Kiwanis Kavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps

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Kiwanis Kavaliers
Miami, FL
DivisionWorld Class

The Kiwanis Kavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps were a World Class drum and bugle corps based in Miami, Florida (previously twin cities of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario). This corps was Canada's only World Class drum corps until it moved its headquarters to Miami after the 2006 season. The Kiwanis Kavaliers have appeared in both Division I and Division II (now Open Class) competition throughout its history.

The highest championship finish by the corps was fourteenth place in 1996 and 1997.[1]

The corps merged with several other Canadian drum corps over the years. However, the corps finally folded in 2008 after two years of inactivity.


Formerly headed by Doug Darwin, Russ McKechnie and John Cameron, the corps was founded in the fall of 1971 by Jack Turner as a member of Drum Corps International. At one point, Jack considered calling it "The Apple Corps," but didn't due in part to sponsorship by the local Kiwanis Club.

For the first 30 years of their existence, the Kiwanis Kavaliers enjoyed many years as a Canadian-based drum and bugle corps, achieving various levels of success. The focus during the first ten years of the corps were parades and the local competition circuit in Southern Ontario under the Ontario Drum Corps Association (ODCA). along with about 30 other local drum corps. They were generally considered a "Cadet" or "C" class corps at this time. There were occasional trips to the U.S. during this time, including a trip to Disney World for the American Bicentennial in 1976.

In the winter of 1987 St. Andrews Drum and Bugle Corps of Cambridge, ON, merged with the Kavaliers. As a result, 1987 was the first year the corps made DCI A Class finals. 1987 through 1991 was spent getting established as an A class perennial contender.

In 1994 and 1995 the corps played increasingly sophisticated music composed by Pat Metheny. Another merger happened in 1995 which pushed the corps further: The Ventures Drum and Bugle Corps from the same hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo, ON had folded and their existing membership folded into the Kiwanis Kavaliers. With their help, in 1995 the corps finished 2nd in Div II with a score of 95.6, just 0.8 behind first place. And, the corps also won top brass and top percussion caption awards. It was at this time that the director, Doug Darwin, decided that the corps should go to Division I rather than rest on its laurels in Div II. The corps enjoyed competitive success through the late 1990s, but by the year 2000 membership was starting to diminish.

Following a trip to Europe in 2001, there was increasing concern inside of the organization about membership numbers, causing Doug Darwin and Tampa Bay Thunder director Jim Newman to increase collaboration between the two groups. During 2002-2003, there were staggered camps held both in Florida and Waterloo, but during the years 2004-2005 all camps were held in Florida.

In 2006, the corps announced that it would not tour during the summer 2006 season due to a sudden change in administration and staffing. In late 2006, the new corps administration announced their petition to return to a full Drum Corps International Tour. However, on January 25, 2007, the administration announced that they would remain inactive, and a large portion of the Corps' equipment was stolen in Miami, Florida, the following month. The corps continued in an inactive state through 2008 before finally folding.

Show Summary (1977-2006)[edit]

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"Pale green background indicates DCI semifinalist.

