Steve Brubaker was an essential participant in the advancement and success of The Cavaliers organization through the 1980s and early 1990s and was one of the critical players who propelled the marching activity into the professional institution it has become today.
He earned a bachelor's in English from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA and pursued a master's degree in Business from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois. Academics were always an important part of his life. His dedication to education, combined with his love of the arts, continues to impact students today with the Steve Brubaker Scholarship Fund, facilitated by The Cavaliers.
Brubaker was a member of the rifle line of the Reading Buccaneers in 1977 and initiated his career with the Cavaliers organization in 1978. He began as an instructor for the Cavalier Cadets and later the same year instructed the color guard for the Cavaliers junior corps. In 1979 he went on to head the design aspect of the winter and summer guard programs and in 1983 embarked on his full-time vocation of designing drill for bands, corps and winter color guards.
During his impressive career, Brubaker worked with many drum corps, winter guards, and band programs across the country. In addition to designing for the current seven-time DCI World Champion Cavaliers and his leadership of the three-time WGI World Champion Cavalier Winter Guard, he designed for the Bluecoats, Sky Ryders, Star of Indiana, Florida Wave and Dutch Boy organizations and was an integral part of the state and national championship programs of Plymouth-Canton, Lincoln Way, Westfield, and Prospect high schools.
Steve Brubaker was revolutionary in the visual design field and helped to evolve the marching activity into what it has become. He strived for unity between music and motion, promoted a new style of design and was a key innovator of integrating the color guard and percussion sections into the overall program design. His influence is ongoing, his style unmistakable and his innovation drives creativity and excellence in the drum corps world today.
Steve Brubaker's legacy reaches within The Cavaliers as well as outside the corps. The scholarship initiative has made contributions to the Midwest Color Guard Circuit, the WGI Scholarship Fund, Music for All and additional important Cavalier projects over the years. Bands of America/Music For All presents the 'Steve Brubaker Outstanding Visual Performance' award to the marching band with the highest average of the two visual performance scores during the Bands of America Grand Nationals Championship competition.
Of course, the most important aspect of the Steve Brubaker Scholarship Fund is the contribution it makes to the continuing education of outstanding members of The Cavaliers. One or more $1,000 scholarships have been awarded each year since 1993 to individuals within the Cavaliers who demonstrate a strong interest in academic pursuits outside of the drum corps activity. Brubaker strongly encouraged members of the corps to actively pursue such endeavors. The Steve Brubaker Scholarship was first awarded in 1993 after his passing and has been bestowed to more than 25 Cavalier members since it's inception.
The Cavaliers have been proud to claim Steve as a designer, teacher, mentor and friend and strive to carry on his love and commitment to education.
Donations are always accepted in Steve Brubaker's name, to ensure the continuation of this scholarship program. To contribute to this worthwhile fund, please send your donation to:
Steve Brubaker Scholarship Fund
C/O The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps
PO Box 501
Rosemont, IL 60018
Please make checks payable to the Stephen L. Brubaker Scholarship Fund and indicate whether or not you would like your name published as a contributor. Your name will not be released unless you specify that we have permission to do so.