Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Happy Holidays everyone!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all Colts. Hope you all had a wonderful and safe time.

The Ever-Expanding Virtual Cooktruck Staff

p.s. Did everyone get what they wanted for Christmas?

Friday, December 21, 2007

December camp galleries

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Photo galleries are up from December camp. Thanks to Tami R. for making a facebook gallery to share her photos too.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

December camp schedule

Friday, Dec. 14

7:30 p.m. Unload equipment and food; registration
9 Full meeting in cafeteria; all members, parents, staff
9:30 Rehearsal; brass in cafeteria, guard in gym, percussion in room 165, 146 & 167, pit in hallway
10 Parents meeting in room 157
11:30 Snack; full staff meeting
12:30 Lights out; men in main gym and women in main gym on cafeteria side

Saturday, Dec. 15

8 a.m. Wake/eat
9 All stretch/run in main gym
9:45 Guard in front half of main gym, brass in cafeteria, percussion downstairs, pit in hallway, design meeting, buses depart for funeral
10:30 Mello/tuba/bari/euph in cafeteria, trumpet visual audition in gym, individual brass auditions begin; funeral at Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Ave.
12:30 p.m. Guard lunch
12:45 Brass/percussion lunch
1 p.m. Funeral lunch at Eagles Club
1:30 Guard in half of main gym
1:45 Trumpets/bari/euph in cafeteria, mello/tuba visual auditions in gym, percussion in music wing, front ensemble in hallway
3 Funeral attendees return
3:45 Bari/euph visual in gym; mello/tubas in brass rehearsals
5:45 Dinner
6:45 Full corps meeting in main gym, full staff meeting in band room
7:15 Guard in front half main gym, snares visual auditions in gym, tenors/bass/cymbals in music wing, brass in cafeteria, pit in hallway, individual auditions continue
8:45 Tenor/bass/cymb visual auditions
11 Snack
11:30 Full staff meeting
Midnight – Lights out

Sunday, Dec. 16

7:30 a.m. Wake/eat
8 Full staff meeting in band room
8:30 Brass/perc stretch in half of gym; guard stretch in half of gym
9:15 Guard in gym, brass in cafeteria, percussion in music wing, pit in hallway
11:15 Percussion lunch
11:30 Guard lunch
11:45 Brass lunch
12:15 p.m. Percussion in music wing
12:30 Guard in main gym
12:45 Brass in cafeteria
2 Performances
3:15 Meeting in main gym/clean/pack
4 p.m. Dismissed

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Remember B today

Today's the day Bianca is laid to rest. Please take time to share a thought for her and all your Colts family today.

Hold on to morning.

re: Comments

Remember that comments are moderated (we have to approve them before they show up on the site.) So your comment made during camp may not show up until we can get to the free wireless access at Panera. (Thanks, Panera.)

Be patient and they'll be there.

The Virtual Cooktruck Staff

Here's the meals you're missing

December camp menu

Friday snack

Hot dogs
Chips
Cake

Saturday breakfast
Egg bake
Bacon
Muffins
Cereal

Saturday lunch
Pork or chicken sandwich
Au gratin potatoes
Peas and carrots
Peaches

Saturday dinner
Spaghetti
Garlic bread
Corn
Lettuce salad

Saturday snack
Chicken noodle or tomato soup
Deli sandwich

Sunday breakfast
Pancakes
Sausage
Cereal

Sunday lunch
Salisbury steak
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Green beans
Cake

Friday, December 14, 2007

Banquet and kickoff gallery posted

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Check out the new 2008 Gallery selection in the right sidebar.

Camp today!

Please read the camp reminders over at colts.org. There's a new one today if you already read the one yesterday. And check over there right before you leave for last-minute changes and announcements. Don't check here. We'll be on the road starting about 2 p.m. so we won't have updates after that.


Travel safely. See you starting at 7:30 p.m. for check in.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

dci.org story

There's a nice story about Bianca and Erin over at dci.org.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Alumni chats

Ben over at www.coltsalumni.org has set up an online chat on that super-cool Colts alumni site. He's asked us to help spread the word so they get as many people as possible to join in the fun. He's setting up a regular chat for this (and every) Wednesday at 7 p.m.

(I'm thinking that's central time, so Katie and the other Colts in Japan and Dan the Brit and Becks in the U.K. will have to do the time conversion thing on their own. As will all the rest of you somewhere else in the world.)

Ben's doing a great job in thinking up ways to help bring the Red Team together. Make sure to visit his site and chat. Or just say hello.

