Cavalcade of Champions draws fans, welcomes foes

LEWISBURG—From downtown Lewisburg to the halls at Bucknell, Saturday’s Cavalcade of Champions Competition was the center of attention. Eight teams from New Jersey, New York, and Canada welcomed hundreds of onlookers to the stands with a booming orchestra of drums and bugles that could be heard for miles. Drummer Jim Weden of the Bushwackers Drum & Bugle Corps said the competition radiated positive energy.

“From day one, I walked into this organization and I mean, great things were happening. I just felt an incredible energy. I feel really blessed to be here. I’m really really happy to be in Lewisburg tonight.”

From the eye-catching exhibition teams to the disciplined drum and bugle bands, each team had its own unique flavor. Throughout the intense displays of traditional military pageantry, the competition did not stoke much rivalry amongst bands. Madeline Rende of the Saints Brigade Drum & Bugle Corps said each team with their own brand gave a spectacular performance.

“I felt really good. I think that everyone performed great. I really felt a lot of heart in their performance—they were really giving it their all.”

The hundreds of fans on the stands of Bucknell’s Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium got more than their money’s worth when the mayor of Lewisburg showed up. Mayor Judy Wagner declared July 6th the Preston Scout House Alumni Band Day, celebrating the Canadian team that has attended the competition since the 1950’s. (Carrie Haines)

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