Cavaliers, Reading Buccaneers Named Corps Of The Decade

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The World Drum Corps Hall of Fame has selected two drum and bugle corps which have each won five titles since the year 2000 as the junior and senior (all age) corps of the current decade.

The Buccaneers of Reading, Pennsylvania were selected in the all age category and the Cavaliers of Rosemont, Illinois were selected in the junior category. The Chicago Cavaliers were also the Hall of Fame’s junior corps of the decade from 1960 to 1969.

The Buccaneers have won the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) title for a record breaking five straight years, from 2005 to 2009, scoring a record-high 99.02 while winning this year’s title. The Buccaneers also won the first-ever DCA title in 1965 and again in 1968, 1979 and 1980. The Reading Buccaneers were organized in 1957 as a parade corps, made up of members too old for various local junior corps and veterans of World War II and the Korean War. The Bucs began field competition in 1958, winning three consecutive Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) national titles, including the last one awarded in1962.

The Cavaliers won the Drum Corps International (DCI) title in the years 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2006. Since being founded by scoutmaster Don Warren in 1948 as Boy Scout Troop 111 Drum and Bugle Corps, the Cavaliers have won three American Legion (AL) national titles, 10 VFW titles, and seven DCI titles. The Cavaliers won both the AL and VFW titles in 1967. Since first performing in field shows in 1950, the corps has become known as the Green Machine, widely admired for its intricate color guard work and fast-moving drill routines.

A number of World Drum Corps Hall of Fame members have been associated with both the Cavaliers and Buccaneers over the years.

Hall of Fame members associated with the Buccaneers include regular members Bruce Englehart, Frank Ferraro, John Flowers, Edward “Bud” Johnston, Eric Landis, Frank McCormick, Ralph Pace, George Parks, Richee Price, Robbie Robinson Jr., Tony Yaklich, Elmer “Red” Winzer, and associate members Ned Baldinger,
 John “Skee” Derr, Dan Fitzpatrick, Ron Gehris (former director), Jim Gruber (current director), Joe Jasinski, Diane Koenig,
 Gary Koenig, Mike Luckenbill, Cecily Seigfried, Donnie Solinger and Lou Tierno (current assistant director).

Those regular Hall of Fame members associated with the Cavaliers include corps founder Don Warren, Sal Ferrera, Frank Arsenault, Earl Joyce, Lenny Piekarski, Scotty Wild, Alfred “Corky” Fabrizio and Ralph Pace.

The World Drum Corps Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1976 by the late Vince Bruni of Rochester, New York to honor individuals who have contributed significantly over many years to the development and continuing excellence of drum and bugle corps activity. The Hall of Fame is not associated with DCI or DCA, although the annual induction ceremony is held on Labor Day weekend, coinciding with the DCA championship tournament and marking the end of the summer contest season.

The organization seeks to preserve the history of the drum and bugle corps movement in North America by selecting a noteworthy junior and senior corps of the decade, representing each 10-year period since modern activity began in the 1940s.

The junior corps are: Holy Name Cadets, 1940 to 1949; St. Vincent’s Cadets, 1950 to 1959; Chicago Cavaliers, 1960 to 1969; Santa Clara Vanguard, 1970 to 1979; Concord Blue Devils, 1980 to 1989; Cadets of Bergen, 1990 to 1999.

The all age corps are: Lt. Norman Prince “Princemen”, 1940 to 1949; Reilly Raiders, 1950 to 1959; Hawthorne Caballeros, 1960 to 1969 and 1970 to 1979; Sunrisers, 1980 to 1989; Empire Statesmen, 1990 to 1999. The Audubon Bon Bons were selected as the top all-girl corps of all time.

Another important part of the Hall of Fame’s purpose is to enhance a feeling of good fellowship among individuals and organizations involved with drum and bugle corps activity, thereby enhancing constructive contributions in all areas.

One of the Hall of Fame’s major annual social events is a winter sunshine cruise, which is also a major source of operating funds. The seven-day Friends and Fans of Drum Corps Cruise through the southern Caribbean aboard the Carnival Victory, open to everyone, begins Sunday evening, January 17, 2010 from San Juan, Puerto Rico, touching five popular Caribbean islands. A portion of the cruise cost is directed to the Hall of Fame.

Proceeds from the annual cruise help fund the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame scholarship fund, which is paid directly to schools to help returning students cover the cost of their education.

More information about the Hall of Fame’s 2010 winter cruise is available from Cruise One, 32317 Mulligan Way-Baywood Greens, Long Neck, Delaware 19966. The telephone number is (302) 945-4620 or toll free (800) 519-0050. The email address is: CR1RLC [at] comcast [dot] net. More information is available from the Website, at:

Since its founding, membership in the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame has grown from six charter members to 437 regular and associate members from the United States and Canada, who have contributed to the activity across North America, England, the Netherlands, the Middle East, South Africa and Japan.

Posted by on Tuesday, November 24th, 2009. Filed under DCI World.