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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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Kristen Richard
Brass Instructor, The Cadets

Texas native Kristen Richard is a freelance performer and educator in South Florida. Ms. Richard has performed with groups such as the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, Longwood Symphony Orchestra and St. Francis Quintet. She has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Tokyo's The International Forum and Boston's Symphony Hall. 

Ms. Richard has completed three Japan tours as a horn, mellophone and percussion player. In the summer of 2016 she was a cast member in the new show, "Blast! The Music of Disney." In 2014 she toured as a cast member of the Tony and Emmy award-winning Broadway show "Blast!" During this tour, the cast was featured on a 30-minuted Japanese Television special with two of Japan's top pop stars. Her first tour was in 2008 as a cast member of the Music Motion Theater show "Odyssey."

Ms. Richard holds a Master of Music degree in Music Education with additional studies in Horn Performance from Boston University as well as a Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance magna cum laude from East Carolina University. 

While at BU, Ms. Richard studied with her primary teacher, Eric Ruske, and musicians from the Boston and London Symphony Orchestras. Kristen also had the experience of performing as principal horn in the BU Chamber Orchestra under the baton of the late Mr. Gunther Schuller. 

For three years, Ms. Richard served as Graduate Assistant of the Boston University Athletic Bands. Under Director of Athletic Bands, Aaron Goldberg, her primary duties included directing the Terrier Pep Bands as well as instructing the Terrier Marching Band and Winter Percussion Ensemble. These groups performed at a number of high profile events including Red Sox games, the NCAA Frozen Four, Red Hot Hockey at Madison Square Garden, and Head of the Charles Regatta. The Terrier Marching Band also made an appearance in the move, "Black Mass." Ms. Richard was initiated as an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma (Eta Gamma Chapter) in April of 2013, and Kappa Kappa Psi (Theta Beta Chapter) in May of 2013. Ms. Richard is no stranger to the drum corps activity having marched mellophone with Revolution in 2003, Crossmen 2004-2008 and The Cadets in 2009. She taught Boston Crusaders, Troopers, Oregon Crusaders, and 7th Regiment. In addition to drum corps, she taught a number of high school bands including West Broward (FL), Cypress Bay (FL), Coral Reef (FL), Cheshire (CT) and Belmont (MA).

Outside of music, Ms. Richard loves playing and watching sports (Bruins, Red Sox, Celtics), video games, snowboarding, SCUBA, combat, kayaking, rock climbing, books, animals, coffee and road trips.