Cavaliers Celebrate WGI Month
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 - 10:38 AM
By Christopher Lugo
This week marks the start of Winter Guard International's 2012 World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, and The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps would like to wish all competing winter guards and indoor percussion ensembles the best over the next two weekends.
Image Courtesy of WGI
The Cavaliers are charter members of WGI, and the corps has had hundreds of members, staff and alumni take part in the annual winter pageantry championships through the years. Our very own Cavalier Winter Guard competed in WGI from 1978 through 1983, as well as 1985 and 1988, winning a total of five medals: one bronze in 1980, one silver in 1988 and three gold in 1981, 1982 and 1983.
2012 marks the 35th anniversary of Winter Guard International and the 30th anniversary of The Cavaliers' 1982 WGI Championship performance of "West Side Story!"
The Cavaliers will host an exhibitor booth at the WGI Percussion World Championships April 19-21 in Dayton, Ohio. Be sure to visit booth #61 to get the latest merchandise from Cavaliers Promotions, Inc. (CPI)!
Green Thunder Percussion (GTP), the Independent Open Class percussion ensemble presented by The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, will have their prelims performance at 2:00 PM on Friday, April 20th at Wright State University's Nutter Center.
Before heading to WGI Percussion Championships, Green Thunder will hold an open house for their last local performance of the 2012 program, The Grid, at Batavia High School in Batavia, Ill, on April 15 from 3 to 6 pm.
Photo by Greg Markey
This free 3-hour clinic/ensemble rehearsal will give fans and high school musicians a unique chance to meet the Green Thunder Percussion members and staff, plus get an exclusive performance of the 2012 show.
Be sure to follow the action on GreenThunderPercussion.org, Facebook and Twitter!
About Green Thunder Percussion (GTP)
Green Thunder Percussion (GTP) is an Independent Open Class marching percussion ensemble participating in the Winter Guard International (WGI) circuit. GTP is open to young men in the Chicago area, and concurrently serves as an ideal preparation resource for those interested in auditioning for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. Through performance opportunities in competitive and non-competitive environments across the Midwest, Green Thunder Percussion provides a percussion outlet for advanced players under the instruction of some of the most talented and skilled percussive educators in the nation.
Green Thunder Percussion is proudly presented by The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps of Rosemont, Ill.
About Winter Guard International (WGI)
WGI Sport of the Arts is the world's premier organization producing indoor color guard and percussion ensemble competitions. As a non-profit youth organization, WGI serves as the leading governing body of the winter guard and indoor percussion activities. It is called the Sport of the Arts because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format. Now entering its 33rd year, the sport continues to evolve and grow. There were over 11,000 participants at the Sport of the Arts World Championships this past April.