Colt Cadets

Dubuque, IA United States
Founded: 1967

Active Junior
Open Class

The Colt Cadets is an Open Class junior field competition corps based in Dubuque, Iowa. They serve as the feeder corps to The Colts.

In the Fall of 1966, the Colts, then known as the Legionnaires formed the Legionnaires B Drum and Bugle Corps. Sonia Hickson was the first director of the Cadets, assisted by members of the "A" corps. When the Legionnaires changed their name to the Colt .45, and then dropped the .45 in 1976, the Legionnaires B became the Colt .45 Cadets and then the Colt Cadets, although they have sometime been called "Colts, Too."

Even though the Colts have been a field competition corps since the year before the Colts Cadets was founded, the younger corps performed only in parades and stand-still exhibitions for many years. During the 1980s the Colt Cadets began entering competitions, appearing at shows in the Cadet Corps International, Illinois-All American Drum Corps Association, and Drum Corps Midwest circuits. The Cadets attended their first Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championships at Kansas City in 1988, but after going in 1988, '89, and '92, the corps did not return until 2006.

Under former director Vicki MacFarlane, the Colt Cadets grew in size and competence from a "cute little kiddy corps" to a legitimate Open Class organization. While attending DCI for ten straight years through 2017, the Colt Cadets were finalists in the DCI Open Class World Championships in Michigan City, Indiana in 2010–15.

[A History of Drum & Bugle Corps, 2002; Drum Corps World, 6/6/03, p.6; Drum Corps International; Colts Youth Organization]

Members (6)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Belanger, Carrie Color Guard 1999 to 2003
Crocker, Greg Horn/Marching Staff 2000
Johnson, Jim Director 1996 to 1997
Pecora, Sean Brass 2001 to 2002
Waggoner, Rachael guard 1998 to 2000
Wolff, Erin Colorguard 1996 to 1999
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