Year Theme Repertoire Score Placement
1977 Make Me Smile by James Pankow / Caravan by Juan Tizol / Fanfare for the Common Man & Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland
1981 Caravan by Juan Tizol / I Don't Know How to Love Him (from Jesus Christ Superstar) by Andrew Lloyd Webber
1982 You're Not Alone / Slow Motion / Puttin' on the Ritz by Irving Berlin / I Write The Songs by Bruce Johnson 25.55 16th
Class A
1983 Malaguena by Ernesto Lecuona / Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock / Root Beer Rag by Billy Joel / Beatles Medley by John Lennon & Paul McCartney
1984 Bop 'til You Drop by Rick Springfield / All Night Long (All Night) by Lionel Richie
1986 (Repertoire not available) 64.10 12th
Class A-60
1987 Pictures of Spain by Larry Kerchner / Toccata by Keith Emerson & Greg Lake / Foo's Blues / Suncats 71.60 6th
Class A
1988 Pictures of Spain by Larry Kerchner / Malaguena by Ernesto Lecuona / La Virgen de la Macarena by Bernardino Bautista Monterde / Fungus Amungus 58.70 30th
1989 Malaguena by Ernesto Lecuona / Dindi by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Aloysio de Oliveria, & Ray Gilbert / Heart of Darkness / Samba de Ralenze 83.10 5th
Class A
1990 Eleanor Rigby, Norwegian Wood, Gold Slumbers, You Never Give Me Your Money, & The End all by John Lennon & Paul McCartney 59.40 32nd
1991 A Tribute to The Beatles Yesterday, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Michelle, Eleanor Rigby, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, Fool on the Hill, & Golden Slumbers all by John Lennon & Paul McCartney 79.50 9th
Class A
1992 Music of Danny Elfman Selections from Batman, Selections from The Simpsons, Selections from Beetlejuice, & Edward Scissorhands all by Danny Elfman 65.40 27th
1993 Concerto in F by George Gershwin / Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, & DuBose Heyward 83.70 9th
Div. II
1994 Music of Pat Metheny The First Circle by Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays / In Her Family by Pat Metheny / Third Wind by Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays 90.30 4th
Div. II
1995 A Tribute to Pat Metheny The First Circle by Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays / Have You Heard, See the World, In Her Family, & Finding and Believing by Pat Metheny / Minuano (Six Eight) by Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays 69.60 21st
1996 West Side Story Cool, Somewhere, Something's Coming, Scherzo, Mambo, & Tonight (all from West Side Story) by Leonard Bernstein 79.20 14th
1997 Evita Requiem for Evita, Buenos Aires, A New Argentina, And The Money Kept Rolling, You Must Love Me, & Don't Cry For Me Argentina (all from Evita) by Andrew Lloyd Webber 82.70 14th
1998 An American in Paris - George Gershwin An American in Paris by George Gershwin 78.50 16th
1999 Variations in Jazz Baroque Samba by Darmon August Meader / Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers / The Sultan Fainted by New York Voices 76.30 19th
2000 Love in the Time of War Saigon Overture, Movie in My Mind, Sun and Moon, Morning of the Dragon, Bui Doi, & The Fall of Saigon (all from Miss Saigon) by Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg 71.20 20th
2001 Manhattan Times Square, Lonely Town, The Great Lover, & New York, New York (all from On the Town) by Leonard Bernstein 72.50 23rd
2002 Hall of Justice G-Force by Trevor Rabin / Spider-Man by Danny Elfman / Flash Gordon by Brian May / Jonny Quest Theme by Hoyt S. Curtin / Selections from Batman by Danny Elfman 75.90 20th
2003 All You Need is Love: The Music of The Beatles Hey Jude, Eleanor Rigby, The Long and Winding Road, Michelle, Norwegian Wood, Octopus's Garden, Oh! Darling, & The End all by John Lennon & Paul McCartney 78.75 20th
2004 Tonight Tonight, Cool, I Have A Love, & America (all from West Side Story) by Leonard Bernstein 75.35 22nd
2005 Mission Accomplished The Glory Days (from The Incredibles) by Michael Giacchino / Secret Agent Man by P.F. Sloan & Steve Barri / Pink Panther by Henry Mancini / Betrayal (from Mission Impossible) by Danny Elfman / Mission Accomplished by Jason Logue 68.60 24th
2006 3: Music by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer Toccata & Trilogy by Keith Emerson & Greg Lake

Corps nicknames[edit]

  • Kavies
  • Kiwanis
  • Kiwi-Kavs

Corps motto[edit]

We Are One


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  2. ^ "Kiwanis Kavaliers/Repertoire". DCX: The Drum Corps Xperience. Retrieved 26 June 2020.

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