Monday, January 31, 2005

Bonus blog

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This one of part of the bari line is from Rod.

Light and shadow

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Sunday, January 30, 2005

Planning for summer

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Saturday, January 29, 2005

Let's hear it for the fans!

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Friday, January 28, 2005

Bonus blog!

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A bonus photo for Friday afternoon. This one from a guest artist -- Rod Russeau. Rod is the proud dad of Alex and already has plans to be on tour as a volunteer this summer.

Thanks, Rod!

p.s. Rod has sent along a few other photos and they'll be featured next week.

Freeze your knees

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OK, it was 4 degrees in Iowa, not 104 in Kansas. What's up with all the shorts?


Thursday, January 27, 2005


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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

I'm just honored to know him...

Did everyone see the story about our friend Bill at the website? What a guy! Make sure you go over there and read about his life-saving exploits and the honor he received from the Boy Scouts of America.

Makes me proud just to know him.


Just push the button

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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Big bass

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Love those Yamahas.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Fun with food

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Food is our friend

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Friday, January 21, 2005

pictures posted at

Katherine got the "selects" posted at this morning. Wow! I just sent them to her last night.

Take a look.


January camp

IMG_0601, originally uploaded by David Speer.

was a blast. An Arctic blast, at times. But still a blast.

I think the Colts' version of 'Til There Was You is going to have more people in tears than Old Man River did last year.

This is an overall corps shot from Sunday afternoon's performance.


Thursday, January 20, 2005

Colts store open for business

Been to lately? The corps' online store is open for business.

All the great Colts stuff is for sale there -- hoodies, corps logo T-shirts, and some of the all-time favorites such as the "I Bring Nothing to the Table" shirt. And no crowds like in the junior high hallway after Sunday's performance.

I've been there. Registered. Now it's your turn.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Camp was great. Cold, but great


I know, I know. It's January. It's Iowa. It's cold. It's redundant to say so.

(Hush, Bill. Not everyone is from Minnesota and thinks that minus-8 is balmy)

A cold camp but a good one. Some new faces and some familiar ones we hadn't seen yet for the 2005 season. Looks like there's going to be a solid lineup of vets and a crop of talented new rookies -- both in the corps and among the volunteers.

More to report later. And there'll be pictures. Later in the week. I hope. There was a lot going on this weekend and lots of hands to help which meant lots more time for me to take pictures -- which means lots more time to sort through and process the best ones once I get home!

For now, you'll have to make do with the menu for the weekend. But before that, thanks to all the great help in the kitchen and sewing flags this weekend. Not a whole lot could be done at the Colts Center because of the Saturday afternoon wedding reception, but the concession area got a real good cleaning and the building crew did some toward cleaning up the water leakage (carpet damage in part of the Colts office) and preventing it from happening again. I don't know what all got done with that because I wasn't down there very much. Oh yeah, prospective guard members got photographed and measured (I think we are up to 50 now that we've done), instruments got inventoried (and some of the new Yamahas went home with Colts), souvies got sorted and sold, and lots of other stuff got planned for future camps. Thanks to everyone who helped!

Colts January Camp 2005

Friday Night Snack
Beef nachos

Saturday Breakfast
Egg casserole
Hashbrown patties
Chocolate-chip muffins

Saturday Lunch
Sub sandwich
Green bean casserole
Jell-O with fruit

Saturday Dinner
Spaghetti (yum, thanks Jody Glow! Warm, good and lots of it!)
Lettuce salad
Garlic bread
Carrot cake

Saturday Snack
Ice cream sundaes
Assorted toppings

Sunday Breakfast
Breakfast on a stick (Better than it was on tour last year. No, really)
Cinnamon rolls

Sunday Lunch
Pork sandwich (butt chops)
Baked beans
Apple pie

Thanks to Jody for being a great head cook. And to Polly for such a well run, delicious-food-making operation.

To those of you who weren't there this weekend, PLEASE COME IN FEBRUARY. It's loads of fun and when we have as many good helpers as we had this month, there's time for everyone to take a few minutes and watch the corps members as they build what's looking like an incredible show for 2005. We had so much good help this weekend that even Polly got a few minutes to sit down and watch the color guard work out. And that can't happen without your help!
(stepping down off soapbox now)

Have a good month. We'll see you in February. I know I'll be there......

Friday, January 14, 2005

Back to camp!

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See ya tonight!

Thursday, January 13, 2005

'hose pose

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

One napkin, one fork, one cup per meal, please

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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Hit me, I'm open

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Monday, January 10, 2005

Quiet amid chaos

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Sunday, January 09, 2005

Corps chow

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Friday, January 07, 2005

Staff dinner

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Thursday, January 06, 2005


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Contras? Tubas? What the heck do we call them now?

Colts show announced on

OK, so most of us have known the content of the show since November, but the announcement of the Colts show was posted yesterday on the DCI site. Go HERE to read about it on the website.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

January camp coming on the 14th

Info for January camp has been posted at Camp starts at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14. Come early to help unload and check in. No location listed yet, but that's normal.

Make sure you get listed as coming to camp to volunteer if you are. Your member can indicate that on the RSVP form (make sure they RSVP. It'll save $10 if they attended Dec. camp.) Maybe drop Bill a note at so he can tally up who's coming to help in the kitchen. Or to help with other projects. Or to hang out with the rest of us cool people.

Here's the parent/volunteer info from the posting. Go there to read up on all the rest of the stuff.

Parents! Your son or daughter has a better chance of success with your support!

A parents meeting will be held Friday evening at 10:30 pm at the school. Bring all of your questions!

Parents are not required to attend the meeting or the weekend, but are strongly encouraged to do so. Parental support is what makes the Colts successful, and your help is 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 are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and sleep in a classroom at the school, or you can find hotel listings on the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce web page. As always, call us with any questions you may have.

We'll save you a spot on the floor for your bedroll.


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Tuesday, January 04, 2005


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Monday, January 03, 2005


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New horns, but some familiar faces.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Chill out

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Saturday, January 01, 2005

Happy New Year

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Lots of new things in store for 2005. And that's exciting. Here's wishing a big dose of wonderful for all the Colts and their families.