Appoquinimink High School played host this week to the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, one of the longest running marching bands competing in Drum Corps International events.
About 150 members of the corps, nicknamed “the Green Machine,” along with another 50 staff members, volunteers, media representatives and management officials spent their nights in the high school gym from Wednesday to Saturday.
Their days, however, were filled with 12-hour practices at Jaguars stadium, where they prepared for a pair of competitions in Pennsylvania this week.
The Rosemont, Ill.,-based team earned a third-place finish at “Drum Corps: An American Tradition” in West Chester, Pa., on Wednesday, where it posted its highest score of the season.
Today, the team is in Allentown, Pa., where it will compete against a dozen other bands from around the country in the DCI Eastern Classic.
Those competitions are just two of the 35-plus events where the band of young men between the ages of 16 and 22 will have performed this summer in the hopes of earning a spot at the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., which begin Aug. 10.
The 65-year-old organization was invited to make its first-ever visit to Delaware this week Appoquinimink High School music director Ryan Moseley.
Members of the Jaguars Marching Band got to take advantage of the competitive organization’s visit by participating in a clinic for its wind and color guard sections, while percussionists were invited to watch the Cavies rehearsal.
“I think it was great,” Mosley said. “Our kids got a chance to see how they do things at this level and picked up some pointers and ideas that I think we can incorporate in our own performances.”
Watch our video of The Cavaliers practicing at Jaguars Stadium and check out our photos from their rehearsals on Friday by clicking on the link to the left.