Thursday, December 28, 2006

January camp info posted

Information for the January audition/rehearsal camp has been posted at Or click here to go directly to the information page.

Don't forget. While you're at, be sure to RSVP for January camp. It makes planning easier and saves you money.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas, Colts!

Photo by David S.
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I hope you all got what you wanted for Christmas. Or, if you didn't get it, I hope it comes right after January camp.

The Colts Virtual Cooktruck Staff

David and Jody S., Bill, Rod, Jody G., Jim J., and Olaf

Sunday, December 24, 2006

December camp video posted

There's a nice December camp posting over at -- which mentions a new camp video. Click here to see it.


Friday, December 22, 2006

Thursday, December 21, 2006

December camp gallery

Pictures from last weekend's December audition camp are up. There's a December camp link under Photo Galleries in the right sidebar or click here to go directly to the first page.

There's also a mini-gallery of Colts December camp up today at Look under the December audition camp briefs item.


Monday, December 18, 2006

Great camp!

Camp was fantastic with a big turnout of prospective Colts, great weather, and many old and new volunteer friends. I'll get to a more complete report and lots of thank you notes as soon as I can. But for now, here a picture from Sunday's premiere performance of the 2007 Colts, camp menus, and a weekend schedule to tide you over.

P.S. If you missed Sunday's performance, you missed a chance to hear this year's Colts play Freebird! and to see Gramma Mary leading the crazy volunteers in a real bleacher boogie!

Photo by David S.
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Friday snack
Peanut butter and jelly

Saturday breakfast
Sausage patties
Peanut butter and jelly

Saturday lunch
Lettuce salad
Chicken breast
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Pudding cups
Peanut butter and jelly

Saturday dinner
Garlic bread
Peanut butter and jelly

Saturday snack
Grilled cheese sandwich
Bowl of soup
Peanut butter and jelly

Sunday breakfast
Egg bake
Fresh fruit
Peanut butter and jelly

Sunday lunch
French fries
Green beans
Peanut butter and jelly

Friday, December 15, 2006
7:30 p.m. Registration begins; unload equipment and food
9 p.m. Full corps meeting in cafeteria
9:30 p.m. Rehearsal
Brass – cafeteria
Guard – multi-purpose room
Percussion – band room #163
Pit – hallway
10 p.m. Parents meeting
11:30 p.m. Snack; staff meeting
12:30 a.m. Lights out

Saturday, December 16, 2006
8 a.m. Wake/eat
8:15 a.m. Full staff meeting
9 a.m. All stretch in gym
9:45 a.m. Sections
10:45 a.m. Individual brass auditions begin
11:15 a.m. Snare visual in gym; bass/tenor/cymbal sectionals
12:30 a.m. Lunch brass
12:45 a.m. Lunch guard
1 p.m. Lunch percussion
1:30 p.m. High brass visual far gym; guard main gym; low brass cafeteria and individual auditions; percussion band room; front ensemble in hallway
3:30 p.m. Low brass visual far gym; high brass cafeteria and individual auditions
5:30 p.m. Dinner brass
5:45 p.m. Dinner guard and staff
6 p.m. Dinner percussion
6:15 p.m. Staff meeting
6:30 p.m. Full corps meeting in cafeteria
7 p.m. Guard (flags only) main gym; weapons auditions bus to Fulton Elementary; percussion sectionals; brass in cafeteria and auditions; pit in hallway
10:30 p.m. Bus departs Fulton with weapons
11 p.m. Snack
Midnight Lights out

Sunday, December 16, 2006
7:30 Wake/eat
8 a.m. Full staff meeting
8:30 a.m. Stretch
9:15 a.m. Guard multi-purpose room; brass cafeteria; percussion music wing; pit hallway
11:15 a.m. Lunch brass
11:30 a.m. Lunch guard
11:45 a.m. Lunch percussion; move personal items to cars during lunch as much as possible
12:30 p.m. Percussion music wing; guard main gym; brass cafeteria
1:30 p.m. Pit begin move to gym
2 p.m. Dog and Pony performance
3:15 p.m. Clean/pack/load. Those with long drives may leave at this time. Travel safely!
4 p.m. Dismissed

Friday, December 15, 2006

It's audition camp day!

And I'm not ashamed to admit that I, for one, am really pumped.

I could go on and on, but most of you know how excited I am -- and I'm figuring many of you are too -- so on to business.

REMEMBER TO CHECK before leaving home. There may be last-minute information posted there that you need to see. DON'T CHECK HERE. We're leaving home mid-afternoon, so updates will not be here. They'll be at So check there. That's what we'll be doing.


Where are we today?

At Camp (Randall)

Photo by David S.
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Thursday, December 14, 2006

More camp info at

There's some important camp check-in information on this page at The new visual book is there too. Prospective members should print that out and bring it with them to camp.


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Cooking, painting, etc.

Hi Colts volunteers!

Get ready for a big weekend as the Colts kick off 2007 on Friday with their first audition camp. (Go to for times and location and a map.)

As volunteers, we've got lots of jobs to cover this weekend. First priority is about 2000 meals to be cooked to feed all the great prospective Colts. (Nearly 300 had signed up by Monday.) You don't have to be a cook to cook. We need people to portion, serve, wash dishes, carry out trash, and clean tables too. Trust me, you have the skills to do this. Let us help you find YOUR spot with the Colts.

In addition to meals, we're also planning to paint the corps hall this weekend, so bring work clothes that you don't mind getting a little (or a lot of) paint on. Also, bring any tools you might have -- brushes, rollers, paint trays, drop cloths, etc. -- you think might help out.

Parents of first-time Colts: Please come to see what this crazy thing called drum corps is all about. If you don't, you'll miss a chance to share at least a small part of what could be a peak experience for your son or daughter. If you're not there, you won't really get what they're talking about when they come home excited, exhausted, and energized -- all at the same time. Don't miss this. As the corps says: No regrets.

If you do decide to come, please meet and talk to as many volunteers as you can. They are your best source of information about what drum corps will mean to you and your son or daughter.

And as long as you are here, you might as well pitch in and help. Wash a dish. Paint a wall. Stick on a Band-Aid. Make a new friend. All you really need to do to help is show up and say, "What can I do?"

See you at the parent/volunteer meeting Friday night at 10.

David and the rest of the Colts Volunteer Team

Monday, December 11, 2006

Slightly revised look

Some of you may notice that the Virtual Cooktruck is now sporting a slightly revised look. (Or maybe not. Or you may not care...)
Anyway. We are in the process of migrating to the new, improved (?) Blogger and some small changes may show up as we do.
Please let me know if features stop working or don't work the way you would like them to.
I'm trying to get ready for 2007 before it really starts getting busy.


Saturday, December 09, 2006

2007 Galleries now open for business

Photos from the 2007 Colts kickoff meeting are up for viewing. Click on the "2007" link in the right sidebar. Come on up next weekend and help us start filling up the new gallery list.


Banquet photos posted

I've posted a selection of photos from this year's Colts banquet. Click on "2006" in the right sidebar and look at the bottom of the list for the banquet link.


Also, some people have said they are having trouble finding an email address to contact me. Send to speer.david (at) Thanks.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Camp details posted at

Details for December camp are posted at Click on this post's title to go to the details page.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Colts 2007 Show Announced

The Colts 2007 show announcement is on their home page.

To get the inside information, go to or follow this link: