The Cavaliers of Rosemont, Ill., 2001 DCI World Champions, will unveil their 2002 drill at a dress rehearsal tonight at Huskie Stadium on the campus of Northern Illinois University. The dress rehearsal begins at 6 p.m. and will end at around 10 p.m., according to comments posted by Cavalier officials on the Cavaliers' Web site."It's pretty incredible stuff," drum major Ryan Ling, from Wilmington, Ohio, who attends Miami University in Ohio, said of the Cavalier show. "We're trying to do things a little differently than the last two years. It's a lot different of a show, but it's still very Cavalier-ish," Ling said.Cavaliers director Jeff Fiedler stressed last week that the Cavalier were still refining the drill. "When drum corps come out in early June, they don't have anywhere near a complete show. It's a skeleton. It's a STRONG skeleton, but it's a skeleton nonetheless. Then what you do in June and July and maybe a little into August is continue to layer the show. You look at things, you refine things and you make adjustments," Fiedler said.Jamie Millis, 19, a contrabass player from Clarksville, Tenn., said, "It's gonna be rockin' when we get it done.""Right now we're just concentrating on putting a good show out," added Mike Bingham, 21, from Chicago.This year's Cavalier program is entitled "Frameworks." According to the Cavaliers' Web site, this year the Cavaliers are "Going again where no other corps has gone ... presenting a mesmerizing program of original music and choreography, created from scratch by the corps' creative staff.""Frameworks" was created by Richard Saucedo (brass arrangements), Michael Gaines (visual ideas) and Bret Kuhn and Erik Johnson (percussion arrangements)."It's going great. We're having great weather, we haven't been hampered by the weather," Fiedler said of the Cavaliers' practice time.The Cavaliers' practice time in Newark, Ill., was clouded somewhat by a few local residents who didn't appreciate the noise the Cavaliers were generating. Other residents objected to the hours the Cavaliers were practicing.Huskie Stadium is located on Stadium Drive South on the campus of Northern Illinois University. Interested visitors can check out a map at http://www.niu.edu/westmap.html .
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