Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps
The Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps is a World Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Austin, Genesis performs in Drum Corps International competitions. Sources:Genesis was founded in September, 2009 by Chris Magonigal, Dillon Ingle, Aaron Sandoval, Robert Flores as a means for youth of the Rio Grande Valley to compete in drum corps, which they saw as "the next level of musical competition" beyond marching band. Success was far from certain, at a time when national and worldwide economics were causing the demise of dozens of long-established corps. After an examination by DCI to determine the group's organizational stability, on May 21, 2010, DCI announced that Genesis was approved to compete in that summer's competitive season. In its inaugural season, Genesis surprised many with its crowd-pleasing Latin-jazz program when it premiered at home in Texas; the corps toured to Illinois, Michigan and Ohio en route to the DCI Open Class World Championships in Michigan City, Indiana where the 69 member corps placed 9th of 16 corps.
After its first year, Genesis' staff made the decision to have each season be a "rebirth of the corps," combining new genres of music and visual ideas with the traditional drum corps idiom. With 76 members in 2011 and 84 in 2012, the corps moved up in Open Class, placing 6th both seasons before moving on to World Class prelims, where they finished 30th and 29th; the 2011 corps won DCI's "Most Improved Corps" award for Open Class. 2013 saw the corps grow to 113 members, its "mOZaic" program, featuring music from multiple "Oz" sources helped the corps rise to a 3rd-place finish at DCI Open Class Championships. Genesis competed in the DCI World Class World Championships at Indianapolis, advancing to semifinals, placing 23rd, earning full DCI membership, winning the World Class "Most Improved Corps" award. Additionally, Chris Magonigal was named DCI's Open Class Director of the Year. On January 17, 2014, Genesis announced that the corps was moving its operations from Edinburg to Austin, Texas. Posting on the corps’ website, corps director Chris Magonigal stated: “With its centralized location, dedication to the arts, its financial possibilities, Austin is the perfect city from which to operate our program.“ At the annual DCI meeting on January 27, 2017, Genesis was approved to compete as a World Class corps.
Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps is a registered non-profit 501 musical organization which has a Board of Directors and staff assigned to carry out its mission. Chris Magonigal is Executive Director, program coordinator, corps director. Genesis sponsors the Teatro Indoor Percussion ensemble, competing in the Winter Guard International Independent Open division. Source:Gold background indicates DCI Championship. Corps website DCI website
Indianapolis shortened to Indy, is the state capital and most populous city of the U. S. state of Indiana and the seat of Marion County. According to 2017 estimates from the U. S. Census Bureau, the consolidated population of Indianapolis and Marion County was 872,680; the "balance" population, which excludes semi-autonomous municipalities in Marion County, was 863,002. It is the 16th most populous city in the U. S; the Indianapolis metropolitan area is the 34th most populous metropolitan statistical area in the U. S. with 2,028,614 residents. Its combined statistical area ranks 27th, with a population of 2,411,086. Indianapolis covers 368 square miles, making it the 16th largest city by land area in the U. S. Indigenous peoples inhabited the area dating to 2000 BC. In 1818, the Delaware relinquished their tribal lands in the Treaty of St. Mary's. In 1821, Indianapolis was founded as a planned city for the new seat of Indiana's state government; the city was platted by Alexander Ralston and Elias Pym Fordham on a 1 square mile grid next to the White River.
Completion of the National and Michigan roads and arrival of rail solidified the city's position as a manufacturing and transportation hub. Two of the city's nicknames reflect its historical ties to transportation—the "Crossroads of America" and "Railroad City". Since the 1970 city-county consolidation, known as Unigov, local government administration operates under the direction of an elected 25-member city-county council headed by the mayor. Indianapolis anchors the 27th largest economic region in the U. S. based on the sectors of finance and insurance, manufacturing and business services and health care and wholesale trade. The city has notable niche markets in auto racing; the Fortune 500 companies of Anthem, Eli Lilly and Company and Simon Property Group are headquartered in Indianapolis. The city has hosted international multi-sport events, such as the 1987 Pan American Games and 2001 World Police and Fire Games, but is best known for annually hosting the world's largest single-day sporting event, the Indianapolis 500.
