The two groups from Iowa that are performing Tuesday in the Presidential Inaugural Parade arrived Sunday in Washington, D.C. The long trip included an unwelcome pit stop in Pennsylvania for one of the groups.
The 135 members of the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, based in Dubuque, endured a 30 bus ride to the nation’s capital. The teens say they’ve learned, when it comes to bus trips, to expect the unexpected. Sure enough, in eastern Pennsylvania along Interstate 70, one of the Colts’ fleet buses broke down.
"It was bound to happen," Colts member Eric Hollick said. Teammate Cory Freiberger agreed, "You never know what’s going to happen. You could have a brand new bus break down." Freiberger and Hollick were among the Colts members who helped transport luggage to a different bus in assembly line fashion. In less than a half hour, the fleet was back on the road.
The Colts and the Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corps of Des Moines are two out of nearly 100 groups from across the country that were invited to march in the Inaugural Parade.