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linda.pngWe are thrilled to report that our very own Linda Vitale has been named one of the 2019 DCI Volunteers of the Year. Thanks to her tireless work for The Cadets over the last 12 years, Drum Corps International's Friends of DCI program selected Linda to be recognized for her momentous impact on the community this August during the DCI World Championship Semifinals in Indianapolis, IN.

“She is so protective of the members and demands that they look nothing short of their Cadet finest at all times,” said Scott Litzenberg, Director of The Cadets. “We can't say enough of her love of the members and the love they show her back.”

Linda began her journey with The Cadets in 2007 and has served as THE uniform aficionado, putting her seamstress skills to work day-in and day-out. In addition to fitting hundreds of uniforms, Linda has also worked as the stand-in merchandise manager ensuring that not only the members of The Cadets look good, but our fans as well. Throughout her unflagging work with the corps, she has become an integral part of the Cadets experience. Every member has been impacted by her work and every staff member and volunteer has come to know her as a part of the sewing crew. 

2018-09-29 USBands Dartmouth - Admin 02 copy_0.JPGA note from Erik Kitchenman, USBands Adjudication Coordinator

In 2019 all sub-captions will have a potential of 100 points (tenths). This system-wide application will deeply assist in the consistency of number management and the opportunity for all in our community to speak from the same understanding regarding number application.

This adjustment comes from two years of exploration and acquiring insight from band directors (survey and anecdotally) and the best consultants in our activity. Because of the wide diversity and unique backgrounds of our adjudication pool, there were a variety of approaches with how sheets were applied through a broad range of numbers (100, 200. 300. 400) along with a disparity of multipliers that added an additional layer of confusion. Everyone agreed that it is time to simplify and clarify.

In this new application of 100 in all sub-captions, a tenth will be a tenth and the Criteria Reference system and box ranges will remain the same through the season. This means there will be no sliding scale in 2019 as well.

Uniforms.pngThanks to our partners at DeMoulin and A Wish Come True, The Cadets are ready to hit the field in spectacular new uniforms. DeMoulin helped bring to life the look of the corps proper, integrating components of the traditional Cadets uniform with a modern and stylish look that's easy to move in. Maroon features prominently on the jackets of the percussion and brass sections with the iconic looped piping across the chest. The use of historic pieces of the Cadets look of the past was on the mind of the design team and thanks to DeMoulin, this updated imagery with an homage to the past is ready to hit the field.

"We really love how everything turned out," said Scott Litzenberg, Corps Director of The Cadets. "Both DeMoulin and A Wish Come True were able to really capture the look we were going for. We can't wait for everyone to see them on the field."

A Wish Come True truly outdid themselves this year with the costumes for the color guard. The design team in conjunction with Joe Heininger created an outstanding look that nods to the Victorian theme that weaves in and out of the show. A color guard to behold, the costumes feature intricate detail for an incredible look up close combined with bold pieces and sparkles for a defined and glittering look from high up. 

We're coming down the homestretch on the Alumni Decade Challenge and through the generosity of one amazing Cadet alumna, every donation made at will be flash matched with a $50 gift to The Cadets - up to $5,000 - now through 11:59 pm on Tuesday, June 11.

If you've been waiting to maximize your donation to this year's corps, now is the perfect time as your $25 donation becomes $75; $50 is doubled to $100 and your donation of $100 or more is immediately supercharged with $50 more to The Cadets.

The leaderboard as of Monday morning showed the 1980s leading the way with 84 donors, '90s in second with 33 and 2010s with 28. Check out the current standings and the names of the alumni who have joined the 2019 Maroon & Gold Club so far and add your name to the list today with your donation at

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As I sit here in Oxford, PA at #CampCadet collecting my thoughts after a whirlwind time of move-ins and rehearsals, I can report your Cadets of 2019 have successfully completed their first weeks of Spring Training. The spirits are high and there’s an energy around this group of young people that has the whole team flying high!

For those of you who have been around the activity for any length of time, you understand that there is simply no more important period of time to the eventual success of the corps than Spring Training. 

The pale skin, blank dot books and clean sneakers bring with them optimism for the members who are ready to embark on the journey ahead with this most special edition of The Cadets.

The effort, the hard work, and the thousands of repetitions by every level of the corps from the members to the staff to the volunteers exemplify the commitment necessary for success from the first day of tour to Championship night.

But this commitment carries on to you; our esteemed alumni and fan base that has so generously given their support every year to provide for a world-class experience. We’re asking for your support with a Spring Training gift to make it a successful summer beginning TODAY! Make your donation HERE.


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