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.

Our History

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 would like to invite all those who marched in any corps, indoor drumline or colorguard from any time period, Pre DCI, DCI, Pre DCA, DCA, indoor guard or drumline from the Philadelphia area. Doesn't matter where or when you marched, all are welcome. We would share corps history, war stories and the fun times we had. We can 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 first Breakfast Club for the Philadelphia Region on June 4, 2021 from 9a-11a. We will meet at the Golden Eagle Diner on the corner of Rt 13 and Bath Street (300 Bristol Pike Bristol PA for the GPS) 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 brackendirector@gmail.com to RSVP. Because of Covid Restrictions, we can only have up to 25 attendees. As things open up more we can have larger gatherings.
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

Upcoming Events

Sectional Rehearsal

Drum line and hornline - Thursday 5/8 from 7p-9p
Sopranos only - Clean "I Believe"  Bristol Historical Building
Drumline - Bert's House

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