending the weekend with us, and happy to answer any questions you might have.

It is better to attend some of the weekend than none of the weekend - please come and go as your schedule allows.

Emergency Contacts:
Matt Mulvanny, cell 443-614-3446
Vicki MacFarlane, cell 563-564-9016

Learn More About The Colt Cadets:

Summer Membership in the Colt Cadets is open to any young person in middle school or high school, with or without prior performance experience. There is no audition to be a member, but students are expected to be strong team players with a desire to be great!

Our preseason rehearsals are approached as clinics, so that any young person can explore drum corps membership without the full commitment. This allows students to experience a variety of sections or instruments to find what suits them best.

During the summer the Colt Cadets will perform for more than 75,000 people in seven states. In 2016, Colt Cadets will again finish the season at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (home of the NFL Colts), at the Drum Corps International World Championships. Last season marked the sixth consecutive year the Colt Cadets placed as DCI Open Class Finalists. For the full summer schedule, click HERE

We can make a variety of summer schedules work! Many members are able to participate in other summer activities while performing with the Colt Cadets. If you have questions about your specific summer plans, do not hesitate to call or email, and feel free to bring your summer schedule to an open rehearsal. Our staff will provide more insight on how to balance your summer plans.

All instruments, uniforms, and instruction are provided, and individuals will be provided with opportunities to help earn some, or all, of their summer membership fees. But remember, all preseason rehearsals are FREE to attend.

Anyone unavailable for this event can still join us at one of our upcoming rehearsals in Dubuque. See a full list of our preseason rehearsals HERE

Students who live exceptionally far away from Dubuque should contact either Matt matt@colts.org or the Colts office (563-582-4872) to discuss how they can participate.

For more information: Visit the COLT CADETS HOMEPAGE

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Now Accepting Nominations For Colts Hall Of Fame

April 18, 2016

The Colts are now accepting nominations for their Hall of Fame class of 2016! Any member of the public may nominate an individual for induction into the Colts Hall of Fame by submitting a letter describing the reasons their nominee should be considered, along with a brief description of the role and history of contributions that person has made to the Colts organization. CLICK HERE for a description of the nomination process.

The Hall of Fame was established in 1993 during the 30th anniversary celebration of the Colts. The award is the highest level of recognition given by the organization, and many of our founding fathers were the first to be enshrined. The Hall of Fame went dormant following our 40th anniversary but was reintroduced in 2015 to honor those who have provided distinguished service.

In the days ahead, we will expand the recognition of the individuals currently included in the Hall of Fame by adding a brief biography and photograph for each. If you have photographs, anecdotes, or other information to add to Hall of Fame member biographies, please send them to: hof@colts.org. You can view a full listing of all Colts Hall of Fame members HERE.

Act now as 2016 nominations are due by May 15th!

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Colt Cadets Rehearsal This Sunday, April 10th

April 5, 2016

The Colt Cadets 2016 preseason continues with the final Open House Rehearsal and Clinic of 2016 on Sunday, April 10th from 1:00-5:00 pm at Washington Middle School (51 N Grandview Ave) in Dubuque. Please arrive at 12:30 to sign in, meet new faces, and help set up equipment.

There will be an informational meeting at 1:15 pm, in which all parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Help us save time at check in! Fill out an ONLINE APPLICATION and print your PARENT CONSENT FORM ahead of time. All students under the age of 18 must turn in a signed parent consent form to participate.

For a full list of preseason rehearsals, or to download the 2016 summer schedule and membership brochure, click HERE. Stay tuned, more details will be posted as each rehearsal approaches. The kick-off event is FREE to attend, and there is absolutely no obligation to join. Come try us out, bring a friend, and see if the Colt Cadets is the place for you!

All 2016 preseason rehearsals will take place at a middle or high school in Dubuque, with the exception of our overnight March 12-13, which will be held at Maquoketa High School in Maquoketa, Iowa. Those who might need transportation from Dubuque to Maquoketa should contact matt@colts.org to set up travel arrangements.

Membership in the Colt Cadets is open to any young person in middle school or high school, with or without prior performance experience. There is no formal audition to be a member, but students are expected to be strong team players with a desire to be great!

These rehearsals are approached as clinics, so any young person can explore drum corps membership without the full commitment. This allows students to experience a variety of sections or instruments to find what suits them best.

During the summer the Colt Cadets will travel about 45 days between mid-June and mid-August, and will perform for more than 75,000 people across seven states. In 2016, Colt Cadets will again finish the season at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (home of the NFL Colts), at the Drum Corps International World Championships. Last season the Colt Cadets' sixth consecutive year as DCI Open Class Finalists.

All instruments, uniforms, and instruction are provided, and individuals will be provided with opportunities to help earn some, or all, of their summer membership fees.

Anyone unavailable for this event may attend our next scheduled rehearsal, the April Overnight, Saturday April 23 through Sunday April 24. Students who live exceptionally far away from Dubuque should contact either Matt or the Colts office (563-582-4872) to discuss how they can participate.

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Colt Cadets Rehearsals Continue This Sunday, April 3rd

March 28, 2016

The Colt Cadets 2016 pre-season continues with an Open House Rehearsal and Clinic on Sunday, April 3rd from 1:00-5:00 pm at Washington Middle School (51 N Grandview Ave) in Dubuque. Please arrive at 12:30 to sign in, meet new faces, and help set up equipment.

There will be an informational meeting at 1:15 pm, in which all parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Help us save time at check in! Fill out an ONLINE APPLICATION and print your PARENT CONSENT FORM ahead of time. All students under the age of 18 must turn in a signed parent consent form to participate.

For a full list of preseason rehearsals, or to download the 2016 summer schedule and membership brochure, click HERE. Stay tuned, more details will be posted as each rehearsal approaches. The kick-off event is FREE to attend, and there is absolutely no obligation to join. Come try us out, bring a friend, and see if the Colt Cadets is the place for you!

All 2016 preseason rehearsals will take place at a middle or high school in Dubuque, with the exception of our overnight March 12-13, which will be held at Maquoketa High School in Maquoketa, Iowa. Those who might need transportation from Dubuque to Maquoketa should contact matt@colts.org to set up travel arrangements.

Membership in the Colt Cadets is open to any young person in middle school or high school, with or without prior performance experience. There is no formal audition to be a member, but students are expected to be strong team players with a desire to be great!

These rehearsals are approached as clinics, so any young person can explore drum corps membership without the full commitment. This allows students to experience a variety of sections or instruments to find what suits them best.

During the summer the Colt Cadets will travel about 45 days between mid-June and mid-August, and will perform for more than 75,000 people across seven states. In 2016, Colt Cadets will again finish the season at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (home of the NFL Colts), at the Drum Corps International World Championships. Last season the Colt Cadets' sixth consecutive year as DCI Open Class Finalists.

All instruments, uniforms, and instruction are provided, and individuals will be provided with opportunities to help earn some, or all, of their summer membership fees.

