The 2010 Colts Drum and Bugle Corps presents… “True Colors”
Opening with the effervescent sounds of “Green” from “Color Music” by twentieth century composer Michael Torke, the Colts explores the playful energy and childlike discovery of the human spirit. Punctuated rhythms framed around a tonal, melodic core are as colorful as the title of the work itself. By combining jazz rhythms with brilliant orchestral timbres, this minimalist piece provides subtleties and unusual sonorities that bring this colorful title to life.
What better way to explore individual expression than through two compositions by Jeff Beal, “Alone In a Crowd” and “One Man Show”, from the soundtrack to the movie “Pollock”. Beal’s music captures the manic joy of Pollock’s painting, with an addictive weave of melody and rhythm, integrating the many moods of the creative life.
“True Colors”, written by the songwriting team of Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, was made into a hit single by the unique and flamboyant Cyndi Lauper. With meaningful lyrics about acceptance and happiness of others and oneself, Cyndi sings, “I see your true colors shining through…So don’t be afraid to let them show”; an anthem about looking below the surface to see what a person is really about. This production reminds us that we are all individual expressions, each distinctive and beautiful in our own way.
The final production of “Appalachian Morning” by Paul Halley is a rich mix of American bluegrass and classical, interweaving soaring melodies with contemporary rhythms as vibrant as the spin of a color wheel. A perfect storm of energy and exuberance, this piece celebrates the human spirit, closing the 2010 program with an enormous range of expression in a powerful wash of musical colors.
The Colts are a drum and bugle corps from Dubuque, IA. Dubuque is the smallest city nationally to host a Drum Corps International Division I drum corps, but have extensive community support. Founded in 1963, the Colts have had four names and thousands of members. In their most recent history, the Colts have become a championship corps, placing in the Top 12 at DCI Finals seven times. They are also only one of three corps to support a feeder corps, the Colt Cadets, which is open to children ages 11-17 who live primarily in Dubuque and the tri-state area.
The Colts are an “All Yamaha” performing ensemble utilizing the following Yamaha brass instruments:
YTR-8335S Xeno Trumpet, YMP-204MS Marching Mellophone, YBH-301MS Marching Baritone, YEP-202MS Marching Euphonium, YBB-202MS Marching Tuba
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