B's field

Greg sent me this picture today. The guard members from Dubuque Senior spelled out Bianca's name in the snow over the weekend.

Bianca has completed her journey

See the post at colts.org. It's so incredibly sad that I just don't have anything else to add to what they've said over there.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Keep checking

I know most of you have been, but a reminder to keep checking colts.org (not here) for the latest updates on Bianca's condition. There's a new one this morning.

Friday, December 07, 2007

2008 volunteer calendar

Bill has put together a very preliminary volunteer calendar for tour 2008. If you click on the link in the right sidebar, you'll download a planner that has nothing on it yet. Yes, it's scary. That's a lot of empty space to fill up in just seven camps.

Volunteers should see Bill at check-in next Friday to start talking about tour for next summer. We had a ton of age-out members this year, and even though volunteers never age out, I'm sure we will have a lot of big shoes to fill next summer on tour. In the corps and in the cooktruck.

A word of warning, though. None of the dates and places on this very preliminary calendar are set in stone, so don't go making summer travel plans based on them yet. We'll let you know when the dates are nailed down. OK, you've been warned. Now, go talk to Bill or e-mail him at colts.cooks@comcast.net.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Upsetting news at colts.org

Two members of the Colts family were injured in a car accident Friday. Check colts.org for the latest details.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Position Available

We are now accepting applications for the new position of Managing Editor of the Colts Virtual Cooktruck.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a mastery of the blogosphere and a willingness to work long hours for no pay. Reports to the Editor-in-Chief. (When you can find him.) Many opportunities for advancement.

Expressions of interest should be directed to speer.david@gmail.com.

(Seriously, I AM looking for someone with an interest in taking over some of the day-to-day filing of the virtual cooktruck, especially next summer. I'd like to find someone with a love of the Colts and a love of the internet who would like to find new, easier ways of doing the things we have always done (the maps -- if we could just automate the maps....) and who could bring some fresh ideas of what else we could add to the blog to make it even more useful and fun. As with the real cooktruck, maintenance and upgrading need to be during camp season, since it's no fun to try to make repairs and/or improvements once the corps is out on the road. Write me if you'd like to help.)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Happy New Year!

Hello and welcome to 2008!

We had a great new year's eve party last night at the banquet and after. Great to see lots of old Colts friends and to talk about what a great year 2007 was. We missed those of you who couldn't be there -- but we talked about you. :)

And then today we heard about what 2008 holds in store for the whole Colts family -- the open class Colts Cadets and the world class Colts. It's gonna be a great year to be a Colt.

There'll be pictures in a few days and then we'll see you at camp Dec. 14.

The 2008 Virtual Cooktruck crew.

Friday, November 23, 2007

WAWT?

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Wednesday was Saydel. Today? (HINT: It's the same place lots of us will be tomorrow.)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

WAWT?

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Yesterday was Omaha/Council Bluffs. Today?

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Monday, November 19, 2007

Friday, November 16, 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Where are we today?

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Yesterday's photo (entitled Bye, Bye Twit Bus) was from San Diego. Look closely and today's is easy.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Colts in Japan


Hello! Just a quick update and some pictures from Japan!
This last weekend was Drum Corps Japan finals. I ventured over to Tokyo to see them. Here is a picture of retreat. Yoko (tuba, 2003) is the vis caption head of a corps from Osaka. They did very well this weekend!! DCJ has their I&E competition later, so I will be joining the corps starting next weekend to rehearse. Also, there are two girls from this drum corps who are planning on going to Dubuque in December for auditions.
Also, I have been lucky enough to see Yuka, Junya, and Mayumi a few times. I have also emailed Kana, but both of our schedules have been too busy so far to find time to get together.
Enjoy banquet this month!
~Katie Peak

Where are we today?


Time again for the semi-daily puzzle. (And yes, we were in San Antonio yesterday)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Where were we yesterday?

Sorry. It was a meeting every 30 minutes yesterday, so we'll continue today with this picture and ask, "Where are we today?"

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And Mariachi was right for both Thursday and Friday last week: South Dakota and Broken Arrow.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Where are we today?

OK, so I thought that the mural on the wall in yesterday's photo was distinctive enough to i.d. the place. But not so much. So below is a hint to yesterday's location.


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And here's today's new location, as we play "Where Are We Today?"


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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Where are we today?

