CABOOSE (The). Jazz ensemble. Believed unique in the State of Iowa, "The Caboose" was founded by Deb Stevens in 1992 for talented musicians in grades four, five, and six in the DUBUQUE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT. Positions filled by auditions included wind instruments and a rhythm section of piano, keyboard bass, and drum set.
The philosophy was to expose talented musicians to the music of big bands. While they were learning to play their instruments, the students received an emphasis on improvisation. The group's unique name came from the idea of young musicians following in the tracks of older more experienced peers.