After 60+ years Bracken has decided to change its logo to be more modern looking

Brackens Old Logo

Brackens New Logo

Bracken's Upcoming Schedule

Practices have begun for the 2023 season

We practice every other Thursday night from 7p-9p
at the Bristol Cultural and Historical Society
321 Cedar Street Bristol PA 19007

Our next rehearsal is Thursday February 2nd

Show songs for 2023

National Anthem -  Ghost Riders in the Sky - Black Saddle - Desert Song - Pennsylvania Polka - Gospel John - Unchained Melody -  Something


You're a Grand Old FlagProud to be An American - Yankee Doodle Dandy - Military Medley - Going Home - Never Walk Alone - Smile - With a Song in My Heart

Hope to see you at one of our performances

Alumni Breakfast-Philadelphia Region

Did you march in a drum corps from the Philadelphia Area? Not just Bracken but ANY Drum Corps?
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 

The Alumni Breakfast Club meets every second Saturday of the month when there are no performances schedules. We meet at the Golden Eagle Diner on the corner of Rt 13 and Bath Street (300 Bristol Pike Bristol PA) from 9a-11a
Our next breakfast is on Saturday July 8.

So, lets have some fun together, 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

Due to the Pennsylvania Sundusky Law, Bracken had to abandon the startup of Diversity

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 one of the oldest and still performing junior drum and bugle corps in the United States of America.
In 1924, 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 99 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.