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You guys are too smart. Yes, where we were in the shadow of the power plant was Michigan City, where we had the rad police escort. Now, where are we today? Maybe this one will be a bit harder.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Where are we today?

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Yesterday's photo by the water was indeed from Beloit. And today's? Your guess is as good as anyone else's.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Where are we today?

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Again, leave your answer as a comment on this page.

The answer to yesterday's question: Ft. Osage High School in Missouri.

Monday, November 05, 2007

WHO are we today?

This from our friend Peter Hansen in Kansas. The quiz question will follow the text of his email::

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Two photos attached - the first is Bryce, Chris, and Keenan at the Colts info booth at the KU Marching Festival Oct 27 in Lawrence, KS. We didn't sell a lot of t-shirts, but got good visibility with a lot of band members and passed out quite a few info packets. Jackie Paschang and Carol Lowman were also around (and Jackie supposedly has a picture of all five of them) but were off helping run the overall event most of the day. Lisa Paschang was manning the entry gate along with Debbie and Brock Lowman, Steve Paschang was doing whatever needed doing, Greg was on the field judging, John Wickersham was there with the band that he teaches, so with my wife and I and all of them it was quite the Colts get-together. We finished the evening with pizza and refreshments at a local watering hole.

Peter Hansen

Now for the quiz. Take a close look at the musical ensemble below. Especially the uniforms. Recognize them? Here's a hint -- it's not The Colts. Our friends who saw them in Lawrence might have an advantage here. Does anyone have a guess?

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Kendall had the weekend question right. That photo was from the pre-show huddle in Menomonie, WI. The sculpture on the roof is really the only clue.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Where are we today - weekend edition

Yes, Friday's photo was taken in Varna, Illinois. Congrats to everyone with the right answer. Today's is a bit harder, I think. Just like the New York Times Crossword puzzle on the weekends. So let's play, Where Are We Today?


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I'll have the answer and another puzzle Monday.

Enjoy.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Where are we today?

It's November. The countdown to 2008 is truly underway.

So, it's time to play, "Where Are We Today?"


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Please attach your answers as comments. Ready, go.

Consultants To Help Shape 2008 Colts Program

Four top-level consultants will help shape the 2008 Colts season. Read the entire story at colts.org.

Monday, October 29, 2007

I'm done

As of today, I'm done with 2007. All my pictures have been posted (click on the Homeshow by David S. link in the right sidebar to see a nice batch from the Colts' stop in Dubuque), and I'm ready to move on to 2008. How about you?

Oh, and there are pictures of the Colt Cadets included in this batch.

david

(My goal was to have all my pictures from tour processed and posted by the end of Oct. And I made it. Goals are good.)

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Boo!

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I've played mello for the Colts the past two summers. Yesterday, Scott
Oliver, Joe Rush, (Euph/Bari) and some friends and I were having
halloween fun. Attached is a picture of the pumpkin I carved.
Cooktruck material? :-D

-Jacob Gross

Friday, October 26, 2007

Take a look...

...at the Spooky Savings ad on dci.org. I think I recognize that "winter" spirit standing in front of the full moon.

Caption heads announced

The Colts have announced caption heads for 2008. Read more at colts.org.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

New pictures in the gallery

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Photo by David S.

A batch of pictures from Lawrence, KS, is up today. Click on the 'Lawrence KS by David S.' link under Galleries.

Recruiting Road Trips

The Colts will have membership information booths at two major midwest band shows this weekend at KU Jayhawk Stadium in Lawrence, KS, and at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Go to colts.org for details.

Monday, October 22, 2007

More photos from Lisa

I posted links to more galleries from Lisa P. this morning. Cool stuff from Pasadena rehearsal days, San Diego, and something bizarre called "Rest Stop after El Paso." Check out Orwoll in the sombrero.

david

Sunday, October 21, 2007

New photos from Lisa P.

Thanks to Lisa for sending new photos from Phoenix and Pasadena. And thanks for making the Facebook galleries so they were so easy to post!

David

(If you're looking to make a gallery, you might try out photobucket.com. It is set up for really easy sharing.)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Crave a corps carve?

dci.org has a page with a downloadable pumpkin-carving template featuring the Colts logo. Get your knife and your pumpkin and go to it. And send us a picture if you make one.

(There are other templates on the same page for other corps -- but who cares?)

Happy Colts Halloween!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Design team announced

This from colts.org:


Colts Announce Design Team For 2008
October 13, 2007
Greg Orwoll, Executive Director
Colts Executive Director Greg Orwoll is pleased to announce that the design team for the Colts will return unchanged.

