Cavalcade of Bands

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The Cavalcade of Bands is one of many competitive band organizations in the United States and is one of several major circuits in the mid-Atlantic states (other circuits include Tournament of Bands and USBands). Cavalcade was founded in the late 1958 by the members of the Mid-Atlantic Judges Association and its member high schools. The organization currently has over 145 member schools. It provides a large array of competitive performance opportunities including marching band, indoor guard, percussion, dance teams, and jazz ensemble. Cavalcade sanctions approximately 42 field band events as well as about 43 indoor events annually.

Marching Band[edit]

The Cavalcade of Bands sanctions about 42 high school marching band competitions throughout each fall from September to mid-November. Bands are judged on a 100-point linear scale by judges both on the field and in the press box. Bands are placed into one of five classes based on their size, and judged only within their class.

The five classes are:

  • Independence (1-39 members)
  • American (40-55 members)
  • Liberty (56-75 members)
  • Yankee (76-100 members)
  • Patriot (101+ members)

During championship week, bands are divided once more within their class based on their average score throughout the season. Bands with the higher scores are placed into the "Open" division and bands with the lower scores are placed into the "A" division.

Cavalcade of Bands Champions[edit]

Year Independence American Liberty Yankee Patriot
OPEN A OPEN A OPEN A OPEN A OPEN A
1959
Boyertown
1960
Wilson Boro
1961
Lebanon
1962
Wilson Boro
1963
Boyertown
1964
Boyertown
1965
Wilson
1966
Wilson
1967
Wilson
1968
Wilson
1969
Wilson
1970
Salisbury
Wilson
1971
Plymouth Whitemarsh
Wilson
1972
Salisbury
Wilson
1973
Danville
East Pennsboro
Wilson
1974
Phoenixville
CB West
Plymouth Whitemarsh
1975
Hanover
Hatboro Horsham
Plymouth Whitemarsh
1976
Phoenixville
Shikellamy
Abington
1977
ELCO
Shikellamy
Plymouth Whitemarsh
1978
Upper Merion
Hanover
Warwick
Plymouth Whitemarsh
1979
South Western
Upper Dublin
Shikellamy
Plymouth Whitemarsh
1980
Ephrata
Manheim Township
Cumberland Valley
North Penn
1981
Downingtown
Wissahickon
Northern Lebanon
North Penn
1982
Phoenixville
Archbishop Ryan
Manhiem Township
North Penn
1983
Upper Dublin
Hanover
Upper Moreland
Archbishop Ryan
1984
Upper Dublin
Lake Lehman
Manheim Township
North Penn
1985
Conrad Weiser
Abington
Downingtown
Shikellamy
1986
Upper Dublin
Wissahickon
Upper Moreland
North Penn
1987
Upper Dublin
Lake Lehman
Upper Moreland
North Penn
1988
Upper Dublin
Hatboro Horsham
Spring Grove
North Penn
1989
Upper Dublin
Upper Moreland
Manheim Township
North Penn
1990
Archbishop Wood
Spring Grove
Hatboro Horsham
North Penn
1991
Archbishop Wood
Penn Manor
Manheim Township
Shikellamy
1992
Upper Dublin
South Western
Manheim Township
North Penn
1993
Upper Dublin
Penn Manor
Hatboro Horsham
North Penn
1994
Upper Dublin
South Western
Manheim Township
North Penn
1995
Upper Dublin
Reading
Manheim Township
Downington
1996
Methacton
Hatboro Horsham
South Western
North Penn
1997
Lancaster Catholic
Upper Moreland
West Chester EAST
Hatboro Horsham
York Suburban / Hempfield (tie)
1998
Plymouth Whitemarsh
Penn Manor
Lampeter Strasburg
Hempfield
1999
Upper Dublin
Spring Grove
Lampeter Strasburg
York Suburban
2000
Bishop McDevitt
Lebanon Catholic
Lancaster Catholic
South Western
2001
Lebanon
Phoenixville
South Western
Conestoga Valley
Manheim Township
2002
Bishop McDevitt
Lebanon Catholic
Phoenixville
Burlington City
Manheim Township
Marple Newtown
2003
Lakewood
Pitman
Phoenixville
Oakcrest
Hatboro Horsham
West Chester EAST
Reading
South Western
2004
Cinnaminson
Upper Dauphin
Phoenixville
Wissahickon
Burlington City
Coatesville
Spring Grove
OJ Roberts
2005
Greencastle-Antrim
ChiChester
Kingsway Regional
Lenape
Oakcrest
Burlington City
South Western
Boyertown
2006
Penns Grove
Pottsgrove
Hatboro Horsham
Annville Cleona
Warwick
Conestoga Valley
South Western
Hempfield
2007
Henderson
Bermudian Springs
Susquehannock
William Penn
Warwick
Archbishop Wood
Manheim Township
Coatesville
2008
Pittston
Upper Perkiomen
Hatboro Horsham
Blue Mountain
Warwick
Unionville
Spring-Ford
Red Lion
2009
Pittston
Bermudian Springs
Hatboro Horsham
Phoenixville
New Oxford
York Suburban
Spring-Ford
OJ Roberts
2010
Pittston
Crestwood
Greencastle-Antrim
Blue Mountain
Southern Regional
Manheim Central
Spring-Ford
Cheltenham
2011
Pittston
Archbishop Wood
Haverford
Rustin
Southern Regional
Red Lion
Upper Darby
Wilson
2012
E. Stroudsburg North
Bermudian Springs
Susquehanna TWP
Pottsgrove
Hatboro Horsham
South Western
Upper Darby
Avon Grove
2013
E. Stroudsburg North
Northern Lebanon
Plymouth Whitemarsh
Blue Mountain
Hatboro Horsham
South Western
Spring-Ford
Downingtown WEST
2014
Pittston
Sissonville
East Pennsboro
Great Valley
New Oxford
South Western
Marple Newtown
Upper Dublin
Spring-Ford
Red Lion
2015
Blue Mountain
Sissonville
Sun Valley
Northampton
Hatboro Horsham
Daniel Boone
Marple Newtown
Kennett
Upper Moreland
Downingtown WEST
2016
Littlestown
Cumberland Regional / Palisades (tie)
Sun Valley
Northampton
Susquehannock
Cheltenham
Marple Newtown
Upper Darby
Spring-Ford
Manheim Central

Indoor activities[edit]

The Cavalcade Indoor Association is one of several circuits for indoor shows in the mid-Atlantic states (other circuits include MAIN, TOB, KIDA, and TRWEA). The indoor season generally runs from late January to the first weekend in May. Classifications are as follows:

  • Middle School/Junior – For students in middle school or up to the age of 14.
  • Regional A – For color guards only
  • Novice – For color guards and percussion
  • A class - For color guards and percussion
  • Open class - For Percussion Only
  • World class - For Percussion Only

All units entering the championship contest must be members in good standing of CIA. Championship Seeding is determined by the average of the last two shows completed. Championships for 2011 will be at Wissahickon High School.

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