by Missy Idso, DCW Staff
After returning to the top 12 in 2001, the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps have unleashed a new set of visual staff introducing a new motivation that will change the way that the Colts learn and present their program for their 2002 season. Their show, “Revelations,” was debuted to fans and the Dubuque community at the 18th annual Spring Debut Concert with the Colt Cadets. It opened with guest performances by the Dubuque Youth Chorale and the Dubuque Senior High Drill Team and Color Guard.
“I thought the camp went very well, and it makes me anxious for tour,” said Colts Drum Major Tim Champagne. “I’m really looking forward to getting out on the road.”
Tim and his identical twin brother Nic, both third year members, have stepped up to take over the responsibilities of drum majors for this season.
As described by the Colts staff, Revelations is a journey of human life in which each individual is brought into an always-growing process of “wonder, inquiry, discovery and frustration.” The program includes four pieces that develop the process of self-actualization. It begins with Dawn by Joaquin Turina from 5 Miniatures, which is full of life and glory, parallel to the “spiritual birth of the human soul.”
Concertino for 4 Percussion and Winds, by David Gillingham, develops the learning and growing portion of the production. Visually, with the new designs of Peter Weber and the rest of the staff, it will metaphorically display the contrast, defeat and success that many people in our lives.
The mood changes as Be Thou My Vision, also by Gillingham, is introduced. It contains all of the elements in a traditional Colts ballad, including a “beautiful underlying melody, a powerful climax, and a gorgeous down ending,” as described by Brent Martin, a four-year member of the contra line.
The final piece, New Century Dawn, by Gillingham, brings realization and explanation to the prior conflicting and questioning emotions.
“The concept is something I feel will mean a lot to members as the summer progresses,” Champagne said. Individuals in the activity commonly go through a combination of the emotions throughout their experiences, whether it is their rookie year or their age-out summer. Drum corps is a growth process, starting with doubt and wonder, growing to success and conquest.
The visual program for the 2002 season is receiving a facelift . . .