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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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Eric Babula Bio

Eric Babula
Color Guard Designer, The Cadets

Eric Babula has been performing and teaching in the drum corps activity for well over a decade. He returns to The Cadets in 2017 for his sixth year as a staff member and his twelfth year with the corps. 

In 2002, at the age of 16, Eric joined The Cadets where he went on to march six seasons; winning the DCI World Championship title with the corps in 2005. He returned to the corps as an instructor/choreographer from 2010-2015, serving as the Color Guard Caption Supervisor in 2013 and 2014. In 2016, he was a choreographer with Phantom Regiment.

In addition, he has designed and choreographed for many marching bands and winter guards including Black Gold Winter Guard, Legacy High School, Flower Mound High School, Cypress Independent and most recently Byron Nelson High School, Wiregrass Ranch High School, Trumbull High School and Alter Ego. 

Originally from Burlington, NJ, he currently lives in Derby, CT where he serves as the Color Guard Director for Trumbull High School and works for the MBI Corporation. 


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(Top): Eric (second from right) and The 2002 Cadets Rifle Line
(Left): Eric in The Cadets' 2005 World-Championship performance of The Zone
(Right): Eric Babula & fellow Cadets alum/instructor Katie Hopkins


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