Anyone unavailable for this event may attend our next scheduled rehearsal on April 10th, which will also be held from 1:00-5:00 pm at Washington Middle School. Students who live exceptionally far away from Dubuque should contact either Matt or the Colts office (563-582-4872) to discuss how they can participate.

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Colts March 18-20 Brass Rehearsal Details

March 11, 2016

The fifth rehearsal camp for the 2016 Colts will be held March 18-20, at Jefferson Middle School in Dubuque, Iowa. For first time 2016 season camp attendees, the cost of this rehearsal is $175, ($125 for returning members). If this is your second or later rehearsal weekend, the cost is $60. This fee is collected at each camp and covers your meals, overnight accommodations, instruction, and materials. This fee does not apply to summer fees. Paying in advance will speed up your check in process. You can pay your camp fees now through the Colts Store.

Please arrive at 7:00 pm to check in and help unload equipment. Registration will be held in the hallway. Rehearsal will begin at 8:00 pm Friday, and will conclude at 3:30 pm on Sunday. There will be a 2:15 pm performance on Sunday afternoon to recap what weve covered over the course of the weekend.

You can find directions to the school HERE.

Parents are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in a classroom at the facility. We also have arrangements for discounted rates at the Hampton Inn in Dubuque. The Hampton Inn is a great sponsor of the Colts! To take advantage of these rates, please call the Hampton Inn directly (563-690-2005) and tell them you are with the Colts.

Always check www.colts.org within a few hours of leaving for Dubuque for any last-minute updates! Please RSVP now with your plans!

MEMBER APPLICATION AND RSVP
Please RSVP regardless of your plans for this camp, so we can keep you up to date. Please also submit a Member Application on the Colts website if you have not already done so this season. Submitting your application in advance will save you a great deal of time when you check in.

Paying in advance will also speed up your check in process. First time attendees get a $25 discount by paying a week before the camp date. You can pay your camp fees now through the Colts Store until Tuesday night prior to camp.

WHAT TO BRING
Students stay overnight in the gym on the floor, as you will all summer. Bring changes of clothes, shower supplies, towel, sleeping bag and pillow, comfortable clothes for rehearsal, and tennis shoes (no high tops, please). Many students will bring an inflatable mattress with a battery-powered air pump. Brass and battery members should wear a white shirt with black (or dark color) shorts or sweatpants that can be rolled up for visual rehearsal.

Brass: Please bring your own mouthpiece, marching instrument, music stand, and gloves. If you do not have access to an instrument and will need one provided, please contact colts@colts.org. Be prepared to play the exercises and excerpts provided in the brass packet that best fits your area of interest: Trumpet, Mellophone, Baritone/Euphonium, or Tuba. Students are strongly encouraged to prepare a personal selection on any instrument of choice. These selections may include any etude or solo, from any source, but should demonstrate your best musical and technical abilities. You are welcome to play your primary instrument for your personal selection (French horn, trombone, clarinet, etc). Please bring a black t-shirt and jeans for the Sunday afternoon performance.

Color Guard: Bring lightweight, workout clothing for rehearsals (no jeans), black pants or shorts and a black shirt for Sunday's performance, your own rifle and/or sabre (if you can), and knee pads (if you like). There is no need to purchase any special equipment for rehearsals.

Percussion: Please bring your own sticks or mallets and your practice pad. Prospective members should be familiar with the exercise packet that best fits your area of interest: Battery, Cymbals, or Front Ensemble. Snare, tenor, and front ensemble students should prepare a short solo (1-2 minutes) for your individual audition in addition to the exercises found in the technique packet. Cymbal students are asked to perform a short phrase of your own choice musically and visually, in addition to the musical excerpt included in the cymbal packet. Individual solos and selections should best demonstrate your musical and technical abilities. Please bring a black t-shirt and jeans for the Sunday afternoon performance.

TRAVEL PLANS
We can pick you up and drop you off at the airport or bus station in Dubuque at any time over the weekend. If you need assistance getting here from another airport, please call us BEFORE booking any flights. Rides from other local airports such as Moline (MLI) or Cedar Rapids (CID) can generally be accommodated.

If you need help finding a ride to camp, or to arrange rides from an airport or bus station, please notify us ASAP by email at colts@colts.org or call 563-582-4872. You can also help fellow members by offering a ride in your vehicle. You can let us know if you have extra room or if need a ride on your RSVP.

MEMBERSHIP PROCESS & CONTRACTS
There are positions available in every section of the corps. Individuals attending our first events are given priority over those who do not attend these rehearsals. Following the weekend, you will receive 1) an offer of membership, 2) a recall for a second and final audition, or 3) a suggestion that you come back again next year. Most will receive a recall to a second rehearsal, so plan accordingly so we can be sure of our commitment to each other.

If this is your second rehearsal, we are specifically looking for the growth you have made in the past month. Your audition will be very similar to the prior month, and please be prepared in the same manner as which was asked for your first audition. A decision will be made regarding your membership after this camp. If you cannot attend this camp, please make sure you are communicating with the office and your caption head about when you will be here.

Individuals offered a contract should begin making payments on your fees immediately when you submit your contract. If you cannot attend this rehearsal, you must be in touch in advance to preserve your position in the corps. Initial contract offerings are valid until noon on Saturday of this rehearsal. We must have a signed contract with initial payment by that time, or the spot will be released to someone else.

SCHEDULE CONFLICTS
Camp attendance is critical to our and your success. If you cannot attend this rehearsal but are planning to attend an upcoming audition, you must be in touch in advance with the office through the RSVP form. It is important to communicate with your caption head as well. Too much communication is better than not enough.

If you have schedule conflicts with our preseason rehearsals, talk with us. We can usually work it out with you. Attending part of the weekend is better than not attending at all. Do not lose your opportunity to perform with the Colts over a lack of communication.

EMAIL AND WEBSITE
Make sure you sign 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.

Again, please form a habit of checking the website immediately prior to departing on your travel to Dubuque. Any changes or updates relative to camp will be posted here first.

PARENTS
An informational meeting for parents will be held Friday evening at 9:45 pm in a room at the facility. Bring all of your questions! We know you have plenty of them.

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the weekend. Parental support is what makes the Colts successful, and you help provide our students the incredible Colts experience we are known for. Also, this is the best way for you to find out about our program, meet 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 occasionally assist with some repair work. We can always find something to do for anyone willing to lend a hand.

Parents are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in a classroom at the school, or you can find a discounted rate at the Hampton Inn here in Dubuque. Please ask for the Colts Drum Corps rate.

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

All parents and volunteers are automatically Colts Boosters! Plan on gathering Saturday morning at the end of breakfast (9 am) to divide for Saturday projects. If you arrive at a random time, the kitchen and check in tables are good places ask about where you can help.

