(SAN ANTONIO) - The stars at night, though big and bright, could not outshine The Cavaliers as they took Texas tour by storm. Following an outstanding performance at DCI Broken Arrow in Oklahoma, the corps headed south for their tour of the Lone Star State.


The Cavaliers brought “The Wrong Side of the Tracks” to DCI North Texas for their first performance in Texas this season. It was a great homecoming for the number of corps members who hail from this state, such as trumpet player Jonathan Shier

“Texas tour is always my favorite time of the summer,” Shier said. “Not only do I get to see all of my friends from other corps, but I get to see my family and friends all in one place, watching me do what I love. Plus, Texas is the greatest country in America.”

Following their show in Denton, the corps ventured towards the Houston area and put on a stellar performance at DCI Katy in Katy, Texas. From there, the corps travelled to San Antonio to face off against all of the World Class corps for the first time this season.


Highly anticipated and the first regional of the 2019 season, the DCI Southwestern Championship was one to remember. Under the lights of the Alamodome, The Cavaliers pulled out all the stops and brought the stadium to its feet with a stand-out performance.

Drum Major Joey Salinas enjoyed performing on home turf and the great run the corps put on for the San Antonio crowd.

“It was refreshing being back with my family after a month or two away and seeing a lot of friends and family come to support me and my Cavalier brothers,” Salinas said. “ We were all excited going into San Antonio and it was nice to have a show where we all absolutely threw down and we came out of it very proud of what we did.”


The corps enjoyed a well-deserved, relaxing free day on the Riverwalk before heading back to the Dallas-area for their final show in Texas.

With one final run and an encore in the stands at DCI Mesquite, Texas tour officially came to a close for The Cavaliers. Mellophone player Zach Rezazadeh enjoyed his home show and Texas tour overall.

“Texas tour has been really great,” Rezazadeh said. “I got to see all of my friends and family again, the crowds were electric, the shows were amazing and overall, we had a really great time here. We got better as a drum corps and that's all we could have asked for.”


The final days of “The Wrong Side of the Tracks” continue as the corps heads east for the final leg of the 2019 tour. With major regionals and performances ahead, The Cavaliers are full steam ahead to make these final performances count.

about the cavaliers

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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.