(LOS ANGELES) - During the California leg of their tour, The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps had the unique opportunity to take their 2019 program from the football field to the streets of Los Angeles at the Celebration of Sound performance on June 25. 

The Cavaliers brought “The Wrong Side of the Tracks” to the people of L.A. with a special stand-still performance. They also delighted the crowd with encore tunes “Africa” and “Rosanna”, as well as performances featuring our battery and front ensemble.


Held in conjunction with the Pullum Community Arts Center, as well as Executive Director and Cavaliers alumni Fernando Pullum, the corps was joined by featured world-class performers Wayne Bergeron, Michael Martin and Tom Hooten. Together, they performed a number of different songs including “When You Wish Upon a Star”, “Pain for Wayne” and “MacArthur Park.”

“This is the greatest thing that has ever happened here, it was phenomenal,” Pullum said. “I had to suppress my tears, it was just the most amazing thing ever.”


Among the audience members was Grammy-award winning composer Eric Whitacre, who before this event had never experienced drum corps in person, but followed it online. Whitacre was speechless, describing the musicianship on display as unparalleled and unfiltered passion.

“You can see that everybody is here only to make music and that passion is the thing that is going to carry them all the way through,” Whitacre said.

For members of the corps, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is one that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Drum Major Joey Riedl said that the concert was a nice change of pace from the average show day and a moment that has defined his drum corps career. 

“The Celebration of Sound was a lot more than what I expected,” Riedl said. “It’s not every day you get to conduct one of the world’s best trumpet players, especially as a 21-year-old. But then Eric Whitacre also showed up and I never thought I would lock eyes with a Grammy-winning composer, choral director before conducting a show. It was a nice break and such a nice opportunity to energize a crowd and inspire those around us.”

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The Cavaliers were founded in 1948 from Boy Scout Troop 111 by the late Don Warren. One of the most successful drum and bugle corps in history, The Cavaliers have won 20 national championships, including seven Drum Corps International world championships, since 1992.

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

A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps is sponsored by The Village of Rosemont, Ill.