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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.

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   is 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.

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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.

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  offers 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.

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Jeff Carmona
Percussion Instructor, The Cadets
Bachelor of Music Education, Percussion - University of North Texas

Jeff Carmona is a freelance percussionist and music educator from San Antonio, TX. He began his marching career as part of the tenor line at the Boston Crusaders in 2012. Next, he went on to march tenors in 2013 at The Santa Clara Vanguard under the direction of Paul Rennick. After aging out, he spent the 2014 DCI season as a tenor tech for the Casper Troopers.

Jeff attended the University of North Texas where he studied with Paul Rennick, Christopher Deane, Mark Ford, Ed Smith, and Jose Aponte. While at North Texas, he spent time in the Green Brigade marching band, the 8 o'clock and 2 o'clock steel bands, the UNT Brazilian ensemble, and the Advanced Afro-Cuban ensemble. He has traveled overseas to perform with the North Texas A-line in Opole, Poland, at drum fest in 2014 and has won two PASIC first place trophies with the North Texas quad ensemble in both 2013 and 2015.

Jeff has spent the last few summers working with many high school percussion programs in San Antonio and the DFW metroplex. Jeff currently resides in Frisco, TX, where he is the battery technician and private lesson teacher for Wakeland High School, Griffin Middle School, Cobb Middle School, Memorial High School and Lone Star High School.

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