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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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Diana Loomer Bio

Diana Loomer
Front Ensemble Instructor, The Cadets

Diana Loomer is an active percussionist and music educator. She is currently a doctoral candidate pursuing a degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Texas in Austin. She holds a Master's Degree from Indiana University and a Bachelor's Degree from Appalachian State University in Percussion Performance. She has studied with teachers including Thomas Burritt, Tony Edwards, John Tafoya, Kevin Bobo, Steve Houghton, Michael Spiro, Rob Falvo, Craig Ketrick and Braham Dembar. 

Currently, Diana is teaching and performing in the Austin area. In addition to private lessons, she is a Teaching Assistant at UT and the director of the UT Steel Band, "The Pans of Texas." From 2012-14, she was an Associate Instructor at Indiana University and taught the IU Steel Band. 

Diana has performing experience in many different areas of percussion. She has studied orchestral percussion with current and former members of the Austin Symphony, National Symphony, and Indianapolis Symphony. She has an extensive background in world percussion, including areas such as steel pan, tabla, Arfo-Cuban, Brazilian and West African percussion. She traveled to Ghana in 2014 to study gyil and djembe with Bernard Woma, and is currently a member of the Austin Samba School. She has performed multiple times at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention including concerts with the PAS Marimba Orchestra, Indiana University Percussion Ensemble and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble. Diana played timpani with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps from 2010-2012, and has developed a passion for the "melodic timpani" playing. She is currently working to expand both the potential of the instrument and the repertoire for this new field.