2017 Southeastern Pennsylvania Invitational Announcement

We're one step closer to the fall season as we announce the USBands Southeastern Pennsylvania Invitational on October 21, 2017. This year's event will be held at Farrell Stadium at West Chester University in West Chester, Pa.

West Chester University was previously the site of the USBands Pennsylvania State Championships, and this year's event will include a performance by WCU's Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band. 

"USBands is thrilled to be heading back to Farrell Stadium at West Chester University in 2017 for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Invitational!" said USBands Director, Steve Petzinger. "With only a limited number of performance slots this year, we look forward to fierce competition this fall!" Only twenty competitive performing slots are available and the performance is expected to fill up fast! 

To register for this event or any of our other 2017 competitions, please email us at .

Welcome Back, Brad Martin!

Youth Education in the Arts and Executive Director George Hopkins are pleased to announce the return of Brad Martin, former Director of Donor relations, to the YEA! team as Director of the Annual Campaign.

"I am excited to come back and work with the great people of Youth Education in the Arts," Martin said. "I look forward to reaching out again to the incredibly supportive donors and alumni who make the programs of YEA! possible." Martin will partner with Caitlin Kaspar, Caretaker of Relationships in his new role. He worked with YEA! in 2012 and 2013 before serving three years as Director of Development and Communications for Carolina Crown of Fort Mill, South Carolina. 

Martin added that the annual Maroon & Gold Campaign is slated to kick off in April. "We can't wait to talk to our friends, fans, family members and alumni about The Cadets' most important yearly fundraiser, especially after coming off such a successful Holiday Campaign."

Prior to working with YEA! and Carolina Crown, Martin spent 18 years managing retail stores in South Carolina. He spent his marching career with Star of Indiana of Bloomington, Indiana and Steel City Ambassadors of Pittsburgh in the 1980s, before becoming a member of the Garfield Cadets percussion staff. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from West Virginia University and completed his education as a Graduate Assistant with the University of Illinois Marching Band before continuing as a music educator in Indiana and West Virginia.

To contact Brad Martin, you can call him at (484) 387-1153 or by email at .

United Percussion to Perform at USBands Indoor Championships

Youth Education in the Arts and USBands are excited to announce that United Percussion will perform it's 2017 program "Sir Isaac's Wonder" in exhibition at the USBands Indoor Championships at South Brunswick High School in Monmouth Junction, N.J. on April 2.

"What an amazing opportunity to have United Percussion perform at the USBands Indoor Championships this year!" said USBands Director, Steve Petzinger. " We are extremely proud and excited that United Percussion has decided to participate at our event." 

United Percussion is a perennial WGI Independent World Class Finalist, finishing as high as sixth place in back-to-back seasons in 2009 and 2010. They won the 2007 WGI Open Class Championship and have achieved finalist status every year since their inception in 2003, regardless of class.

Scheduled to perform at 8:15 p.m., United Percussion will go on prior to the percussion awards ceremony. 

The USBands Indoor Championships will begin at 1 p.m. with color guard performances. The percussion portion of the event is slated to step off at 4 p.m. For more information about this event, view our schedule here.


Photo provided by United Percussion and Arts, Inc.


The Cadets Seek Transportation Manager

Do you know a lot about charter buses, semi-trucks, motor coaches and small vehicles? Do you dream of catalytic convertors, the smell of diesel and the roar of the engine? Do you love the performing arts and assisting in the growth of young adults?

Well, you just found the perfect gig.

The Cadets are seeking a Transportation Manager for the 2017 summer season. We're looking for someone to help us get down the road (literally) this summer and we need you! This is a paid position and will require the focus of said individual from May 1 through August 14.

You'll manage the operation of the organization's motor vehicles and oversee DOT compliance and reporting as it relates to the fleet. You'll also develop and implement vehicle and equipment preventive maintenance programs, as well as managing transportation department budgets. Developing and maintaining outside vendor and service provider relationships is important. This position may require some involvement or familiarity in the drum corps arena and familiarity with a variety of the field's concepts, practices and procedures. You will rely on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals, perform a variety of tasks, and lead and direct the work of others. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. This position reports to the tour manager and/or corps director.


  • Must have CDL and equipped to drive semis, charter coaches with passengers, entertainer coaches and all small vehicles.
  • Provide daily oversight and service to entire fleet of vehicles.
  • Train paid and volunteer drivers on the log book process and collect daily.
  • Create nightly/daily transportation routes for the fleet.
  • Schedule and coordinate driving staff for complete summer coverage.
  • Schedule and maintain routine maintenance on all fleet vehicles.

Letters of interest and resumes should be sent directly to Mike Pfeil at .

Buy a Bench! Better Yet, Buy a Rocking Chair!

Your chance to quite literally support  The Cadets and Cadets2 in 2017 is here!

Some support the corps through the purchase of tickets, others buy a t-shirt, and our most loyal followers become members of the Maroon & Gold Club, whose contributions make it possible for us to continue the legacy of excellence of The Cadets. We have a new idea for our 2017, a real new idea!


For a very short time, we are providing fans of both The Cadets and the 2016 DCA World Champion Cadets2 the opportunity to truly support us!


As the creative teams for both corps have been at work over the winter creating spectacular productions for the coming summer, both corps have identified story-telling devices that incorporate the use of chairs or benches; items that will support the corps!


For The Cadets, the concept surrounds benches in order to set the stage for the musical and visual journey that the corps will take us on for the 2017 season. These benches will be the only props that will actually cross the end lines of the field. Used by the guard, the brass and even the percussion, the benches will provide a place of respite, a center for gathering and a focus for presentation. 24 benches will support the members of the 84th version of the corps as they bring another trademark Cadets production to life.


The Cadets2 program features the music of Appalachian Morning, composed by Paul Winter, and Simple Gifts from Copeland's Appalachian Spring. Form the dawn of the morning to the close of the day, Cadets2 will bring to the field a variety of presentations and mood, all wrapped around one of the great melodies in American music, Simple Gifts. 36 chairs which are incorporated into the production and used by the two-time World Champion color guard to express the story of the 2017 production from end zone to end zone throughout the program.


In both cases, the corps will use the physical elements of benches and chairs to tell their story, and this is where you come in. We're asking for your support as we prepare for the coming season and help us defray the expense of purchasing these pieces which will become integral parts of both corps' 2017 programs. Whether you sponsor a bench or sponsor a chair, hurry before this unique opportunity to support both corps ends on April 8 or when the final bench or chair is claimed!


The Cadets and Cadets2 pre-season support fundraiser provides many unique benefits of being a supporter of the corps' season including:

  • Your Cadets bench or Cadets2 rocker will have a plaque inscribed with your name or your choice of text and you'll be a part of the tour of the corps you choose to support. You'll virtually take the field with the corps during every performance.
  • You'll receive a photo of The Cadets and Cadets2 members with the bench or rocker you've sponsored.
  • For Cadets2 supporters, you will have the opportunity to keep the rocker for yourself and leave the summer with the fond memories that you played an important part in the season in one of the marching activity's finest organizations. (If you're a Cadets benefactor and would like to own your own bench after the season, let us know and we can work out the details.

For a small contribution of only $200 for a Cadets2 rocking chair or $400 for a Cadets bench, you'll know that you are playing a major role in the success of this year's corps, every time the 2017 corps is seen. A piece of you will be on the field, as close to The Cadets and Cadets2 as any fan has been! Your contribution will make sure that any time your chair or bench is seen in-person, on video or in photo, you will be a member of the family that was the 2017 Cadets and Cadets2.

To sponsor your piece of the 2017 Cadets and Cadets2, click here!

Special USBands Three Day Programming Series March 27-29

With George in New York City for meetings with licensing companies, we will be postponing this evening's webcast session of programming notes and ideas. Instead, on March 27-29 from 8 p.m. to 9p.m. George will cover three hours of programming discussions as we work to expand our education department.

In sessions one and two, we'll be reviewing the pre-show planning process. The entire lineup of information includes:

  • Monday, March 27th - The Basics of Design
    • Placement
    • Integration
    • Flow
  • Tuesday, March 28th - The Middle Ground
    • Features
    • Variety
    • Use of the Field
    • Choices and Connections
  • Wednesday, March 29th - Advanced Pre-Show Planning
    • A Review of The Cadets
      • The ones that worked
      • The ones that didn't work
      • How this translates to your band

To sign up for our three-part webinar use the link below! This link will work for all three days!


Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https:zoom.us/j/443372331

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): +16465588656,443372331# or +14086380968,443372331#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 443 372 331
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=X5M0LHqYEOO52kRNfkUDW7gJMUtWhOnf