52nd Annual Pageant of Drums
Saturday, June 30 - Michigan City, Ind.
Friday, June 29th, 2012 - 10:45 AM
By Christopher Lugo
The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps is proud to present the 52nd Annual Pageant of Drums in Michigan City, Ind., on Saturday, June 30 at 7:00 PM. The Pageant of Drums is the second oldest continuous Drum Corps contest in America and returns to historic Ames Field for the corps' first home show of the 2012 season.
This long-standing American tradition will feature the Colt Cadets, Pioneer, Glassmen, Troopers, Blue Stars, Spirit of Atlanta, Bluecoats, Carolina Crown, Classic Cavaliers and The Cavaliers.
Set at the picturesque Ames Field just off Lake Michigan, the Pageant of Drums promises to once again feed the need of drum corps diehards and new fans alike! "We've got one of our strongest lineups ever," said co-Event Coordinator Craig Rasin. "The 2012 drum corps season is already developing into a summer to remember, and we expect to again be nothing short of impressed at Ames Field on Saturday night!"
Before the contest, The Cavaliers will participate in the 57th Annual Michigan City Summer Festival Parade, running along Franklin Street from 10th Street to Ames Field. Crowds are often four and five deep on the sidewalks along the parade route, so spectators should arrive early to get choice spots. The Summer Festival Parade starts promptly at 11:00 AM this Saturday, June 30.
Photo by Christine Rowan
"The corps is rehearsing well and pushing hard," said Corps Director Adolph DeGrauwe. "We look to continue improving and entertaining fans, and the 52nd Annual Pageant of Drums is a perfect opportunity for the corps to do exactly that in front of a hometown crowd in Michigan City!"
The 2012 program, "15 Minutes of Fame," features "Don Juan" by Richard Strauss; "Dead Elvis" by Michael Daugherty; "Paparazzi" by Stefani Germanotta and Rob Fusari; "Don Giovanni" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; "Vesti la Giubba" by Ruggero Leoncavallo; "Out Here on My Own" by Michael Gore; and "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg. Read more about The Cavaliers 2012 Program.
The popular family section tickets will be available the day of the contest. Adult tickets are $20, and accompanied children (12 and under) get in free. Only purchase tickets for the adults! Discounted group pricing is also available for groups of 20 or more ($5.00 off each). Please contact co-Event Chair Craig Rasin at 630-968-0419 for more information.
4:00 PM - Box Office Opens
7:00 PM - Event Kickoff
7:20 PM - Colt Cadets
7:37 PM - Pioneer
7:54 PM - Glassmen
8:11 PM - Troopers
8:28 PM - Blue Stars
9:05 PM - Spirit of Atlanta
9:22 PM - Bluecoats
9:39 PM - Carolina Crown
9:56 PM - The Cavaliers
The Cavaliers and Classic Cavaliers will close out the evening by performing the encore together.
We're expecting another great crowd at the 52nd Annual Pageant of Drums, so be sure to get your tickets early! Orders placed after June 20th may be picked up at WILL CALL.
52nd Annual Pageant of DrumsMichigan City, IN
Date: Saturday, June 30, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Ames Field
Tickets: $20-25, Family Section and Handicap Accessible Seating available
Purchase Tickets on Cavaliers.org
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2501 Franklin Street/State Route 421
Michigan City, IN 46360
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About The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps
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 aged 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 US 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, Illinois.
About Classic Cavaliers:
The Classic Cavaliers are a fund raising performance ensemble, mainly consisting of alumni of The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. It was established in 2006 to prepare for The Cavaliers 60th anniversary performance at DCI in 2008. The Classics have continued to raise funds for The Cavaliers through stand-still performances and parades in the Chicago-land area.
About Michigan City:
The Michigan City LaPorte area is Chicago's Northern Indiana relaxing escape, with beautiful coastal and lakeside scenic settings offering an easily accessible destination on converging Interstates 80/90 and 94. With its fun and exciting Blue Chip gaming, premium outlet shopping, special festivals and events as well as the nearby Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park, it offers an array of attractive recreational and cultural experiences for families and those seeking an easy weekend adventure. With its two major city service centers, this Lake Michigan beach destination offers extensive four seasons of activities where visitors can enjoy the pleasures of small rural towns, marinas, agri-heritage attractions, performing arts events, historical museums and adventure travel pursuits that offers an affordable and nostalgic Midwest experience.
The City of Michigan City boasts its Golden Triangle assets of exciting Blue Chip Casino Hotel, the shopping adventures of Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets and beautiful Washington Park with its sandy beaches and prominent lighthouse. As the key service center for the Lake Michigan Indiana Dunes region, it has the extensive commercial, professional and hospitality services and second prime staging area for all outdoor recreational activities in the county.
LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau