Soon after being organized, the ensemble quickly established a reputation for itself as one of the city’s premiere drum corps. Members chose the color scheme of green, black and white, a name and a logo, all which have been part of their history since.
In 1971 the group was instrumental in pulling together the concept that eventually became known as Drum Corps International. But the 1970s saw the corps endure a tough decade as the members struggled to keep pace with a rapidly evolving art form.
On the verge of disbanding in the early 1980s, the corps was reinvigorated by new sponsorship, which prompted the group to not just compete but to excel.
The Cavaliers won their first Drum Corps International championship in 1992, a feat they repeated in ’95, 2000, ’01, ’02, ’04 and ’06 by utilizing a combination of strong visual presentation, powerful musical arrangements and aggressive color guard.
The ensemble continues to provide a world-class experience for its members.