"We have a team of designers and coordinators in place who have demonstrated they work well together, and have a shared vision for our program direction. With last season's very successful and exciting show as their starting point, they will be able to build on the momentum and the experience they gained together," said Orwoll.

The Colts design team includes:

Jude Boughton, Program Coordinator
Michael Cesario, Program Consultant
Chris Tomsa, Brass Arranger
Jeff Queen, Percussion Arranger
Andrew Schneiders, Front Ensemble Arranger
Jeremy Hunt, Visual Designer
Peter LePage, Guard Designer

Design meetings are ongoing at this time, and the 2008 Colts show will be announced on Sunday, November 25, at the Colts Banquet and Kick-Off weekend in Dubuque.

The first audition weekend for the Colts will be December 14-16, in Dubuque.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Lisa's picture featured at dci.org

Got this from Lisa P. -- even before I could put something up:

Whoo - hoo!!!!!!!!!!! My picture of JP after the age out ceremony made DC-Eye!!!!

http://www.dci.org/news/view.cfm?news_id=1509a49e-5f5b-4c3c-b35b-cc7c54de60ed



(And thanks to Jody Glow for posting the comment about Lisa's picture on the previous post. Glad you guys are helping me keep up. Which I'm not doing very well.)

Friday, October 05, 2007

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Finals audio download available at dci.org

The audio performance download from finals in Pasadena of the 2007 Colts show is available for purchase at dci.org.

The download is $3.49, unless you are a DCI Fan Network Platinum Member. Platinum members receive a $1 discount on all downloads. Proceeds from all download purchases go back to the corps, so it's a win-win.

Go to dci.org for details.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

'Open Class' proposal would put Div. II and III together

Read this dci.org story to get up to speed on what might be in store for the Colt Cadets and Div. II and III.

Friday, September 21, 2007

New pictures

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Photo by David S.

Photos from Enid, OK, this time. And I've found more....

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

And even more

A new gallery from Becca with photos of the Colt Cadets and more is now on the list at the right.

(Still digging out)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

And more new photos

This one's a gallery from LeAnn. Cool pictures from the field on finals night. The link is in the list to the right.

Thanks, LeAnn!

New pictures (it's about time....)

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Photo by David S.

I don't know why, but it takes me about a month to get organized after I get back from finals. I don't know how the kids pick up and go right back to school, but it takes me a few weeks to get my head back around work, home, chores, etc.

Anyway, in the right sidebar is a new link "San Antonio by David S." Enjoy.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Feedback on the ESPN2 show

There's a feedback survey at dci.org so you can let them know what you thought about last night's ESPN2 broadcast. That way, your opinions will be heard.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Drum Corps tonight!

The ESPN2 show is tonight. Be sure to be in front of your TV to see the Colts!

Where will you be viewing from? Anybody having watching parties?

Afterwards, tell everybody what you thought about the show. Send us pictures of you watching you!

The Cooktruck Staff

Sunday, September 02, 2007

More Galleries

I've added four galleries of my photos from Texas, Arizona, and California to the right. I inserted them chronologically, so they're not at the top of the list. Greg was right when he said we got pictures of Twit being towed; they are included here in the AZ & CA gallery. There are 240 photos total - enjoy!

Last runthrough and ageout speeches

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Photo by David S.


Posted in the sidebar at the right (finally) are the visuals from the last runthrough in Pasadena. (Hey, it's hard to edit pictures with tears in your eyes.)

Think of these as the visuals to go with Dan's fine Field Pass audio feature at dci.org
(Thanks to Lisa, Jody G. and Becks for pointing that out while I was off doing other things like working and taking Pilates to college.)

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Colts alumni website on dci.org

Click here to go to the dci article about the Colts Alumni web site.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Colts on ESPN2 promo poster available on dci.org

Click here to go to dci.org's TV promotion page for the ESPN2 broadcast of the World Finals from the Rose Bowl. While you're there, you can download a promotional poster featuring The Colts.

(Thanks to Jody Glow for pointing out the site)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Hands

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Photo by David S.

Colt Cadets on dci.org

dci.org is featuring a photo from the Colt Cadets' visit to Washington D.C. You can see it here.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Friday, August 17, 2007

Finals gallery

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Photo by David S.

A gallery of photos from just before, during, and just after the Colts finals performance in the Rose Bowl has been posted. There will be lots more galleries posted -- but in no particular order and on no particular timetable. So check back often. I did these first because I figured they were what a lot of people wanted to see.

