Rosemont Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps departs for world championships
The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps is ready to hit the road for a competitive U.S. summer tour after months of preparation and practice.
With spring training concluding in Adrian, Michigan, the group has rehearsed roughly 250 hours since May 26 with the aim of learning and perfecting their 12-minute field show.
One hundred and fifty performers, 60 staff and volunteers, two semi trucks full of instruments and equipment, and a third truck outfitted with a full kitchen will depart Adrian College for tour next week.
The Cavaliers, sponsored by the Village of Rosemont, is a world-class competing drum and bugle corps affiliated with Drum Corps International.
The membership is all male, consisting of talented 16- to 22-year-old musicians and dancers from across the country.
Hundreds of young men audition to be a Cavalier in the month of November, after which point those who make the cut rehearse together monthly. They move in together in late May to learn and practice their 12-minute field show.
In late June, they set off for tour, performing and rehearsing in large football stadiums across the country, starting 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, Aug. 13.
Since 1992, The Cavaliers have won the world championship title seven times.
The Cavaliers 2022 production is entitled "Signs of the Times."
The show is designed to take audiences on a journey from the early days of the printing press, to the modern age of social media, all the while showing how time is endless and repeats itself in mystifying ways. Musical repertoire includes music of old and new; from Johann Sebastian Bach to Steve Miller Band to Harry Styles, with original compositions as well.
On Sunday, July 3, The Cavaliers return home to Lisle, Illinois for Drum Corps International's Cavalcade of Brass competition.
They will compete at Benedictine University against groups from across the country, performing a musical encore after scores are announced.
Members of the community 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 $5.95 nonrefundable processing fee per ticket.
The "Cavalcade of Brass" schedule, which is subject to change, begins with the welcoming ceremony at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Rosemont King Cobras at 7:40 p.m.; Music City -- Nashville, Tenn., 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 compete at 9:20 p.m., followed by an encore at 9:37 p.m. The scores will be announced at 9:50 p.m. It will be held at the sports complex at Benedictine University, 5700 College Road in Lisle.