what does it take to build a drum corps?

Welcome to second installment of The Cavaliers weekly photojournalism blog, IN FOCUS. Each week, I will be publishing a collection of photos in order to highlight the different experiences of a drum corps summer tour. I look forward to sharing the stories and experiences of the members, staff and volunteers of The Cavaliers as we travel from coast to coast rehearsing, performing and carrying on the storied legacy of The Green Machine.

This week focuses on the instructional staff of The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. Each member of the instructional staff brings a unique perspective to the drum corps. The diverse collection of backgrounds and experiences in the instructional staff is what makes our corps successful. The designers, caption managers, and the variety of technicians are what makes The Cavaliers a strong, competitive corps. On top of leading rehearsals, perfecting drill, and teaching choreography, they impart lessons which we can carry into our lives to make us better musicians, more effective leaders, and more well-rounded men.


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Photos captured by: Jonathan Bonaguro

Jonathan is a freelance photographer based out of Champaign, Illinois. While studying at the University of Illinois, he has covered Illinois Athletics for The Champaign Room, an SB Nation blog covering all things Illinois. In the fall, Jonathan will start in a few new roles as the Senior Sports Photographer for The Daily Illini as well as the Media Coordinator for the University of Illinois Marching Illini.

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About The Cavaliers

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.