(ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS) – Midwest Connection, the community drum corps project presented by The Cavaliers, is proud to announce its participation in the SoundSport International Music & Food Festival in Indianapolis, IN. 


Midwest Connection (MC) officially launched in 2017 to engage the local community of drum corps alumni and enthusiasts through a fun, challenging, and low-cost experience that builds on the area's rich drum corps history and the organization's award-winning family of programs and ensembles.

For the summer of 2018, MC is adding to its performance repertoire with an exciting step into the world of SoundSport, a growing program of Drum Corps International.


On Saturday, August 11th, Midwest Connection will perform in exhibition at the SoundSport International Music & Food Festival, adding to The Cavaliers’ focus in Indianapolis the week of DCI World Championships.

“Midwest Connection is taking another positive step forward in 2018,” said Executive Director Chris Lugo. “While SoundSport had been discussed internally here at The Cavaliers many times before, we felt this opportunity to connect MC and SoundSport was right for this community drum corps project this summer.”

Midwest Connection in Lisle, IL for Cavalcade of Brass

Midwest Connection in Lisle, IL for Cavalcade of Brass

After notching several local performances in the Chicagoland area over this past year, Midwest Connection’s leadership is using this SoundSport event to serve as the major performance opportunity for the ensemble’s upcoming Summer Session.  

“We’re preparing some great music for our summer performances and this 2018 SoundSport debut,” said Director Bob Rada. “It’s going to be downright fun to play in front of a drum corps audience and to add to the DCI World Championship festivities down in Indianapolis.” 

What is SoundSport?

SoundSport’s goal is to be local, low cost, and entertaining for both the participants and the audience. SoundSport events showcase instrumental ensembles of any instrumentation and any skill level year-round, spotlighting their unique talents and creativity like never before:

  • Participating teams can be colleges, high schools, middle schools, independent, alumni corps, small drum corps or whatever you can dream up
  • Teams consist of five or more members
  • There are no age restrictions and all instruments are legal
  • Shows are 5-7 minutes in length with a focus on music
  • The performance area is 20 yards deep and 30 yards wide

How do I get involved?

You're invited to learn more about Midwest Connection and the 2018 Summer of SoundSport on Sunday, April 29th at Cavalier Hall (7120 Lyndon Ave, Rosemont, IL.) at 1:00pm. This Open House event will also serve as an afternoon rehearsal to kick-start the season ahead, so please come out ready to learn and play!

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About Midwest Connection


Midwest Connection (MC) is an adult (18+) co-ed community ensemble established by The Cavaliers. MC focus is to gather the Midwestern Regions’ best and finest by connecting the dots between The Cavaliers’ organization, the drum corps community, their performers, and the local Chicagoland community.

Midwest Connection aims to celebrate the activity together in a fun, inclusive, low-cost manner and provide a musically challenging performance group for all to experience.

About The Cavaliers

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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.