The Hawthorne Caballeros

Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps

Brief History of the Corps.

The Hawthorne Caballeros Alumni Corps was organized in March of 1994 by a group of twelve former Caballeros. The original music instructors were Frank Pisillo and Jim D’Amico; Bob Peterson and Dan Raymond were the percussion instructors—all four, Caballero veterans.

With a total membership of under sixty in 1995, the Corps' first public appearance was at the GAS reunion hosted by the Cabs on April 1, 1995.  The Corps also performed in several parades, stage shows, and on the field in a concert formation that year. In 1996 a simple drill was instituted, and as the Corps grew, by the following year a full drill was performed. The uniform the first three years was a white golf shirt, black pants, and baseball cap. In 1998, however, the full uniform, identical to that of the competition corps, was inaugurated.

Originally, the Corps was open only to former Caballeros. In the spring of 2000, however, the membership was opened to outside applicants with certain qualifications (see Membership Info). Due to the fact that they are one of the few alumni corps that performs a complete drill reminiscent of those of the ‘60s and ‘70s, the Hawthorne Caballeros Alumni Corps is very much in demand.

Music or drill rehearsals are generally held every other Sunday. See the calendar page for times and locations, or contact Paul Bongiovi at cabsalumnidirector@outlook.com or Steve Raclowski at str@embarqmail.com.