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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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Cadets2
   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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Xcape
  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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Weekend Recap: Indoor 3/11

Photo by Rebecca GrazianoWeek three of USBands Indoor saw fierce competition at Fair Lawn High School in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Thirteen total percussion ensembles competed, as well as five color guard units.

DoubleB Independent once again claimed the top spot of the Independent Color Guard Winter - A Class with a score of 78.820. With a score of 77.130, Brien McMahon A Guard earned the high score in the Color Guard Winter - A Class. In the Novice Class, Elizabeth High School Indoor Color Guard and Bloomfield High School Guard battled it out for a close finish of 69.860 and 67.890, respectively. The hosting Fair Lawn High School Guard earned the high score in Regional A Class with a total of 76.620 points. 

In the Marching Winter - A Class, home team Fair Lawn High School Percussion took first place with a score of 85.800. Marching Winter - Regional A Class saw the most competition with five units performing to take the top spot. Roxbury High School Percussion eked out the first place score of 80.100 with West Milford Percussion coming in a close second with a score of 79.650. Ridge High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble earned the first place title in the Standstill Winter - A Class with a score of 77.900. The Fair Lawn High School JV Percussion brought home the top spot in the Standstill Winter - Middle School with a score of 68.800. Somerville High School Percussion took the top spot for Standstill Winter - Novice Class while Elizabeth High School Percussion Ensemble earned top honors in the Standstill Winter - Regional A Class. 

"What an amazing show we saw at Fair Lawn this past weekend!" said USBands Director, Steve Petzinger, "19 groups total competed and it was really a great event. This week, USBands has two shows, Old Bridge, NJ and Stamford, CT. We are very excited and look forward to seeing you there!"

 

Photo by Rebecca Graziano.