Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps Brings ‘Unity’ to 2018 Show; Announces New Artistic Director and Corps Director

With an unwavering focus on the start of drum corps season this month, and an eye towards the week-long DCI World Championships to be held at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium in August, The Cadets have revealed its new 2018 program, “The Unity Project.” 

The world-class competitive drum and bugle corps concurrently announced that Dr. Drew Shanefield has been named Artistic Director of the Cadets, while Scott Litzenberg has been appointed Corps Director.

Possessing an eclectic and unique show design, the 2018 program was inspired by the famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi: “Unity, to be real, must stand the severest strain without breaking.” According to Shanefield, the show “follows a trajectory and evolution from disjunction to cohesion, through the synergy of design and performers coming together--from the seemingly unrelated juxtaposition of visual and sound to the exquisite coordination of power and passion.”

Repertoire for “The Unity Project”  includes: "Opening Scene" by Drew Shanefield, Tom Aungst, and Omar Carmenates; "Sensemaya" by Silvestre Revueltas; "Misterioso" by Drew Shanefield; "Demonic Thesis" by John Psathas; "Ara Batur" by Sigur Ros; and "Ballet Sacra" by David Holsinger.

Shanefield notes that the program reflects the story of the 2018 Cadets: vastly diverse yet wholly inclusive, markedly different yet profoundly similar.

“We are reminded that the singular whole is always greater than the sum of its parts,” said Shanefield. “When we stand together, we stand as one, unified by a shared vision and the promise of the limitless potential of the human spirit.”

"The Unity Project" replaces the previously announced show, “The Conversation– Everyone's Talking and Nobody's Listening.”

Drew Shanefield has spent his career in education as an instrumental music teacher in the Haverford Township School District in Pennsylvania. He is a former member of the music faculty at Swarthmore College.

Shanefield’s drum corps experience began as a member of The Cadets from 1988-1991. He served as an instructor and was co-brass caption head for The Cadets in 1995, brass caption head for Carolina Crown in 1997 and brass caption head for the Cavaliers from 1998-2000. From 2002-2006, he served as a program consultant for the Cavaliers. In addition, Shanefield was the brass arranger for the Crossmen in 2004 and 2005 and was the program coordinator for the Bluecoats from 2006-2008. In 2009, he returned to the Cavaliers design team as the arranger through 2015.

Shanefield graduated from New York University in 1992, received a Master's degree in Music Education from Queens College, a Master's in Music Performance from West Chester University, and a Doctorate in Higher Education from Widener University. He is a member of the ASCAP and is a performing artist/clinician for Yamaha band instruments. He is an active composer, clinician and adjudicator across the country. His educational compositions are published by Neil A. Kjos Publishing Company, Northeastern Music, and Marching Show Concepts/Center X. Drew and his family reside in suburban Philadelphia.

A Cadets alumnus from 1982 to 1983, Scott Litzenberg is an accomplished and influential figure in the marching music industry. After graduating from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education in 1984, Litzenberg served as director of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 1987 through 1989, and again in 2006.
Litzenberg is also a former member of the DCI board of directors and has served on DCI's event staff since 1998. He has been a contest coordinator and event manager for both DCI and WGI and was the event manager for the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis for the last 7 years.

In addition, Litzenberg was the president of the Cavalcade of Bands competitive marching band circuit from 2009 to 2018 and served as the department chairperson and director of bands at Unionville High School (UHS) in Kennett Square, Pa. At UHS, he conducted the Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Musical Pit Orchestra and directed the last four musical productions. His ensembles have received numerous awards and honors at concert, jazz and marching festivals nationwide.

Litzenberg also works part-time as an event manager at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., with the visiting artists who perform at the gardens. He has been the principal timpanist with the Chester County Pops Orchestra and was a charter member of that ensemble.

The Cadets is one of the thirteen founding corps of DCI, is a ten-time DCI World Champion, and is the oldest continuously active junior drum and bugle corps in North America.

For more information about "The Unity Project", click here  .

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