Enjoy.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

DC-Eye features the Colts

Steffany King's photo of the Colts at homeshow is featured in the DC-Eye feature at dci.org.

Catch a Glimpse of Some Colts

DCI posted a link to a Los Angeles TV station's video about the DCI championships last week. In the video, you get a glimpse of a few members of the Colts - primarily the tubas (they're still contras in my world). It is about 1/3 of the way into the video. Here is the link:
http://www.myfoxla.com/myfox/MyFox/pages/sidebar_video.jsp?contentId=4036799&version=1&locale=EN-US.

Monday, August 13, 2007

On finals night

Our Red Team, on the field in the Rose Bowl, one of the best in the world.

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Photos by David S.

Articles in the Telegraph Herald

The Telegraph Herald (Dubuque's daily newspaper) on Sunday had an on-line article (with very interesting comments) about the Colts top 10 finish: http://www.thonline.com/article.cfm?id=169155.

Monday's issue contained the following article: http://www.thonline.com/article.cfm?id=169173.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Congratulations 2007 Colts

A performance of a lifetime. A lovely, moving show. And I would bet no regrets.

86.15 (All the scores and recaps are here.)

10th place

We screamed our heads off in the south endzone at the move from 11th to 10th place.

Congratulations 2007 Colts. As has been said many times, we love you and will always remember every one of you.

The Virtual Cooktruck Staff

Saturday, August 11, 2007

It's Saturday, Aug. 11; it's finals

We are in Pasadena, CA
And like David said, “It’s Finals Baby!!!!!!!”

Click for weather report and forecast

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Click for larger interactive version of today's map.


Today's Menu

Breakfast
Egg bake
Bacon
Cinnamon streusel
French toast (left over)
Oranges

Lunch
Pork or chicken patties
Hash browns
Peas or carrots
Lettuce salad

Dinner
Ravioli
Chicken casserole (left over)
Lasagna (left over)
French bread
Green beans

Snack, sort of
Deli meat sandwiches (for those traveling to the airport)

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Photo by David S.

Today's Schedule
7:30 Wake
7:45 Stretch
8:30 Breakfast
9:30 Warm-up
10:30 Ensemble
12:00 Final run through of the season, followed by age-out speeches
1:45 Lunch, pack and load
3:30 Guard/pit to stadium
3:45 Brass/battery warm-up
4:30 Brass/battery to stadium (time approximate)
5:40 Gate
6:00 Perform in finals!
7:00 Dinner at school

*** Rest of the evening ***
After dinner, re-dress in uniform
Return to stadium for retreat with all finals corps
Return to school and check-in uniforms and instruments
End of season meeting – late
Busses to airport


Today's Cooks
Jody G., head cook
Lori C.
Diane H.
Carole B.
Jim H.
Polly H.
Vicki D.
Bill S.
Luba S.

Today's News
YES!!!!! Well, I know we are all just a bit excited. I understand there was quite the celebration last night once everyone got back to the housing site. ‘Wish I was there.

It seems like the first camp was not all that long ago. It’s hard to believe we are here already; the last day of this season. And what a season it was!

GO RED TEAM!!

Happy birthday to Dan “the Britt” and Luba!

As always, check colts.org for the latest official word on tour news, housing sites, mail drops, or other corps information.

It's finals, baby

87.0

Believe it.

This is so cool!

Friday, August 10, 2007

It's Friday, Aug. 10; it's semifinals day

We are in Pasadena, CA

Click for weather report and forecast

map

Click for larger interactive version of today's map.


Today's Menu

Breakfast
Sausage, gravy and biscuits
Fruit (lots of bananas)

Lunch
Chicken noodle casserole
Vegetables
Pears in a cup

Dinner
Turkey and dressing with gravy
Other good stuff (continuing to look for what’s left)
Cookies from cookie donations

Snack (en route to stadium)
Fruit

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Photo by David S.

Today's Schedule
7:00 Wake
7:15 Stretch
7:45 Breakfast
8:15 Staff meeting
8:45 Visual
10:00 Sectionals
11:15 Ensemble
12:45 Lunch/pack/load
2:30 Guard/Pit depart for stadium
3:00 Brass/Battery warm-up
4:40 Brass/Battery and cook truck depart for stadium
5:20 Gate
5:42 Perform
6:30 Dinner @ stadium
10:10 Age-outs to field (in uniform, no shakos)
11:15 Return to school
12:00 Lights out

Today's Cooks
Jody G., head cook
Lori C.
Diane H.
Carole B.
Jim H.
Polly H.
Vicki D.
Bill S.
Luba S.
Jim J. leaves

Today's News
Before we get to the news please send an email to greg@colts.org with your well-wishes for the Colts. We’re looking for 100% participation! Thanks!

