The Cadets

  • Overview
  • Audition Process & Fees
  • Dates & Schedules
  • Brass
  • Percussion
  • Color Guard
  • Questions & Answers
  • Parents

 

Cpit smile 2016We're glad you're here! The Cadets are currently accepting applications for the 2017 season.

You can now register to audition for The 2017 Cadets and Cadets2 November 18-20!

Register Now & Get Details

Or, you can e-mail our Recruiting Manager, Daniel Fish, anytime at .

Be sure to check out the tab that corresponds to your area of interest (Brass, Percussion, Color Guard) on the left, as well as our Questions and Answers tab which contains lots of information to get you prepped for a Cadets audition!

Thank you for your interest in The Cadets. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Read More

guardkids smile Akron2014There is no "cut" system

Musicians and color guard members attend audition camps for two reasons:

  1. Experience, what it's like to be a "Cadet"
  2. Gain valuable feedback, ultimately, we hope our commentary will push you to become the best performer you can possibly be

Our goal is to send everyone home feeling great about the weekend and hopefully inspired as a performer!

Throughout the camp, each auditionee will have a one-on-one evaluation with their section's caption supervisor. (They have important titles to reflect their talent, but what you can expect in the audition room is a kind face of a great teacher who wants you to do well. Even if you're nervous - and who isn't? It's an audition - their goal is to help you feel welcome so that you can do your best.)

Based on that audition and our staff's observations throughout the weekend's rehearsals, the caption supervisors will personally speak with each auditionee at the end of the weekend, assigning them a rating of 1, 2 or 3 and giving them specific tips for improvement and a suggested course of action.


Here's what the numbers mean:

 maroon white number1
You are ready to become a Cadet. Start making plans for camps and summer tour!
 maroon white number2
We see potential, but we need you to work on a few specific skills and come to the next camp.
 maroon white number3
We don't feel that you're ready to become a Cadet this year, but we will do our best to provide advice for improvement.

 

Fees

To become a prospective member of the 2017 Cadets & Cadetsyou must make a one-time audition registration payment (non-refundable), in addition prospective members are responsible for a Camp Fee, this is to cover the cost of accommodations, meals, and a shuttle service (should you require it). Coming Soon.

From there, it's up to you!

Countless Cadets started out as 3s and worked hard until they earned a spot. However, there are a limited number of positions available, so we do encourage auditionees to work hard now and come to camp feeling confident and prepared. 

More Information

Sign up to Receive Audition Info

 

Read More

2017 Winter Schedule

guardvets smile Rylee Nikki 2016November 18-20
Cadets and Cadets2 Combined Audition Weekend
Hopewell Valley Central High School, Pennington, NJ

November 26-27
Two-Day Audition Camp: South Florida

December 3-4
Two-Day Audition Camp: Dallas, Texas

December 9-11
Cadets Audition Weekend #2
Hopewell Valley Central High School, Pennington, NJ

December 17-18
Cadets Offsite Camp: Indianapolis

January 6-8
Cadets Rehearsal Weekend #3: New Jersey

Please check back here for further updates on the 2017 season!


Weekend Rehearsal Schedule

Here is a tentative weekend schedule to give you an idea of what we'll be up to at a typical camp:

Friday Saturday

*Plan to land/arrive at PHL before 6 p.m.

7 p.m. Arrive, Unload & Registration
9 p.m. Welcome Meeting
10 p.m. Sectionals
12:30 a.m. Snack & Videos
1:30 a.m. Lights Out

8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Sectionals
1:30 p.m. Lunch
2:30 p.m. Sectionals/Marching
6:30 p.m. Dinner 2 p.m. Cleanup
7:30 p.m. Meet with Hopkins
8:45 p.m. Sectionals
11:45 p.m. Snack
1 a.m. Lights Out
Sunday  

8 a.m.          Breakfast
9 a.m.          Sectionals
12:30 p.m.   Quick Snack & Setup
1 p.m.          Ensemble Rehearsal
2 p.m.          Clean Up
3 p.m.          Dismissed & Depart

*Plan to depart PHL no earlier than 7 p.m.
 
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A Brass Program Deeply Rooted in Precision and Excellence

brassstaff rehearsal arc 2016The Cadets brought home the Jim Ott Award for Best Brass Performance in 2015. Our goal is to provide members with a life-changing experience in brass performance, pedagogy and self-improvement amidst a summer of unforgettable memories and lifelong friendships.

The 2017 Brass Audition Packet will be available soon, but you can already sign up to attend our audition weekend November 18-20. REGISTER NOW!

You will also be able to download it for a cost of $25. (This option is available for students not ready to register yet, as the packet is included in the $150 Registration Fee.)

If you're not ready to register quite yet, be sure to let us know you're interested by filling out the Interest Form. We hope to meet you at an audition soon!

