Cadets2 is excited to announce the return of Armon Raygani and Doug Bell as drum majors for 2018.
"We're excited to have a team returning with such great experience," said Dave Marden, Director of Performing Ensembles. "Starting the 2018 season out strong is an important piece of the corps' success down the road."
2018 will be Armon's sixth summer of drum corps and his fifth year with Cadets2. He began marching mellophone in 2013 with Cadets2 and returned the following three years, again on mellophone and the final two as drum major. After winning the 2016 DCA Championship, he decided to take a step back and focus on teaching, graduate school auditions and graduating from Towson University. During the 2017 season he worked with the Connecticut Hurricanes Drum Corps. While he loved getting the opportunity to teach, he felt like his work with Cadets2 was unfinished and he decided that it was time to return.
At the moment, he is working on his Master's Degree in Conducting as well as a Music Education teaching certification at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He has also been teaching visual at Downingtown East High School and writing drill for the John Carroll School in Maryland. He hopes to one day become a band director and build a program to inspire kids to pursue music as a lifelong passion.
You can learn more about Armon's journey and how he says Cadets2 changed his life by clicking here.
Doug returns to Cadets2 for his second year of drum corps. He is originally from Lansdale, PA and currently attends North Penn High School. Primarily a percussionist, he also plays trombone and has served as the drum major at his high school for two years. This year he is looking forward to growing even more as a leader, and sites enjoying his time with the fantastic staff and members as one of his reasons for returning in 2018. "I am excited to help lead Cadets2 to success for the 2018 season," he said.