Your son is auditioning for one of the finest drum corps in the nation. If he earns a spot, this summer will probably be the most challenging of his life, and hopefully the most rewarding, as well. It will also be a ton of fun, and we want you to share in the excitement along with him!

The information here is intended to give you an overview of the organization.


Founded in 1948, The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization sponsored by The Village of Rosemont, Illinois, 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 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.

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Our season begins in mid-May with about 4 weeks of rehearsals (known as “pre-tour”). Rehearsals are typically 12 hours a day, every day. Members do get several blocks of free time and a couple opportunities to do their laundry. This is by far the most tedious and challenging portion of the season.

In mid-June we begin traveling and performing. We typically perform at approximately 30 shows throughout the country, ending with the Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championships in Indianapolis on the second Saturday in August.




The Cavaliers typically drive about 10,000-13,000 miles each summer. We travel in five coach buses; three are for the members, one bus for the instructional staff, and one bus for our volunteers.

Our convoy also includes three semi–trailers. Two carry all of our uniforms and equipment and the third is a mobile kitchen used to prepare 4 meals a day for our 150 members plus staff and volunteers. It features a walk-in refrigerator and freezer, washer/dryer, a shower, and drink system that is the envy of DCI.



The Cavaliers travel with a nursing staff at all times and have an extensive network of healthcare professionals to support our needs. Member safety, health, and well-being is the priority for our entire team..

All members are required to submit proof of a sports physical, a medical history form, and health insurance information to the medical staff.

If your son has special dietary needs, include that information in the Registration so that we may best accommodate his requirements.