Nelson to perform with Colts’ summer tour

Nelson to perform with Colts' summer tour Adam Nelson of Vermillion has been selected to perform as a member of the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps of Dubuque, IA.

He attended audition weekends in Dubuque in December and January to try out for a position.

Nelson, the son of Anthony and Paula Nelson of Vermillion, is a junior at Vermillion High School. He is a member of the Pride of Vermillion marching band, concert band, jazz band, Dixieland band, Vermillion High School choir and show choir, and the Siouxland Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Nelson is also a member of the 2000 South Dakota All-State Band, 1999 All-State Choir, and 1999 Honor Choir. He is active in Boy Scout Troop 66 chartered to the United Church of Christ, Congregational and a member of Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church of rural Vermillion.

The Colts Drum and Bugle Corps travels and performs throughout the summer, beginning the first week of June and concluding the third weekend in August. During the summer, the group will tour 71 days and perform over 50 times for an audience estimated at over 250,000 people.

Thousands more see the group via television, including a world-wide Public Broadcasting Telecast of Drum Corps International finals from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD.

Performances are scheduled in Denver, Washington, DC, Charlotte, NC, Omaha, NE, Murphresboro, TN, Buffalo, NY, Allentown, PA, Salem, VA plus many other locations. In total, the group will travel over 11,000 miles and perform in 17 different states.

The Colts' home show, Music on the March, is scheduled for Thursday, July 6 at Senior High School in Dubuque beginning at 6:30 p.m. Three of the world's top 12 corps will perform in a field of eight corps from throughout the Midwest. The season will conclude at the Drum Corps International Finals in College Park, MD at the University of Maryland Byrd Stadium Aug. 10-12.

Members of the Colts are between the ages of 15-21 and the average age is slightly over 18 years old. Approximately 20 percent of the Colts' members plan careers in education. Nelson is planning to major in music after high school.

The 128-member group includes 68 brass, 35 percussion, 24 color guard and one drum major. Nelson will be a member of the Colts' brass section. Colts' members have been selected by audition and a total of 388 young people from 24 states and overseas auditioned for one of these coveted membership positions this year.

The Colts travel with approximately 160 people, including members, teaching staff and parent volunteers. The group owns and tours with four motor coaches, two semi trailer trucks, three vans, one supply truck and a car.

One semi contains a full service kitchen, complete with convection ovens, walk in freezer, stove, steamer tables, boilers, griddles, sinks and hot water. All meals for the group are prepared in this truck by volunteers. Over 35,000 meals are prepared and served each summer.

To help cover the Colts fees, Nelson has secured the sponsorship of Deb's Hallmark, Mike Chaney Insurance, Davis Pharmacy, Shop EZ, Vermillion Beauty Shop of Vermillion, First National Bank, Gehl Company, and Mollet Music of Yankton.

Nelson and friends will also perform in concert Sunday night, May 14, at 7 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, rural Vermillion, where a free will offering will be collected to offset travel and personal expenses incurred during the summer.

The Colts' membership experience is an intensive, challenging and high achievement environment where life and leadership skills are taught. The program teaches leadership to leaders and it is one that attracts a mix of highly successful young people.

The Colts were founded in 1963 and are a non-profit organization. The operating budget for the group is over $450,000 per year which is generated through performance fees, fund raising, an active parents group, membership fees and special projects. No state, federal, county or local governmental support is received, nor is it a United Way Agency.

Further information on the Colts can be obtained at Colts, P.O. Box 515, Dubuque, IA 52001 or by calling (319) 582-4872.

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