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Cadets Winter Percussion got on the bus to embark on their first trip to the WGI World Championships on Wed. night, April 9. They returned four days later as World Champions. Here's a little overview of their journey to Dayton.


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The convoy - complete with The Cadets equipment truck, bus and pick-up truck - arrived early Thurs. morning at 6, and the members were given some time to get a good breakfast before unloading the truck at 8 a.m.

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"They rehearsed all day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.," said Director Rich Hammond. "It was windy, like insanely windy. They were good though; they made it through rehearsal."

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For the first time in their 80-year history, The Cadets and Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) are proud to announce an official partnership in the merchandise and apparel category with MarchingApparel.com.


As part of the agreement, Marchingapparel.com becomes the “Official Apparel Provider and Partner” of YEA!, working closely with the creative and marketing teams at YEA! to develop new lines of merchandise for the organization’s performing ensembles including The Cadets, Cadets2, Cadets Winter Percussion and Xcape Dance Company, as well as a full line of event wear for the USBands fall marching band and indoor seasons. Additionally, YEA! and Marchingapparel.com will be developing a new line of music apparel for students, musicians, parents and fans to help share their love of music and dance.

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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.”

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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 ashley@yea.org.


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.

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