The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps is ready to hit the road for a competitive summer tour of the United States after months of preparation and training.
With spring training ending in Adrian, Michigan, the band has rehearsed approximately 250 hours since May 26 in an effort to learn and perfect their 12-minute field show.
One hundred and fifty performers, 60 staff and volunteers, two tractor-trailers full of instruments and equipment and a third truck with a full kitchen will depart Adrian College for a tour next week.
The Cavaliers, sponsored by the Village of Rosemont, are a world-class drum and bugle corps affiliated with Drum Corps International.
The members are all male, made up of talented musicians and dancers between the ages of 16 and 22 from across the country.
Hundreds of young men audition to be Cavalier each November, after which those who make the cut rehearse together every month. They move in together at the end of May to learn and practice their 12-minute field show.
At the end of June, they went on tour, performing and rehearsing at major football stadiums across the country, beginning this year’s tour at Ford Field in Detroit. The 2022 season culminates at the DCI World Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, August 13.
Since 1992, the Cavaliers have won the world championship title seven times.
The 2022 Cavaliers production is titled “Signs of the Times.”
The show is designed to take audiences on a journey from the early days of printing to the modern age of social media, while showing how time is infinite and repeats itself in mystifying ways. The musical repertoire includes old and new music; from Johann Sebastian Bach to the Steve Miller Band via Harry Styles, also with original compositions.
On Sunday, July 3, the Cavaliers return home to Lisle, Illinois for Drum Corps International’s Cavalcade of Brass competition.
They will compete at the Benedictine University against groups from all over the country, performing a musical encore after the scores have been announced.
Community members are invited to cheer on the Cavaliers live at the event and can learn more or purchase tickets at dci.org/events/2022-cavalcade-of-brass. Advance ticket prices range from $30 to $50; $10 more on the day of the event. It does not include the non-refundable processing fee of $5.95 per ticket.
The Cavalcade of Brass schedule, which is subject to change, begins with the Welcome Ceremony at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Rosemont King Cobras at 7:40 p.m.; Music City – Nashville, TN at 7:52 p.m.; Colts, Dubuque, Iowa, at 8:09 p.m. After an intermission, it will be Phantom Regiment, Rockford, at 8:46 p.m., and Crossmen, San Antonio, Texas, at 9:03 p.m.
The Cavaliers will face off at 9:20 p.m., followed by an encore at 9:37 p.m. Scores will be announced at 9:50 p.m. It will take place at the Benedictine University sports complex, 5700 College Road in Lisle.