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The Cavaliers

The Cavaliers

Location Rosemont, IL
Division World Class
Founded 1948
Director Adolph DeGrauwe
Championship Titles 1992, 1995, 2000 (tie), 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006
Corps Uniform Kelly green blouse with white wings and a white and black sash, white "Cavalier" hat, white gloves and white gauntlets with black band near elbow, black pants and shoes

The Cavaliers are a junior drum corps based in Rosemont, Illinois. They are members of Drum Corps International and they compete within DCI World Class (formerly DCI Division I). They are one of two remaining all-male drum corps in DCI, the other being the Madison Scouts. The corps is under the direction of Adolph DeGrauwe.

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History

The Cavaliers was founded in 1948 as the Boy Scout Troop 111 Drum and Bugle Corps, based on Chicago's northwest side. The corps added an American Legion sponsor the following year, becoming the Kosciuszko Post 712 Drum & Bugle Corps. In the early 50s, the boys in the corps decided to take a new name, and after some discussion (influenced by the introduction of the short-lived "Cavalier" cigarettes), the members chose to call themselves The Cavaliers adopting not only the name, but a similar logo to the image on the cigarette pack.

The corps was founded by Don Warren, who remained its one and only president until his retirement in 2008.

The Cavaliers are charter members of DCI and have appeared in all but 2 finals contests (missing 1973 & 1978).

In 1992, The Cavaliers won their first DCI Championship. They also won in 1995, and since then, they have won five DCI titles in a 7-year span (2000-2006), including only the second ever three-peat(2000-2002). In 2002, The Cavaliers broke the record of all-time highest score in Drum Corps International with a score of 99.15, a record which has been tied but never actually broken.

The Cavaliers hold the record (set in 2003) for the longest string of consecutive victories in DCI history.

From 8/13/1999 through 8/7/2009 The Cavaliers placed in the top 3 at every show in which they competed.

The Mission

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

Shows by year

1957

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars National Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • Student Prince Medley
    • When Johnny Comes Marching Home
    • High School Cadets
    • Surrey With The Fringe On Top (from Oklahoma)
    • Sing, Sing, Sing
    • The Caine Mutiny
    • Triumphal March (from Aida)
    • Somewhere Over The Rainbow
    • I'm Always Chasing Rainbows

1958

  • Repertoire:
    • Student’s Marching Song
    • Come Boys
    • When Johnny Comes Marching Home
    • Galop (from The Comedians)
    • Somewhere Over The Rainbow
    • I’m Always Chasing Rainbows

1959

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars National Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • Babes In Toyland
    • Battle Hymn Of The Republic
    • Miserlou
    • Galop (from The Comedians)
    • Somewhere Over The Rainbow

1960

  • Repertoire:
    • Babes In Toyland
    • March Of The Toys (from Babes In Toyland)
    • Battle Hymn Of The Republic
    • I Got Plenty Of Nothin’ (from Porgy and Bess)
    • Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)
    • Bess, You Is My Woman Now (from Porgy and Bess)
    • Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
    • Miserlou
    • Somewhere Over The Rainbow
    • I’m Always Chasing Rainbows

1961

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars National Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • Fanfare (from Gypsy)
    • Desert Song
    • Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)
    • Battle Hymn Of The Republic
    • Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
    • Somewhere Over The Rainbow
    • I’m Always Chasing Rainbows
    • I Got Plenty Of Nothin’ (from Porgy and Bess)

1962

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars National Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • Gypsy
    • Riff Song
    • One Flower
    • French Marching Song
    • Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
    • Battle Hymn Of The Republice
    • Carioca
    • Somewhere Over The Rainbow
    • I’m Always Chasing Rainbows

1963

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars National Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • Gypsy
    • I Got Plenty Of Nothin’ (from Porgy and Bess)
    • Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)
    • Bess, You Is My Woman Now (from Porgy and Bess)
    • Battle Hymn Of The Republic
    • Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
    • Somewhere Over The Rainbow
    • I’m Always Chasing Rainbows

1964

  • Repertoire:
    • Who Will Buy (from Oliver)
    • Yankee Doodle
    • Columbia, The Gem Of The Ocean
    • Yankee Doodle Dandy
    • America
    • Dixie
    • Marching Through Georgia
    • Battle Hymn Of The Republic
    • Show Me (from My Fair Lady)
    • Get Me To The Church On Time (from My Fair Lady)
    • Somewhere Over The Rainbow
    • I’m Always Chasing Rainbows

1965

  • Repertoire:
    • Bully
    • Somewhere (from West Side Story)
    • Something’s Coming (from West Side Story)
    • Jet’s Song (from West Side Story)
    • America (from West Side Story)
    • Who Will Buy (from Oliver)
    • America
    • Marching Through Georgia
    • Dixie
    • Battle Hymn Of The Republic
    • Somewhere Over The Rainbow
    • I’m Always Chasing Rainbows

