Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Today is Wednesday, August 8th
It's a Rehearsal Day
You are in Muncie, IN
Weather: 90 and mostly sunny. For updated weather go to:

3am- arrive in Muncie
9am- wake and eat
10am- travel to field
1015am- stretch/unload truck
1030am- sectionals
2pm- meal at the field
3pm- visual
430pm- travel to dinner
445pm- dinner
545pm- travel to field
6pm- warmup
630pm- ensemble
930am- full run
950pm- load truck
1015pm- travel to housing site
1030pm- meal 4
1130pm- lights out

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Finals Week Schedule
Posted August 7, 2012
Finals week scheduleColts Finals Week Update
Welcome to Indianapolis and the DCI Championships week!
What a summer! In some ways it seems we ve been at it for a lifetime and in other ways it s hard to believe we re at the end already.
It has been an incredible adventure, and we thank the parents, supporters, show sponsors, volunteers, alumni, community leaders and all those who had a hand in helping the 2012 Colts become what it has become.
It will go down in history as a memorable, exciting and successful season, full of challenges, hardship, frustration, breakthroughs, successes, standing ovations, life time friends and life long lessons and personal achievement that will follow each of us for life.
Thank you!
There are lots of logistics and lots of opportunities for you to share with us this week.
Parents and friends. If there is any possible way for you to be with us this week at Ball State and at Lucas Oil and downtown Indianapolis, do it. This is going to be a very powerful and meaningful week for us all. We will be creating memories and experiences that will last a lifetime and if you are able to be here with us it will create an understanding you cannot possibly share without being here.
And you need to see in person what these amazing kids have accomplished this summer. A DVD will never do it justice. You will be so very proud of what we have done together this summer. Don' t miss the opportunity to experience it with your son or daughter.
As we said in the opening meetings with parents last winter. Hearing about the standing ovation or being a part of it is all the difference in the world . Be here if there is any possible way.
While we' ve had some frustrations with the competition aspects of our season, it s now all about the final performances and making history and a legacy. We re going to be great this week!

We re in Wapakoneta Ohio at their middle school today (Monday) and Tuesday. It s about 75 miles north of Dayton Ohio if you' re keeping score. We stayed here last year as well and it s a wonderful place for us. Access to a stadium with lights, facilities galore and a very supportive community has been great.
We ll be putting on a show for the community on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. as a thank you and doing late night rehearsals in the stadium both nights.
We will depart for Ball State at midnight on Tuesday night.

The Colts and the Colt Cadets will be sharing housing at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. We' ll be staying in the field house, and rehearsing at the other end of the campus, at and near the Ball State football stadium.
The Colts will be arriving at Ball State at about 3 a.m. on Wednesday morning
(Tuesday night) and the Cadets will arrive around 4 a.m. from their finals appearance in Michigan City in the Open Class Finals competition.

This is our one full rehearsal day at Ball State and it will include an evening rehearsal near the Ball State University football stadium.
All our rehearsals will be across the street from the stadium, about 2 miles from our sleeping and cooking facility.
We' ll bus to and from rehearsal, and we ll leave the equipment truck at the field overnight for access during rehearsals.
Rehearsal will end at around 9 p.m. Wednesday night.

Prelims at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Both the Colts and Cadets will be performing today. The Cadets will go on about 11 a.m., to be determined tonight in Michigan City. The Colts are on at 5:01 p.m., seeded 17th following the averaging of scores from San Antonio, Atlanta and Allentown.
The show starts at 10:30 a.m.
We'll be doing our warm ups two hours prior to our show time, with the color guard and the pit warming up outside the stadium and brass and battery percussion warming up at Military Park and busing to the stadium just before we step off.
Join us for warm ups, and allow yourself about 10 minutes to walk to the stadium.

Our Thursday run through will be at 10:45 a.m.

Photos will be taken following our performance in the exit lot. Following the performance we will return to Ball State for the evening for dinner.

We will do our triangle ceremony after we return to Ball State Thursday evening, beginning with a full corps meeting at 9:45.

It is really meaningful - first year members have earned their triangles and returning members add another to the legacy around their necks.
Parents, you ll see this triangle off and on for years to come and it s likely to be one of the most prized possessions from here on. Be there to share it with them!

