With an unwavering focus on the start of drum corps season this month, and an eye towards the week-long DCI World Championships to be held at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium in August, The Cadets have revealed its new 2018 program, “The Unity Project.”
The world-class competitive drum and bugle corps concurrently announced that Dr. Drew Shanefield has been named Artistic Director of the Cadets, while Scott Litzenberg has been appointed Corps Director.
Possessing an eclectic and unique show design, the 2018 program was inspired by the famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi: “Unity, to be real, must stand the severest strain without breaking.” According to Shanefield, the show “follows a trajectory and evolution from disjunction to cohesion, through the synergy of design and performers coming together--from the seemingly unrelated juxtaposition of visual and sound to the exquisite coordination of power and passion.”
Repertoire for “The Unity Project” includes: "Opening Scene" by Drew Shanefield, Tom Aungst, and Omar Carmenates; "Sensemaya" by Silvestre Revueltas; "Misterioso" by Drew Shanefield; "Demonic Thesis" by John Psathas; "Ara Batur" by Sigur Ros; and "Ballet Sacra" by David Holsinger.
Shanefield notes that the program reflects the story of the 2018 Cadets: vastly diverse yet wholly inclusive, markedly different yet profoundly similar.
“We are reminded that the singular whole is always greater than the sum of its parts,” said Shanefield. “When we stand together, we stand as one, unified by a shared vision and the promise of the limitless potential of the human spirit.”
"The Unity Project" replaces the previously announced show, “The Conversation– Everyone's Talking and Nobody's Listening.”
Drew Shanefield has spent his career in education as an instrumental music teacher in the Haverford Township School District in Pennsylvania. He is a former member of the music faculty at Swarthmore College.
Shanefield’s drum corps experience began as a member of The Cadets from 1988-1991. He served as an instructor and was co-brass caption head for The Cadets in 1995, brass caption head for Carolina Crown in 1997 and brass caption head for the Cavaliers from 1998-2000. From 2002-2006, he served as a program consultant for the Cavaliers. In addition, Shanefield was the brass arranger for the Crossmen in 2004 and 2005 and was the program coordinator for the Bluecoats from 2006-2008. In 2009, he returned to the Cavaliers design team as the arranger through 2015.
Shanefield graduated from New York University in 1992, received a Master's degree in Music Education from Queens College, a Master's in Music Performance from West Chester University, and a Doctorate in Higher Education from Widener University. He is a member of the ASCAP and is a performing artist/clinician for Yamaha band instruments. He is an active composer, clinician and adjudicator across the country. His educational compositions are published by Neil A. Kjos Publishing Company, Northeastern Music, and Marching Show Concepts/Center X. Drew and his family reside in suburban Philadelphia.
A Cadets alumnus from 1982 to 1983, Scott Litzenberg is an accomplished and influential figure in the marching music industry. After graduating from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education in 1984, Litzenberg served as director of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 1987 through 1989, and again in 2006.
Litzenberg is also a former member of the DCI board of directors and has served on DCI's event staff since 1998. He has been a contest coordinator and event manager for both DCI and WGI and was the event manager for the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis for the last 7 years.
In addition, Litzenberg was the president of the Cavalcade of Bands competitive marching band circuit from 2009 to 2018 and served as the department chairperson and director of bands at Unionville High School (UHS) in Kennett Square, Pa. At UHS, he conducted the Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Musical Pit Orchestra and directed the last four musical productions. His ensembles have received numerous awards and honors at concert, jazz and marching festivals nationwide.
Litzenberg also works part-time as an event manager at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., with the visiting artists who perform at the gardens. He has been the principal timpanist with the Chester County Pops Orchestra and was a charter member of that ensemble.
The Cadets is one of the thirteen founding corps of DCI, is a ten-time DCI World Champion, and is the oldest continuously active junior drum and bugle corps in North America.
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The newly appointed board of directors of Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) today reaffirmed its commitment to the USBands program by launching the “Forward March!” initiative geared to reconnect with everyone who has a vested interest in the success of USBands and include that community in identifying what changes should be made.
As part of this initiative, YEA! is building a new advisory board to be comprised of six to 12 band directors, adjudicators and volunteers who represent the three main stakeholders in the program.
"USBands is a spectacular program. We are committed to providing the best experience for everyone, most importantly the students participating in the bands.” said Doug Rutherford, board chairman of YEA!. “We want feedback and input from the entire band community, and we believe this newly-formed advisory board is a great step forward in achieving our goal.”
Rutherford also noted that the number of bands registered is on track with previous years and more events are scheduled for 2018 than last year. USBands Premier and Showcase events remain open for bands to sign up. “We are excited to see new bands registering that have not participated in USBands events in the past,” Rutherford added.
The following individuals have agreed to join the USBands Advisory Board:
Mike Harrison, Director of Bands at Urbana High School (Ijamsville, MD). During Mike Harrison’s six-year tenure, the marching band has nearly doubled in size and competes actively in USBands and Bands of America. Urbana’s indoor guard and percussion ensembles have a combined ten Winter Guard International (WGI) Regional finals appearances in the last five years. Urbana has hosted indoor, marching band, and drum corps competitions for USBands, Frederick County Public Schools, Keystone Indoor Drill Association (KIDA), and Drum Corps Associates (DCA), and has even hosted rehearsals for The Cadets and Cadets2. They have also hosted educational events and clinics featuring members of their own instructional staff as well as national leaders in the marching arts. In addition to his work at Urbana, Mr. Harrison has been a percussion instructor with The United States Naval Academy Drum and Bugle Corps since 2009 and a judge in the KIDA circuit, where he was elected to the position of Percussion Representative in 2016.
Judy (Tomko) Ulchinsky - Adjudicator. Judy Ulchinsky is an accomplished professional in both the educational and musical arts arena. She earned a master’s degree in Learning Disabilities and holds certification in School Administration (Principal/Supervisor), Learning Disability Teacher/Consultant, and Health and Physical Education/Recreation working for many years in schools and teaching at the high school and college level. She continues to work in schools as an educational consultant. Ms. Ulchinsky began her musical arts performance background joining drum corps at age six and continuing on to become the first female guard captain of The Garfield Cadets. She taught the two-time National Championship color guard, Scarlet Cadets, and went on to teach, and continues to consult with many bands and color guards. Her adjudication career began in DCI and includes WGI, Bands of America, DCA and many band and guard circuits. She currently adjudicates in four guard circuits on an annual basis, band shows throughout the country, and drum corps in the summer. Ms. Ulchinsky is a member of the New Jersey Network of Judges.
John Devlin, Volunteer/Staff. John Devlin moved from a marching career with junior, senior and alumni corps, to a volunteer for USBands (as well as The Cadets, Crossmen and Jersey Surf) throughout its long history, beginning with The Cadets Marching Band Cooperative and a handful of events in 1995. He is a familiar face on the sidelines in New Jersey and national events. Mr. Devlin also serves as a Timing and Penalties Judge for the New Jersey Network of Judges and the Mid Atlantic Indoor Network, color guard circuit.
US Bands is looking to add two to three individuals in each area (director, adjudicator, staff/volunteer) to join the USBands advisory board. Anyone interested should send a cover note and brief biography to Ben Regalado (). USBands will be accepting submissions until Monday, April 30, 2018.