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I have completed my first official week as Executive Director of Youth Education in the Arts. It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve this organization in this capacity. Thank you for the very warm welcome I have received from the YEA!, Drum Corps International, and Drum Corps Associates communities!

I invite you to connect with me and the staff and become a part of the greater YEA! community through one or more of YEA!’s programs – The Cadets DCI Drum and Bugle Corps, Cadets2 DCA Drum and Bugle Corps, USBands Scholastic Program, and Xcape Dance Studio. 

IMG 1711 copyWe are thrilled to introduce you to the 2019 percussion staff with Tom Aungst returning as Caption Head! Tom has been the Percussion Caption Head since rejoining the staff in 2017, however, his history with the corps stretches across several decades. In 1981 Tom became involved with The Cadets, first as a member from 1981-1984, then as the Percussion Arranger and Caption Head through 2008 and later returning as a consultant in 2013. While with the corps, Tom was involved with capturing nine championships and seven percussion awards. Mr. Aungst has always remained actively involved in the drum corps activity, recently writing for the Cadets2 corps in 2013, and working with various groups like the Carolina Crown, Blue Stars, Pacific Crest, Hawthorne Caballeros, and the Connecticut Hurricanes. Tom is a member of The Cadets, Drum Corps International, World Drum Corps and the WGI Halls of Fame. 

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Given the safety concerns due to the inclement weather conditions forecast with this weekend's coastal storm, USBands officials have determined it is in the best interests of the students, educators and parents to make changes to the 30th Anniversary schedule of State Championship events slated for this Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28.

Jon Swengler, Director of USBands, said in making the announcement, “We have been watching the weather forecasts for the past several days and working in collaboration with our hosts and each of the participating bands to create the plans that will provide the best possible situation for participating students and all of our guests during the State Championship weekend.”

Swengler added, “While not all events will see changes, the New Jersey State Championships at Rutgers University and New England State Championships in New Britain will experience the most significant alterations in order to avoid the worst of the weather conditions.”


We are pleased to introduce the 2019 color guard staff for The Cadets! Sam Watson will return for his second season as Caption Head and tenth year involved as a staff member of the corps. After aging out with The Cadets in 2009, Sam has continued his color guard career as an instructor with the Carmel High School color guard program, which he has been a part of since the fall of 2013. An everyday member of their team, Sam enjoys his time spent coaching and instructing the fall guard, World Guard, and “A” Guard.

You can read more about Sam and the rest of the color guard staff by clicking their names below:


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