In celebration of the 85th Anniversary of The Cadets and the 50th Anniversary of the women of The Cadets, the Cadets Alumni Association is inviting all fans, friends and alumni to The Cadets Homecoming Weekend full of memories on October 12-13 in and around Garfield, New Jersey, the birthplace of The Cadets.

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The Celebration begins on Saturday, October 12 from 1-4 pm with The Cadets Bowling and Social Spectacular. The Bowling and Social Spectacular will be a free event with all Cadet families and friends encouraged to attend. The event will be held at the Lodi Lanes, 58 Terhune Ave, Lodi, NJ with 20 bowling lanes to choose from between 1-4pm. Lodi Lanes will provide free bowling shoes to all of our guests with snacks and beverages available at the venue.

Meanwhile, in nearby Monclair, NJ, The Cadets will be hosting the Platinum Leadership Gourmet Luncheon and Fundraiser at Fascino's in Montclair. Facino's is currently ranked in the Top 10 of high-end gourmet restaurants in New Jersey and will feature a four-course meal paired with high-end white and red wines. Reservations are $500 per person and will go directly to supporting The Cadets.

AWCT.pngAWCT Performance Wear and Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) are proud to announce the extension of their partnership as AWCT Performance Wear will continue as the exclusive costume partner for The Cadets color guard and USBands.

Since 2017, AWCT has been the exclusive color guard costuming partner for the 10-Time World Champion Cadets and USBands, the national scholastic music service organization that serves as the sanctioning body for over 130 events and 600 high school music programs each year.

The design staff of The Cadets has been working closely with the team at AWCT to develop their visual identity through the color guard costuming this year for the 2019 production of “Behold.”

“We are extremely pleased to extend our partnership between YEA! and AWCT Performance Wear for the 85th Anniversary season of The Cadets. The quality, creativity and attention to detail that AWCT provides our organization is exceptional. We are delighted to encourage USBands member schools and other music programs to work with AWCT and have the same first-class experience,” said Vicki Ferrence Ray, Executive Director of YEA!

I would like to nominate Sadie Wallace to the Cadets’ Hall of Fame.

As some of you may know Sadie was very influential during our three-peat years of 1983, 1984 and 1985.  She performed many tasks and did whatever was asked of her.  

On a personal note, Sadie covered for me many times. Since I was still living in the Boston area during the winter months, she would teach the guard until I got there. I never had to worry about what she was doing because we were always on the same page. I couldn’t have done it without her!

It is my honor and privilege to nominate Sadie Wallace into the Cadets’ Hall of Fame - 2018.

Sorry, Sadie, it’s 20 years too late, but better late than never!

Peggy Twiggs


I am writing this letter in support of Sadie Wallace’s induction into the Cadets Hall of Fame.

Sadie was a mother figure for all,  tech for the guard, and dance/movement pioneer for the corps and the drum corps world in the 1980s. 

Sadie was always there for all the members.  She worked as an equipment technician as needed.

Sadie cared about the physical bodies of the entire drum corps as programs became more advanced.  She was a pioneer by introducing dance/movement programs as the advancing programs warranted. She fought for time to be sure that the members had time to stretch and maintain good body mechanics.

The letters are in and many of you sent in beautiful and touching letters of nomination and support for those who you believe should be inducted into the Cadets Hall of Fame in 2019. This year six nominees will be reviewed by the Supervisory Committee where no more than half will be chosen to be members of the Class of 2019. Click the names below to read the letters of nomination and support for the candidates:

Ken Conklin 

Bill Gaeckle

George Hilger

Michael Jones

Michelle Owens

Cheryl Philhower-Gillick 

Sadie Wallace



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Allentown, PA

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