From a Colts statement: We regret to inform you of the passing of Steve Yoder, 48, of Saginaw, Mich. Steve played a major role in the 2003 Colts Visual Team. He was also a music director and instructor at Central Michigan University. We ask that you all keep Steve and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Steve Yoder
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We encourage all of you to take a moment to share your sympathies with his family. He had instructed or directed many units during his career, including:
  • Northcoast Academy percussion ensemble
  • Northcoast Academy winter guard
  • CMU Metamorposis
  • CMU color guard
  • Chesaning Middle School winter guard
  • Chesaning High School winter guard
  • Chesaning marching band
  • Lakeland marching band
  • Lakeview marching band
  • Farmington Harrison marching band
  • Bandettes
  • Northern Dream Drum
  • Colts
  • Freelancers
  • Glassmen
  • Glassmen winter guard
  • Northern Aurora
  • Saginares
  • Garden City winter guard
  • Reverie of South Lyon
  • Forte' winter guard
  • Bridgeport 7th Star
  • Arthur Hill percussion
  • Flushing marching band
  • West Bloomfield marching band
  • Eastside Connection
  • Mt. Pleasant color guard
  • L'anse Creuse North guard
  • Third Edition winter guard
  • Pirateers winter guard
  • Kaleidoscope winter guard
  • Rising Star winter guard
  • Indigo winter guard
  • Heritage High School marching band
  • Walled Lake marching band
  • Chesaning Percussion Theater
  • Pewamo-Westphalia marching band
  • East Liverpool band (director) Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Crossroads Evangelical Church. Interment will follow in the Wauseon Union Cemetery. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to the Northcoast Academy of Saginaw, Mich. Arrangements are being handled by Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home, 219 South Fulton St., Wauseon, Ohio. Condolences may be sent to
    A note from the Yoder Family: Our family would like to personally thank you all for your love and support through our time of need. As you all may know Steve has been ill for many months with respiratory problems. He went into pulminary failure and just could not fight it. Steve put up a fight with his family for several weeks and gave it his all. When the body fights that hard for that long it definitely gets tired quickly. He would not want us to sit and mourn, he has in fact told several friends and myself that if he was ever dying not to cry over his bed, just go out and have a drink on me. He loved his job, family, friends, and most of all Steve loved his music. Our family will continue to follow the progress of North Coast Academy and will always have our doors open to those who feel the need. Continue on with your lives, and remember all the great that Steve has done for many of us. Once again thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers and believe us, he was told about all cards, phone calls, e-mails and visitors. God bless you all and thank you for your continued support.
    Sam Yoder (Uncle Sam the pizza man) and the entire John F. Yoder family For more information, visit the Colts' Web site.