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CBCCG Alum Ashley Pittman shares how her Cadets experience led to her new career

AshleyPittman 2008 busride laughOn Sunday, I realized that I cannot eat candy like a 19-year-old drum corps kid anymore.

At first I was pretty excited about my big basket full of Easter candy. I remember sometimes on the bus, my seat partner and I would down an entire family-size bag of Sour Patch Kids in one sitting, and we probably lost two pounds the next day.

Oh, the drum corps days.


This time of year, I get nostalgic for my years with The Cadets.

This was usually the time when I was heading to the April camp. I would get to see all of my friends I had not seen since November and meet all of the new members we would soon become like family. What an exciting time for the corps! I am already seeing the current members posting about how excited they are on Facebook.

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Throughout the off-season, Cadets Director George Hopkins and key staff members have held a series of webinars every Tuesday evening to discuss the many facets of The Cadets.

On April 22, former Cadets Assistant Director and current Director of USBands Justin Heimbecker led the talk, joined by Cadets2 and Cadets Winter Percussion Director Rich Hammond, The Cadets Tour Director Lainey Braatz, and Xcape Dance Studio Director Dawn Blanco in a live, one-hour webinar guided by listeners' questions.

Here's a recap of the talk, which painted a picture of the far-reaching world of The Cadets.


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After lengthy discussions and careful consideration, The Cadets Hall of Fame Committee has narrowed the 2014 nominees from 12 candidates to six, per the nomination procedure.

Congratulations to our six finalists:

Richard Chirichella
Warren Corman
Jamie Eckert 

Neil Larrivee
John Tokar
Pat Zampetti

*Only three nominees may be inducted into The Cadets Hall of Fame each year.

Cadets2003 trumpetposeWith 2014 rehearsals well underway, Cadets2 is pleased to announce its 2014 program: Our Favorite Things2.

The Cadets brought Our Favorite Things to the field in 2003, and a year and a decade later, the concept returns with a fresh approach.

Music for the show, a collection of classic Cadets productions, includes: "Rocky Point Holiday" by Ron Nelson, "Spreading Wings" from the film City of Angels by Gabriel Yared, "Children’s Dance" by Howard Hanson, and "Farandole" by Georges Bizet.


Music arrangers for the 2014 program include The Cadets Brass Arranger Jay Bocook, long-time Cadets Percussion Supervisor and Arranger Tom Aungst, and The Cadets Front Ensemble Supervisor and Arranger Iain Moyer.

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Kendall Stevenson
, Drum Major

We are pleased to announce that Kendall Stevenson has been selected as the Drum Major of The 2014 Cadets. Kendall will be the head of a stellar leadership team this year:

Kendall, 19, got her first taste of drum corps at the Phantom Regiment Conducting Camp in 2010. In 2012, she earned a drum major position for The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps at the age of 17. Kendall responded to The Cadets' field conductor request last spring and received the position. As a result of her talent as a conductor and natural ability as a leader, she has been selected as The Cadets' drum major for 2014.


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Alex Beltran, Drumline Section Leader


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