Well here we are, right in the thick of it. Staff and parents watching last night’s show said it was good, but not the best they’ve seen all year – there’s room to grow tonight!!

The police and custodial support at the housing site has been very good. The cooks have lots of help, with lots of visitors. Boy, do I wish I was there (Rod).

Final run-through of the season is scheduled for Saturday at 11 AM. If there is any way to attend, do it. It’s not to be missed.

Many of us from the Chicago land area watched the Colts perform in the theatre last night, and it was fantastic to see. Not as good as being there of course. The audience at the theatre gave the Colts a good round of applause. And the announcers had good things to say about the corps, especially the closer. They remarked that it was the “closer of the year”. They loved the music selection, drill and everything about it.

As always, check colts.org for the latest official word on tour news, housing sites, mail drops, or other corps information.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Today is Thursday, Aug. 9; it's quarterfinals day

We are in Pasadena, CA

Click for weather report and forecast

map

Click for larger interactive version of today's map.


Today's Menu

Breakfast
Pancakes and French toast
Sausage patties
Fresh peaches and bananas

Meal 2
Sirloin steak patties
Cheesy potatoes
Corn

Meal 3
Lasagne (10 trays)
Salad
Garlic bread
Brownies
Leftover lemon cake

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Photo by David S.

Today's Schedule
7 Wake
7:15 Stretch
7:45 Breakfast
8:15 Staff meeting
8:45 Vis
10:15 Sectionals
11:30 Ensemble
1:15 Lunch/pack/load
3 Pit and guard depart for Rose Bowl; hornline and drumline warmup at school
5 Depart for Rose Bowl
5:50 Gate
6:11 Performance
8:30 Return to school
9:15 Dinner

Today's Cooks
Jody G., head cook
Lori C.
Diane H.
Jim J.
Carole B.
Jim H.
Polly H.
Vicki D.
Bill S.
Luba S.
(Jim J. says there are 14 names on the board, all these plus more)


Today's News
Today is “even more beautiful than the day before. It’s fantastic here,” Jim J. says.

It’s quarterfinals day and it’s “very exciting.” The corps had a long day of rehearsal yesterday – worked like they always do. But they are focused and not nervous at all, Jim says, “so they should be great.”

There have been a number of alumni working various jobs on and off the cooktruck.

Fresh fruit has been donated for tomorrow.

Jim says the cooks got to watch rehearsal and runthrough last night in a beautiful setting. “Mountains in the background. The weather was fantastic and the drum corps was even better.”

As always, check colts.org for the latest official word on tour news, housing sites, mail drops, or other corps information.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 8; it's I&E day

We are in Pasadena, CA

Click for weather report and forecast

map

Click for larger interactive version of today's map.


Today's Menu

Breakfast
Muffins and bagels
Sausage
Bananas

Meal 2
Breaded chicken
Broccoli and cheese
Fruit cups

Meal 3
Pork chops
Mashed potatoes
Carole’s apple/snicker salad

Meal 4
Manwiches
Tater rounds
Little Debbies

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Photo by David S.

Today's Schedule
7 Wake
7:15 Stretch
7:45 Breakfast
8:45 Sectionals
10:45 Vis
12:45 Lunch
1:45 Sectionals
3:15 Vis
4:45 Dinner 1
5:45 Warmup
6:15 Ensemble
9:30 Dinner 2
11 Lights out

Today's Cooks
Jody G., head cook
Lori C.
Diane H.
Jim J.
Lisa P.
Carole B.
Jim H.
Polly H.
Vicki D.
Bill S. and Luba S. arrive
Lisa P. leaves

Today's News
Another bright, sunny day in Southern California
There was a tour by some DCIs VIPs going on when I talked to Jim on the cooktruck today.

Member day at the souvie truck
Also, lost and found day. Claim it if you want it.

Rehearsal ended abruptly last night when the field lights cut out unexpectedly. But the corps is working hard and has gotten a lot accomplished in the past couple of days.

The sewing crew was adding sparkles to the butterfly flags.

There are about 12 people helping today on the cooktruck, with several visiting alumni being put to work.

