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Musicians compete for spot on Dubuque's Colts Drum & Bugle Corps

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It's time for these young musicians to prove themselves.

"A world class (drum) line, I was like I really want to march there," said Hijlco Lankhorst, from the Netherlands.

Over 200 teens and young adults from all around the world in Dubuque to audition for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps. "The biggest thing we've been talking about this week is quality of sound, not playing with a bright and tight sound, but more of a vocal type of sound," said Chad Miller, head of the brass team.

An enormous amount of talent this weekend at the Five Flags Center.

They're competing for a spot either on the brass, percussion or color guard section. Also, a chance to perform around the country. "It does get tough having to be away from friends and your family all summer, sometimes these weekends get hard," said Noah Perkins, baritone player.

But for the love of music, they're more than willing to step up to the rigorous challenge. "It's essentially taken me from being a kid cause I started marching when I was 15 years old. I've learned self-accountability, I've become a much stronger musician, a much more confident person," added Noah.

And along the way, they're learning this commitment so much more than just about the music.

Every year, 150 spots are open on the Dubuque Colts team. The people auditioning this weekend will find out if they made it by Wednesday. Auditions are also being held in December.

They'll then start rehearsing and touring the country.

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