1966

  • Sons of the American Legion National Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • Bully
    • Battle Hymn Of The Republic
    • It Ain’t Necessarily So (from Porgy and Bess)
    • Tiger Rag
    • Somewhere (from West Side Story)

1967

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars National Champion
  • Sons of the American Legion National Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • Bully
    • One Hand, One Heart (from West Side Story)
    • In The Hall Of The Mountain King (from Peer Gynt)
    • It Ain’t Necessarily So (from Porgy and Bess)
    • Tiger Rag
    • Somewhere (from West Side Story)

1968

  • Repertoire:
    • One Hand, One Heart (from West Side Story)
    • Romeo and Juliet
    • It Ain’t Necessarily So (from Porgy and Bess)
    • Tiger Rag
    • Somewhere (from West Side Story)

1969

  • Repertoire:
    • The Ten Commandments
    • Battle Hymn Of The Republic
    • Big Spender (from Sweet Charity)
    • In The Hall Of The Mountain King (from Peer Gynt)
    • Bully
    • Somewhere (from West Side Story)
    • Somewhere Over The Rainbow

1970

  • Repertoire:
    • The Ten Commandments
    • Impossible Dream (from Man Of La Mancha)
    • Land Of A Thousand Dances
    • Eleanor Rigby
    • Bully
    • Somewhere (from West Side Story)

1971

  • Repertoire:
    • Irish Medley
    • Americans We
    • Eleanor Rigby
    • Circus Music Medley
    • Look For The Rainbow
    • Somewhere Over The Rainbow
    • I’m Always Chasing Rainbows
    • Wearing Of The Green

1972

  • Drum Corps International Finalist
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars National Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • March of the Toreadors (from Carmen)
    • One Hand, One Heart (from West Side Story)
    • Les Preludes
    • Casey Jones
    • Eleanor Rigby
    • Salute To The Green
    • Somewhere Over The Rainbow
    • Americans We
    • I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
    • Look For The Rainbow
  • Placement: 9th
  • Score: 79.45

1973

  • Competed in Drum Corps International
  • Repertoire:
    • Tradition (from Fiddler on the Roof)
    • Sabbath Prayer (from Fiddler on the Roof)
    • Pinball Wizard
    • All for the Best (from Godspell)
    • We Beseech Thee (from Godspell)
  • Placement: 15th
  • Score: 74.65

1974

  • DCI Open Class Finalist
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars National Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • March of the Toreadors (from Carmen)
    • Victory at Sea
    • Tommy
    • All for the Best (From Godspell)
    • Once Upon A Time
    • Somewhere (from West Side Story)
    • Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Placement: 8th

  • Score: 79.55

1975

  • DCI Open Class Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Russian Christmas Music
    • Time Odyssey 7534
    • Love In Them Thar Hills
    • Entrance to Reality (from The Picasso Suite)
    • Once Upon A Time
    • Somewhere (from West Side Story)
    • Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Placement: 8th

  • Score: 82.95

1976

  • DCI Open Class Finalist
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars National Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • Russian Sailor's Dance
    • Chump Change
    • Give It One
    • Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)
    • Bess, You Is My Woman Now (from Porgy and Bess)
    • Firebird Suite
  • Placement: 7th
  • Score: 84.30

1977

  • DCI Open Class Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Man of La Mancha
    • Porgy and Bess
  • Placement: 7th
  • Score: 83.00

1978

  • DCI Open Class
  • Repertoire:
    • Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me?
    • Russian Sailor's Dance
    • Pineapple Rag
    • Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony
  • Placement: 16th
  • Score: 78.30

1979

  • DCI Open Class Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Santa Esmeralda Suite
    • Fantasy
    • Cuban Fire Suite
    • Somewhere Over the Rainbow
    • Children of Sanchez
  • Placement: 11th
  • Score: 78.50

1980

  • DCI Open Class Finalist
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars National Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • Santa Esmeralda Suite
    • Suncatchers
    • Sing, Sing, Sing
    • Sambandrea Swing
    • Softly As I Leave You
  • Placemnt: 9th
  • Score: 77.40

1981

  • DCI Open Class Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Picasso Suite
    • Sing, Sing, Sing
    • Sambandrea Swing
    • Softly As I Leave You
  • Placement: 10th
  • Score: 82.80

1982

  • DCI Open Class Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Pines of Rome
    • Heliopolis
    • City
    • I've Had Enough
    • Ai No Corrida
    • Softly As I Leave You
  • Placement: 11th
  • Score: 81.95

1983

  • DCI Open Class Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Jade
    • Celebration Suite
    • Rendezvous
    • Pines of Rome
  • Placement: 9th
  • Score: 80.55

