The Cadets is one of the world's oldest and most honored continually operating drum and bugle corps with members ages 16 to 22 from all over the country and world. The corps was founded in Garfield, N.J. in 1934 as the Holy Name Cadets and has won 10 American Legion National Championships and 10 Drum Corps International World Championships. The Cadets travel an average of 15,000 miles nationwide each summer, competing and performing for hundreds of thousands of fans.
Cadets2is a regionally performing drum and bugle corps made up of approximately 128 young men and women ages 16 to 25 that competes in the Drum Corps Associates circuit. Founded in 2012 as a weekend-only alternative to the 10-time DCI World Champion Cadets nationally touring ensemble, Cadets 2 maintains The Cadets' standard of excellence while offering a more time- and cost- effective drum corps experience to young people in and around the Lehigh Valley.
Cadets Winter Percussionis the indoor percussion ensemble sponsored by The Cadets. In its inaugural year, CWP achieved a record high score in their WGI class, winning the 2014 Independent Open Class World Championship. In its second year, the battery placed sixth in Independent World Class. Based in Allentown, Pa., this ensemble is founded upon The Cadets' long-standing tradition of excellence in percussion and offers world-class instruction to percussionists ages 16 to 22 in and around the Lehigh Valley.
USBands serves as a competitive circuit for scholastic music programs nationwide, providing world-class performance venues and the best adjudication to tens of thousands of students. Each year, over 700 scholastic ensembles participate in 150 USBands-sanctioned events. The organization is divided into three seasonal departments: USBands Fall for competitive marching band, USBands Winter for competitive indoor color guard and percussion, and USBands Concert for symphonic festivals.
Xcapeoffers low-cost, comprehensive dance education to Allentown youth ages 6 to 22. Class offerings include ballet, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary/modern dance. Xcape aims to inspire and motivate students while fostering an appreciation for the arts. Instructors provide a fun and nurturing environment where students of all personalities and backgrounds can explore their creativity while learning valuable life skills such as teamwork, self discipline and work ethic.
The Designated Hitters is the official drumline of the Lehigh Valley's IronPigs Minor League Baseball Team. The 15-member drumline is a featured act at 15 home games throughout the season, welcoming crowds in the parking lot at Coca-Cola Park before games, participating in player introductions and performing between innings alongside the IronPigs' popular mascots. Members range in age from 16 to 25 and are local to the Lehigh Valley area.
March 4 MusicSince the spring of 2014, March 4 Music has raised over $75,000 for school music programs nationwide. This fundraising program helps bands create fun, customized "March-a-Thons" to benefit their school music programs, spreads the joy of music in communities across the country, and keeps music alive in our nation's schools. March 4 Music Home