From the Colts' Web site: The Colts' 2004 show will be called "From the Heartland." What constitutes an identity? How is tradition born? In 2004, we begin to explore the essence of the Colts: Where we come from and what we cherish. The optimism and continuous growth of the Colts over the four decades of our existence are reflected in the "American Overture," by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins. This exciting, traditional piece evokes the spirit of America's Heartland and exemplifies the home of the Colts. The Colts value individualism, tenacity and hard work. Aaron Copland's "John Henry" and "Threshing Machines" epitomize the initiation of the Midwest to industrialization and the struggle of man versus machine. These pieces explore the role of the individual and the hard work necessary to survive and thrive as a society. Dubuque, Iowa, is located on the banks of the Mississippi River, which has always been its lifeblood. The constancy and timelessness of the river are hauntingly portrayed through Jerome Kern's "Old Man River," a hymn to the Mississippi. The unrelenting power and longevity of the river has forever been a metaphor for the corps. The Colts also cherish community and a sense of family. These values are demonstrated in Robert Russell Bennett's "Celebration." This playful, lively piece is reflective of the small-town festivals found throughout the Midwest. This sense of community and commitment to each other is paramount to the Colts. The optimism, tenacity and commitment of the Colts have been the cornerstones of a tremendous drum corps family for more than 40 years. These values define the Colts. They define our success and prosperity. They have pushed us to endure and grow. We are The Colts.
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