(ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS) - The Cavaliers are proud to announce that Percussion Arranger and Caption Manager Michael McIntosh has been commissioned to compose an original piece for the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, to be performed with members of the The Cavaliers’ 2018 Percussion in Cleveland, Ohio, November 17, 2018.

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Contemporary Youth Orchestra (CYO) is the only youth orchestra in the country dedicated to the study and performance of contemporary orchestral literature. The revolutionary ensemble prides itself on preparing students for a confident career in the creative industries.

“When the CYO approached me about composing an original piece for Orchestra and Marching Percussion, I was beyond excited,” said Michael McIntosh, Percussion Arranger and Caption Manager for The Cavaliers.

“The piece ‘MESH!’ is about the boundaries, blend, and the eventual bash of blending these two completely different idioms together to create something new and fresh for the performers and the audience.”


“We can’t wait to see Michael’s original work come to life this November with the CYO and members of our 2018 percussion section,” said Chris Lugo, Executive Director of The Cavaliers.

“This is a unique opportunity to bring the marching arts and orchestral worlds together, and we’re honored to support such a fun and collaborative project with a world-class organization like the CYO.”

In addition to the debut of MESH!, the world's first concerto for drum line and orchestra, CYO’s November 17 performance will feature two of today's most visionary composers’ music: Thunderstuck by Christopher Rouse, head of composition at the Juilliard School and Route 66 by Michael Daugherty, head of composition at The University of Michigan. The recipient of the CYO annual concerto competition, Lily Waugh will perform Poem by Charles Griffes. Join us for a high octane journey!




Location: Tri-C Metro Auditorium, 2900 Community College Ave. 
Cleveland, OH 44113 

Date: November 17, 2018

Time: 7:00 PM EST

Admission: Purchase Tickets at

About Michael McIntosh

Michael 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.