Drum Corps Medical Project
7-9 pm Friday night we will have medical pre-screenings for anyone with a contract that is: 18 or older OR under the age of 18 with a parent present.

REMAINING REHEARSALS
February 19-21, 2016 Jefferson Middle School, Dubuque
March 18-20, 2016 Jefferson Middle School, Dubuque
April 29-May 1, 2016 Washington Middle School, Dubuque
May 22, 2016: Battery & Guard Early Move In Camp, Dubuque Armory
May 27, 2016: Full Corps Move In, Roosevelt Middle School, Dubuque
May 30, 2016: Parade and Summer Debut Concert in Dubuque, Iowa
Please mark these in your calendar now! These dates are firm.

SUMMER TOUR HELP!
We are scheduling summer volunteers. Check your schedules and let us know. Remember, we can be very creative in getting you in and out of tour. Cooks email colts.cooks@comcast.net Tour Drivers email colts@colts.org

Most parents purchase their own airline tickets, if necessary, to get in and out of tour, but if you volunteer two weeks or more, we can furnish your air travel upon request. Even one day helps! Come as early as you can to give us a hand (and bring fresh fruits or vegetables!).

COLTS WISH LIST FOR IN-KIND DONATIONS
8-12 Board room chairs
7 and 9 oz plastic or paper cups
9 - 10" Sturdy Paper or Styrofoam plates
Sturdy Paper or Styrofoam bowls
Medium weight plastic silverware
Gift certificates for fuel and office supply
12 oz coffee cups
An RV
Coffee - definitely caffeinated!
Paper towels
Fresh Fruits or Vegetables
A week on tour with us!

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2016 Summer Event Tickets On Sale NOW!

March 8, 2016

Tickets for four Drum Corps International shows sponsored by the Colts are on sale now!

Kicking off our stretch of shows, Brass Impact shifts to a later time slot in the DCI tour calendar; Tuesday, July 12th. This year the show moves to Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park, Kansas. We welcome the return of the 2015 DCI World Champion Blue Devils for our seventh summer with a show in the Kansas City area. For additional information on Brass Impact, and the performing corps CLICK HERE.

Just two days later, on Thursday, July 14th, the tour travels north to Senior High School for Dubuque's summer tradition, Music On The March. This year, we welcome the Santa Clara Vanguard for their first EVER appearance at Music On The March. CLICK HERE for additional details regarding our "home" show!

The Colts return to Waukee High School, just west of Des Moines, for Celebration In Brass. The show on Sunday, July 17th is sure to draw another capacity crowd. We are proud to once again host Celebration In Brass in partnership with the Waukee Band Boosters.CLICK HERE for more information.

Our fourth sponsored show of the summer takes place just over a week later in Cedar Rapids at Kingston Stadium. Tournament Of Drums is a DCI Open Class show featuring three of the top fours corps at the 2015 Open Class Championship, plus our very own Colt Cadets. CLICK HERE for details.

We also have a limited number of tickets available for the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis on August 11th-13th. Make your reservations by emailing Jake in the Colts office.

Gather your group and come out for four wonderful evenings of Drum Corps International competition! And cheer on the Colts at the DCI World Championships in August!

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Colt Cadets March 12-13 Overnight Rehearsal Details

March 7, 2016

March 12-13 Colt Cadets Overnight Details
1:00 pm Saturday through 2:00 pm Sunday
MAQUOKETA HIGH SCHOOL
600 W Washington St.
Maquoketa, IA

Cost: $20 at the door (to help offset the cost of meals served, thank you!) Please arrive at Maquoketa High School at 12:30 pm to check in and help unload. We will start promptly at 1:00 pm. We can provide rides between Dubuque and Maquoketa to those who need help with transportation. Please email matt@colts.org ASAP if are in need of a ride.

This event is set up as a zero-pressure, no strings attached way for students to check out the drum corps activity. No advance registration is necessary for this rehearsal, and all equipment will be provided. Whether you have previously attended a Colt Cadets rehearsal this year or not, ALL students are welcome! First time attendees, please help us save time at check in! Fill out an ONLINE APPLICATION and print your PARENT CONSENT FORM ahead of time. All students under the age of 18 must turn in a signed parent consent form to participate.

Dinner and Snack before bed will be provided on Saturday. Breakfast and a sack lunch will be provided on Sunday. We will eat off of the Cadets Truck just like we do on tour! We will also sleep in the gym, just like we do on tour!

We will have several projects for volunteers during the weekend, including uniform organization, food preparation & serving, and trailer maintenance. The more the merrier! Parents who volunteer are welcome to stay with us in the school and eat meals with us as well. We will take any and all help!

What to bring:
Instrument
Hard Cover 3 ring binder with plastic sleeves for your music
Water Jug (Red 1 gallon jugs are what we use for summer)
Sleeping Bag/Air Mattress &/or Sleeping Pad
Pillow
Shower Supplies & Toiletries (some choose to shower in a swim suit)
Towel
Change of Clothes for Sunday (we recommend layered athletic clothing)
Tennis Shoes
Athletic Clothes

Depending on the weather, we plan to spend some time outside! Be prepared for anything! This means tshirt, shorts, wind or sweat pants, sweatshirt, and light jacket. Tennis Shoes are a must! Bring a hat for the sun. No jeans please.

Sample Schedule:

Saturday
12:30 pm - Arrive / Check-In / Unload
1:00 pm - Welcome Meeting
1:15 pm - Stretch/Cals
1:45 pm - Rehearsal
6:00 pm - Dinner
7:00 pm - Rehearsal
11:00 pm - Snack
Midnight - Lights Out

Sunday
8:00 am - Wake Up & Breakfast
9:00 am - Stretch/Cals
9:30 am - Rehearsal
12:30 pm - Break to get sack lunch & set up for performance
1:00 pm - Performance
1:30 pm - Pack & Load, Clean the School
2:00 pm - Dismissed

For parents interested in volunteering during the weekend, a meeting will take place shortly after 1:15pm on Saturday to get things started! If you are a new parent, Colt Cadet staff will be available throughout the weekend to explain all about what we do and how we do it! Please come introduce yourself, we are excited that you and your student are spending the weekend with us, and happy to answer any questions you might have.

It is better to attend some of the weekend than none of the weekend - please come and go as your schedule allows.

Emergency Contacts:
Matt Mulvanny, cell 443-614-3446
Vicki MacFarlane, cell 563-564-9016

Learn More About The Colt Cadets:

Summer Membership in the Colt Cadets is open to any young person in middle school or high school, with or without prior performance experience. There is no audition to be a member, but students are expected to be strong team players with a desire to be great!

Our preseason rehearsals are approached as clinics, so that any young person can explore drum corps membership without the full commitment. This allows students to experience a variety of sections or instruments to find what suits them best.

