(ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS) - The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps and the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center announce an evening of exhilarating music at the newly refurbished John Anson Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 25!

Credit: Gennia Cui, courtesy of Ford Theatres

Credit: Gennia Cui, courtesy of Ford Theatres

This is the first time since 1997 that the 154 members of The Cavaliers will be competing in the West Coast leg of the DCI summer tour. Founded in 1948, The Cavaliers were instrumental in developing the concept that eventually became Drum Corps International in the 1970s – a competition they have won seven times in the last seventeen years. Using a combination of strong visual presentation and powerful musical arrangements, The Cavaliers are one of the most recognized drum & bugle corps today.

The twenty member Pullum Center Jazz Band has become one of the most admired student ensembles in Los Angeles. Over the last several years they have played under the direction of Rickey Minor at the Emmy’s Composers Awards and at concerts and TV shows with Ciara, Missy Elliott, The Ronettes, Earth Wind & Fire, Dr. John, Arturo Sandoval, Jackson Browne, Wayne Shorter, Kamasi Washington and John Mayer. Pullum Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide quality performing arts instruction to youth in South Central Los Angeles. The program empowers young people to create a new vision of who they are and what they can become.

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- Master Jazz Trumpetist

- Maynard Ferguson Band

- LA’s prominent recording studio trumpeter

- Principal Trumpet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

- Studio Professor at Northwestern University

- Principal Trumpet of the LA Philharmonic

- “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band

- Boston Symphony Orchestra & Boston Pops

- Tanglewood Music Center

- Adjunct Professor at University of Texas

- Brass Arranger/Supervisor, The Cavaliers

This brass and percussion extravaganza will include musical numbers from The Cavaliers 2019 repertoire, some well-known pop tunes and jazz arrangements that will get you out of your seat!

Edit June 18, 2019:

—Performance venue has changed and will now be a FREE CONCERT at Leimert Park People Street Plaza(43rd Place & Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008)

—Unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts, Robert “Bob“ Sullivan will not be joining to play alongside The Cavaliers and Pullman Jazz Band.



The Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide quality performing arts instruction to at-risk youth and help them build self-esteem, develop civic responsibility, and achieve academic success. Our teachers provide a program filled with structure and well-planned curriculum to serve all students with a desire to learn and grow their talent.

About Fernando Pullum


Fernando Pullum earned his bachelor's degree in music education (1981) and master's in trumpet performance (1983). Fernando moved to Los Angeles in 1984 to follow his dream of becoming an educator and professional musician. He assumed the music program at L.A.'s Washington Prep High School. Under his tutelage, the program thrived. In 1989, Los Angeles Unified School District recognized Fernando's music program as the first music magnet in South Los Angeles.

During the years that followed, 100% of Fernando’s students graduated with a high school diploma and only one student failed to enroll in college during the next fifteen years. Fernando has been recognized by many organizations and individuals throughout his tenure, including Oprah, VH-1, the John Lennon Foundation and the State of California as its teacher of the year. He has performed and recorded with many industry greats, such as Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Jackson Browne, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Eddie Murphy, Fishbone and more.

Over the years, Fernando’s students have performed for many dignitaries, including President Ford and Prince Charles. The students have performed with Jackson Browne, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Lionel Hampton, Wynton Marsalis, Al Jarreau, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and many other incredible musicians. They have opened the Playboy Jazz Festival four times and traveled to Cuba, Brazil, Spain, and New York. Six of his former students have won Grammys.


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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.