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Cavaliers’ Chromium takes gold in first WGI season
Members and staff of Chromium Winds celebrate from the floor of the University of Dayton Arena on Sunday.Photo by: Twitter

Cavaliers’ Chromium takes gold in first WGI season

by Drum Corps International

The Cavaliers’ Chromium Winds ensemble captured gold at the WGI Sports of the Arts Winds World Championship Finals in Dayton, Ohio on Sunday.

The 24-member coed ensemble, a first in the history of the Cavaliers organization, finished at the top of WGI’s Independent Open Winds division with a score of 92.750, more than three points ahead of its nearest competition.  

“The entire Cavaliers organization is incredibly proud of what our Chromium members, staff, volunteers, and parent group have been able to accomplish this season,” Cavaliers Executive Director Chris Lugo said. “They truly exceeded our expectations when it came to delivering an incredible experience for everyone involved with this year’s inaugural group.”


In addition to taking first place in every caption across the judges’ scoring sheets, Chromium members also managed to capture WGI’s coveted “Fan-Favorite” award with their production titled “Voices in My Head.”

Other Drum Corps International affiliated winds ensembles that fared well in the weekend competition included the Crossmen, which finished in fourth-place in WGI’s Independent World division, just five hundredths of a point behind the bronze medalist.

Two of Drum Corps International’s SoundSport teams also advanced to the Winds Finals in WGI’s Independent A division including LakeShoremen (3rd, 85.900) and Railmen Winter Winds (5th, 78.975).


Percussion results

Also taking place over the weekend at the University of Dayton Arena and surrounding venues was the WGI Percussion World Championships. 

Blue Devils Performing Arts’ RCC Indoor was the only DCI-affiliated drum line in WGI’s Independent World division to advance to the finals competition. The group from Riverside, California finished in fourth place in a tight competitive pack that was separated by less than a point and half.

Oregon Crusaders’ OC Indoor finished in 16th place in the Semifinals competition, narrowly missing its shot among the top 15 groups that advance to the Finals by just 0.662 points.


Cavaliers Indoor (Round 1, 10th, 83.525), which earned a spot as a finalist in 2016, finished its 2017 campaign after the preliminary round of competition on Thursday night. Also finishing their seasons after their respective Prelims performances were members of the Blue Knights (Round 1, 12th, 81.750) and River City Rhythm (Round 2, 13th, 81.850).

Among the Independent Open division finalists was Bakersfield College (9th, 91.063) of California and San Antonio’s 5Points Percussion (11th, 88.750). Both sharing ties to Drum Corps International Open Class drum corps, Bakersfield College operates in conjunction with Golden Empire with 5Points sharing an association with the Guardians of Houston.

Also in the Independent Open division, Pioneer Indoor finished in sixth place in its preliminary round of competition.

Shadow Indoor Percussion, operated by DCI Open Class corps Shadow, finished on Friday in 13th place in the Independent A Finals, while Crystal Lake Thunder, a first-year group operated by the Cavaliers, finished in 12th place in the Independent A Prelims.