Bracken's Upcoming Schedule
Full Corps Practice Tuesday Nov 16 7p-9p at St James
November 26 2021 Bristol Christmas Tree Lighting - 6p
November 27 2021 Bristol Christmas Parade - 1pm
December 4 2021 Yardley Christmas Parade
December 4 2021 Bracken Christmas Party - 6p-10p - St James Church
December 5 2021 - Newtown Christmas Parade
It is time to give the disabled citizens of Bristol, PA and surrounding communities a chance to show their talents.
Bracken has noticed that those with Diverse needs of Bristol and its surrounding communities have several activities they can join like some sports, dance schools and art. The one thing they do not have is a music/performing arts program for the youth.
In the spirit of working more closely with Bristol and its surrounding communities, The Bracken Cavaliers is establishing a special musical ensemble for
those with disabilities to perform in the Bristol and Philadelphia/Bucks County area.
It will be an ensemble of all ages that will be able to play and become performing artists. We know that many of those with disabilities have some very amazing talents. Unfortunately, many never get a chance to show their capabilities. Bracken wants to provide that opportunity here in Bristol.
UPDATE: Diversity has been granted their 501c3 Non Profit Status and are currently seeking a horn and a drum instructor with experience working with those with diverse (special) needs. If interested please email email@example.com
The Bracken Cavaliers of Bristol, PA has a long heritage, with many proud traditions, and is part of the fabric that comprises the Bristol, PA community. It has been a part of the Bristol community for almost 100 years. During that time, we have provided a safe place for the youth of Bristol and its surrounding areas to have a fun time learning music and performing shows not only in Bristol but throughout the area.
We feel this is a large but worthwhile undertaking. It will literally take a village to provide the wonderful gift of music to these young kids.
If interested in becoming a member or a volunteer of this group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Also please go to the Diversity Drum Corps Go Fund Me page and make a donation.
Any and all donations will go directly towards the members and the running of the organization.
Who We Are
The Bracken Cavaliers Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps was established in 2000. We are a Non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The purposes of this organization shall be educational, historical, patriotic, and fraternal; to promote the playing of music for the enjoyment of people of all ages. Also, to promote the development of musical talent, discipline, self-esteem, and responsibility in all of our members.
A boy scout troop in Bristol
marched in parades with a drum line leading the way. In 1922 They added bugles to the drumline and it caught on with the kids from the town. In 1924, the Bracken Cavaliers was organized and claim the honor of being the first and oldest junior drum and bugle corps in the United States of America.
In 1925, under direction of the corps first director, Harry Burbank, the corps became affiliated and sponsored by the Robert W. Bracken American Legion Post No. 382 of Bristol, which, to this date is continuing to help with the sponsoring of the Cavaliers.
The name Bracken is a memorial to Robert W. Bracken, the first WWI casualty from Bristol, for whom the Legion bears the name, and of which the Bracken Cavaliers have carried in proud tradition for 98 years.
What We Do
The Bracken Cavaliers entertains audiences throughout the Philadelphia region by playing from the 50s through the 70s in parades and concerts.
Since our members are older, we no longer march, we ride on a flatbed float and play as a concert style drum and bugle corps.
New Initiative Alumni Breakfast-Philadelphia Region
Did you march in a drum corps from the Philadelphia Area?
The Bracken Cavaliers Alumni Drum Corps thought it would be a great idea to start a Breakfast Club for the Philadelphia area corps.
We invite all those who marched in any drum corps, indoor drumline or color guard from any time period, Pre DCI, DCI, Pre DCA, DCA or Alumni Corps. Doesn't matter where or when you marched, all are welcome. We share corps history, war stories and the fun times we had. We will honor a different corps each month, talk about their history, see photos from the days of yore, play some drum corps trivia and possibly have a guest speaker come every once in a while.
We will hold the next Breakfast Club for the Philadelphia Region on December 3, 2021 from 9a-11a.
We meet at the Golden Eagle Diner on the corner of Rt 13 and Bath Street (300 Bristol Pike Bristol PA) on the first Friday of every month.
If you are interested in coming out and having a couple hours of fun, you can go to our Contact page or email me at email@example.com to RSVP.
So, lets have some fun together, reserve your place now and invite a friend. It will be a great way to see and catchup with old friends, make some new ones, finally meet a friend from Facebook or any other social media site you attend.
Hope to see YOU there
What a great Alumni Breakfast on Friday Nov 5. Small but fun turnout. We welcomed 2 new attendees, Bill Pusey and John Pugliese (Murph). While they shared stories with Art Younglove, Mike Lafferty and Don Coles. I was sharing stories with John Hewes about competing against each other then marching together in Crossmen. Great times. We would love to see more come out at out next breakfast on Dec 3 at the Golden Eagle Diner 9a-11a. Everyone is welcome. Doesn’t matter where you marched or when.