The all-corps meeting last night was so that the brass members could perform their I&E material for the rest of the corps. Jim said they were great, with one of them that was really, really cute. The I&E performers left at about 3 p.m. for their competition today.


As always, check colts.org for the latest official word on tour news, housing sites, mail drops, or other corps information.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 7; it's a rehearsal day

We are in Pasadena, CA

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Today's Menu

Breakfast
Pancakes and bacon

Lunch
Hamburger or chili dog
Fries and tater tots
Peaches

Dinner
Mexican chicken lasagna
Corn
Lettuce salad

Snack
Left-over chicken nuggets, ham, fish, and chicken patties
Mac and cheese
Lemon cake

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Photo by David S.

Today's Schedule
8:30 Wake
8:45 Stretch
9:15 Breakfast
10:15 Sectionals
1:15 Lunch
2:15 Visual
6:15 Dinner
7:15 Warm-up
7:45 Ensemble
10:00 Full corps meeting
10:45 Snack

Today's Cooks
Jody G., head cook
Lori C.
Diane H.
Jim J.
Lisa P.
Carole B.
Jim H., Polly H., and Vicki D. arrive

Today's News
It’s a beautiful, southern California day; not a cloud in the sky.

Although the cooks did not experience it, the kids really enjoyed the beach. It was beautiful and refreshing. One member said “I had the best hamburger of my life”. I guess it’s always about the food.

It turns out Twit may have actually been struck by lightening in Lubbock, TX, hence all the continued electrical problems. It finally gave out yesterday, and is still in San Diego getting repaired. A bus was leased to replace it.

The housing site is literally 2 miles from the Rose Bowl, a prime location. It’s a very large high school campus, with lots of buildings and grounds.

Lots of cleaning and polishing of the show going on today, in preparation for Thursday.

Lauren R. sewing

As always, check colts.org for the latest official word on tour news, housing sites, mail drops, or other corps information.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Quarterfinals lineup posted at dci.org

The lineup and performance times for quarterfinals in Pasadena are posted at dci.org.

Today is Monday, Aug. 6; it's a rehearsal day

We are in San Diego, CA

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Today's Menu

Breakfast
Scrambled eggs
Bagels and cream cheese
Bananas
Sausage and bacon

Lunch
Chicken nuggets
Chicken salad
Pasta salad

Dinner
Ham
Scalloped potatoes
Lettuce salad
Peas and carrots

Snack
Deli sandwiches
Chips and salsa

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Photo by David S.

Today's Schedule
7:00 Wake
7:15 Stretch
7:45 Breakfast
8:45 Depart for beach
9:15 Beach!!!!
11:30 Return to school
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Sectionals
The rest of the schedule is to be determined…

Today's Cooks
Jody G., head cook
Lori C.
Diane H.
Jim J.
Lisa P.
Carole B. arrives

Today's News
Yesterday’s trip to the show site tested the patience of everyone; it was very challenging due to lots of construction and a total lack of directional signage. But, they made it and all is good; just an inconvenience, remember!

Last night, after the cooks prepared the evening meal, they were given the night off! Staff served the meal and did clean-up (and did an excellent job, I understand). Apparently, they were insistent that green beans be taken, before ice cream was offered.

Today is shaping up to be a nice day; a little hazy/foggy, but pleasant.

Lauren R. sewing

As always, check colts.org for the latest official word on tour news, housing sites, mail drops, or other corps information.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Today is Sunday, Aug. 5; it's a show day

We are in San Diego, CA

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Today's Menu

Breakfast
French Toast
Twist Donuts
Banana Nut Muffins
Sausage Links

Lunch
Fish or Chicken Sandwich
French Fries
Pears

Dinner
Teriyaki Chicken
Spaghetti Noodles
Vegetable of Some Kind
Rolls
Stephen's Birthday Ice Cream – leftover from yesterday due to rain-out

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Photo by David S.

Today's Schedule
10:30 Wake
10:45 Stretch
11:15 Breakfast
12:00 Warm-up
12:45 Ensemble
2:30 Lunch, pack and load
4:15 Depart
5:00 Warm-up
7:00 Gate
7:19 Performance; return to housing site after performance
9:15 Dinner
10:30 Corps meeting
11:00 Lights out

Today's Cooks
Jody G., head cook
Lori C.
Diane H.
Jim J.
Lisa P.

Today's News
Happy Birthday, Brian L.

