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In an effort to include all Cadets Alumni the Hall of Fame induction process, a nomination and voting procedure was created several years ago with the intent to allow for extensive alumni involvement. Alas, the participation only reached about 300 alumni at its highest point, and those 300 only came with a good deal of marketing, reminders and effort.

This was discussed in a recent meeting of The Cadets Hall of Fame Committee chaired by Dr. Eric Santo, and by unanimous vote it was agreed that the process should be streamlined.

With all respect to alumni, it appears that many former Cadets do not participate because they simply are not aware of the many alumni of the different generations. As one alum said, “It’s difficult to make a decision when I feel like there is so much I should know before casting a vote.”

HOFlogo Nominees

It's amazing how many people have profoundly shaped our organization.

Did you march next to someone who deserves recognition?

Does a particular staff member stand out above the rest?

Nominate them to The Cadets Hall of Fame by e-mailing

Or mail your nomination letter to:

HaroldFranceHarold France of Tappan, N.Y.

Harold France grew up on Marsellus Place, just a block from the Holy Name Church in Garfield, N.J., where he became a baritone player for the Holy Name Cadets at the age of 12. He remained in the corps until he turned 18 and joined the U.S. Marine Corps.

Immediately following training, Harold shipped out to the South Pacific, serving in artillery defense. He was sent to Guam in June 1944 where he participated in the D-Day landing and then later shipped to Guadalcanal.

In 1945, he made landing in Okinawa and participated in the cleanup operations after the Japanese surrender.

Upon his return to the U.S., Harold earned his bachelor’s degree in music education in 1950. He then returned to the U.S. Marine Corps for boot camp training as an officer’s candidate in the field of communications.

In 1952, he went to reserve status and continued his education, obtaining two master's and a doctorate degree.




Robert Philhower of Ringwood, N.J.

Robert Philhower was a long-time friend of honoree Robert J. Varga.

He was a Garfield Cadet, performing in the corps’ brass section from 1962 to 1965.

He then served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 to 1970 as a machine gunner in the Vietnam War.

Robert J. Varga was one of the Garfield Cadets' original contra bass players, marching in the corps from 1959 through 1966.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1966, where he served until 1970 as a Navy corpsman.

According to the recommendation for this honor: “Likely a quality honed as a member of the Garfield Cadets, painstaking care was requisite as he tended to the servicemen on the U.S.S. Casa Grande. It takes determination to march with a contra bass to four world championships, and this man was living proof. He never heard the word 'no.' There was always a way to achieve success. Tasked with ferrying supplies and personnel en route to Vietnam, the crew of the Casa Grande was ever graced with this honoree’s concern for his shipmates' injuries and illnesses. He was never afraid to take chances as he proved later in life by serving his community as a firefighter for many years."


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