Building the Green Machine
by Colt Foutz

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ISBN: 978-1-932714-39-5
480 pages, 70+ photos
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Every summer, the spectacle of drum and bugle corps holds hundreds of thousands of fans in thrall. They pack stadiums from Chicago to Los Angeles, New York to Dallas, and Amsterdam to Tokyo to witness the pageantry and cutthroat competition of marching music at its highest level. Building the Green Machine: Don Warren and Sixty Years with the World Champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps is the unique story of how one man’s dream launched turned a raucous gang of Chicago Boy Scouts into one of the greatest drum and bugle corps in the world.
The tale begins in the 1940s in rough-and-tumble Logan Square, Chicago, where charismatic junior scoutmaster Don Warren covets more for his buddies than the dead-end world the street had to offer. Somehow, he convinced his friends to ditch knots and camping for snare drums and horns. And so the Cavaliers were born. The blare and bombast of competitive drum corps erupted in postwar Chicago as neighborhood groups clashed for bragging rights. To become champions, the Cavaliers had to overcome raw musical talent and clumsy feet to build a brotherhood capable of repelling every outside challenge.

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By Courtney Brandt on July 5, 2008

Colt Foutz weaves an amazing, informative, and well written account of the history of the "Green Machine" - the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. Students, fans, alumni, and current members of DCI will enjoy this book from beginning to end. Colt's narrative style and attention to detail makes the history interesting.