Bracken's Upcoming Schedule

Full Corps

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.

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 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 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