During the summer the Colt Cadets will perform for more than 75,000 people in seven states. In 2016, Colt Cadets will again finish the season at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (home of the NFL Colts), at the Drum Corps International World Championships. Last season marked the sixth consecutive year the Colt Cadets placed as DCI Open Class Finalists. For the full summer schedule, click HERE

We can make a variety of summer schedules work! Many members are able to participate in other summer activities while performing with the Colt Cadets. If you have questions about your specific summer plans, do not hesitate to call or email, and feel free to bring your summer schedule to an open rehearsal. Our staff will provide more insight on how to balance your summer plans.

All instruments, uniforms, and instruction are provided, and individuals will be provided with opportunities to help earn some, or all, of their summer membership fees. But remember, all preseason rehearsals are FREE to attend.

Anyone unavailable for this event can still join us at one of our upcoming rehearsals in Dubuque. See a full list of our preseason rehearsals HERE

Students who live exceptionally far away from Dubuque should contact either Matt matt@colts.org or the Colts office (563-582-4872) to discuss how they can participate.

For more information: Visit the COLT CADETS HOMEPAGE

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Colt Cadets Kick-Off Rehearsals Continue This Sunday, March 6th At Washington Middle School

March 1, 2016

The Colt Cadets kick off their 2016 season with an Open House Rehearsal and Clinic on Sunday, March 6th from 1:00-5:00 pm at Washington Middle School (51 N Grandview Ave) in Dubuque. Please arrive at 12:30 to sign in, meet new faces, and help set up equipment. There will be an informational meeting at 1:15 pm, in which all parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Help us save time at check in! Fill out an ONLINE APPLICATION and print your PARENT CONSENT FORM ahead of time. All students under the age of 18 must turn in a signed parent consent form to participate.

For a full list of preseason rehearsals, or to download the 2016 summer schedule and membership brochure, click HERE. Stay tuned, more details will be posted as each rehearsal approaches. The kick-off event is FREE to attend, and there is absolutely no obligation to join. Come try us out, bring a friend, and see if the Colt Cadets is the place for you!

All 2016 preseason rehearsals will take place at a middle or high school in Dubuque, with the exception of our overnight March 12-13, which will be held at Maquoketa High School in Maquoketa, Iowa. Those who might need transportation from Dubuque to Maquoketa should contact matt@colts.org to set up travel arrangements.

Membership in the Colt Cadets is open to any young person in middle school or high school, with or without prior performance experience. There is no formal audition to be a member, but students are expected to be strong team players with a desire to be great!

These rehearsals are approached as clinics, so any young person can explore drum corps membership without the full commitment. This allows students to experience a variety of sections or instruments to find what suits them best.

During the summer the Colt Cadets will travel about 45 days between mid-June and mid-August, and will perform for more than 75,000 people across seven states. In 2016, Colt Cadets will again finish the season at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (home of the NFL Colts), at the Drum Corps International World Championships. Last season the Colt Cadets' sixth consecutive year as DCI Open Class Finalists.

All instruments, uniforms, and instruction are provided, and individuals will be provided with opportunities to help earn some, or all, of their summer membership fees.

Anyone unavailable for the kickoff event may attend our next scheduled rehearsal, the March Overnight, 1:00 pm on March 12 - 2:00 pm on March 13, at Maquoketa High School in Maquoketa, Iowa. There is a $20 camp fee at the door to help offset the cost of meals served during this event.

Students who live exceptionally far away from Dubuque should contact either Matt or the Colts office (563-582-4872) to discuss how they can participate.

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Colt Cadets Kick-Off Rehearsals Continue This Sunday At Washington Middle School

February 24, 2016

The Colt Cadets kick off their 2016 season with an Open House Rehearsal and Clinic on Sunday, February 28th from 1:00-5:00 pm at Washington Middle School (51 N Grandview Ave) in Dubuque. Please arrive at 12:30 to sign in, meet new faces, and help set up equipment. There will be an informational meeting at 1:15 pm, in which all parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Help us save time at check in! Fill out an ONLINE APPLICATION and print your PARENT CONSENT FORM ahead of time. All students under the age of 18 must turn in a signed parent consent form to participate.

For a full list of preseason rehearsals, or to download the 2016 summer schedule and membership brochure, click HERE. Stay tuned, more details will be posted as each rehearsal approaches. The kick-off event is FREE to attend, and there is absolutely no obligation to join. Come try us out, bring a friend, and see if the Colt Cadets is the place for you!

All 2016 preseason rehearsals will take place at a middle or high school in Dubuque, with the exception of our overnight March 12-13, which will be held at Maquoketa High School in Maquoketa, Iowa. Those who might need transportation from Dubuque to Maquoketa should contact matt@colts.org to set up travel arrangements.

Membership in the Colt Cadets is open to any young person in middle school or high school, with or without prior performance experience. There is no formal audition to be a member, but students are expected to be strong team players with a desire to be great!

These rehearsals are approached as clinics, so any young person can explore drum corps membership without the full commitment. This allows students to experience a variety of sections or instruments to find what suits them best.

During the summer the Colt Cadets will travel about 45 days between mid-June and mid-August, and will perform for more than 75,000 people across seven states. In 2016, Colt Cadets will again finish the season at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (home of the NFL Colts), at the Drum Corps International World Championships. Last season the Colt Cadets' sixth consecutive year as DCI Open Class Finalists.

All instruments, uniforms, and instruction are provided, and individuals will be provided with opportunities to help earn some, or all, of their summer membership fees.

Anyone unavailable for the kickoff event may attend our next scheduled rehearsal on March 6th, which will also be held from 1:00-5:00 pm at Washington Middle School. Students who live exceptionally far away from Dubuque should contact either Matt or the Colts office (563-582-4872) to discuss how they can participate.

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DCI World Championships Tickets And Hotel

February 16, 2016

The Colts are pleased to announce that we will once again be offering some of the best Drum Corps International World Championships tickets to our families, alumni, fans and friends. The DCI World Championships will once again be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 11-13, 2016, where the Colts will wrap up their 54th season.

The members of the Colts and Colt Cadets thank you for your support for attending their biggest shows of the year! Tickets are limited and orders will be filled on a first come, first served basis. To reserve yours today please e-mail Jake in the Colts office..

Have your tickets? Now get your room!

The Colts have a block of rooms reserved at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Indianapolis. Please call the 2016 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 DCICOLTS2016 for a discounted rate. You may also go online to https://resweb.passkey.com/go/COLTSDCI2016 to book your room(s). Reservations must be made by June 28, 2016. Any unsold rooms will be released to the public at that time.

Come to Indy and join the fun and excitement!

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Colt Cadets Rehearsal Ready To Go

February 14, 2016

The Colt Cadets will kick off their 2016 season with an Open House Rehearsal and Clinic on Sunday, February 14th from 1:00-5:00 pm at Washington Middle School (51 N Grandview Ave) in Dubuque. Please arrive at 12:30 PM to sign in, meet new faces, and help set up equipment.

