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Cavaliers to Host 2014 Season Kickoff, Fan Appreciation Night at EIU

Jun-11-2014

The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps will host a special 2014 Season Kickoff and Fan Appreciation Night for the community Saturday on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.

The public is invited to O'Brien Field, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., for an exclusive look at The Cavaliers' 2014 production, IMMORTAL, in full uniforms and costumes. The evening marks the end of the group’s pre-tour and completes the first third of the season before entering the 2014 Drum Corps International Summer Tour.

This free showcase will highlight what the performing members, design team and instructional staff have accomplished after nearly 250 rehearsal hours logged since the beginning of the pre-tour on May 16.

After 16 days at Benedictine University, the corps has been housed at EIU. Since June 1, the members have been utilizing O’Brien Field and the many auxiliary fields around campus for rehearsals, Thomas Hall for dining, and Douglas and Stevenson residence halls for sleeping accommodations.

Those attending the 2014 Kickoff and Fan Appreciation Night will also have access to the latest Cavaliers merchandise.

Founded in 1948, The Cavaliers are one of the most successful drum and bugle corps in history, winning 20 national championships, including seven Drum Corps International world championships since 1992. Each summer, 150 male brass, percussion and color guard performers, ages 16-22, present a marching music show considered among the most challenging and original in the world.

The group performs at more than 30 competitions across the U.S. and for more than 100,000 fans. Along the way, the young men not only learn about music and performing, but have a life-changing experience based on excellence, teamwork and camaraderie.

The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization sponsored by the village of Rosemont, Ill.