(ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS) - Drum Corps International (DCI) and Friends of DCI named Cavalier alumnus, volunteer, and Board member Scott Rhebergen as 2018 DCI Volunteer of the Year, along with Santa Clara Vanguard's Stephenie Herbert and Carolina Crown's Jim Williams. 


DCI looked for hardworking volunteers that committed selfless acts across the entire activity, regardless of competing class, and have sacrificed countless hours of dedication and unpaid efforts.

The 2018 recipients will be recognized this August during the DCI World Championship Semifinals in Indianapolis.

"From vehicle and equipment maintenance to driving students safely across the country, Scott has taken personal responsibility for, and direct ownership of, transportation and maintenance for a growing and evolving organization," said executive director Chris Lugo in a nomination letter to DCI

"All the while, Scott has embodied the Cavalier standards of excellence with a keen focus on safety compliance, maintenance planning, and operational efficiency."

Rhebergen joins many Cavalier volunteers who have been awarded this distinct honor, including Conrad and Dorothy Maryanski, Don Heitzman, and Helen Turner.

"Over the years, I have been proud to call Scott my friend and my brother," said Chris Hartowicz, President of The Cavaliers' Board of Directors. 

"I can’t think of anyone who deserves this honor more. We both share the honor of seeing our sons follow in our footsteps to become great Cavaliers in their own right. That kind of legacy is what makes this award so special."



Scott Rhebergen started his drum corps career in 1970 with the Franklin Park Colonels before moving on to the Norwood Park Imperials, and the finally on to The Cavaliers (1974-1978) as a “contra” player.

After aging out in 1978, Scott immediately started volunteering with The Cavaliers’ Transportation Department under the guidance of Conrad Maryanski (1992 DCI Volunteer of the Year along with his wife, Dorothy).

Drum corps and the marching arts is a family affair for Scott. His wife Marybeth is the sister of a Cavalier alum and Board member, and his brothers Neil and Eric, sister Sharon, and sons Andrew and Patrick have all participated in the activity, including The Cavaliers, Phantom Regiment, Blue Devils, Madison Scouts, Green Thunder Percussion, and Cavaliers Indoor Percussion.

Scott has also been a driving force with Green Thunder Percussion and Cavaliers Indoor Percussion, handling all things transportation for those groups since 2008. He has also played a significant role with the organization at large as a member of our Board of Directors since 2011.


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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.