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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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Robert Marino
Percussion Instructor, The Cadets

Robert Marino was named Principal Timpanist of The United States Army Field Band, Washington D.C., in 2006 He has been a featured soloist with the band at The American Bandmasters Association Convention and The Pennsylvania Music Educators Conference. In addition to his duties as timpanist in the concert band, he is a high school and college clinician and he also performs with the Federal Brass, one of the Field Band's brass quintets. Robert has also been a guest artist and soloist with the Broken Arrow High School, Oklahoma Percussion Ensemble and the Interlochen Arts Academy Wind Symphony.

Robert is a 2005 graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a double major in percussion performance and music education. While at Eastman, Robert earned to coveted Performer's Certificate, was named principal percussionist for the Eastman Wind Ensemble's highly acclaimed 2004 Asian tour, and was the timpanist for the Wind Ensemble's celebrated appearance at Carnegie Hall in 2005. Marino began his graduate studies at Boston University where he was the timpanist for the Boston University Symphony Orchestra's Carnegie Hall appearance. After leaving Boston University to join the Army Field Band, Robert completed his Master's Degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Maryland in 2010.

Robert Marino has been very active in the marching arts activities as a member, instructor and adjudicator. He has been the bass tech for The Cadets since 2007, and he has also taught the Madison Scouts and Capital Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps. Robert has been the caption head and arranger for many award winning high school marching bands as well as for the Boston University marching band and it's award winning winter percussion ensemble. Robert marched in The Cadets from 2000-2003, winning a DCI World Championship in 2000 and the three-peat high percussion trophies from 2001-2003

Robert Marino has recently been a featured clinician at Colorado State University, University of Colorado-Boulder, The University of North Alabama, the Anne Arundal Percussion Camp, the Frederick, MD day of percussion and the West Shore day of percussion in Harrisburg, PA. He is a Vic Firth Educator and Endorser, and can be heard on Summit Records' 2006 recording of Danzante where he was the principal percussionist, as well as on the Footprints album by Michael Udow. He also has a composition entitled Eight on 3 and Nine on 2, published by Tapspace Music. His instructors include John Beck, Tim Genis, Joe Periera, John Tafoya, Tony Ames, Gordon Stout, Ben Ramirez, Tom Aungst, Steve Kieffer and John Wagner. Robert currently resides in Sykesville, MD with his wife Elizabeth and daughter Aubrey. 

 

 

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