Congratulations to Chromium Winds on winning the Winds Independent Open Class with a score of 93.15!

Making this to be a historical season, Chromium took top honors in the WGI Sport of the Arts Winds Independent Open Class for the third consecutive time (the fourth 3-peat in Cavalier history) in their unprecedented third year of existence! The ensemble’s 2019 program was entitled “Left to Right” with music design by Michael Martin, sound design by Matt Hahn, and visual design by Kevin Nevsimal.

"I am incredibly proud of our performers for their hard work throughout the season,” states Andrew Zweibel, Chromium Winds Director. “This years' Chromium epitomized finishing strong, and demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to excellence. The future of CW is bright thanks to these impressive performers!"


“The organization is extremely proud of the entire team at Chromium Winds,” states Chris Hartowicz, Board President. “Chromium Winds is a great representation of what The Cavaliers organization stands for both on and off the floor.”


Thank you to our partners Yamaha Corporation, Fred J. Miller INC, Director’s Showcase International, Pageantry Innovations, and Ultimate Drill Book for their tremendous support!

The full staff team includes Andrew Zweibel (Director), Zachary Smith (Manager), Christian Cruz-Vargas, Michael Martin, Kevin Nevsimal, Jordan Fandrey, Matt Hahn, Jeremy Stevens, DaJauan Evan, Nathan Huxtable, Carter Taylor, Dana Young, and Bob Rada.


Congratulations to Crystal Lake Thunder for theIR FIRST TIME Finals Placement!

Crystal Lake Thunder, an affiliate-program of The Cavaliers, finished their season for the FIRST TIME with a Finals performance at the WGI Sport of the Arts Percussion World Championships!

“Our first time placing in finals was truly surreal. Every student and staff member put their heart and soul into this program,” states Khadijah Kellogg, Crystal Lake Thunder Director. “It was a personal journey and process for all of us and it was nice to see that rewarded."


Placing 13th in the Independent Percussion A Class with a score of 84.325, Thunder’s production was called “Weight.” It referred truly to the weight of life that we all experience through the ups and downs. The universal feelings of joy, friendship, rejection, or grief to connect us all. With the help of those around, everyone can overcome life's challenges.

The full staff team includes Dale Hallerberg (Executive Director), Khadijah Kellogg(Director), Bryan Jamison, Jeff Jennings, Daniel Eastwood, Daniel Jack, Josh Vezina, Victoria Clifford, Jakob Furgat, Carter Taylor, Kyle Johnson, Tyler Brooks, and Derek Dalton.

With a fantastic end to their season and in their third year of existence, the entire Cavalier Organization congratulates everyone involved with Crystal Lake Thunder!


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Crystal Lake Thunder (CLT) is an affiliate program of The Cavaliers presented by Crystal Lake Strikers of Crystal Lake, IL. This new Independent Percussion ensemble will offer young male and female percussionists a competitive performance outlet in the Chicagoland area that builds on the shared resources, style, and excellence of The Cavaliers' award-winning programs and ensembles.


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Chromium Winds (CW) is the Independent Winds ensemble representing The Cavaliers based out of Rosemont, IL. 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, 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.