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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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Daniel Berard
Brass Instructor, The Cadets
BA - University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
MA - Colorado State University

Daniel Berard is the Director of Bands at Fossil Ridge High School, where he is responsible for all aspects of the large and vibrant band program, including the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble 1, Jazz Ensemble 2 and Marching Band. Mr. Berard was on the "core team" that opened Fossil Ridge High School in the fall of 2004, served as the Performing Arts Chair from 2004-2015 and is proud of the explosive growth, innovation and excellence in performance that the music department at FRHS has become know for. 

Mr. Berard received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and Master of Music degrees in Music Education and Instrumental Conducting from Colorado State University, where he studied with Dr. J. Steven Moore and Wes Kenny. Prior to his current position at Fossil Ridge, Mr. Berard led successful programs at Ponderosa and Douglas County High Schools, and has also served on the instructional staff for several Drum & Bugle Corps, including The Madison Scouts and The Cavaliers.

Mr. Berard is 1 of 17 directors nation-wide to be named a Yamaha Master Educator, is active as a clinician, adjudicator and conductor, and has presented at numerous clinics and conventions across the country. He is a member of the Colorado Bandmasters Association, the Colorado Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu, the National Band Association and the National Association for Music Education. Mr. Berard has received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence, and in 2012 was named one of the "50 Directors Who Make a Difference" by School Band & Orchestra Magazine

The Fossil Ridge Wind Symphony has consistently received "Superior with Distinction" honors at the Colorado State Concert Band Festival, has twice been selected to perform at the CMEA Convention, and was a featured ensemble at the 2012 and 2016 Music For All National Concert Band Festival. The marching band is a two-time state champion, and has won the "High Music Performance" award at the Colorado marching band state championships for six consecutive years. 


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