Indianapolis is home to two major league sports clubs, the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association and the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. It is home to a number of educational institutions, such as the University of Indianapolis, Butler University, Marian University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis; the city's robust philanthropic community has supported several cultural assets, including the world's largest children's museum, one of the nation's largest funded zoos, historic buildings and sites, public art. The city is home to the largest collection of monuments dedicated to veterans and war casualties in the U. S. outside of Washington, D. C; the name Indianapolis is derived from the state's name and polis, the Greek word for city. Jeremiah Sullivan, justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, is credited with coining the name. Other names considered were Concord and Tecumseh. In 1816, the year Indiana gained statehood, the U. S. Congress donated four sections of federal land to establish a permanent seat of state government.
Two years under the Treaty of St. Mary's, the Delaware relinquished title to their tribal lands in central Indiana, agreeing to leave the area by 1821; this tract of land, called the New Purchase, included the site selected for the new state capital in 1820. The availability of new federal lands for purchase in central Indiana attracted settlers, many of them descendants of families from northwestern Europe. Although many of these first European and American settlers were Protestants, a large proportion of the early Irish and German immigrants were Catholics. Few African Americans lived in central Indiana before 1840; the first European Americans to permanently settle in the area that became Indianapolis were either the McCormick or Pogue families. The McCormicks are considered to be the first permanent settlers. Other historians have argued as early as 1822 that John Wesley McCormick, his family, employees became the area's first European American settlers, settling near the White River in February 1820.
On January 11, 1820, the Indiana General Assembly authorized a committee to select a site in central Indiana for the new state capital. The state legislature approved the site, adopting the name Indianapolis on January 6, 1821. In April, Alexander Ralston and Elias Pym Fordham were appointed to survey and design a town plan for the new settlement. Indianapolis became a seat of county government on December 31, 1821, when Marion County, was established. A combined county and town government continued until 1832. Indianapolis became an incorporated city effective March 30, 1847. Samuel Henderson, the city's first mayor, led the new city government, which included a seven-member city council. In 1853, voters approved a new city charter that provided for an elected mayor and a fourteen-member city council; the city charter continued to be revised. Effective January 1, 1825, the seat of state government moved to Indianapolis from Indiana. In addition to state government offices, a U. S. district court was established at Indianapolis in 1825.
Growth occurred with the opening of the National Road through the town in 1827, the first major federally funded highway in the United States. A small segment of the failed Indiana Central
Pittsburgh is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, is the county seat of Allegheny County. As of 2018, a population of 308,144 lives within the city limits, making it the 63rd-largest city in the U. S; the metropolitan population of 2,362,453, is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia, the second-largest in Pennsylvania, the 26th-largest in the U. S. Pittsburgh is located in the south west of the state, at the confluence of the Allegheny and Ohio rivers. Pittsburgh is known both as "the Steel City" for its more than 300 steel-related businesses and as the "City of Bridges" for its 446 bridges; the city features 30 skyscrapers, two inclined railways, a pre-revolutionary fortification and the Point State Park at the confluence of the rivers. The city developed as a vital link of the Atlantic coast and Midwest, as the mineral-rich Allegheny Mountains made the area coveted by the French and British empires, Whiskey Rebels, Civil War raiders. Aside from steel, Pittsburgh has led in manufacturing of aluminum, shipbuilding, foods, transportation, computing and electronics.
For part of the 20th century, Pittsburgh was behind only New York and Chicago in corporate headquarters employment. S. stockholders per capita. America's 1980s deindustrialization laid off area blue-collar workers and thousands of downtown white-collar workers when the longtime Pittsburgh-based world headquarters moved out; this heritage left the area with renowned museums, medical centers, research centers, a diverse cultural district. Today, Apple Inc. Bosch, Uber, Autodesk, Microsoft and IBM are among 1,600 technology firms generating $20.7 billion in annual Pittsburgh payrolls. The area has served as the long-time federal agency headquarters for cyber defense, software engineering, energy research and the nuclear navy; the area is home to 68 colleges and universities, including research and development leaders Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. The nation's eighth-largest bank, eight Fortune 500 companies, six of the top 300 U. S. law firms make their global headquarters in the area, while RAND, BNY Mellon, FedEx, Bayer and NIOSH have regional bases that helped Pittsburgh become the sixth-best area for U.
