Champlin grad to travel country with drum/bugle corps

Joey Wattenhofer of Champlin has been selected to perform as a member of the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps of Dubuque, Iowa.

Approximately 350 young people auditioned for one of the 150 positions in the group.

Joey Wattenhofer
Joey Wattenhofer

He is the son of Greg and Leanne Wattenhofer of Champlin and is a 2013 graduate of Champlin Park High School. He was a member of the Champlin Park Marching Band program for the past 4 years and is a current member of River City Rhythm Independent Open Drumline.

The Colts are named “Iowa’s Ambassadors of Music” by the Governor of Iowa and are an elite nationally ranked World Class competitive drum and bugle corps.

He is a member of the percussion section in the Colts. Members are selected through a competitive audition process. Young people from as many as 25 states

and overseas auditioned this year.

This is Joey’s first year with the Colts. Previous accomplishments in music and the performing arts include: Superior rating (snare solo) with the MN State Solo & Ensemble Contest 2012 and 2013, 1st place MN Percussion Assoc Solo & Ensemble Contest for cymbal ensemble 2013, three year member of River City Rhythm Independent Open drumline – World Championship finalists 2011-13. Joey also performed in Europe (Austria, Germany & Italy) with the Champlin Park High School band in 2011.

Joey will be attending St. John’s University in the fall where he plans on majoring in secondary education.

The Colts membership experience is an intensive, challenging and high achievement environment where life and leadership skills are taught. Members of the Colts are between the ages of 16 and 21, and the average age is approximately 19.

The Colts travel and perform throughout the summer, beginning Memorial Day weekend, and concluding the second weekend of August. The group will be in session 70 days and perform over 30 times for an audience estimated to number over 200,00 people while traveling through 22 states.

The Drum Corps International Finals will be at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. August 8-10. The Colts will compete in major shows in

Dallas, San Antonio, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Allentown PA, among many other locations on the road to Indianapolis.

The Colts travel with approximately 200 people, including 150 members, a teaching staff, a parent volunteer staff and support people such as drivers and seamstresses accompany the members. The group tours with four motor coaches, two semi trailer trucks, two vans, one supply truck and a souvenir sales trailer.

The Colts have been ranked in the top 25 of all drum corps for the past 30 years, including top 12 international finalist status 8 of the past 19 years. There are approximately 50 competitive corps in the country.

Further information on the Colts can be found at, or obtained by calling (563) 582-4872, or by sending an email to [email protected]