From the Cavaliers' Web site: By Jeff Fiedler
Cavaliers director
The Cavaliers recently completed their December camp, which ran from Friday afternoon, Dec. 26, through Sunday Dec. 28, at noon. The camp was again very well-attended, and included a large number of potential members who were unable to audition at the November camp. The total number of auditionees for the 2004 corps again passed the number of young men who auditioned for the 2003 corps, which makes six consecutive years that the audition numbers have passed the previous year. Spots for the 2004 summer corps have been set for nearly every section, as well as placing some potential members into a few alternate positions. The corps will again be very experienced, as it looks as though there will be nearly 80 veteran members in the ranks, after graduating 46 at the conclusion of the 2003 summer. The percussion section received music to the show's introduction from arrangers/composers Bret Kuhn and Erik Johnson, and they ensembled that music with the brass section on Sunday morning. The brass had received 007's "Golden Eye" introduction at the November camp. The brass section received music from arranger/composer Richard Saucedo to the second portion of the summer show, which was drawn from "Hovercraft" from the James Bond movie "Die Another Day." The color guard auditionees spent the weekend auditioning, as well as learning routines for flag, rifle and movement. The brass and percussion sections conducted auditions, and worked on music utilized in the summer for parades and concerts. The brass also spent Saturday afternoon working on their movement skills, and getting their first taste of the summer conditioning program. The corps' new drum major was announced as fifth-year member Aaron Brizuela (trumpet). He will be assisted by a new guard sergeant, fourth-year member Jose "Pepe" Ochoa, and assistant drum major, third-year member Chris Lugo (baritone). Fourth-year member Ben "Seaver" Collins was named drum sergeant. There will be additional stories and features related to the corps' 007 show, new leadership and the banquet in the following days.