Vermillion youth members of drum and bugle corps Ben McBride and Adam and Kayla Nelson, all of Vermillion, have been selected to perform as members of the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps of Dubuque, IA.
They attended audition weekends in Dubuque in January and February to try out for a position.
McBride is the son of Brook and Cyndy McBride of Vermillion, and is a student at Vermillion High School. He plays trumpet with the Pride of Vermillion marching band, concert band, jazz band, Desafinando Jazz Combo, and Dixieland band. McBride also participates in the Vermillion High School Choir, jazz choir and show choir, as well as a cast member in the school's production of the musical Grease.
He is a member of the 2000 South Dakota All-State Band, 1997-1999 All-State Choir, and 1999 Honor Choir. He is an active member of Vermillion First United Methodist Church where he participates in the Senior High Youth Group, teaches Sunday School, and sings in the chancel choir. He is a junior honor student at Vermillion High School.
Adam Nelson is the son of Anthony and Paula Nelson of Vermillion and is a student 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, jazz choir and show choir, as well as a cast member in the school's production of the musical Grease.
He is a member of the 2001 and 2000 South Dakota All-State Band, 2000 All-State Orchestra, 1999 All-State Choir, and 1999 Honor Choir. He is an Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 66 chartered to the United Church of Christ, Congregational and a member of Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church of rural Vermillion. He is a senior at Vermillion High School and plans to attend The University of South Dakota in the fall, majoring in music.
Kayla Nelson is the daughter of Anthony and Paula Nelson of Vermillion and is a student at Vermillion High School. She is a member of the Pride of Vermillion marching band, concert band, jazz band, and also plays in the show choir pit band and is a pit band and cast member in the school's production of the musical Grease. She is active with the VHS track team and is a Clay County Go-Getters 4-H Club member.
She is a Venture Crew member chartered to the United Church of Christ, Congregational and a member of Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church of rural Vermillion. She is a sophomore honor student at Vermillion High School.
To help cover the Colts fees, the three musicians and friends will be performing in concert Sunday, May 20 at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, Vermillion, where a free will offering will be collected to offset travel and personal expenses incurred during the summer.
They will all be members of the brass section. The 135-member group will include 64 brass, percussion, color guard and drum majors. Members have been selected by audition among contenders from over 20 states and overseas for one of these coveted membership positions this year.
The Colts membership experience is an intensive, challenging and high achievement environment where life and leadership sills are taught. The Colts program teaches leadership to leaders and it is one that attracts a mix of highly successful young people. The average GPA in the Colts is 3.6, and over 95 percent of members are in college or college bound. The national average of college attendance after high school is 43 percent.
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.
The Colts travel and perform throughout the summer, beginning the first week of June and concluding the third weekend in August. During the summer, the group will tour 72 days and perform over 50 times for an audience estimated to number over 250,000 people. Thousands more see the group via television, including a world-wide Public Broadcasting Telecast of Drum Corps International finals from Buffalo, NY.
Performances are scheduled in Dallas and San Antonio, TX, Cincinnati, OH, Indianapolis, IN, Erie and Philadelphia, PA plus many other locations. In total, the group will travel over 11,000 miles and perform in 15 different states. The season will conclude at the Drum Corps International Finals in the Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY Aug. 9-11.
The Colts travel with approximately 170 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.
The drum and bugle corps activity includes approximately 250 different corps worldwide. The Colts have ranked in the top 25 for the past 19 years, including top 12 international finalist status six of the past eight years.
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, and 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.