DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) – The competitive marching band world turned to Dubuque on Friday night for the 2019 Music On The March. It was also the only true home show of the season for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps.
“Something about performing and having a crowd full of people cheering you on, you feel really good about what you’ve put all this hard work in for,” trumpet player Spencer Collins said, who came from Nebraska to join the colts two years ago.
“We have one member from Japan,” Collins said about Iowa’s only drum corps.
The Colts placed third this weekend with an overall score of 75.15.
While Colts is always striving to impress and win, its main goal is to breed leaders.
“Really what we do is teach leadership and develop personal characteristics,” MacFarlane said.
The corps is mostly made up of college-age men and women from around the country, with an average age 19.5, but anyone between ninth grade and age 21 is allowed to try out.
“We refer to ourselves as the professional marching arts,” Drum Major Elijah Elmshaeuser said.
Last year, Colts fans were sent home unhappy as wet weather ruined the show.
“We got right to show time, and about 6:30 p.m., the skies opened,” Director Jeff MacFarlane said. “We tried to wait it out as long as we could and we eventually got to a point where there was just no way we were going to be able to complete the night.”
Friday’s show went off without a hitch, though, giving Collins and the rest of the crew the satisfaction they had worked so hard for this summer.
“Something about performing and having a crowd full of people cheering you on, you feel really good about what you’ve put all this hard work in for,” Collins said. “It does feel like a movie sometimes.”