Small world: my cousin Bryan Harmsen played top bass for the Cavaliers
for three years until a couple years ago when he aged out.
Before that, he played tenors for two years with Southwind Drum & Bugle
Corps out of Lexington, KY. Since he aged out of the Cavaliers, he's
been writing and teaching drum corps/marching band music for high
schools in the Houston area. He'll be happy to know you think so highly
of his corps; I know he was proud of them.
Donald Mallinson wrote:
> took a break from preparation for the convention to take the family and
> grandkids to watch the world champion Cavaliers from Rosemont IL
> practice tonight in Morton IL (8 miles from my house).
> They were travelling between Chicago and Alton. They came in about 3am
> Thursday, slept till maybe 8am, then went to various locations
> throughout the town to practice the various groups. At 6pm, they
> gathered at the high school football field and had a three hour practice.
> At 10pm after a final run-through of the entire 11 minute show, they
> were packing up, going to eat a meal, then drive to Alton where they
> camp out in another gymnasium in sleeping bags at 3am again, before
> getting up and doing it again. This weekend will be a full competition
> in Indianapolis, so Friday overnight they will head to Indy for a
> Saturday competition.
> The Caveliers began in 1948 and have many championships to their name,
> including something like four out of the last five years.
> Average age of the corps is 20 with the youngest still in High School
> (16?) and the oldest at 22 in college.
> Not often you get to watch the champs practice and put on a free
> If you have not seen a Drum Corps International performance, you really
> should try to take one in.
> Check out the Caveliers at:
> Don Mallinson
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