COLTS DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS
The first sponsor of the organization was the Dubuque Post of the AMERICAN LEGION. When the Dukes of Dubuque, the Legion's senior corps disbanded, the instruments were given to the younger organization. In 1965, the year girls were admitted, this group was known as the Legion Aires. In 1967 the name was changed to the Colt 45's and then finally to the present name in 1975. Membership continues to come primarily from the Tri-State area.
During 1988 the Colts represented Dubuque and the State of Iowa in more than forty competitions. They competed in eighteen states and logged more than 12,000 miles while performing before more than one million people.
The Colts continued to have memorable moments. In 1995 they were ranked ninth in international competition in Buffalo, New York. (1) In 2008 the Colts performed at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
1. Voight, Sandye and Hinga, Allie. "Dubuque Colts Celebrate 50 Years," Telegraph Herald, July 12, 2013, Online: http://www.thonline.com/news/tri-state/article_5c05abbf-9525-5157-9bc3-08ea3bc54403.html?mode=story
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