(ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS) - On August 12th, 2018 The Cavaliers are proud to name Michael McIntosh as a Honorary Cavalier at our annual Awards Brunch. The Honorary Cavalier award is presented to individuals who have given continuously and generously of their time over many years, and never marched in The Cavaliers.

"Michael McIntosh has been a corner stone of The Cavaliers percussion program for twenty years," said Joe Roach, Director of Programs. "In Mike's time here at The Cavaliers he as grown from a snare technician to battery caption head to battery arranger, electronics designer and music coordinator for the design team. I truly believe Mike found his voice at The Cavaliers.  The Cavaliers have evolved into the corps we are today because of Mike's passion and dedication. From all of us at The Cavaliers, Congratulations." 


"Many things in life come full circle we just have to be patient enough," said Bret Kuhn.  "Hiring Mike in 1998 was one of the best choices I made for The Cavaliers and now having Mike bring me back home in 2018 is completing that circle and being a part of his team is incredible. He has given much to The Cavaliers and is completely dedicated to the Drum Corps. Making him a very worthy and deserving choice for Honorary Cavalier."

Congratulations Michael

About Michael McIntosh


Mr. McIntosh is a graduate of Butler University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with an emphasis in Composition.

In addition to designing, coordinating, consulting and composing for many marching bands all over the United States, Michael is the Percussion Coordinator for the Music For All Summer Symposium as well as the Percussion Caption Supervisor, Music Coordinator and one of two Percussion Designers for The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. From 1997-2011, Mr. McIntosh was a percussion specialist at Carmel high school in Carmel, Indiana and an integral part of programs named the 2001 and 2017 AAA National Champion as well as the 2005, 2012, 2016 and 2017 BOA Grand National Champions.

Mr. McIntosh is an active clinician and adjudicator, giving clinics throughout the US, Europe and Asia, having performed clinics in Japan and Beijing, China. Michael is a current adjudicator for WGI and Bands of America.

Compositionally, Michael has had works commissioned for the Midwest Band Directors Convention as well as the West Point HellCats. Currently, he has works published by SmartMusic, Row-Loff Publications, Yamaha Sounds of Summer, Tap Space Publications, Key Poulan Music, Drop 6 Media, The Hal Leonard Corporation, Innovative Percussion, Marching Show Concepts and Dynamic Marching.

Michael is a Yamaha artist/clinician as well as a signature drumstick artist with Promark. Mr. McIntosh also endorses EVANS drumheads, Zildjian cymbals and Planet Waves Cables.

Michael resides in Minnesota with his wife Joy and their two beautiful daughters, Scotlyn and Graysen.

About The Cavaliers

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Founded in 1948 from Boy Scout Troop 111, The Cavaliers are one of the most successful drum and bugle corps in history, winning 20 national championships, including seven Drum Corps International world championships since 1992.

The Cavaliers provide a variety of educational and performance programs for young people, including GearWORKS, Cavaliers Indoor Percussion, Chromium Winds, Crystal Lake Thunder, and Midwest Connection. The organization delivers life-changing experiences that go beyond music and performing arts to build personal accountability, excellence, teamwork, and camaraderie.

The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization sponsored by The Village of Rosemont, Illinois.