(ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS) – Cavaliers Indoor Percussion (CIP), the Independent World Percussion ensemble presented by The Cavaliers, will go inactive for the 2019 competitive season.

Cavaliers Indoor was active from 2015 through 2018, earning the Winter Guard International (WGI) Fan Favorite Award and CIP’s highest placement in 2016. CIP developed out of Green Thunder Percussion, a program of The Cavaliers that served Chicagoland percussion students from 2008 through 2014.

"What Green Thunder Percussion and Cavaliers Indoor Percussion accomplished over the last decade has been powerful and truly meaningful for The Cavaliers and the entire organization,” said Chris Lugo, Executive Director of The Cavaliers.


“I’m proud to say that the administration, staff, parents, volunteers, and student members of the ensemble have fully personified our mission of developing leaders through the performing arts.”

The strategic priorities of The Cavaliers heading into 2019 will have special focus on operational excellence and elevating our community impact, and the decision for CIP’s inactive status was made in the best interest of organization heading into the 2019 fiscal year.

“While this is difficult news, I want to express my gratitude to every individual who made the GTP and CIP experience unique, impactful, and fun over the years,” added Lugo.


The organization’s leadership and Board of Directors will reevaluate the ensemble’s inactive status in spring 2019 for the 2020 competitive season.

“Thank you is certainly not enough right now, but I echo the Board's sincere thanks that go out to the staff, supporters, membership, and the leadership and passion of Joe Roach, Paul Wiercioch, Dave and Sue Flynn, Huei-Yuan Pan, and Scott Rhebergen who were instrumental in advancing the ensemble from the humble beginnings in 2008 to the ensemble’s recent world-class stature.

Joe Roach ,  Paul Wiercioch , and  Dave Flynn with the Percussion Independent World Class Fan’s Favorite Award in 2016

Joe Roach, Paul Wiercioch, and Dave Flynn with the Percussion Independent World Class Fan’s Favorite Award in 2016