Welcome to the Bracken Cavaliers website
Organized in 1924, the Bracken Cavaliers claim the honor of being the first
and oldest junior drum and bugle corps in the United States of America.
The corps of cadets was originally formed and sponsored as a boy scout
troop of the Bristol Presbyterian Church by it’s first director, Harold
In 1925, under direction of 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
The name Bracken is a memorial to Robert W. Bracken, the first Bristol
WWI casualty for whom the Legion bears the name, and of which the
Bracken Cavaliers have carried in proud tradition for over 80 years.