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Cavaliers win their home show in Des Plaines

by Stefanie Kressaty, DCW staff

The Cavaliers (Rosemont, IL)
Photo by Ron Walloch

July 28, 2003 — Des Plaines, IL . . . If they had placed an order directly with heaven, The Cavaliers couldn’t have gotten a better night for their home show at Main West High School in Des Plaines. The fans showed up in droves to an almost sold-out stadium. Following a soggy afternoon, the skies cleared and the temperatures hovered in the 60s as the 2003 Cavalcade of Brass stepped off. I’ll tell you now, the field was slippery and there were a couple of sizeable holes out there that presented problems for corps as the night progressed.

Performing last, the “home town boys made good” Cavaliers took the field to a rousing ovation…

All the way from New Jersey, The Cadets took the field. This was my second viewing of this show and from what I could tell some profound changes have been made…

After intermission the bustling Chicago-area crowd was greeted with the tintin-”fab”-ulation of the bells. Magic of Orlando’s opening statement is one of the most unique and hauntingly beautiful show openers I’ve ever seen or heard…

The Colts from Dubuque had their own cheering section on the track — the Colt Cadets…

It occurred to me late in the show that Mandarins had moved up to division I this year and they have the show to prove it…

Opening the show, the Blue Stars put on an exciting and energetic performance that got the crowd buzzing…

Revolution from San Antonio, TX, has grown tremendously but is still fielding a very young corps…

During tabulation, the Chicago Royal Airs Alumni Corps performed their tribute to Col. Truman Crawford for an enthusiastic and appreciative audience…

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