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Colts arrive in Washington, D.C. for Inauguration

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -- After miles of traveling and numerous roadblocks along the way, the Dubuque Colts Drum and Bugle Corps have officially arrived in Washington, D.C. 

"It's been slick the whole way but with snow, we don't know what is under it. so we're just having to pace ourselves," said bus driver Kelly DeVore.

After driving through a night much like the wintry mix we've seen in Iowa, the Colts stopped for breakfast in Ohio.   Just a few hours later, bus 959, also known as "twit" broke down on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

"You just don't know, we take a little time to take care of that, and we make up for it," said bus driver Kelly DeVore.

"It's not a problem, it's an inconvenience," said color guard member Venessa Hauser.

An inconvenience that Evan Gurra and other drummers made the best of.  They spent time practicing, using portable drums in their laps.

"We just wanted to make sure we reviewed the music, make sure we're solid on what we're going to be playing in a couple of days," said drummer Evan Gurra.

Venessa Hauser of Dubuque couldn't practice her trade on the bus.  She's in the color guard.  

"I think it's really an honor for us to represent Iowa, I know we have something unique to offer and i think it's going to be great to show people that," said Venessa Hauser.

We are really excited and this is really a big moment in history. and we're looking forward to it. It's a huge honor to be playing in this kind of parade. It's history in the making," said Evan Gurra.

After arriving in Washington, D.C. the Colts practiced in a gymnasium, preparing for a busy couple of days ahead.

To read more about the trip, click here to access the Squires Scribbles blog.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires
Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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