Sunday, April 30, 2006

Welcome to Summer

Photo from April camp by David S.

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Unless you can talk Rod into posting something, this will have to hold you until Thursday. I'm traveling til then.

April camp menu

Colts April Camp Menu

Friday snack

Saturday breakfast
Bagels and cream cheese

Saturday lunch
Grilled chicken sandwiches
Tater tots
Pasta salad
Fruit cup

Saturday dinner
Cheeseburger casserole
Peas and carrots
Birthday treats

Saturday snack
Mozzarella buns

Sunday breakfast

Sunday lunch
Sub sandwiches
Granola bars
Fruit snacks

April camp schedule

Colts April Camp Schedule

8 p.m. Unload equipment/registration
9 p.m. Full meeting in cafeteria – all members, parents and staff
9:15 p.m. Rehearsal: brass in main gym; guard back gym; percussion music rooms; pit cafeteria
11:30 p.m. Snack
12:30 a.m. Lights out

8 a.m. Wake/eat
9 a.m. Brass stretch in main gym; percussion stretch/sectionals
9:30 a.m. Guard leave for Fulton Elementary
9:45 a.m. Brass sectionals main gym; percussion music rooms; pit cafeteria
12:30 p.m. Lunch; lunch to guard at Fulton
1:30 p.m. Brass marching/playing outside (main gym if weather stinks); percussion sectionals music rooms, pit back gym or cafeteria
5:10 p.m. Pick up guard and bring back
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6 p.m. Full staff meeting in band room
6:30 p.m. Full corps meeting in main gym
7:15 p.m. Guard depart for rehearsal; percussion music rooms; pit cafeteria; brass main gym
9 p.m. Brass/pit ensemble in main gym – make recordings
9:30 p.m. Full corps ensemble main gym – make recordings
10:40 p.m. Pick up guard at Fulton
11 p.m. Snack and load equipment truck. Load all pit, any uniforms still in the school, as much food and kitchen as possible. Do not load guard, battery, or brass equipment.
12:30 a.m. Lights out

8:30 a.m. Wake/eat/clean/pack/load
10 a.m. Truck leaves for Senior. Pit to Senior in cars and in the truck; brass sectionals main gym; percussion sectionals music rooms; guard back gym
10:30 a.m. Pit sectionals outside or in main lobby if raining
10:30 a.m. Percussion bus leaves to Senior – equipment carefully under bus
11 a.m. Colt cadets arrive. The have upper gym until noon if not raining. Main gym until 12:30.
11 a.m. Percussion sectionals outside or in upstairs gym
11:30 a.m. Colts guard bus leaves to Senior
11:45 a.m. Cadets ensemble – main gym (til 12:30 p.m.)
Noon – Colts guard sectionals, upper gym until 12:30. Move to main gym for ensemble beginning 12:45
12:15 p.m. Brass bus leaves to Senior (tubas under bus, wrap in sleeping bags)
12:30 p.m. Senior High Guard rehearsal – upstairs gym until 1 p.m.
12:30 p.m. Colts pit and battery – main gym
12:45 p.m. Full Colts corps ensemble main gym until 1:45 p.m.
1 p.m. Cadets color guard upstairs gym; Cadet brass and percussion – wrestling room
1:45 p.m. Colts meet in sections

2 p.m. Colts Spring Debut

2:02 p.m. Introduction and welcome
2:10 p.m. Performance – Senior color guard
2:20 p.m. Performance – Colt cadets
2:30 p.m. Performance – Colts youth choir
2:55 p.m. Performance – Colts
3:15 p.m. Meeting/load equipment
4 p.m. Dismissal

Thursday, April 20, 2006


Trio, originally uploaded by RodR.

Photo from drill camp by Rod R.

Science experiment

Photo from drill camp by David S.

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

New galleries

I have (finally) posted a photo gallery from drill camp in Sterling. But it was worth the wait. There's not one gallery but three! Click on 2006 under the Gallery area in the right sidebar to find them.

The Cooktruck Management

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The wedge

Photo from drill camp by Rod R.

