Drum Corps International
Colts bid bittersweet goodbye as ""The Postcards"" are mailed home

Colts bid bittersweet goodbye as ""The Postcards"" are mailed home

by Drum Corps International

It's a study in contrast. In the far parking lot near Gillette Stadium, the Seattle Cascades are assembling their orange, metal-shaped sculptures. Nearby, another crew is disassembling metal pieces. The pieces are all that's left of the four Colts' postcards, which lined the backfield during their show.

The Colts dismantle the damaged
Joel Moody, a staff visual/percussion technician, explained that each postcard structure weighs 200 pounds. Layered in a U-Haul and traveling the "Under construction" roads around the area, the postcards were destroyed, the Colts discovered when they opened the door to disaster. "All the postcards were shattered," Moody said. "It was a disappointment. We worked really hard all year to get this far. And now not to have it part of the show ... " he trailed off. The entire visual staff and a dedicated brass tech used to arrive over an hour before the corps arrived. Today, they were sadly tearing it apart. Just laying the cards down is not an option. The postcard props needed to be in a structure because previous tarps laid on the field lead to the burning of the grass underneath. Each distinct postcard was a love note from Edward to Mary, the final letter indicating that Edward was about to ask Mary's dad for her hand in marriage. "The actual letters on the back have not been in a show," he said. "Only the staff and members have seen them." Unfortunately tonight, the semifinals audience won't even see the beautifully detailed "Postcards from Home."