Semi Finals at Lucas Oil Stadium
The top 25 scoring corps from Thursday will compete on Friday. The Colts step off time will be determined on Thursday but will likely be between 3:30 and 5:00.
Parents, if there is any way for you to be with us at Ball State for the final run through of the season on Friday morning, please join us. If we make finals, of course, that will be on Saturday.
The Friday run through will be earlier than Thursday, but no earlier than 9:45 a.m.
Parents, join us outside the stadium following the performance to share this time with your kid. Come into the area on the backside of the stadium that on Thursday was set up for Jolesch Photography, and use the gate nearest the stadium into that area. DCI and stadium personnel will let you into the area and are expecting you.
Hurry from your seats to the area so you can share the moment - it s a long walk around to the back of the stadium!
Following our semi finals performance, we will stay to attend the rest of the show and depart for Ball State at 11:15.

Breakfast will be a brisk 6:45. We will be departing Ball State at 8:30 a.m. for downtown Indianapolis and will not be returning.
All non-finalist corps participate in the Celebrate the Arts Parade in downtown Indianapolis. It starts at 11 a.m. and concludes with a massed corps performance following the parade at 1 p.m. on the steps of the War Memorial, Meridian and Michigan Streets, about a block from the end of the parade route.
The parade runs from Pennsylvania and Walnut to Meridian and Walnut, following a U shape.
We will hold our final meeting of the year at American Legion Mall, on the corner of Meridian and St. Clair, near the end of the parade.
Buses will be parked there for those who wish to get luggage off them there and the trucks will be there as well. We ll check in equipment and hold our final meeting in the park. We ll be done by 5:15, at which point we are dismissed.
Our final meeting includes some good conversations and age out speeches, plus a final playing of Morning and is an experience you will want with us if you can. All parents, friends and family are invited to this very moving and powerful experience.
Members may leave with parents following the closing meeting in the park. At that point, all members are free to go where they are going to go.
We will be taking a bus from the stadium parking to the Indianapolis Airport at 11:30 p.m. and dropping flyers there for their overnight experience. There will be hundreds of corps members there from across the entire activity to spend the evening with.
We will be departing from the stadium to drive to Dubuque. Stops along the way are being determined now and will be announced on Saturday in time to make pick up arrangements but they will be along I-74.
Luggage and people pick up options:
Ball State University: Luggage only may be picked up and loaded at Ball State Saturday morning, but members will ride with the corps to the parade.
At the American Legion Mall in the afternoon: The buses will be there from 10:30 a.m. till we drive to the stadium at about 5:30. Buses will be parked near the American Legion Mall for the duration of our stay downtown.
Members may leave on their own after our final dismissal from the park, or they may stay with us to the stadium.
At the stadium: Bus parking will be near the stadium, and we will be there from 6:00 until midnight.
One bus will be designed as the airport bus, and all luggage will be on that bus when we load Saturday morning. We will leave the stadium to drive to the airport at 11:30 p.m. from the bus parking lot and we will then meet up with our other vehicles at a truck stop and drive together overnight to Dubuque.
En route to Dubuque: We will have stops along I-74 on the way home, and locations and times will be finalized on Saturday.
All the way to Dubuque: Certain bus bays will be designated as Dubuque only and will not open from Saturday morning until we reach the Colts Center. We should be arriving in Dubuque mid morning on Sunday, around 9 a.m.
All members will have wristbands, which allow admission to Saturday finals.
Wristbands for adults are available for volunteers only, but we don t have extras. Parents attending the shows and not on the volunteer list will need to purchase tickets for the shows.

The Colts blocks of tickets for all shows are sold out, but there are still great seats available for all shows at Or, at the box office at the stadium.
Thank you for all your support in making this amazing experience possible!

Looking for pictures?? LOADS of links on the right hand side of this page! HAPPY VIEWING!! If you have an album you would like to link to the virtual cooktruck, please drop a comment with the info! 

Dianne H- Head Cook
Judy H- leaves 
Dianne H
Mindy C
Ed E- leaves
Micki M
Darlene C- arrives
Crys S- arrives

Catching up with the corps? They love fresh fruit! And peanut butter and jelly!

As always, check for the latest official word on tour news, housing sites, mail drops, or other corps information. 
Don't forget to stayed tuned to the COLTS Facebook page. 
It's always busy with fun things!

Mail Drops

August 9-11:  
General Delivery
Hold for Colts Drum & Bugle Corps
(Member Name)
Muncie Post Office
501 West Memorial Drive
Muncie, IN 47302-9998
There will be an additional drop or two when we have housing locations completely
Be sure to mail something! COLTS love mail and packages from home! 

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