(ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS) - Executive Director Chris Lugo will be partnering with returning Corps Manager Dr. Michael Vaughn to serve as the administrative leadership team for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps in 2019, with direct support from Bruce Peters who has been hired as the central organization’s Operations Manager.

"As we look forward to an exciting 2019, it’s absolutely paramount that we continue our focus on the operational integrity of the organization and the drum corps,” said Chris Lugo, Executive Director of The Cavaliers.

“Our recent organizational retreat in September centered around achieving operational excellence at every turn,” Lugo added. “Building that excellence is going to take a team of dedicated people, and I’m honored that Michael is expanding his capacity as corps manager and Bruce is now on board as operations manager to help us advance into the year ahead."

Vaughn is a long-time member of The Cavaliers’ summer tour team and is a professor of music at National-Louis University in Chicago. He will serve as the lead administrator for the drum corps, working closely with Lugo, Peters, and Program Coordinator David McGrath to address facilitation of staff, tour admin, logistics, and key departments and support teams. 

Peters is a Cavalier alumnus who previously served as assistant corps director and has an operations management background in the Chicagoland area. He will partner with Lugo, Vaughn, and key stakeholders to ensure the quality and timely operations of the organization throughout the year.

With 2019 in motion, The Cavaliers would like to extend our most sincere gratitude and appreciation to recent Director of Programs, Joe Roach for his tireless work with the organization.

“Joe helped bring our mission to life for the drum corps, our indoor programs, and the entire organization,” said Lugo. “I'm honored that The Cavaliers got to know Joe as a colleague, a mentor, a leader, and a friend, and I know he is going to do amazing work with whatever is next. Please help me wish Joe the absolute best in his future endeavors."