S. job growth. In 2015, Pittsburgh was listed among the "eleven most livable cities in the world"; the region is a hub for Environmental Design and energy extraction. In 2019, Pittsburgh was deemed “Food City of the Year” by the San Francisco-based restaurant and hospitality consulting firm af&co. Many restaurants were mentioned favorable, among them were Superior Motors in Braddock, Driftwood Oven in Lawrenceville, Spork in Bloomfield, Fish nor Fowl in Garfield and Bitter Ends Garden & Luncheonette in Bloomfield. Pittsburgh was named in 1758 by General John Forbes, in honor of British statesman William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham; as Forbes was a Scot, he pronounced the name PITS-bər-ə. Pittsburgh was incorporated as a borough on April 22, 1794, with the following Act: "Be it enacted by the Pennsylvania State Senate and Pennsylvania House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania... by the authority of the same, that the said town of Pittsburgh shall be... erected into a borough, which shall be called the borough of Pittsburgh for ever."
From 1891 to 1911, the city's name was federally recognized as "Pittsburg", though use of the final h was retained during this period by the city government and other local organizations. After a public campaign, the federal decision to drop the h was reversed; the area of the Ohio headwaters was long inhabited by the Shawnee and several other settled groups of Native Americans. The first known European to enter the region was the French explorer/trader Robert de La Salle from Quebec during his 1669 expedition down the Ohio River. European pioneers Dutch, followed in the early 18th century. Michael Bezallion was the first to describe the forks of the Ohio in a 1717 manuscript, that year European fur traders established area posts and settlements. In 1749, French soldiers from Quebec launched an expedition to the forks to unite Canada with French Louisiana via the rivers. During 1753–54, the British hastily built Fort Prince George before a larger French force drove them off; the French built Fort Duquesne based on LaSalle's 1669 claims.
The French and Indian War, the North American front of the Seven Years' War, began with the future Pittsburgh as its center. British General Edward Braddock was dispatched with Major George Washington as his aide to take Fort Duquesne; the British and colonial force were defeated at Braddock's Field. General John Forbes took the forks in 1758. Forbes began construction on Fort Pitt, named after William Pitt the Elder while the settlement was named "Pittsborough". During Pontiac's Rebellion, native tribes conducted a siege of Fort Pitt for two months until Colonel Henry Bouquet relieved it after the Battle of Bushy Run. Fort Pitt is notable as the site of an early use of smallpox for biological warfare. Lord Jeffery Amherst ordered blankets contaminated from smallpox victims to be distributed in 1763 to the tribes surrounding the fort; the disease spread into other areas, infected other tribes, killed hundreds of thousands. During this period, the powerful nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, based in New York, had maintained control of much of the Ohio Valley as hunting grounds by right of conquest after defeating other tribes.
By the terms of the 1768 Treaty of
Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps
Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps based in Mobile, Alabama. The corps was a Division I competitive junior drum and bugle corps in Drum Corps International from 1993 through 2007. Prior to competing in Division I, Southwind competed in DCI's Class A/Division II and was that division's World Champion in 1991 and 1992. Southwind performed at competitive and non-competitive SoundSport events in Alabama and surrounding states during the summer of 2014. In early May 2015, DCI approved Southwind's return as an active Open Class corps. Sources:Southwind was founded in 1980 by John Johnson, Bill Stiers, David Oates, Doug Poulos, Kim Ballentine and Pearce Cowart, students at Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery, Alabama who wanted to march in a local drum corps. After setting up a non-profit youth organization and getting a charter as Explorer Post 2009 from the Tuckabatchi Boy Scout Council, Southwind's initial organizational meeting was held on Sunday, November 23, 1980 in downtown Montgomery under the leadership of corps director Michael Terry.
