Cavalier drummers will spend the day drumming

by Paul Milano, Cavalier alum

Thanks to some generous efforts on the part of Jeff Fiedler, director of The Cavaliers, and the corps itself, details have been released about the the “soon-to-be-famous” Cavaliers Drummers Reunion.
The date will be Friday, May 14, at 4:00 PM. The location is Rosemont School near O’Hare Airport in suburban Chicago. The group will have access to the gymnasium so they can play and visit as a large group, or break into smaller groups for playing or “story-telling”.

Former members will reacquaint themselves, meet new friends, have a few announcements/presentations, and PLAY DRUMS (for those who care to) until 6:00 PM or so. Afterward, everyone will then move the reunion to a local restaurant, with a private dining area so they can eat, drink and reminisce for as long as folks care to.

There are almost 30 drummers committed to attend at this time. More may join as the word continues to get out. The corps is being kind enough to bring the equipment truck to the school and some of the current drummers will be unloading and setting up drums and drum stands. Sticks will also be provided. If anyone has a drum, or a drum stand, feel free to bring it, as they may not have all the drums they might need (20 or more!). The corps is also going to handle loading all the equipment away and paying for a custodian to clean up afterward. Thanks, Jeff and Don!

We will do some group drumming warm-ups (pretty simple ones) just for the fun of playing again, standing next to old buddies or standing next to “legends” we’ve always heard about (some older than us, some younger!). We may have a few groups that want to go off in a corner (or showcase their skills for all of us!), perhaps playing some of the old solos from the ’60s or ’70s.   We apparently will have the entire snare line from the ’66 and ’67 corps in attendance. It is now also confirmed that the “Fabulous 3 Ms” will make a reappearance after over 40 years! They are Cavalier drummers of lore from the 1961 season.

We have Cavalier drummers who will be in attendance from the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and even current members. This is truly a first in any drum corps history, so much so that the Cavaliers are attempting to arrange to film parts of our gathering to include on their next DVD, and writers will be in attendance to document this historic occasion. There will also be two gentlemen in attendance who are authoring a new definitive history of rudimental drumming.

For information, e-mail atlmilanos@comcast.net.