The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps will not perform at the DCI Southeastern Championship in Atlanta, Saturday, July 25, due to a rapidly progressing, self-limited viral illness amongst the membership over the past 24 hours.
“This is certainly a disappointing decision to reach, but it’s a decision that’s ultimately best for the well-being and recovery of our membership,” corps director Mark Ackerson said. “Our medical personnel are working diligently to treat and prevent further spread of the illness.”
“Touring with 150 performing members presents a number of challenges, but the health, safety, and well-being of our membership is, and has always been, absolutely paramount,” said Dr. Brenda Brak of the Cavaliers Medical Group. “This is why our team has chosen to make this decision about our performance tonight in Atlanta, and we anticipate all our affected members will recover quickly and completely.”
Ackerson, who consulted closely with the Cavaliers’ medical team, internal representatives, and DCI executive director Dan Acheson, added that “We realize there are many disappointed friends, fans, family, and alumni who were expecting to see the Cavaliers perform in Atlanta. Above all else, we must uphold the health of our students and their experience moving into the remaining stretch of our competitive season.”
In lieu of performing in Atlanta, the Cavaliers will get an early start on travels to their next housing site in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina area.