Auditions were held at Robert E Lee High School on December 13, 1980, and, on January 14, 1981, the corps had its first rehearsal. The corps took its name from the Chicago-to-Miami passenger train "The South Wind" that passed through Montgomery on tracks beside what became the corps' practice field. In 1981, Southwind toured to contests in Alabama, Mississippi and North Carolina before traveling to Philadelphia for the VFW National Drum and Bugle Contest and on the DCI World Championships in Montreal, where they finished 39th of 49 corps in Open Class Prelims; the corps undertook an more extensive tour under director Dave Bryan in 1982, travelling west to Louisiana and Texas, north to Pennsylvania, back into the South, where they placed 5th of 10 corps in the Drum Corps South circuit championships, returned north to Ohio, New York, made another trip to the DCI World Championships in Montreal, where they were 36th of 49 corps in Open Class Prelims. Loss of many charter members and debt accrued during the first two seasons caused the corps to go inactive before the start of the 1983 season.
From 1983 through 1988, a cadre of supporters continued to raise funds to retire the outstanding debt. Southwind returned to competition in 1989; the corps toured throughout the South traveled to Kansas City, where they placed 10th of 23 corps in Class A60. The corps would improve to 4th of 23 corps in Class A60 at Buffalo, New York in 1990. In 1991, marching a much larger corps, moved into Class A. In 1992, Southwind continued its winning streak in the renamed Division II, placing first in another 16 shows before falling to 3rd place among 18 corps in Division II prelims at Whitewater, Wisconsin before rebounding in finals to claim its second DCI World Championship. In both 1991 and'92, Southwind finished among the top 25 corps in DCI's Open Class/Division I quarterfinals, earning full membership in the organization. Southwind, with a corps at or near DCI's then-maximum of 128 members, moved to competing in Division I in 1993 and beyond. For five seasons, the corps placed 17th through 24th at DCI FInals, but was finding it more and more difficult for the small group of local, Montgomery boosters to administer the unit.
In the 1997 season, several staff members of the Madison Scouts had worked with Southwind. In 1998, the Madison Drum and Bugle Corps Association, Inc. took over the operation of Southwind. The corps was inactive for that season, as its operations were moved from Montgomery to Lexington, Kentucky under new director Patrick Seidling. Returning to the field in 1999, Southwind placed 15th at DCI Championships in Wisconsin. 2000 was Southwind's best season in Division I, as the corps finished 13th at College Park, just missing a Top 12 Finals spot, although the corps scored no worse than 12th in all captions. Seidling departed for a Top 12 corps and was succeeded by Tony Rother. Southwind finished 15th at Buffalo in 2001 and 18th at Madison in 2002. However, in 2002, the Scouts would finish 14th, the first time the corps had missed DCI Finals since placing 14th at the inaugural Championships in 1972. In reorganizing its house after the disappointing season, the Madison Drum and Bugle Corps Association severed its ties with Southwind and with the Capitol Sound Drum and Bugle Corps of Madison.
Back on its own, Southwind formed the Bluegrass Youth Performance Corporation as a sponsoring organization, named Mike Loeffelholz director. The corps would continue as a large, well-respected, but second-tier, Division I corps through 2007, when economic conditions led the corps to another period of inactivity. In 2011, Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps came under the control of Southwind Alumni Association, Inc. 2011 through 2013 were rebuilding years for the organization as they raised funds and sought sponsorships for returning the corps to competition. The corps returned to Alabama, relocating in the Mobile area. In November and December 2013, Southwind held its first recruitment and audition camps since leaving the field in 2007. In 2014 the organization fielded a 50-member SoundSport® team competing against other SoundSport® teams and performing in exhibition at some DCI shows as a route to reentering DCI competition in 2015. In early May 2015, DCI approved Southwind's return as an active Open Class corps and placed the corps on the su
Butler is a city and the county seat of Butler County in the U. S. state of Pennsylvania. It is located 35 miles north of part of the Greater Pittsburgh Region; as of the 2010 census, the city population was 13,757. Butler was named the 7th best small town in America by Smithsonian magazine in May 2012. Butler was named for Maj. Gen. Richard Butler, who fell at the Battle of the Wabash known as St. Clair's Defeat, in western Ohio in 1791. In 1803 John and Samuel Cunningham became the first settlers in the village of Butler. After settling in Butler, the two brothers laid out the community by drawing up plots of land for more incoming settlers. By 1817, the community was incorporated into a borough; the first settlers were driving westward from Connecticut. In 1802 the German immigrants began arriving, with Detmar Basse settling in Jackson Township in 1802 and founding Zelienople the following year. After George Rapp arrived in 1805 and founded Harmony, larger numbers of settlers followed. John A. Roebling settled Saxonburg in 1832, by which time most of the county was filled with German settlers.
