Michael Durborow’s devotion to the Caballeros and Muchachos of Hawthorne produced a remarkable string of achievements. During his years of service as drum major, visual designer and drill instructor from 1983 to 2005 Caballeros won the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) championship four times. Caballeros were undefeated in 1984, 1985 and 1995. During his two decades of service, Caballeros won the DCA high visual award four times and placed in the top three 16 times.
As staff coordinator from 1994 to 2005, his knowledge and organizational skills were applied to the structure of rehearsal sessions and staff coordination to produce the best use of practice time. He is an inspiring leader able to boost the spirits of corps members and instill a sense of confidence.
Almost all his drum corps activity involved the Muchachos and Caballeros, with the exception of two years serving as drill instructor for Garfield Cadets in 1979 and 1980 and as visual caption head for Fusion Corps from 2011 to 2014.
He began his 10 years of involvement with Hawthorne Muchachos in 1967, first marching in the color guard, then the drum line, then the indoor guard, finally becoming drum major in 1977. He also marched in front of the Caballeros as drum major in 1983 and 1984. He was Cabs’ drill instructor for 20 years from 1985 to 2005 and visual caption head from 1994 to 2005. He also served as staff coordinator from 1994 to 2005.