(ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS) – Chromium Winds (CW), the new indoor ensemble presented by The Cavaliers, captured the Winds Independent Open title at the 2017 Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championships held April 22-23 in Dayton, Ohio.

“Congratulations to Chromium's members, staff, volunteers, and parents for representing The Cavaliers and capturing a WGI Championship in their inaugural season,” said Chris Lugo, Executive Director of The Cavaliers’ organization. “We could not be prouder of the entire group for their performance, dedication, and drive over the course of the entire season."

Chromium took top honors in the Winds Independent Open class with a score of 92.75 and captured the Fan Favorite award with a cast of 24 members from the greater Chicagoland area. The ensemble’s 2017 program was entitled “Voices in My Head” with music design by Key Poulan, sound design by Lloyd Puckitt, and visual design by Kevin Nevsimal.

CW is also The Cavaliers’ first co-ed performing ensemble in the organization’s growing family of programs aiming to serve more young people through music and the performing arts.

"The members, staff, volunteers, and parents truly made Chromium Winds a success in our inaugural year,” said Jordan Yi, the ensemble’s director. "Through everyone’s dedication, collaboration, and work ethic, we were all able to contribute toward our goal of delivering a positive student experience and a challenging performance opportunity.” 

“As we begin planning for the upcoming 2018 season, I’d like to thank The Cavaliers’ Board of Directors and administration for embracing this new venture and supporting our students, staff, and volunteers every step of the way,” added Yi. “I’m so proud of every person involved in Chromium, and we can’t wait to continue growing as an ensemble and further contributing to the Cavalier Family."

Chromium Winds participates in the WGI Winds circuit and offers 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.

The full staff team includes Jordan Yi (director), Greg Goeden (manager), Andrew Zweibel, Kevin Nevsimal, Key Poulan, Lloyd Puckitt, Jeremy Stevens, Zachary Smith, Ashley Miceli, Emily Cleghorn, Amanda Reber, Victor Scimeca, Bob Rada, and Christian Cruz-Vargas.

Joe Roach, The Cavaliers’ Director of Programs, called Chromium a huge success and an important step forward for the organization. “Jordan and his team ended the 2017 season with a well-deserved championship, and we know this team went above and beyond to give CW’s students a meaningful and life-changing experience,” said Roach. 

“As we look at growth in the years ahead, the joy on the faces of Chromium’s members as they finished an impressive season gives our organization an indicator that we’re on the right path of developing more student opportunities.”

The Cavaliers would like to thank Yamaha, Fred J Miller, Field and Floor FX, Innovative Percussion, Pageantry Innovations, Remo, and Zildjian for their support of Chromium’s inaugural season. 

Congratulations to all involved with Chromium Winds in 2017!


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.


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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, 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.