Throughout most of its history, the city of Butler has been a major manufacturing and industrial center. In 1902, the Standard Steel Car Company opened one of its largest railcar manufacturing facilities in Butler, it was here. Diamond Jim Brady, the legendary financier and gemophile, got his start here in 1902 when he established the Standard Steel Car Company, which merged with the Pullman Palace Car Company in 1934 to create Pullman-Standard, a monopoly, broken by the government. About 2,500 workers produced 60 steel-bed railroad cars per day in 1902. Eastern European immigrants were attracted to the area in the early 20th century by the reliable jobs which sometimes included rent-free company housing; the company constructed a baseball park, the home of a New York Yankees farm team. It made artillery and naval shells during World War II; the Pullman-Standard plant closed in 1982, was demolished in 2005. The site is now occupied by a strip mall, as well as the new Butler Transit Authority intermodal facility.
In 2011 the BTA moved a covered hopper railcar to the bus terminal in recognition of the former Pullman-Standard plant. The car was built at the facility in 1974; the American Austin Car Company was headquartered in the borough. The firm changed its name to American Bantam Car Company. Bantam was an early producer of small fuel-efficient vehicles through the 1930s; the modern Jeep was created by American Bantam and the first prototypes were manufactured at the Butler facility. Big military contracts went to Willys and Ford, while the Bantam factory had failed by World War II. Today, a monument in the plaza across from the courthouse commemorates Bantam's creation of the Jeep. Butler is home to one of the early Ford dealerships, still extant; the Rainbow Rubber Company, which in the late 1930s made precise "Rubrtoy" replicas of Oldsmobiles along with many other rubber toys was located in Butler. In the 1950s, Butler became one of the first cities to install bells at crosswalks, a common practice today.
Pedestrians could cross in either direction. The city was linked to Pittsburgh via Mars, Pennsylvania, in 1907 by the Pittsburgh and Butler Street Railway, to Evans City in 1908 by the Pittsburgh, Harmony and New Castle Railway, both interurban trolley lines; the Mars route closed in April 1931, followed by the Evans City line on August 15, 1931, with the trolleys replaced by buses. Since the 1970s the borough's economy has changed drastically. Manufacturing has declined and good paying jobs are much rarer. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.7 square miles, all land. The Connoquenessing Creek, ranked the second most polluted waterway in the U. S. in 2000, flows through the city. As of the census of 2000, there were 15,121 people, 6,740 households, 3,626 families residing in the city; the population density was 5,611.3 people per square mile. There were 7,402 housing units at an average density of 2,746.8 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 93.6% White, 2.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.52% from other races, 1.14% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.88% of the population. There were 6,740 households, out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.0% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 46.2% were non-families. 40.7% of all households were made up of individuals, 16.3% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.96. In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.7% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males. The median income for a household in the city was $25,154, the median income for a family was $35,893. Males had a median income of $30,607 versus $20,950 for females; the per capita income for the city was $16,457. About 14.7% of families and 19.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.8% of those under age 18 and 14.5% of those age 65 or over.
Major employers: Walmart AK Steel Armstrong Group of Companies Penn United Technologies VA Butler Healthcare Butler Area School District Butler Health System The Butler County Courthouse is a government and judicial building located in the
Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps
The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps is an World Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Canton, the Bluecoats are a member corps of Drum Corps International; the Bluecoats were the 2016 DCI World Class champions. The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps was founded in 1972 by Canton businessman Art Drukenbrod and Canton Police officers "Babe" Stearn and Ralph McCauley, the director and assistant director of the Canton Police Boys' Club; the corps members chose the name both because of their sponsorship and to honor the city's police officers those who had retired from the ranks. The corps made its competition debut in 1974 and, in their first major show, finished thirty-second of thirty-seven corps in the U. S. Open Class A prelims in Ohio; the corps improved year by year, began touring in both the U. S. and Canada and making U. S. Open finals in 1976, taking second place in 1977 and third in 1978; the Bluecoats made their first DCI appearance in Denver in 1977, scoring in thirty-fifth place among forty-five corps.
