Cadets2 finish second, Raygani named best drum major at DCA Championships

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WILLIAMSPORT, Penna. — If the goal of any season is to perform the best show at the last show, then the 2018 season will be remembered as a resounding success.

Cadets2 turned in its best performance of the season Sunday, Sept. 2, leapfrogging Saturday night’s second-place finisher in prelims to claim the runner-up spot in the 2018 Drum Corps Associates World Championship Finals at Williamsport High School.

The corps posted a 96.050 score, surpassing Atlanta CV’s 95.625. Reading Buccaneers’ score of 98.00 secured their 16th DCA World Championship. For Cadets2, the 2016 DCA champ, it was the corps’ fourth consecutive top-three finish.

“The corps has overcome many challenges this season and has risen to the occasion every time,” said Tony Rideout, Cadets2 program coordinator. “The corps was given a challenging and mature show to perform, but the members got stronger and stronger throughout the season in mastering this very difficult program.”

In addition, drum major Armon Raygani went home with top drum major honors, equaling his DCI-Cadets counterpart Claire Albrecht, who earned the Jim Jones drum major award at DCI Finals in Indianapolis last month.

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"This is a great honor, of course," Raygani said shortly after finals retreat ended Sunday night. "I love this corps. And after all we've been through, I couldn't be happier of how we persevered and came together in the end."

Cadets2 finished third in Saturday night’s preliminary competition after entering the weekend seeded third behind Atlanta CV and the Buccaneers. The corps’ finals night performance was an exclamation point on a tremendous season of upheaval and renewal in the corps’ parent organization, Youth Education in the Arts.

“They certainly endured a lot,” said Cadets2 Director Tim Maiello. “But in the end the kids showed their grit and their heart by never giving up. Not only that, they kept chasing that perfect performance, and for that I couldn’t be more proud.”

Preparations are already underway for the 2019 season. The first combined auditions will take place November 16-18 at a site to be determined. Sign up to receive more information here.

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