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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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Cadets2
   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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Xcape
  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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March 4 Music  Since 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.
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Omar Carmenates Bio

Omar Carmenates
Front Ensemble Supervisor/Arranger, The Cadets

Omar Carmenates is currently the Associate Professor of Percussion at Furman University in Greenville, SC where he oversees all aspects of the percussion program including classical, jazz and world percussion studies. He holds a Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University, a Master of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida.

Omar is also a versatile performer with a strong interest in contemporary solo and chamber music. His debut solo recording, entitled The Gaia Theory, was released through Rattle Records in 2013. He can be heard on the Cantaloupe Records release of John Luther Adams' concert-length Inuksuit for 9-99 percussionists, a work that he both co-commissioned and directed in its United States premiere. He also has two forthcoming releases including The John Psathas Percussion Project, featuring percussion ensemble arrangements of works by New Zealand's most renowned composer, and a recording of Matthew Burtner's Six Ecoacuoustic Quintets with the Furman University Percussion Ensemble. 

In addition to his duties at Furman, Omar is an avid participant in the pageantry arts and is proud to serve as the Front Ensemble Arranger for The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. Prior to his arrival at The Cadets, he also acted as a Percussion Consultant for Phantom Regiment (2016), Percussion Arranger for Spirit of Atlanta (2013-14) and Percussion Caption Head/Arranger for the Boston Crusaders (2007-10). Additionally, he has been the percussion arranger for high school programs across the United States, including the Bands of America Grand National Champion, Tarpon Springs Outdoor Performance Ensemble. Since 2014, Omar has also been a WGI percussion adjudicator.