1984

  • DCI Open Class Finalist
    • Don Juan
    • Summer Sketches
    • Ozark
    • Pines of Rome
  • Placement: 8th
  • Score: 89.70

1985

  • DCI Open Class Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • The Planets
      • Mars
      • Mercury
      • Uranus
      • Jupiter
  • Placement: 5th
  • Score: 94.10

1986

  • DCI Open Class Bronze Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Canzona
    • Variations on a Korean Folk Song
    • Gamelan
    • Mars

Placement: 3rd

  • Score: 95.70

1987

  • DCI Open Class Bronze Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Festival Variations
    • Variations on a Korean Folk Song
    • Liturgical Dances
  • Placment: 3rd
  • Score: 94.70

1988

  • DCI Open Class Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Firebird Suite
  • Placement: 5th
  • Score: 95.10

1989

  • DCI Open Class Bronze Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Gloria
      • Gloria: Andante and Allegro Vivace
      • Images Diabolique
      • Gloria: Vivace E Ritmico
  • Placement: 3rd
  • Score: 97.20

1990

  • DCI Open Class Silver Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Cavalier Anthems
      • Homage to Machaut (from Medieval Suite)
      • Variations On An Advent Hymn
      • All Things Bright and Beautiful
      • O, Clap Your Hands
      • Gloria
  • Placement: 2nd
  • Score: 96.90

1991

  • DCI Open Class Silver Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Cavalier Anthems Advent Collection
      • Variants On An Advent Hymn
      • Te Deum
      • Die Natale
      • Men of Goodwill
      • The Bridegroom
      • O Be Joyful In The Lord
  • Placement: 2nd
  • Score: 96.300

1992

  • Drum Corps International World Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • Revolution and Triumph
      • Gavorkna Fanfare
      • Cornish Dances, 4th Movement
      • English Dances, 4th Movement
      • Peterloo Overture
  • Placement: 1st
  • Score: 97.50

1993

  • DCI Division I Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Heroes, A Symphonic Trilogy (Journey..Conflict.. Triumph)
      • The Symphonic Cantata
      • Heroes, Lost and Fallen
      • Morning Alleluias (for the Winter Solstice)
  • Placement: 5th
  • Score: 94.00

1994

  • DCI Division I Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Rituals
      • Sansemaya
      • Humming Chorus (from Ivan the Terrible)
      • War Dance (from Belkis, Queen of Sheba)
      • Church Windows, Movement II
      • March (from Symphonic Metamorphosis)
  • Placement: 4th
  • Score: 95.70

1995

  • Drum Corps International World Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • The Planets
      • Mars
      • Venus
      • Mercury
      • Jupiter
  • Placement: 1st
  • Score: 98.30

1996

  • DCI Division I Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Pan American Sketches
      • Pavana (from Tres Versiones Sinfonica)
      • Mexican Landscape (from Latin American Sketches)
      • Xylophone (from Tres Versiones Sinfonica)
      • Piano Sonata No. 1, Fourth Movement
      • Third Symphony, Fourth Movement
  • Placement: 4th
  • Score: 93.80

1997

  • DCI Division I Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • The Firebird
      • Introduction (from Rite of Spring)
      • Berceuse
      • Carrilon
      • Retinue
      • Infernal Dance
      • Finale
  • Placement: 7th
  • Score: 92.80

1998

  • DCI Division I Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Traditions for a New Era
      • The Path Between The Mountains
      • Molto Vivo (from Dance Movements)
      • Lento (from Dance Movements)
      • Machine
  • Placment: 4th
  • Score: 96.20

1999

  • DCI Division I Bronze Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Classical Innovations
      • Fantasia for Band in G major
      • Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn
  • Placement: 3rd
  • Score: 97.00

2000

  • Drum Corps International World Champion (shared with The Cadets)
  • Repertoire:
    • Niagara Falls
  • Placement: 1st (tie)
  • Score: 97.65

2001

  • Drum Corps International World Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • 4 Corners
  • Placement: 1st
  • Score: 98.35

2002

  • Drum Corps International World Champion
  • Repertoire:
  • Placement: 1st
  • Score: 99.15

2003

  • DCI Division I Silver Medalist
  • Repertoire:
  • Placment: 2nd
  • Score: 97.25

2004

  • Drum Corps International World Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • 007
      • Selections from Goldeneye
      • Hovercraft (from Die Another Day)
      • Welcome To Cuba
      • Paris and Bond (from Tomorrow Never Dies)
  • Placement: 1st
  • Score: 98.700

2005

  • DCI Division I Silver Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • My Kind of Town
      • Chicago
      • The Magnificent Mile Jig
      • The Great Fire of 1871
      • Sweet Home Chicago
  • Placement: 2nd
  • Score: 97.625

2006

  • Drum Corps International World Champion
  • Repertoire:
    • Machine
      • Genesis
      • Wired
      • Premonition
      • The Machine Age
  • Placement: 1st
  • Score: 97.200

