The Cadets are excited to announce Michelle Owens, Cheryl Philhower-Gillick and Ken Conklin as the 2019 Hall of Fame inductees. After months of nominations and letters of support, the Hall of Fame Committee selected three candidates out of seven nominees who embody what it means to be a part of the Cadets organization.
"We had so many letters of nomination and support for all of our candidates that it made it hard to narrow things down," said George Lea, Hall of Fame Committee Chairman. "The selection process was full of love and support for so many candidates whose impacts are felt so deeply on the organization. We want to thank everyone who took the time to write a letter to the Committee."
Michelle Owens worked as an instructor with The Cadets for six seasons in addition to her contributions to The Crossmen and Field of View. Her impact on corps members reached much further than just education: she was a beloved mentor and friend to everyone who knew her. Her far-reaching impact not just on The Cadets, but on the drum corps community as a whole, was inspirational to all who knew and loved her. Read letters of nomination and support for Michelle Owens here.
Cheryl Philhower-Gillick has been a long-time participant in Youth Education in the Arts activities including The Cadets, USBands and Cadets2. A dedicated alumna of The Cadets, she's spent countless hours volunteering, mentoring and supporting the corps. In addition to her involvement with The Cadets, Cheryl has played a significant role supporting USBands, starting back in the days when it was known as the CMBC and USSBA. Her involvement with Cadets2 also showed her trademark blend kindness and hard work. Read letters of nomination and support for Cheryl Philhower-Gillick here.
Ken Conklin's role with The Cadets is far-reaching as he served as an instructor and quartermaster for the corps. His approach to educating helped members achieve that which they never thought was possible, and willingness to go the extra mile for the members still have a deep impact on them today. His reputation for being a jack of all trades extended to fixing instruments, driving trucks, cooking for the corps and much, much more. Read letters of nomination and support for Ken Conklin here.
To read more about the Hall of Fame selection process, click here.