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It's all about Dana this week...

Certified Cooktruck Tech (and former Colts marching member -- contra and I don't remember the year right now) Beau Meyer sent in this one:

Since it’s all about Dana this week, check out this news story that ran on Madison TV this week: LINK

You can see the interview if you click the video camera icon at the top of the story.

Beau was one of last summer's 'dream team' on tour when we had FOUR former marching members working on the cooktruck at the same time: Jim, Olaf, Pip, and Beau. (I think the most we had was four at once. If I'm remembering wrong, somebody correct me.) Beau said there's a pretty good chance he'll be able to join us again on the road this summer. We'd love to have you, Beau! And thanks for the link!

Monday, April 03, 2006

What a weekend!

Hope everyone got home safely through the storms!

Thanks to everyone who helped cook, sew, clean, register, work on the equipment trailer, carry stuff, photograph and videotape, photocopy (thanks, Tom!), and do all the other stuff that gets done at crazy drill camp. Thanks especially to Lori and her magnificent kitchen crew for cooking so many hot, delicious meals out of an very under-equipped kitchen. And to the Scotts and their flag-sewing crew, and Lauren and Sue and their uniform-fitting crew. And Tom T. and his shako-fitting crew. And the truck guys for new lights, a reconfigured guard 'closet', weatherproofing and other trailer maintenance and improvements. And to everyone else who did all the little things that never get mentioned. (Oh yeah, the rifle-stripping crew and ... heck, I could go on and on and on)

The corps could not do this without all of you!

Thanks too to everyone who has signed up to work this summer. The schedule is looking a lot better, but we can always use YOU for a week or two. Contact Bill at to pick your spot.

Special thanks to the brass and percussion members and the extras (colorguard, friends, and relatives) who showed up to learn drill and all their hard work on getting through the opener and on into Windsprints. You should see it. And you will!

Next camp is Spring Debut in Dubuque on April 28-30. Be there! We'll need your help!

Drill Camp Schedule

8 p.m. Move in equipment
(Shower and sleep in building 1, eat and sew in building 3)
Semi will be parked at building 3
Musical equipment to indoor field in building 1 (main building)
Food to building 3 concession stand
Personal items to multi-purpose room in main building (building 1)
Uniform fitting and sewing will be in building 3
Field marking crew – start marking field with blue painting tape on indoor field – full field
NOTE: Second three-quarter size fields are available for us all weekend in building 3. Field marking?

8:30 p.m. REGISTRATION in building 3

9:30 p.m. Visual in main building indoor field

11:30 p.m. Snack (in building 3)

12:30 a.m. Lights out
Sleeping area in multi-purpose room
Staff upstairs room above multi-purpose
Volunteers – anywhere in building 1 (Volunteers actually ended up in building 3)

8 a.m. Wake/eat (Please roll up your sleeping bags and place with your stuff along one wall of the room.)
9 a.m. Cals on indoor field
9:45 a.m. Visual on indoor field
Noon Lunch
1 p.m. Visual on indoor field
5 p.m. Dinner in building 3
6 p.m. Meeting on indoor field
6:30 p.m. Music sectionals
Brass: indoor field
Battery: building 3 “field” OR in multi-purpose room in building 1 (sleeping area)
7:30 p.m. Visual ensemble on indoor field
10 p.m. Snack in building 3
11 p.m. Lights out (Daylight savings time kicks in tonight, so this is actually midnight)

8 a.m. Wake/eat (Roll up bags, pack you stuff along one wall of the room, please, or even better, move as much as possible into cars now, please)
9 a.m. Cals on indoor field
9:45 a.m. Visual on main field
10:45 a.m. Sectionals
Brass: indoor field
Battery: building 3 “field” OR in multi-purpose room in building 1 (sleeping area)
11:30 a.m. March and play
Noon Lunch
1 p.m. Visual ensemble on indoor field
2:45 p.m. Final run through
3 p.m. Final meetings, announcements
3:15 p.m.-4 p.m. Clean/pack/load