The Cavaliers and Phantom Regiment both proudly represent the State of Illinois with long and storied histories since 1948 and 1956, respectively. As the friendly in-state rivalry has grown over the past half century, these two Midwest drum corps are ready to bring the neighborly competition directly to the fans.

Introducing the Backyard Brawl – A Fundraising Challenge between The Cavaliers and Phantom Regiment!

Donate to the Backyard Brawl Now! Help the Regiment BEAT the Cavaliers!

From July 7 to July 25, friends, fans, family and alumni have the opportunity to decide which Illinois corps is really “number 1” by making a tax-deductible donation to The Cavaliers via or Phantom Regiment via

Fans are also encouraged to donate at each corps souvenir booths during the contest.

Along the way, each side will provide updates as to which corps is on top of the battle, giving everyone the chance to push their favorite corps to the 2012 Backyard Brawl championship!

“With less than 80 miles separating our hometowns, this fundraising challenge is a great way to highlight each corps’ history and play on the rivalry we’ve enjoyed over the years,” said Adolph DeGrauwe, president and corps director of The Cavaliers.

The contest ends at midnight on Wednesday, July 25, but fans will stay in suspense until the official results are announced at the DCI Atlanta Southeastern Championship on Saturday, July 28 – The winning corps gets bragging rights for an entire year!

“We look forward to bringing the spirit of competition from the field to the Backyard Brawl,” added Rick Valenzuela, executive director of Phantom Regiment. “Ultimately, this challenge gives our dedicated friends, fans, family and alumni the chance to support each corps and have a little fun!”

The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps and Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps are both 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations. Contributions to The Cavaliers and Phantom Regiment are tax-deductible as allowed by the law.

Have fun and let the Backyard Brawl begin!

Donate to the Backyard Brawl Now! Help the Regiment BEAT the Cavaliers!

Backyard Brawl: The Cavaliers vs Phantom Regiment

Contest Dates: Saturday, July 7 through Wednesday, July 25
How to Donate:,, or directly at each corps’ souvenir booths

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