Clara Turk, a Texas native, joins the team at YEA! as the Assistant Director of Performing Ensembles. Clara holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business with Minors in Music and Creative Studies from Texas A&M University.
Clara's background includes over a decade of experience in the Apple tech industry, most recently managing the Apple Authorized Campus Store at Texas A&M University. She is excited to combine her passion for drum corps and business experience at YEA!
Previously, Clara has worked with Crossmen (Sound Engineer 2013-2014), Spirit of Atlanta (Admin Staff 2015) and most recently the Boston Crusaders (Tour Operations Assistant 2016). She performed the 2011 season with Forte Drum and Bugle Corps as a member of the Front Ensemble.
Clara is overjoyed to join YEA! and help continue the long standing tradition of excellence.
Becoming a Cadet is an amazing, life changing experience, but don't take it from us.
It's not too late to do more and be more with The Cadets: we still have select positions available for the 2017 season. We're currently seeking two tuba players and one trumpet, as well as young men and women for the color guard. Our final audition camp for the color guard is April 28-30, and we want to see you! To register to audition for the color guard, tuba positions or trumpet position, check out jointhecadets.org, You can also email our Director of Recruitment, Daniel Fish, at .
There's nothing like being a Cadet, and there's no better person to tell you why you should be a Cadet than a Cadet. Meet Emily Mayerson, a member of The Cadets in 2016 and a featured member on Clash of the Corps. Emily's passion and determination earned her a contract with the corps of her dreams.
"My junior year of high school, my color guard director suggested that a group of us go watch The Cadets because they were in town. I'd never heard of drum corps, let alone The Cadets, but we gave it a shot and went. I didn't realize that moment would turn into something that changed my life forever. In 2014, I decided to go to the November camp. I knew it was a long shot but I had to see if my dream would ever be a reality. I wasn't ready for the 2014 season, and I left eager to try again the next year and started to save up money for tuition. In 2015, I auditioned again, and although it went well that time, I didn't have the funds to march and I was heartbroken. Finally, in 2016, I received a contract at the November camp and I had saved enough money to pay all of my tour fees early. After I signed my contract, it took a few weeks to set in that my dream was about to come true. I worked so hard to become a Cadet because I know that I am a Cadet at heart. I couldn't see myself marching at any other organization other than The Cadets and I couldn't be prouder to represent maroon and gold. The Cadets are home to me.
The way The Cadets experience impacted my life is immeasurable. I think about my time on tour every day and how I wish I could go back to living in a seat with my best friend and working so hard every day in different states, all for the same goal; to be great. I used to laugh when people said tour changes you, but I get it now; it's all a mental game and I am so much stronger thanks to The Cadets.
If you're on the fence about marching you should just go for it! If you work hard, you can do anything you put your mind to. I got to live out my dream of performing in finals at Lucas Oil Stadium and hearing them say, "From Allentown, Pennsylvania, The Cadets!" There's no way that you shouldn't get to feel that rush too. It's the best feeling in the world.
The Cadets are a family, and it is truly a beautiful thing to fight all day, every day through blood, sweat and tears in the burning sun with your brothers and sisters, to know that you are stronger and better than the day before."
As we draw closer to the 2017 season, we also begin the process of inducing another class to The Cadets Hall of Fame. This year, the Hall of Fame Committee consists of many of the faces we know and love, some of them taking on new roles. This year Jim Zulick will take on the role of Committee Chairman, a position previously held by Greg Cinzio.
"It's an honor to help facilitate the recognition of the amazing individuals that have been a part of The Cadets' rich history," Jim said. "Serving on a committee with so many members fo the Hall of Fame is in itself quite humbling, too."
The Hall of Fame committee will begin accepting applications for the 2017 Class on March 6. Nominations must be submitted by an alumni of The Cadets, however anyone may submit subsequent letters of support for nominated candidates. Nominations must be made in the form of a letter describing the candidate's qualifications. Letters of nomination may be submitted by email to Committee Chairman, Jim Zulick, at . For the full 2017 Hall of Fame submission timeline and more information on how you can make a nomination, click here.
Clash of the Corps, a docudrama featuring The Cadets and the Blue Devils, will premiere this Wednesday, October 5th at 11pm on FUSE. The executive producer is none other than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and came about when he was recently introduced to the world of drum corps. Clash of the Corps is an inside look at the 2016 season, spanning from camps to move-ins to finals. Not only will Clash of the Corps take you inside The Cadets as an organization, but it will also feature the stories of individual members and their drum corps journeys.
The show is the creation of FUSE network, Johnson's production company Seven Bucks Productions, and 44 Blue Productions. The first part of the eight-part series will air on Wednesday, however you can catch an early preview on Dwayne Johnson's Facebook page at 10pm on Tuesday night. Each episode can be found on the Fuse app, iTunes and Hulu the day after it airs on the Fuse network. Don't know where to find Fuse near you? Click the link to find the network in your area that carries Fuse: http://www.fuse.tv/shows/clash-of-the-corps.
Each episode is a chance to start a conversation with the corps, as both The Cadets and Blue Devils are live-tweeting episodes. Connect with The Cadets on Twitter at @thecadets and share photos of watch parties on Instagram at @thecadets.
The Cadets and Cadets2 are here to be your home. Both corps focus on the mission to support the development of young people into magnificent human beings through participation in the performing arts. We want to invite you be a part of our family by auditioning with our corps.
Select positions are still available with The Cadets and Cadets2 is looking to add to their 2016 Championship corps. The corps' are looking for the following positions:
One to Two Tenors
It's not too late to register to audition for The Cadets and Cadets2 color guards, and they want to see you at an April camp! Check out the dates for our upcoming camps and mark your calendars for your audition.
Cadets2 Brass and Percussion Camps
March 11 - 12
April 8 - 9
The Cadets Full Corps, Cadets2 Color Guard Camp
April 28 - 30
Cadets2 Full Corps
May 6 - 7
Questions about auditioning? Check out The Cadets and Cadets2 at jointhecadets.org or email us at .
Click here to register to audition and become a part of our family!
This weekend The Cadets held camp for the brass and vocal sections, returning to their usual location of Hopewell Valley Central High School in Pennington, N.J. This was the last camp until the end of April, where the percussion and color guard will also be present.
The brass played through the entirety of the show, and worked on blending and incorporating the vocal portion of the show. Dee Walker, the Vocal Instructor for the 2017 season, worked tirelessly with staff and members to pin down exactly how the vocal component would progress heading towards move-ins and Spring Training.
A HopTalk on Saturday night focused on the "because" in member's lives, and drove home the important aspect of what they need to do on a personal level to get ready for the 2017 season. Many members chose to share obstacles they were facing in an opportunity to build unity before the corps even steps on to a field.
"We have tons and tons to do," said Director George Hopkins. "You folks have heart, and if we can teach with joy combined with intensity, if we can keep you looking to the end goal, and if we can put BECAUSE in the past and simply DO, well, it's pretty damn special."
It's not too late to audition for The Cadets Color Guard. You can still register to audition at our April camp at http://www.jointhecadets.org.