The 1970 - "a time of Upheaval" by Chris Hartowicz and Jeff Fiedler
The seventies were a rough time for everybody. It was a time of change and upheaval for the world, the country, and the drum corps activity. Old players and concepts either bowed out gracefully or were forced out kicking and screaming. The reinventing of organizations began to happen twenty years before it became a business buzzword. The Cavaliers were not exempt by any means. We learned that we were not guaranteed top three, old formulas were no longer good enough, and new players and new organizations would come into power. Most importantly we never learned how to lose, but we learned how to fight back, rebuild and fight back to the top again. We started the seventies as a contender for championships and ended it knocking on the door again. In between we had some real adventures that tested whether the corps itself would survive.
Some things hadn't changed. We proved we were still Cavaliers, whether we were first or fifteenth place. We proved we could change, and we still had a lot of fun. We still got in lots of harmless trouble and kept the management hopping to figure out what we'd pull next. Hopefully this will just start the memories and stories going. As you read this and think of stories that aren't here, reminisce with someone, go to a practice or show and tell the current corps. Pass along your memories, for they are the true legacy we pass along.