Colts-sponsored programs now serve over 300 young people in grade 3 through age 21 in the Colts, Colt Cadets, Colts Summer Band, and PanrhythmiX and Pandemonium Steel Drum Ensembles, and they partner with Dubuque area music programs, Dubuque Senior High Color Guard, and their neighbor, Prescott Elementary School. These programs, coupled with their philosophy of community, members and family first, are the reasons they have the largest base of local membership and support in Drum Corps International.
The Colts Youth Organization owns and operates the 10,000 square foot Colts Center in downtown Dubuque which houses their offices, equipment storage, meeting rooms and Colts Bingo. The center is also available for receptions, business meetings and trade shows, and offered free of charge to school and community organizations.
Since 1963, the Colts have used music and excellence to shape thousands of members; teaching skills and providing experiences that contribute to their success in life. The Colts Drum & Bugle Corps is a 37-year member of Drum Corps International, and has placed consecutively in DCI’s Top 25 since 1982 – finishing eight times as World Championship Finalists.
A key facet of their success is the committed teaching, design and administrative staffs. Combined with tremendous support from the community and volunteers, the Colts continue to grow and succeed.