Depending on your direction of travel, you should make your own determination whether it is safe to travel to Dubuque. No student will ever have their status in the corps jeopardized if they are unable to attend due to unsafe travel conditions. The snow is expected to dissipate just past noon so travel around the City should be reasonable.

Travel safe! Use good judgement!

If you are unable to attend, please make plans to come to the Colt Cadets next rehearsal and clinic on Sunday, February 28th at Washington Middle School.

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An Interview With Howard Weinstein

February 12, 2016

Dubuque Colts Media recently had an opportunity to sit down with new Colts Program Coordinator Howard Weinstein to get some unique perspectives from the long-time DCI vet. Howard was corps director for the Boston Crusaders from 1999-2007 where he also coordinated the field show. In 2009, he joined the Blue Stars as their corps director and continued through the 2011 season. Enjoy this glimpse into what's ahead for the Colts.

DCM: So you had a few years on the outside of DCI looking in. Why was it the right time to get back involved?

HW: To be honest, I am not getting any younger. (smiling) I have been involved in the drum corps activity since 1983, first as a performer, then as an instructor, and then as a program coordinator and caption head, so I have been blessed to have been involved in the activity in some way, shape or form for a good part of my life. When I left the Blue Stars a few years ago, it was because I had to take some time to set my life up for my future. This was to set it up personally, professionally, and stabilize myself so that I could eventually retire. Now, I am at a place in my life where I felt I was able to get back involved, not at the level I was before, but in a way that I could again have an impact on an organization, and the activity, and this seemed to be the perfect time.

DCM: We assume there was more than one corps interested in having Howard Weinstein on their staff. How did you choose to work in Dubuque, Iowa?

HW: Since I have left the activity, I would make it a point to go to the Atlanta DCI Regional and watch each and every corps. Watching the Colts...the organization seemed like a drum corps that would align with my skills, talent and influence. My niche in the activity has been working with performance ensembles and helping them to progress forward both on and off the field, and I really felt that my involvement with the Colts had the potential to be a win-win, giving me a fantastic opportunity to work with the group to continue their legacy in the drum corps activity, and the Colts organization would be able to benefit from my years of leadership, design and accomplishment.

DCM: You've been with the group for a few months now. Have you found anything to be unique to the Colts organization?

HW: Well, as you know, the drum corps activity is a lot of the same from organization to organization. That is evident to me, with the Colts being my third legacy organization I have had the honor to work with. I think the biggest difference I have found with the Colts has been the fact that they have the Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps within their organization, as well. I find it to be a tremendous positive for several reasons. For example, it's very special when you see members that are coming up into the Colts that have come through the younger group. It also gives us a place to recommend auditionees that are not quite ready for the World Class experience, where they can train, grow and become stronger performers.

DCM: The last corps you worked for was in La Crosse, Wisconsin  the smallest market to sponsor a DCI World Class drum corps. Are there any special challenges  or possibly advantages  to working in the second smallest market...Dubuque?

HW: Absolutely, with both corps. The challenge is the limitation of travel in and out of a major metropolitan marketplace. My last organization shifted our winter program to the Indianapolis marketplace for this very reason. We still had everything else in La Crosse, but the move made it easier for members and staff to travel in and out. It also made it financially easier on the organization for wide range of reasons. The advantage of both groups being in a smaller market is the area being aware and supportive of the drum corps being in their community. This is a benefit for sponsorships and fundraisers throughout the year for the corps, as well as individual members.

DCM: Is there anything that makes programming the Colts show different from the other two groups you worked with? Or is a drum corps show pretty much the same regardless of the corps uniform, tradition or location?

HW: I am actually finding programming for the Colts extremely limitless. This is based on the history of the corps, and shows they have done in the past. Often, corps will be stuck in a realm of classical, or jazz, etc. I have not found this with the Colts. The uniform, history, and area give our design team an open landscape, where we can go in any direction both musically and visually.

DCM: You also program shows for a variety of high school bands, and currently work with the 2014 Bands of America Grand National Champion Tarpon Springs. Aside from no woodwinds, what is the biggest difference between programming for DCI vs. BOA?

HW: I think the biggest difference between designing for DCI verses BOA would be that the make-up of the audiences are different. Think about it, the BOA audiences, that are live in the stands, are about 75% parents of the students on the field, and other bands competing. This is somewhat of a captive audience, and allows the bands to take a great deal of risks, and move in a lot of directions, and for the most part, the audience is going to be pretty supportive. Don't get me wrong, as the General Effect sheets for both activities are written very similar, so we take a lot of the same approaches when it comes to creating effects and synchronizing the music to visual elements of the show. I think the big difference with DCI is maybe with the exception of finals week, the majority of the audience are strictly drum corps fans, and people that have marched in the past. This is especially true at Tour Event Partner shows. At the DCI Regional events, there are a lot of high school bands in attendance, but I think you see the difference of the average makeup of the viewers. For this reason, I feel there is a huge responsibility that the show truly connects with audiences from multiple generations. This has also been encouraged from the adjudication community, as the entertainment value is strongly considered when the group is judged.

DCM: Do you have a long-term vision for the Colts? Or are you just working to get the 2016 program put together, and not get wrapped up in the future?

HW: Currently, with it being my first year with the organization, my main focus has been on the 2016 field show, coordinating and leading the staff  making sure that we are all working in a congruent fashion with aligned goals and aspirations, and implementing a student leadership program. Beyond that, I am working to get to know as many people as possible from this very special organization including alumni, board members, and the many volunteers and supporters that make this whole thing happen.

DCM: Last question...anything you would like to share about what we'll see from the Colts in 2016?

HW: Look for the 2016 Colts to be entertaining, audience-connecting, and endearing. The show will be elegant, sophisticated and moving. I think the DCI community will really like us.

DCM: Thank you, Howard! We certainly look forward to the years ahead.

For a sneak peek at the 2016 Colts program, CLICK HERE. The Colts recently completed the largest three-month camp turnout in their history as they begin to finalize membership for the 2016 drum corps.

There are still a few openings in the brass and percussion sections so if you, or a son or daughter you know, would like to get a first-hand look, make plans to attend their February 19-21, 2016 rehearsal weekend at Jefferson Middle School in Dubuque, Iowa. CLICK HERE for details.

The Colts Youth Organization sponsors the world-class Colts, the Colt Cadets, Pandemonium and PanrhythmiX steel drum ensembles, and the Colts Summer Band. Over 320 young people, from grade 3 through age 21, now participate in a Colts program in Dubuque, Iowa.

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2016 Colt Cadets Rehearsals To Kick Off Sunday At Washington Middle School

February 9, 2016

The Colt Cadets will kick off their 2016 season with an Open House Rehearsal and Clinic on Sunday, February 14th from 1:00-5:00 pm at Washington Middle School (51 N Grandview Ave) in Dubuque. Please arrive at 12:30 to sign in, meet new faces, and help set up equipment.

Help us save time at check in! Fill out an ONLINE APPLICATION and print your PARENT CONSENT FORM ahead of time. All students under the age of 18 must turn in a signed parent consent form to participate.

For a full list of preseason rehearsals, or to download the 2016 summer schedule and membership brochure, click HERE. Stay tuned, more details will be posted as each rehearsal approaches. The kick-off event is FREE to attend, and there is absolutely no obligation to join. Come try us out, bring a friend, and see if the Colt Cadets is the place for you!

All 2016 preseason rehearsals will take place at a middle or high school in Dubuque, with the exception of our overnight March 12-13, which will be held at Maquoketa High School in Maquoketa, Iowa. Those who might need transportation from Dubuque to Maquoketa should contact matt@colts.org to set up travel arrangements.

Membership in the Colt Cadets is open to any young person in middle school or high school, with or without prior performance experience. There is no formal audition to be a member, but students are expected to be strong team players with a desire to be great!

These rehearsals are approached as clinics, so any young person can explore drum corps membership without the full commitment. This allows students to experience a variety of sections or instruments to find what suits them best.

During the summer the Colt Cadets will travel about 45 days between mid-June and mid-August, and will perform for more than 75,000 people across seven states. In 2016, Colt Cadets will again finish the season at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (home of the NFL Colts), at the Drum Corps International World Championships. Last season the Colt Cadets' sixth consecutive year as DCI Open Class Finalists.

All instruments, uniforms, and instruction are provided, and individuals will be provided with opportunities to help earn some, or all, of their summer membership fees.

Anyone unavailable for the kickoff event may attend our next scheduled rehearsal on February 28th, which will also be held from 1:00-5:00 pm at Washington Middle School. Students who live exceptionally far away from Dubuque should contact either Matt or the Colts office (563-582-4872) to discuss how they can participate.

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Colts February Rehearsal & Audition Details

February 5, 2016

COLTS FEBRUARY 19-21 REHEARSAL AND AUDITION CAMP

The fourth rehearsal and audition for the 2016 Colts will be held February 19-21, at Jefferson Middle School in Dubuque, Iowa. This event is for brass and percussion only.

New students are welcome to attend! There are still some openings in the corps. Please RSVP now with your plans!

Registration will begin at 7:30 pm, and rehearsal begins at 9:00 pm Friday. The weekend will conclude around 4:00 pm on Sunday. There will be a 2:15 pm performance Sunday afternoon to recap what weve covered over the course of the weekend.

Parents are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in a classroom at the facility. We also have arrangements for discounted rates at the Hampton Inn in Dubuque. The Hampton Inn is a great sponsor of the Colts! To take advantage of these rates, please call the Hampton Inn directly (563-690-2005) and tell them you are with the Colts.

Always check www.colts.org within a few hours of leaving for Dubuque for any last-minute updates! Please RSVP now with your plans!

PARKING
Parking is available after 6 pm on Friday in the city lot next to the Five Flags at the corner of 5th and Main Streets. Parking is also available in the Five Flags Center Ramp on the corner of 4th and Iowa Streets. As most of this parking is metered on Saturday, all drivers should be sensitive and aware of where you physically park to avoid getting ticketed or fined.

MEMBER APPLICATION AND RSVP
Please RSVP regardless of your plans for this camp, so we can keep you up to date. Please also submit a Member Application on the Colts website if you have not already done so this season. Submitting your application in advance will save you a great deal of time when you check in.

Paying in advance will also speed up your check in process. First time attendees get a $25 discount by paying a week before the camp date. You can pay your camp fees now through the Colts Store until Tuesday night prior to camp.

WHAT TO BRING
Students stay overnight in the gym on the floor, as you will all summer. Bring changes of clothes, shower supplies, towel, sleeping bag and pillow, comfortable clothes for rehearsal, and tennis shoes (no high tops, please). Many students will bring an inflatable mattress with a battery-powered air pump. Brass and battery members should wear a white shirt with black (or dark color) shorts or sweatpants that can be rolled up for visual rehearsal.

Brass: Please bring your own mouthpiece, marching instrument, music stand, and gloves. If you do not have access to an instrument and will need one provided, please contact colts@colts.org. Be prepared to play the exercises and excerpts provided in the brass packet that best fits your area of interest: Trumpet, Mellophone, Baritone/Euphonium, or Tuba. Students are strongly encouraged to prepare a personal selection on any instrument of choice. These selections may include any etude or solo, from any source, but should demonstrate your best musical and technical abilities. You are welcome to play your primary instrument for your personal selection (French horn, trombone, clarinet, etc). Please bring a black t-shirt and jeans for the Sunday afternoon performance.

Color Guard: Bring lightweight, workout clothing for rehearsals (no jeans), black pants or shorts and a black shirt for Sunday's performance, your own rifle and/or sabre (if you can), and knee pads (if you like). There is no need to purchase any special equipment for rehearsals.

Percussion: Please bring your own sticks or mallets and your practice pad. Prospective members should be familiar with the exercise packet that best fits your area of interest: Battery, Cymbals, or Front Ensemble. Snare, tenor, and front ensemble students should prepare a short solo (1-2 minutes) for your individual audition in addition to the exercises found in the technique packet. Cymbal students are asked to perform a short phrase of your own choice musically and visually, in addition to the musical excerpt included in the cymbal packet. Individual solos and selections should best demonstrate your musical and technical abilities. Please bring a black t-shirt and jeans for the Sunday afternoon performance.

TRAVEL PLANS
We can pick you up and drop you off at the airport or bus station in Dubuque at any time over the weekend. If you need assistance getting here from another airport, please call us BEFORE booking any flights. Rides from other local airports such as Moline (MLI) or Cedar Rapids (CID) can generally be accommodated.

If you need help finding a ride to camp, or to arrange rides from an airport or bus station, please notify us ASAP by email at colts@colts.org or call 563-582-4872. You can also help fellow members by offering a ride in your vehicle. You can let us know if you have extra room or if need a ride on your RSVP.

MEMBERSHIP PROCESS & CONTRACTS
There are positions available in every section of the corps. Individuals attending our first events are given priority over those who do not attend these rehearsals. Following the weekend, you will receive 1) an offer of membership, 2) a recall for a second and final audition, or 3) a suggestion that you come back again next year. Most will receive a recall to a second rehearsal, so plan accordingly so we can be sure of our commitment to each other.

If this is your second rehearsal, we are specifically looking for the growth you have made in the past month. Your audition will be very similar to the prior month, and please be prepared in the same manner as which was asked for your first audition. A decision will be made regarding your membership after this camp. If you cannot attend this camp, please make sure you are communicating with the office and your caption head about when you will be here.

Individuals offered a contract should begin making payments on your fees immediately when you submit your contract. If you cannot attend this rehearsal, you must be in touch in advance to preserve your position in the corps. Initial contract offerings are valid until noon on Saturday of this rehearsal. We must have a signed contract with initial payment by that time, or the spot will be released to someone else.

SCHEDULE CONFLICTS
Camp attendance is critical to our and your success. If you cannot attend this rehearsal but are planning to attend an upcoming audition, you must be in touch in advance with the office through the RSVP form. It is important to communicate with your caption head as well. Too much communication is better than not enough.

If you have schedule conflicts with our preseason rehearsals, talk with us. We can usually work it out with you. Attending part of the weekend is better than not attending at all. Do not lose your opportunity to perform with the Colts over a lack of communication.

EMAIL AND WEBSITE
Make sure you sign 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.

Again, please form a habit of checking the website immediately prior to departing on your travel to Dubuque. Any changes or updates relative to camp will be posted here first.

PARENTS
An informational meeting for parents will be held Friday evening at 9:45 pm in a room at the facility. Bring all of your questions! We know you have plenty of them.

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the weekend. Parental support is what makes the Colts successful, and you help provide our students the incredible Colts experience we are known for. Also, this is the best way for you to find out about our program, meet 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 occasionally assist with some repair work. We can always find something to do for anyone willing to lend a hand.

Parents are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in a classroom at the school, or you can find a discounted rate at the Hampton Inn here in Dubuque. Please ask for the Colts Drum Corps rate.

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

All parents and volunteers are automatically Colts Boosters! Plan on gathering Saturday morning at the end of breakfast (9 am) to divide for Saturday projects. If you arrive at a random time, the kitchen and check in tables are good places ask about where you can help.

Drum Corps Medical Project
7-9 pm Friday night we will have medical pre-screenings for anyone with a contract that is: 18 or older OR under the age of 18 with a parent present.

REMAINING REHEARSALS
February 19-21, 2016 Jefferson Middle School, Dubuque
March 18-20, 2016 Jefferson Middle School, Dubuque
April 29-May 1, 2016 Washington Middle School, Dubuque
May 22, 2016: Battery & Guard Early Move In Camp, Dubuque Armory
May 27, 2016: Full Corps Move In, Roosevelt Middle School, Dubuque
May 30, 2016: Parade and Summer Debut Concert in Dubuque, Iowa
Please mark these in your calendar now! These dates are firm.

SUMMER TOUR HELP!
We are scheduling summer volunteers. Check your schedules and let us know. Remember, we can be very creative in getting you in and out of tour. Cooks email colts.cooks@comcast.net Tour Drivers email colts@colts.org

Most parents purchase their own airline tickets, if necessary, to get in and out of tour, but if you volunteer two weeks or more, we can furnish your air travel upon request. Even one day helps! Come as early as you can to give us a hand (and bring fresh fruits or vegetables!).

COLTS WISH LIST FOR IN-KIND DONATIONS
8-12 Board room chairs
7 and 9 oz plastic or paper cups
9 - 10" Sturdy Paper or Styrofoam plates
Sturdy Paper or Styrofoam bowls
Medium weight plastic silverware
Gift certificates for fuel and office supply
12 oz coffee cups
An RV
Coffee - definitely caffeinated!
Paper towels
Fresh Fruits or Vegetables
A week on tour with us!

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Colt Cadets Kicking Off 2016 Season With Two Open House Clinics In February

January 20, 2016

The Colt Cadets will kick off their 2016 season with an Open House Rehearsal and Clinic on Sunday, February 14th from 1:00-5:00 pm at Washington Middle School in Dubuque. Please arrive at 12:30 to sign in, meet new faces, and help set up equipment.

Help us save time at check in! Fill out an ONLINE APPLICATION and print your PARENT CONSENT FORM ahead of time. All students under the age of 18 must turn in a signed parent consent form to participate.

For a full list of preseason rehearsals, or to download the 2016 summer schedule and membership brochure, click HERE. Stay tuned, more details will be posted as each rehearsal approaches. The kick-off event is FREE to attend, and there is absolutely no obligation to join. Come try us out, bring a friend, and see if the Colt Cadets is the place for you!

All 2016 preseason rehearsals will take place at a middle or high school in Dubuque, with the exception of our overnight March 12-13, which will be held at Maquoketa High School in Maquoketa, Iowa. Those who might need transportation from Dubuque to Maquoketa should contact matt@colts.org to set up travel arrangements.

Membership in the Colt Cadets is open to any young person in middle school or high school, with or without prior performance experience. There is no formal audition to be a member, but students are expected to be strong team players with a desire to be great!

These rehearsals are approached as clinics, so any young person can explore drum corps membership without the full commitment. This allows students to experience a variety of sections or instruments to find what suits them best.

During the summer the Colt Cadets will travel about 45 days between mid-June and mid-August, and will perform for more than 75,000 people across seven states. In 2016, Colt Cadets will again finish the season at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (home of the NFL Colts), at the Drum Corps International World Championships. Last season the Colt Cadets' sixth consecutive year as DCI Open Class Finalists.

All instruments, uniforms, and instruction are provided, and individuals will be provided with opportunities to help earn some, or all, of their summer membership fees.

Anyone unavailable for the kickoff event may attend our next scheduled rehearsal on February 28th, which will also be held from 1:00-5:00 pm at Washington Middle School. Students who live exceptionally far away from Dubuque should contact either Matt or the Colts office (563-582-4872) to discuss how they can participate.

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January 15-17 Rehearsal & Audition Weekend Details

January 6, 2016

The third rehearsal and audition for the 2016 Colts will be held January 15-17, at the Five Flags Center in Dubuque, Iowa. For first time 2016 season camp attendees, the cost of this rehearsal is $175, ($125 for returning members). If this is your second or third rehearsal weekend 0f 2016, the cost is $60. This fee is collected at each camp and covers your meals, overnight accommodations, instruction, and materials. This fee does not apply to summer fees.

New students are welcome to attend! There are still openings in all sections.

CLICK HERE for a Google map to the facility.

Registration will begin at 7:30 pm, and rehearsal begins at 9:00 pm Friday. The weekend will conclude around 4:00 pm on Sunday. There will be a 2:15 pm performance Sunday afternoon to recap what weve covered over the course of the weekend.

Parents are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in a classroom at the facility. We also have arrangements for discounted rates at the Hampton Inn in Dubuque. The Hampton Inn is a great sponsor of the Colts! To take advantage of these rates, please call the Hampton Inn directly (563-690-2005) and tell them you are with the Colts.

Always check www.colts.org within a few hours of leaving for Dubuque for any last-minute updates! Please RSVP now with your plans!

PARKING
Parking is available after 6 pm on Friday in the city lot next to the Five Flags at the corner of 5th and Main Streets. Parking is also available in the Five Flags Center Ramp on the corner of 4th and Iowa Streets. As most of this parking is metered on Saturday, all drivers should be sensitive and aware of where you physically park to avoid getting ticketed or fined.

