about the cavaliers drum & bugle corps


Founded in 1948, 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. Each summer, 150 male brass, percussion and color guard performers aged 16-22 present a marching music show considered among the most challenging and original in the world.

The group performs at more than 30 competitions across the US and for more than 100,000 fans. Along the way, the young men not only learn about music and performing, but have a life-changing experience based on 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.


The mission of The Cavaliers is to provide the members with life changing experiences, educationally and socially, which help each individual member gain real-world life skills, musical training and performance experiences.

The Cavaliers develop life-long leaders through the performing arts and inspire fans around the world.

Key contacts

Lamar Long (Director of Media & Marketing): Lamar.Long@cavaliers.org



All media requests need to be sent to Media@cavaliers.org. Rehearsals/Practices for all ensembles are CLOSED and require media to have approval and clearance to be in those spaces. Cleared media personnel will be given credentials for onsite access.  For copyright purposes, all video, audio recordings, and photographs taken on site is prohibited unless approved by Director of Media and Marketing for The Cavaliers. Media clearance can take multiple days for approval so please email prior to your arrival. For the safety of our students, staff, and volunteers, ALL unauthorized personnel will be asked to promptly vacate the facility. 

Please Contact:

Media Requests/Access: Media@cavaliers.org

Office: Info@cavaliers.org or 224-567-8171

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteering@cavaliers.org

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quick facts

  • The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization sponsored by The Village of Rosemont, Illinois.

  • The Cavaliers were founded by Scoutmaster Don Warren in 1948 as Boy Scout Troop 111 Drum & Bugle Corps in Chicago, Ill.

  • The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps is a World Class competing organization and charter member of Drum Corps International (DCI).

  • The Cavaliers are also affectionately known as the "Green Machine."

  • In 1978, The Cavaliers Winter Guard was formed and a charter member of Winter Guard International (WGI).

  • The Cavaliers have won 20 national championships, including seven DCI world championships in 1992, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2006.

  • In 2008, The Cavaliers forms a WGI Open Class Percussion ensemble, Green Thunder Percussion (GTP).

  • In 2014, members of The Cavaliers hail from five countries, including the United States of America, Belgium, Canada, Japan, and Taiwan.

  • In 2014, GTP is redeveloped as Cavaliers Indoor Percussion (CIP); now a WGI World Class Percussion ensemble.

  • In 2017, The Cavaliers forms a WGI Open Class Winds ensemble, Chromium Winds (CW). In first year, CW wins Gold.

  • In 2017, The Cavaliers, as an affiliated program with Crystal Lake Strikers, reforms GTP as Crystal Lake Thunder (CLT) in WGI A Class Percussion.

  • In 2018, The Cavaliers celebrated their 70th Anniversary season.



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