Unusual show last night – Colts got on the field; started the opener and got to David’s solo … and were called off the field due to a downpour. We waited about 20 minutes, re-took the field and did the show.

Take 2 was filled with lots of energy and was a great show; some problems due to conditions – still raining, wet and windy.

Arrived a little late in San Diego but Jim said, “It’s a gorgeous day in sunny California. Warm, not sweltering, and NO FLIES.”

Lauren R. sewing

As always, check colts.org for the latest official word on tour news, housing sites, mail drops, or other corps information.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

San Diego Housing Announced

The San Diego housing has been posted on the Colts home page - colts.org.

Today is Saturday, Aug. 4; it's a show day

We are in Phoenix, AZ

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Today's Menu

Breakfast
Cheesy Eggs
Bacon
Home fries
English muffin

Snack
1 Hot dog
Fresh veggies and dip

Lunch
Philly cheese steak
Shoestring potatoes
Potato salad or cottage cheese

Dinner
Cold salad buffet – pasta, chicken, cucumber and fruit
Birthday ice cream treats

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Photo by David S.

Today's Schedule
7:15 Wake
7:30 Stretch
8:00 Breakfast
8:45 Warm-up
9:15 Ensemble
12:15 Snack
1:15 Down time; clean horns and drums
2:45 Lunch, pack, clean and load
4:25 Depart for stadium
6:25 Warm-up
8:26 Gate
8:46 Performance
9:30 Dinner
11:00 Depart

Today's Cooks
Lauren R. and Jody G., head cooks
Jody G. and Lori C. arrive today
Diane H.
Jim J.
Lisa P.
Jan M. leaves today

Today's News
Happy Birthday, Stephen D.

It’s Hot!

Alum donations – 2 bottles of Gatorade per member, powder Gatorade and cookies.

It’s Hot!

The cooks are melting on the Cooktruck.

Did we mention that it is Hot!

As always, check colts.org for the latest official word on tour news, housing sites, mail drops, or other corps information.

Friday, August 03, 2007

We get letters

And we share:

Last week I finally got to see the Colts in action for two days' worth of solid rehearsal in Lawrence, Kansas. I've been exposed to drum corps a lot throughout my life, but seeing the Colts is like seeing no one else; these 'kids' are far more dedicated, and far more passionate. What's more, they deserve more than any corps I know to go to finals in Pasadena next week.
It doesn't matter that they're not one of the huge "everybody knows us" corps... in comparison, they have everything those corps don't: spirit, determination, guts, emotion... these kids WANT IT so much more than anyone I've ever seen. To everyone out there who thinks they don't deserve it: you've obviously not been watching, or you don't have a sense of heart.
I'm a Colts fan, and I've never been more proud of it. Take finals.
~ Andrea Menousek

Colts alums unite!

Calling all Colts alums (and other interested parties)!

There's a new website for alumni up and running at www.coltsalumni.org.

Click on the post title or the link in the links section in the right sidebar to check it out.

david

Today is Friday, Aug. 3; it's rehearsal and laundry day

We are in Phoenix, AZ

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Today's Menu

Breakfast
Oatmeal
Sausage Patties
Banana or other fruit

Lunch
1st half – Mustgo

Dinner 1
2nd half – Mustgo

Dinner 2
Chicken Nuggets

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Photo by David S.

Today's Schedule
8:15 Wake (no floor time for the cooks)
8:30 Stretch
9:00 Breakfast
9:45 Visual
11:10 Sectionals
12:30 Lunch
1:15 Laundry
5:15 Dinner 1
6:15 Warm-up
6:45 Ensemble
8:45 Dinner 2
9:30 Staff + age-outs to Hudson’s
11:00 Lights out

Today's Cooks
Lauren R., head cook
Diane H.
Jim J.
Lisa P.
Jan M.
Jimmy M. – 2006 age-out helps

Today's News
Happy Birthday, Brett W.

Corps had rain twice at housing site in El Paso but only sprinkles at the show site. “Awesome show last night.”, Jim J. said, “Audience loved it and went crazy.” Dee said, “best show ever”. The members seem to be floating on cloud 9. The Sun Bowl stadium in El Paso is in the side of a mountain. Trophy was a large piñata, tortillas and jalapeños.

Donations of more aloe vera plants; Gatorade from an alum; Gatorade, brownies and cup cakes from local band organization.

Closer flower flags are now sparkly – a great effect!!

Peter H. leaving today

As always, check colts.org for the latest official word on tour news, housing sites, mail drops, or other corps information.