MEMBER APPLICATION AND RSVP
Please RSVP regardless of your plans for this camp, so we can keep you up to date. Please also submit a Member Application on the Colts website if you have not already done so this season. Submitting your application in advance will save you a great deal of time when you check in.

Paying in advance will also speed up your check in process. First time attendees get a $25 discount by paying a week before the camp date. You can pay your camp fees now through the Colts Store until Tuesday night prior to camp.

WHAT TO BRING
Students stay overnight in the gym on the floor, as you will all summer. Bring changes of clothes, shower supplies, towel, sleeping bag and pillow, comfortable clothes for rehearsal, and tennis shoes (no high tops, please). Many students will bring an inflatable mattress with a battery-powered air pump. Brass and battery members should wear a white shirt with black (or dark color) shorts or sweatpants that can be rolled up for visual rehearsal.

Brass: Please bring your own mouthpiece, marching instrument, music stand, and gloves. If you do not have access to an instrument and will need one provided, please contact colts@colts.org. Be prepared to play the exercises and excerpts provided in the brass packet that best fits your area of interest: Trumpet, Mellophone, Baritone/Euphonium, or Tuba. Students are strongly encouraged to prepare a personal selection on any instrument of choice. These selections may include any etude or solo, from any source, but should demonstrate your best musical and technical abilities. You are welcome to play your primary instrument for your personal selection (French horn, trombone, clarinet, etc). Please bring a black t-shirt and jeans for the Sunday afternoon performance.

Color Guard: Bring lightweight, workout clothing for rehearsals (no jeans), black pants or shorts and a black shirt for Sunday's performance, your own rifle and/or sabre (if you can), and knee pads (if you like). There is no need to purchase any special equipment for rehearsals.

Percussion: Please bring your own sticks or mallets and your practice pad. Prospective members should be familiar with the exercise packet that best fits your area of interest: Battery, Cymbals, or Front Ensemble. Snare, tenor, and front ensemble students should prepare a short solo (1-2 minutes) for your individual audition in addition to the exercises found in the technique packet. Cymbal students are asked to perform a short phrase of your own choice musically and visually, in addition to the musical excerpt included in the cymbal packet. Individual solos and selections should best demonstrate your musical and technical abilities. Please bring a black t-shirt and jeans for the Sunday afternoon performance.

TRAVEL PLANS
We can pick you up and drop you off at the airport or bus station in Dubuque at any time over the weekend. If you need assistance getting here from another airport, please call us BEFORE booking any flights. Rides from other local airports such as Moline (MLI) or Cedar Rapids (CID) can generally be accommodated.

If you need help finding a ride to camp, or to arrange rides from an airport or bus station, please notify us ASAP by email at colts@colts.org or call 563-582-4872. You can also help fellow members by offering a ride in your vehicle. You can let us know if you have extra room or if need a ride on your RSVP.

MEMBERSHIP PROCESS & CONTRACTS
There are positions available in every section of the corps. Individuals attending our first events are given priority over those who do not attend these rehearsals. Following the weekend, you will receive 1) an offer of membership, 2) a recall for a second and final audition, or 3) a suggestion that you come back again next year. Most will receive a recall to a second rehearsal, so plan accordingly so we can be sure of our commitment to each other.

If this is your second rehearsal, we are specifically looking for the growth you have made in the past month. Your audition will be very similar to the prior month, and please be prepared in the same manner as which was asked for your first audition. A decision will be made regarding your membership after this camp. If you cannot attend this camp, please make sure you are communicating with the office and your caption head about when you will be here.

Individuals offered a contract should begin making payments on your fees immediately when you submit your contract. If you cannot attend this rehearsal, you must be in touch in advance to preserve your position in the corps. Initial contract offerings are valid until noon on Saturday of this rehearsal. We must have a signed contract with initial payment by that time, or the spot will be released to someone else.

SCHEDULE CONFLICTS
Camp attendance is critical to our and your success. If you cannot attend this rehearsal but are planning to attend an upcoming audition, you must be in touch in advance with the office through the RSVP form. It is important to communicate with your caption head as well. Too much communication is better than not enough.

If you have schedule conflicts with our preseason rehearsals, talk with us. We can usually work it out with you. Attending part of the weekend is better than not attending at all. Do not lose your opportunity to perform with the Colts over a lack of communication.

EMAIL AND WEBSITE
Make sure you sign 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.

Again, please form a habit of checking the website immediately prior to departing on your travel to Dubuque. Any changes or updates relative to camp will be posted here first.

PARENTS
An informational meeting for parents will be held Friday evening at 9:45 pm in a room at the facility. Bring all of your questions! We know you have plenty of them.

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the weekend. Parental support is what makes the Colts successful, and you help provide our students the incredible Colts experience we are known for. Also, this is the best way for you to find out about our program, meet 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 occasionally assist with some repair work. We can always find something to do for anyone willing to lend a hand.

Parents are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in a classroom at the school, or you can find a discounted rate at the Hampton Inn here in Dubuque. Please ask for the Colts Drum Corps rate.

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

All parents and volunteers are automatically Colts Boosters! Plan on gathering Saturday morning at the end of breakfast (9 am) to divide for Saturday projects. If you arrive at a random time, the kitchen and check in tables are good places ask about where you can help.

Drum Corps Medical Project
7-9 pm Friday night we will have medical pre-screenings for anyone with a contract that is: 18 or older OR under the age of 18 with a parent present.

REMAINING REHEARSALS
January 15-17, 2016 Five Flags Center, Dubuque
February 19-21, 2016 Jefferson Middle School, Dubuque
March 18-20, 2016 Jefferson Middle School, Dubuque
April 29-May 1, 2016 Washington Middle School, Dubuque
May 22, 2016: Battery & Guard Early Move In Camp, Dubuque Armory
May 27, 2016: Full Corps Move In, Roosevelt Middle School, Dubuque
May 30, 2016: Parade and Summer Debut Concert in Dubuque, Iowa
Please mark these in your calendar now! These dates are firm.

SUMMER TOUR HELP!
We are scheduling summer volunteers. Check your schedules and let us know. Remember, we can be very creative in getting you in and out of tour. Cooks email colts.cooks@comcast.net Tour Drivers email colts@colts.org

Most parents purchase their own airline tickets, if necessary, to get in and out of tour, but if you volunteer two weeks or more, we can furnish your air travel upon request. Even one day helps! Come as early as you can to give us a hand (and bring fresh fruits or vegetables!).

COLTS WISH LIST FOR IN-KIND DONATIONS
8-12 Board room chairs
7 and 9 oz plastic or paper cups
9 - 10" Sturdy Paper or Styrofoam plates
Sturdy Paper or Styrofoam bowls
Medium weight plastic silverware
Gift certificates for fuel and office supply
12 oz coffee cups
An RV
Coffee - definitely caffeinated!
Paper towels
Fresh Fruits or Vegetables
A week on tour with us!

Return to Colts News.