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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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   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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  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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Yamaha Cup: NJ Recap

Last weekend saw the return of Yamaha Cup: NJ in MetLife stadium with a total of 62 competing bands. The first band of the day was South Plainfield High School, stepping off at 8:40 a.m. The last band to perform was West Genesee High School at 11:34 p.m.

"The entire event ran just as it should. Everything was very smooth," said Assistant Director of USBands, Mike Arena.  

Awards at Yamaha Cup: NJ are held in a slightly different fashion than at other shows. The bands are presented with their awards on stage at MetLife Central instead of on the field. The stage format allows for a fun and different way of celebrating each band's accomplishments. Bands accept their awards and do their salutes to music, cheering and lots of cowbells. All of the award ceremonies were livestreamed on our Facebook and you can find them here: You can find scores from Yamaha Cup: NJ here:

Groups I A, II A, III A

Groups III Open, IV Open

Group IV A

Groups V Festival, V A, VI A, V Open, VI Open

This weekend, we also introduces our brand new Video Shoutouts! Like airgrams, they're played in the stadium as your band walks on, however, your video plays on the Jumbotrons in the stadium (like the ones on the left)! Video Shoutouts proved to be a great way to send a personalized message to encourage, cheer on and support favorite band members, or the entire band. We will also be doing Video Shoutout this weekend at the New Jersey State Championships at Rutgers University and on 11/12 at MetLife for the USBands Open Class National Championships. 

You can watch Video Shoutouts from Yamaha Cup: NJ and reserve a Video Shoutout for an upcoming show here:

If you missed out on your chance to get your gear from Yamaha Cup: NJ, you can still order online for the next two week at Grab shirts, patches and more before it's gone! 

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