LEWISBURG — From the sandy-white beaches of Miami to the shores of Lake Erie, the Keystoners Drum and Bugle Corps brought joy to drum corps fans of all ages for nearly a quarter century.
Their legacy lives on Saturday night with the 10th edition of the Cavalcade of Champions beginning at 7 p.m. at the Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium, Bucknell University. The competition, which features some of the top Drum Corps Associates (DCA) drum and bugle corps, is returning after a one-year absence due to stadium renovations.
“We’re looking forward to being back on the DCA schedule and ticket sales have been going great,” said Graham Showalter, president of the Union County Veterans 4th of July Committee.
This year’s competition features the Bushwackers Drum & Bugle Corps, Princeton, N.J.; the Empire Statesmen, Rochester, N.Y.; Hawthorne Caballeros, Hawthorne, N.J.; Sunrisers Drum and Bugle Corps, Brentwood, Long Island, N.Y. and the Windsor Regiment, West Windsor, N.J.
The corps are not listed in the order of appearance.
Three drum corps, the Hawthorne Caballeros Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, Hawthorne, N.J.; Preston Scout House Alumni Band, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada and the Saints Brigade Drum and Bugle Corps, Port Chester, N.Y., will perform in exhibition.
Preston Scout is celebrating their 75th anniversary this year.
Due to the sequestration, the Commandant’s Own, the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, will not be appearing this year.
The Keystoners were formed at the Wallace W. Fetzer Milton American Legion Post 71 in 1946 as the Milton American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps. They became the Keystoners in 1949.
The corps won the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Championship in 1957 in Miami.
They won three Pennsylvania state championships, one under the American Legion Banner and two under the VFW banner.