Friday, March 31, 2006

Drill camp today!

Drill camp today in Sterling, Illinois!

See for directions to Westwood Sports and Expo Center in Sterling and any last minute camp information.


Photo from March camp by David S.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Buttons is the interview!

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p.s. The photo of Emily is from the 2005 home show.

Signup time

Contracts are out. It's almost April. (Drill camp in 2 days.) It's time to start finalizing summer volunteer plans for tour.

A big THANK YOU goes out to everyone who has contacted Bill ( since I last whined at you about signing up. But there are still holes in the summer volunteer schedule big enough for Bob to drive the cooktruck through. We need YOU! and we need you NOW!

The wonderful thing called the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps doesn't happen by accident. You make it happen by volunteering your time and talents and actually going out on tour with corps this summer. Without you, meals don't get cooked as well or don't get cooked on time. Your Colt doesn't get through line in the allotted 45 minutes, so rehearsal starts late. Vans don't get driven, so staff has to fill in, which means they need more downtime and that's less time with your Colt.

So volunteering is really a selfish act. You're doing this for YOUR Colt.

Show up Friday ready to cook and serve seven meals out of a gym concession stand. And get your name on the summer roster.

Be selfish.

The Cooktruck Management


Photo from March camp by David S.

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Monday, March 20, 2006

Read the comments

Make sure you read the comments to the entry below. Jody Glo and Alf each makes a great case for volunteering -- even if you don't have a member in the 2006 Colts!

I'll let them speak for themselves -- just didn't want you guys to miss the great comments.


p.s. One thing I think we've all failed to stress is that the best reason to sign up to work on the cooktruck on tour is that IT'S SO MUCH FUN!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Volunteers: It's Time to Sign Up -- Now!

Summer is closing in, and the cooktruck volunteer list is not full. This is not good.

The cook list needs to fill up. Fast. So sign up now.

We still need volunteer cooks and van drivers for this year's tour. There are a few days that have a full crew of cooks. But those are few. We could still use one or two more volunteers to help out on the cooktruck most days. In fact, for one of the weeks in June, there is no Head Cook and only one rookie cook. This is not good.

Drivers are covered from July 7 to July 16. For all the other days from the time we leave cornfield tour June 15 until we arrive in Madison on August 7, we need at least one van driver. This is not good.

If you've already signed up, good for you. If you haven't, well, we need you NOW. The corps does not get down the road -- or fed -- without all of us helping. We already know how good they're going to be this year. We have to show them right now how good we are going to be. They need each one of us to help. They deserve it.

To sign up, email Bill at with all the days you can work this summer. Or catch Bill at camp in Sterling and get on the schedule.

The Cooktruck Management

p.s. If you're reading this and your family and friends don't visit here, it's up to you to tell them that we need their help! Do it!

Monday, March 13, 2006

New video

Nic has a cool new video at You can get there by clicking on this post's title.

In step

Photo from March camp by David S.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

March gallery is open

For those of you who haven't already found it, the March gallery is posted. Click on the 2006 link in the right sidebar to find it.

Let me apologize in advance for being light on guard photos this month, I thought I'd be back in time for the dog and pony....

Corps hugs

There's nothing better.
Photo from March camp by David S.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006


Sterling, Ill., Sports Center
Brass and Percussion (including front ensemble)
March 31, April 1 and 2

Colts March Camp Schedule


Roosevelt Middle School

Friday, March 3
7:45 p.m. Unload equipment and food; registration begins
8:45 p.m. Full meeting in cafeteria
9 pm. Rehearsal: brass in cafeteria, pit in entryway, guard multipurpose room, percussion music rooms
11 p.m. Snack – wear your name tag
Midnight – Lights out

Saturday, March 4
8 a.m. Wake and eat
9 a.m. Brass and percussion: stretch in main gym; guard leaves for Fulton Elementary
9:30 a.m. Parents volunteer projects meeting in cafeteria
9:45 a.m. Brass in main gym, percussion in music rooms, front ensemble in cafeteria
12:30 p.m. Lunch for brass and percussion and front ensemble
12:45 p.m. Guard lunch at Fulton
1:30 p.m. Brass marching/body in main gym, percussion in music rooms, front ensemble in cafeteria
2 p.m. Board meeting at Colts Center
3:30 p.m. Brass sectionals, percussion marching/body in main gym
5:30 p.m. Guard returns; dinner
6:30 p.m. Full corps meeting in cafeteria
7 p.m. Guard departs for Fulton, brass in main gym, percussion in music rooms, front ensemble in cafeteria
9 p.m. (more like 9:30) Music ensemble in main gym
10:45 p.m. Guard departs from Fulton
11 p.m. Snack
Midnight – Lights out

Sunday, March 5
8 a.m. Wake and eat
9 a.m. Stretch in main gym; guard in multipurpose room
9:45 a.m. Guard in main gym, brass in cafeteria, percussion in music rooms, front ensemble in entryway
11 a.m. Dog and pony show (moved up because of snow)
Noon – Lunch
1 p.m. Clean/pack/depart

March Camp Menu


Friday night snack

Saturday breakfast

Saturday lunch
Breaded pork sandwiches
Chicken sandwiches
Cheesy mixed veggie and rice casserole
Veggies and dip

Saturday dinner
Cole slaw
Chocolate cake with sprinkles

Saturday snack
Egg rolls

Sunday breakfast
Egg bake
Lemon poppyseed muffins

Sunday lunch
Flakey baked chicken
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Peas and carrots
Cheesy bisquits

Monday, March 06, 2006

We're back...

Kinda cobbled together, but we're up and running. It took all day. Good, it took my mind off other things.

I'm still trying to get us fixed completely, but we'll make it.

The Cooktruck Management

Sunday, March 05, 2006

The words

Somebody asked if the corps knows the words...everyone should.

"As Time Goes By"

music and words by Herman Hupfeld

[This day and age we're living in
Gives cause for apprehension
With speed and new invention
And things like fourth dimension.

Yet we get a trifle weary
With Mr. Einstein's theory.
So we must get down to earth at times
Relax relieve the tension

And no matter what the progress
Or what may yet be proved
The simple facts of life are such
They cannot be removed.]

You must remember this
A kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh.
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by.

And when two lovers woo
They still say, "I love you."
On that you can rely
No matter what the future brings
As time goes by.

Moonlight and love songs
Never out of date.
Hearts full of passion
Jealousy and hate.
Woman needs man
And man must have his mate
That no one can deny.

It's still the same old story
A fight for love and glory
A case of do or die.
The world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by.

Oh yes, the world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by.

(c) 1931 Warner Bros. Music Corporation, ASCAP

Friday, March 03, 2006

Camp today

What more do I need to say?

(Remember to check for the latest camp news and any last minute changes.)

See y'all tonight.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Ah, cals

Photo from February camp by David S.

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This picture is really different if you view it upsidedown.