Although the corps was maturing musically, it was struggling to survive financially. 1979 saw the corps performing only in local parades, as it attempted to reorganize its financial situation. With the return to the field in 1980, the corps was competitive in Class A competitions but only managed a thirty-eighth-place finish of the forty-four corps performing in Open Class at the DCI World Championships in Birmingham, Alabama. In the next two seasons, the corps attempted to compete in Open Class, but they met with small success. In 1983, it was announced that the Bluecoats Bugle Corps would cease operations. At the time that the corps' folding was announced, present-day corps President Scott Swaldo was a marching member; when he told his father, Canton industrialist Ted Swaldo, the elder Swaldo stated his determination to prevent it and stepped in to try to save the corps. One of Swaldo's first moves as corps director was to see that the organization was run like a business, a concept that has since been spread to numerous non-profit youth organizations around the country.
With successful fund-raising projects and a solid business plan in place, the corps returned to the field after only a one-year hiatus. As a full-fledged Open Class corps the Bluecoats improved with each passing year until, in 1987, the corps became the first corps from Ohio to earn a place in the DCI World Championship finals, finishing in eleventh place. Since the corps has failed to make DCI Finals only once, the Bluecoats have become a consistent DCI contender. In the early days the corps traveled in blue-painted surplus Army buses in used school buses moving up to used, but air-conditioned, motor coaches. At first, meals were served from a U-Haul trailer towed by a parent's car from a van a travel trailer, before the eventual acquisition of an eighteen-wheeled semi-trailer kitchen. Today the corps travels around the country during its summer tour in a convoy with chartered buses, an equipment truck, cook truck, souvenir trailer, staff vehicles. In 2010, the corps medaled for the first time at the DCI World Championships, taking the bronze with their production "Metropolis: The Future Is Now."
In 2014, they made corps history again by taking the silver medal for their show "TILT." In 2015, the corps performed their production entitled "Kinetic Noise," taking home the bronze. At the 2016 DCI World Championships, the Bluecoats won 1st place in World Class Finals, becoming only the tenth corps to be DCI Champions since the competition began in 1972; the winning show, "Down Side Up," earned the corps' highest DCI score of 97.650 while winning the General Effect and Music captions on finals night. For 2016, the Bluecoats abandoned their traditional uniforms blue coats in favor of a more informal costume designed with the show's near-constant motion in mind; this trend of non-traditional uniforms has continued since and has been emulated by numerous other corps since 2016. At the end of 2016 it was announced that the Bluecoats had been selected to send a team of 30 people to Hong Kong to perform with Pegasus Vanguard in Hong Kong's 2017 Chinese New Year Celebration, they were invited to perform in Hong Kong again for the 2019 Chinese New Year Celebration.
In 2017 shortly after WGI World Championships in Dayton Ohio, the Bluecoats announced a formation of their own WGI World Class Color Guard unit. In 2018, the guard finished in 12th place, making it into finals their first year. In 2019 they broke into the top 10; the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps is a 501 musical organization that has a Board of Directors, corps director, staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. The Director Emeritus is Ted Swaldo, the President is Scott Swaldo, Mike Scott is the Chief Executive Officer, Genevieve Geisler is Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operations Officer, former CEO David Glasgow is the Executive Advisor, the Corps Manager is Bill Hamilton; the Bluecoats organization sponsors the Artistry IN BLUE Winter Guard and the Rhythm IN BLUE Alumni Ensemble. Additionally, the corps owns and operates the Champion Event Center, a community bingo and special events center in North Canton. In April 2017, the corps announced the founding of a second Winter Guard that will begin competing in 2018.
