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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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Joe Ciancimino
Percussion Instructor, The Cadets
Percussion Co-Caption Head, Cadets2

The 2017 season marks Joe Ciancimino's second year as a percussion instructor for The Cadets. The 2017 season also marks Joe Ciancimino's fourth year working as a percussion instructor for The Cadets2 and second year working as Percussion Caption Supervisor.

Joe began his drum corps career with the Reading Buccaneers in 2010. He played tenors for the group for the 2010 and 2011 prior to becoming a member of The Cadets. In 2011, Joe was also a member of United Percussion, placing seventh in WGI World Class Championships. As a member of The Cadets, Joe stayed with The Cadets through his age-out summer in 2013, and was a part of the percussion section that claimed the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award, helping to shape and redefine the standard of World Championship percussion sections in DCI.

Joe previously was Battery Caption Head at Upper Darby High School in Drexel Hill, PA, where he had been teaching since 2012. During his first season with Upper Darby, he helped lead the group to the 2013 WGI Open Class Championships, placing first in the Scholastic Open Class Competition. The following year, he helped to lead the group to their first-ever performance in WGI Scholastic World Class, placing tenth at WGI Championships.

Joe studied under many renowned educators such as Colin McNutt, Brian Perez, Nick Werth, Johnny Trujillo as well as many others. Joe has also worked as a percussion adjudicator with USBands since 2016.

Joe currently resides in Norristown, PA. He is a graduate of the accounting program at Temple University and currently works on his career in auditing outside of drum corps.