 

 

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A Percussion Program That Continues to Achieve New Heights

CPit Lindsey mallets smile 2015Our recent accomplishments include capturing the Fred Sanford Award for Best Percussion Performance at the 2013 DCI World Championships and taking home the 2013 WGI Independent Open Championship in our first year of Cadets Winter Percussion.

But it's also a tradition of profound friendship and life lessons that turn great percussionists into magnificent adults. From the CPit, to Holy Bass, to the QB, to the Man Line, this is a place where young people discover what they're truly capable of, and they make incredible memories along the way.

The 2017 Battery Percussion and Front Ensemble Audition Packet will be available soon, but you can already sign up to attend our audition weekend November 18-20. REGISTER NOW!

You will also be able to download it for a cost of $25. (This option is available for students not ready to register yet, as the packet is included in the $150 Registration Fee.)

If you're not ready to register quite yet, be sure to let us know you're interested in auditioning by filling out the Interest Form. We hope to meet you atan audition soon!


Videos

The videos below will help you get to know our style and get a feel for the technical abilities necessary to become a member of each section of the corps. Thank you for your interest in The Cadets Percussion Section, and we hope to meet you at the Combined Audition November 18-20, 2016!


Additional Reading

The CPit was featured in Percussive Notes Magazine. Read more.

Read More

The Cadets Color Guard has launched the careers of many of the greatest performers in the worlds of DCI and WGI. Do you know someone who marched here?

colorguard flag toss smile sanantonio

April (Gilligan) Martinez
Jonathan Schwartz
Rosie Queen
Jennifer "Jenifo" Leseth
Melissa (Babalonis) Barlow
Bert Cousins
KC Perkins
Emma Roberts
Dean Broadbent
Matt Winans
Adam Sage
Karen Prince

Andy Toth
Jim Zulick
Phillip Traini
Kim Bolduc
Kaysey Thompson
Daniel Riley
Mykail Costner
Johnny Amos
Michael Amador
Traci (Williams) De Leon
Christine (Higgins) Tetzlaff
Jeannine Ford
 

You can continue the tradition of excellence on the field this summer!

The 2017 Color Guard Audition Packet will be available soon, but you can already sign up to attend our audition weekend November 18-20. REGISTER NOW!

You will also be able to download it for a cost of $25. (This option is available for students not ready to register yet, as the packet is included in the $150 Registration Fee.)

If you're not ready to register quite yet, be sure to let us know you're interested in auditioning by filling out the Interest Form

 

Read More

Select a question below to view the answer. If you have any questions that are not addressed here, please e-mail our Recruiting Manager, Daniel Fish, at .

It's important to be at the Combined Audition Weekend if possible, but if not, join us at the next rehearsal weekend December 11-13! Contact our Recruiting Manager, Daniel Fish, at  to discuss your situation. We are glad to work out an alternative, but early communication is very important to give everyone a fair opportunity.

The Cadets rehearse about once a month throughout the winter and spring at Hopewell Valley Central High School in Pennington, N.J. In mid-May, the corps moves into dorms at a university (TBA) for a full month of Spring Training, followed by a two-month national tour beginning mid-June. The summer culminates with the DCI World Championships the second weekend in August.

YES! This isn’t just about making the corps, it’s about becoming a better musician, learning from a great staff, and meeting people from all over the country and world. You will learn a ton and you will have a great time!

All of the corps' equipment will be available at the camps, but there will be a lot of people there as well, particularly at the November Combined Audition. If necessary, we will rotate instruments between musicians throughout the weekend. The only way to guarantee yourself an instrument all weekend long is to bring your own. We do understand that it can be difficult to fly with certain instruments, so please use your judgment as to whether this pertains to your section. If you are driving to camp, please bring equipment with you. Also, please bring a mouthpiece and music stand with you if you can.

You are more than welcome to demonstrate your skills on your primary instrument, especially since these instruments may now appear in our programs. However, you will be asked to play some material on a marching brass instrument as well, since we still play primarily on those.



You can get the Audition Packet in one of two ways:

You'll receive the link to download it automatically when you register to audition and pay the $125 Registration Fee. Or, can download it here for a cost of $25. If you're definitely planning to audition, we recommend registering and saving that extra $25!

We don't believe in the traditional "cut" system of some other organizations. You are at the audition camp for experience and feedback, and we will do our best to send you home feeling great about your weekend. At the camp, each auditionee will have a one-on-one evaluation with a staff member. Based on that audition as well as staff observations throughout rehearsals, our caption supervisors will personally speak with each auditionee at the end of the weekend, assigning them a rating of 1, 2 or 3 and giving specific tips for improvement and a suggested course of action:

 maroon white number1
You are ready to become a Cadet. Start making plans for camps and summer tour!
 maroon white number2
We see potential, but we need you to work on a few specific skills and come to the next camp.
 maroon white number3
We don't feel that you're ready to become a Cadet this year, but we will do our best to provide advice for improvement.

