FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Orginally posted July 19, 2016 by Chris Lugo)
(ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS) – The Cavaliers are pleased to introduce Chromium Winds (CW), the new co-ed performance ensemble that will represent the Cavalier Family in the Winter Guard International (WGI) Winds division starting with the upcoming 2017 season.
As The Cavaliers’ organization works to grow and enhance its educational impact in the Chicagoland area with programs like The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, Cavaliers Indoor Percussion, and GearWORKS, Chromium Winds will serve young male and female students looking for a challenging performance outlet in the newest division of the indoor activity, WGI Winds.
“I’m so proud that The Cavaliers are investing in educational and performance opportunities that will serve more students in our community,” said Chris Lugo, the organization’s executive director. “We’re excited to explore excellence and creativity in WGI Winds with Chromium, and I’m confident that we’ll deliver the high-quality experience with our family’s newest performance ensemble."
As described on WGI.org, WGI Winds presents marching music ensembles in the same performance environment as indoor color guard and percussion ensembles to showcase their musicianship with any kind of instrumentation.
Two divisions of competition are offered, one for scholastic groups and another for all-age Independent ensembles. Chromium Winds will compete as an Independent ensemble, with the classification of A, Open, or World level determined later in the fall of 2016.
Jordan Yi and Bennett Konstans will serve as Chromium’s inaugural co-directors, building on teaching experience with The Cavaliers and local music programs to lead an administrative and educational team aiming to embody the Cavalier and GearWORKS philosophies.
"I am honored to be a part of a wonderful organization so intently focused on student learning through the performing arts,” said Yi. “Our team is having fun as we set the stage for a memorable and meaningful performance experience for young men and women."
“Jordan and Bennett are hitting the ground running as they help launch Chromium for The Cavaliers’ organization,” Lugo added. “I can’t think of a better team of leaders who will guide and shape this ensemble now and into the years ahead."
Chromium Indoor Winds will be open to co-ed brass, woodwind, percussion, and auxiliary students in the Chicagoland area. Our target age range will be 14-22.
CW’s administrative, educational, and creative team will include Jordan Yi, Bennett Konstans, Kyle Adelmann, Victor Scimeca, Kevin Nevsimal, Greg Goeden, Robbie Pittman, Jeremy Stevens, Amanda Reber, Lindsey Schueller, Patrick Potts, and Bob Rada. More information about Chromium Winds, CW's staff, and the 2017 season will be released shortly.
CLINIC / AUDITION EVENTS
Chromium will team with Cavaliers Indoor Percussion to offer GearWORKS Chop Sessions and Audition Experience events this coming fall.
Tentative Chicagoland Chop Session dates for winds and percussion are August 28, September 18, and October 9, with joint CIP/CW Audition Experience events held on October 30 and November 6.
Additional Chop Session and Audition Experience information will be released this summer.
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About Chromium Winds
Chromium Winds (CW) is the Independent Winds ensemble representing The Cavaliers based out of Rosemont, Ill. Participating in the Winter Guard International (WGI) Winds circuit, CW will offer young male and female performers a competitive performance outlet in the Chicagoland area that builds on the style, creativity, and excellence of The Cavaliers' award-winning programs and ensembles.
About The Cavaliers
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, and Chromium Winds. 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.