2007

  • DCI Division I Bronze Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • And So It Goes...
      • The Stranger
      • Angry Young Man
      • And So It Goes
      • Invention in C Minor
      • Pressure
      • I've Loved These Days
      • Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
  • Placement: 3rd
  • Score: 96.350

2008

  • DCI World Class Bronze Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Samurai
      • Bushido
      • Ronin
      • Ken-jutsu
      • Fumeiyo yori shi wo
  • Placement: 3rd
  • Score: 97.325

2009

  • DCI World Class Finalist
  • Repertoire:
    • The Great Divide
      • Extreme Make-over
      • Pampeana No.3 - Impetuosamente
      • The Engulfed Cathedral
      • On the Great Divide
  • Placement: 4th
  • Score: 96.150

2010

  • DCI World Class Silver Medalist
  • Repertoire:
    • Mad World
      • Mad World
      • Harrison's Dream
      • Smile
      • Dismantling Utopia
  • Placement: 2nd
  • Score: 97.75

2011

  • DCI World Championship Bronze Medalists
  • Fred Sanford Trophy (High Percussion)
  • Repertoire:
    • XtraordinarY
      • Footprints by Wayne Shorter
      • Jungle Tango by The Jazz Mandolin Project
      • Nature Boy by Eden Ahbez
  • Placement: 3rd
  • Score: 96.850

2012

  • Repertoire:
    • 15 Minutes of Fame
      • Don Juan
      • Dead Elvis
      • Paparazzi
      • Don Giovanni
      • Vesti la Giubba
      • Out Here on My Own
      • Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt Suite #1)

Traditions

Corps Song/Somewhere Over the Rainbow

The Cavaliers' corps song is based on the US Coast Guard hymn, Semper Paratus. The words are as follows:

We are the corps The Cavaliers,
There is no corps we fear,
We march along and sing this song,
For we know that we never never will go wrong, so

March onto victory Cavaliers,
As we march on through the years,
We march along and sing this song,
For we are The Cavaliers.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow has a very special meaning to all of the members of corps. The Cavaliers adopted "Rainbow" as their song during their rise to prominence in the 1950's. A headline in the Midwest Corps News stated "Cavaliers Wish on Rainbow Comes True", and since 1951, The Cavaliers have sung Rainbow as "their" song.

Both songs are traditionally sung before every Cavaliers performance.

The Cavaliers play a medley of the two songs for encore performances and other special occasions.

Bass Drum Cadance

It's called "Iowa".

Here is some of the history -- as remembered by FMMs Wayne Karge and Paul Milano.

Wayne Karge -- "The drum beat was not written by any of the instructors. A bunch of us were hangin' around the hall one night and a couple of the bass drummers were noodling with bass drum beaters on either the floor or one of the tables. They just sort of came up with the beat that night. The next weekend when we were leaving the field they used it. The crowd immediately started clapping along and it has stuck ever since. I believe this happened around 1964, or 1965. I know 1964 was the first year we started using tuned bass drums, which was a first to drum corps. This might have been the year, or it might have happened the following year, but it was sometime around then. I know for sure Tom Hartig was one of the drummers and possibly Dave Hoppe was there that night. I remember this fairly well since I was there and I also know Bob Ross was there (two of the Andrew sisters, even though we hadn't been given that name yet.) I specifically remember Bob really 'digging the beat.'"


Paul Milano -- "I was always under the impression that the name "Iowa" developed due to the cadence's sound that mimicked the word Iowa (Iowa, Iowa, pause, I-O-WA).


The "Nozo"

The Cavaliers are respectfully known as The Green Machine. The gears symbolize that the wearer is an important cog or "gear: in the Green Machine. Multiple gears show the number of seasons that the member has marched, plus one for initiations.

The unofficial record for gears (years) is 14 by Scott Seal, Tim Peters and Steve DeGrauwe, which included years in the Cavalier Cadets and the Cavaliers.

In 1968, the Des Plaines Vanguard gave each of their members a black, circular rubber washer to wear around their necks as a good luck charm. They called it an "Ozo" for some reason. Not to be outdone, the Cavaliers' guys came up with the idea of a green gear to wear around their necks. They called it a "Nozo."

No gears were handed out by the corps again until the spring of 1973. Paul Milano, president of the President's Club, wanted to do something to boost morale a bit after coming off the lackluster 1972 season, so he suggested getting gears for the members, and Personnel Manager Bob Jackson procured the new green gears.

The gear tradition has been continued by the Cavalier members to this day. Recent gears have been customized or painted by the Drum Majors to represent that year's show.

Splooie

Splooie is The Cavaliers' battle cry. The actual history and significance are only known by initiated members.

Initiations

A ceremony welcoming second-year Cavaliers into the Cavalier brotherhood.

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