The Cavaliers are pleased to invite our alumni, family, and the local Chicagoland community out to West Leyden High School on Sunday, April 15 to cheer on CAVALIERS INDOOR PERCUSSION (WGI Independent World Class), CHROMIUM WINDS (2017 WGI Winds Independent Open Class Champion), and CRYSTAL LAKE THUNDER (WGI Independent A Class and Cavalier Affiliate Program) as they prepare for the upcoming 2018 WGI World Championships held in Dayton, Ohio.

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This free WGI Send-Off Exhibition event will feature  inside access to CIP's rehearsal, a joint performance of Chromium Winds and Midwest Connection, exclusive 2018 show performances by each ensemble, and several ways to support these student programs.

"Our students, staff, and volunteers involved with Cavaliers Indoor, Chromium Winds, and Crystal Lake Thunder have invested an inspiring amount of work so far this season," said Chris Lugo, Executive Director of The Cavaliers' organization. "This open house event is our opportunity to showcase our indoor programs to the local community before closing out the year with WGI World Championships!"

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WGI Send-Off Exhibition

Date: Sunday, April 15
Location: West Leyden High School (1000 Wolf Rd, Northlake, IL 60164)
Time: 3:00pm (full schedule below)
Price: FREE


Schedule of Events

3:00pm – Cavaliers Indoor Open Rehearsal
3:45pm – Introduction of Ensemble Directors
4:00pm – Midwest Connection w/joint performance with Chromium Winds
4:20pm – Crystal Lake Thunder
4:40pm – Chromium Winds
5:00pm – Cavaliers Indoor Percussion

Several Fun Ways to Support Your Favorite Group

50/50 Raffle
Silent and Live Auction
Live BOOST Boards!

As we close out the indoor season, we're asking the Cavalier Nation to support Cavaliers Indoor and Chromium Winds through our BOOST boards, an easy way to give and offset the cost of travel, food, lodging associated with the WGI World Championships experience. 

Every BOOST contribution benefiting CIP or Chromium is processed through The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Rosemont, Ill. Your charitable contributions to The Cavaliers are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Crystal Lake Thunder

Chromium Winds

Cavaliers Indoor Percussion

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, our performers, and the local Chicagoland community.

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

About Crystal Lake Thunder

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.

About Chromium Winds

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.


About Cavaliers INdoor Percussion

Cavaliers Indoor Percussion (CIP) is the Independent World Class marching percussion ensemble representing The Cavaliers. Participating in the Winter Guard International (WGI) circuit, CIP offers serious male percussionists age 14-22 a world-class performance outlet in the Chicagoland area, building on the style, creativity, and excellence of The Cavaliers' award-winning percussion program.

about The Cavaliers

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.