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The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps
The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps is a World Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Rosemont, The Cavaliers were one of the thirteen founding member corps of Drum Corps International and is a seven-time DCI World Champion; the Cavaliers had been one of only two remaining all-male corps, the other being the Madison Scouts, until the 2018 Scouts added the corps "first female full-member.". The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps was started in 1948 by Don Warren, Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 111 in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood after being impressed by the Racine Scouts. Dressed in traditional Scout uniforms embellished with shoulder braids and white gloves, the corps was a parade corps until 1950. In 1949, the corps found an additional sponsor in the American Legion Thaddeus Kosciuszko Post 712 of Chicago's Little Warsaw neighborhood; this sponsorship allowed the corps to purchase "new" uniforms. S. Army surplus dress shirts and pants dyed midnight blue, worn buttoned and with puttees.
The following season, they were happy to accept the gift of hand-me-down uniforms from the General George Bell Post's corps, until discovering that the "new" new uniforms were hotter wear for marching in summer parades. The corps' association with the Bell Post corps led to their getting drum corps instructors. Don Warren had arranged for instructors from the Quinlan & Fabish Music Company to teach music to the members. After seeing the Bell Corps rehearsing, he decided that it would be more relevant to have instruction on drum corps, so Johnny Line and Art Garikes were signed on to teach Kaz-712 about drill and drum corps competition; the corps entered the world of field competition for the first time in 1950, adopting the name of Chicago Cavaliers and green as their main color. For competition, the corps learned more marching than parading down the street and a complete musical program. While many corps of the time had only their locale or their sponsor as the name of their corps, the youngsters in the Kaz-712 corps wanted a distinctive name, as had the Austin Grenadiers, one of Chicago's top corps of the day.
When Cavalier cigarettes had a flashy promotional campaign with much fanfare, the corps members' reaction was unanimous. They adopted the Cavalier name and the logo of the cigarette brand as the corps' logo, they all ordered pins of the Cavalier logo from the cigarette company, the K-712 corps became the Chicago Cavaliers. For entering field competition, new uniforms were needed that were cooler than the old wool ones in both style and practicality; the members designed the new uniforms with black pants, black shakos with white trim, a belt with a big silver buckle, satin blouses in a unique color—chartreuse. The uniform maker informed them that, after a summer's wear, their sharp, chartreuse uniforms would be sun-bleached to pastel blandness, he recommended that they chose a color that would last--- Kelly green. After being an also-ran for their first two seasons of field competition, The Cavaliers won their first contest in 1952. At the Spectacle of Music in South Milwaukee, The Cavaliers were winners in Class B.
They went on to win the Iowa State Fair contest and capped the season by finishing in seventh place at their first American Legion Junior National Championship in New York City, won the General Effect caption. Although the corps was becoming a midwest powerhouse, The Cavaliers were far behind the top corps in drumming. In 1955, the staff added Frank Arsenault, considered to be the best rudimental drummer of his day, to work with the drummers. In 1956, the Cavaliers had risen to the number one ranking in the midwest, but could only manage a third-place finish at VFW Nationals. However, in 1957, after trading victories with the Madison Scouts and the Belleville Black Knights, The Cavaliers won not only both the Illinois State American Legion and VFW titles, but their first VFW National title in Miami, their win broke the stranglehold. Although the win was considered by the East Coast corps to be just a fluke, the Cavies repeated as VFW champions two years in Los Angeles. By 1960, The Cavaliers were a national powerhouse in the drum corps activity, but the corps' existence was not easy.
Money was short, the American Legion Kosciusko Post and the Chicago's Own VFW Post tried to meet the corps' financial needs, but the temporary banning of bingo and other, similar fundraisers by the State of Illinois was an crippling blow. The corps members took a part of the fund-raising on themselves, sponsoring a "Family Fun Night", complete with clowns, food at the "Cavalier Cafe", a chance to hit Don Warren in the face with a whipped cream pie; the corps' high level of competition made recruitment difficult. During the 1960 season, the Cavies maintained their status as a national power though they won no national titles; as part of the solution to the ongoing problems of money and recruiting, in 1961, the Chicago's Own VFW was replaced by the Park Ridge VFW Post 3579, marking the beginning of The Cavaliers' move from being a "city" corps to being "suburban". However, things did not look bright when the Cavies were beaten in a local "standstill" competition, with "experts" declaring the demise of the "Green Machine".
But when the season began, The Cavaliers won, they won, the corps kept winning. By the time the season was over, The Cavaliers were undefeated during 1961, had won twenty-five shows in a row dat