 

If you’re driving to camp, please plan to arrive at the camp site by 7 p.m. on Friday evening.

If you’re taking a plane, bus or train, please plan to arrive at the Philadelphia International Airport in time for a 6 p.m. pickup on Friday evening. (We will pick you up whenever necessary, but this will ensure that you arrive at camp in time for registration and rehearsal.)

Plan on leaving the school around 4 p.m. on Sunday. Please book all departures from PHL after 7 p.m. on this day.

Students sleep in the high school gymnasium and shower in the school locker rooms. Some bring sleeping bags, but airbeds are definitely the modern luxury on tour!

Most people wear exercise shorts and a T-shirt or tank top to rehearsals, regardless of the season. We won’t venture outside until the weather warms up, so the only warm clothes you’ll need will be to get to and from the airport. Be sure to wear pants that you can freely move around in. Tennis shoes are required. In case the school is chilly, dressing in layers is a good idea, so you may want to bring a pair of sweatpants and a hoodie with you as well.

Parents are not only allowed to come to camp, they are encouraged! We can always use more volunteer help with cooking, driving, sewing, building, etc., and we have specific rooms set aside for volunteers to stay with the corps. Please contact Alyson D'Alessandro  if you have any questions about the volunteer experience!

All travel, by plane, bus and train should be booked to arrive and depart from the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

Absolutely! We just need to know your travel arrangements at least one week before the camp. After your Registration Fee is paid, you will receive an e-mail invitation to RSVP with your travel details through CorpsData.

*Remember: YOU need to let us know how you are getting to camp - even if you are driving yourself!

All checks should be made payable to "Youth Education in the Arts" or "YEA!".

All forms, checks and other materials should be sent to:
The Cadets Registration
Attn: Daniel Fish
601 West Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101

After adding up the registration, camp fees, spring training fee and tuition fee, an 85-day summer with The Cadets costs around $3,800. This may seem like a huge expense, but it really breaks down to about $45 a day and includes four meals per day, travel, lodging, equipment, uniforms, instruction and fuel, not to mention the experience of a lifetime!

There are fundraisers available through the corps, and we will do our best to provide literature and information about raising funds to be a Cadet. Finances should NOT be a reason to stay away from the audition camp. Where there is a will, there is a way!

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Does your son or daughter want to become a Cadet? Here you can find out all about this program and how it can enhance their life. 
 

 


JennaandJohnAlchevskyWho Are We?

The Cadets is the flagship performing ensemble of a non-profit organization called Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!). This elite group of 150 students come to audition from all over the United States and world.

The corps was founded in Garfield, N.J. in 1934 and has won 10 American Legion National Championships and 10 Drum Corps International World Championships.

The Cadets travel over 14,000 miles during the summer entertaining hundreds of thousands of drum corps fans throughout the nation.


What is a drum corps?

Modern drum corps are comprised of 150 performers who range in age from about 14 to 22. Each corps is made up of brass musicians, percussionists and a colorguard. They perform an 11-minute program on a standard football field. Programs are extravaganzas of musical excellence, marching precision, color, drama and dance. All members of the corps (except the front percussion ensemble) march in intricate formations which are coordinated with the musical productions.

Brass musicians in The Cadets play on top-quality Yamaha trumpets, mellophones, baritones, euphoniums and tubas.

Percussion instruments include marching snare drums, tenor drums (often referred to as "quads" or "quints"), bass drums in five sizes and stationary "front ensemble" instruments including various drums, cymbals, tympani, mallets (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone and chimes) and electronic synthesizers.

The color guard adds color and drama through the coordinated use of flags, rifles, sabers and dance. The modern colorguard is as much a dance ensemble and storyteller as it is a precision marching unit.


colorguard parade look inspireWhat are the benefits to the performers?

Drum corps is an activity which attempts to do much more than provide a performance opportunity for students or entertainment for the audience. Through the drum corps experience, students will learn useful life skills such as leadership, goal-setting and teamwork, among others. The Cadets curriculum includes opportunities for students to exercise their potential not only as musicians, but as complete human beings.


We Need Your Help

We invite parents to come on the road with us for a couple days or weeks during the summer! We couldn't do what we do without an amazing team of volunteers, and we would love for you to get involved.

Visit our Volunteer Page for more information, or e-mail Alyson D'Alessandro .


 

Tour Schedule

If you would like to view or download a pdf of our full tour schedule,  pdf CLICK HERE (1.91 MB) .

For the performance schedule only, please  pdf CLICK HERE (1.54 MB) .


In Case of Emergency

Most Cadets have cell phones, and the best times to contact them are during dinner and after shows, although they may also find time throughout the day to return calls/messages. If there is an URGENT need to contact a Cadet who is not responding to personal communications, parents may call our administrative staff, but please use this contact information ONLY in case of an emergency:

Tour Manager Mike Pfeil: 610-704-0318
Anytime: Call The Cadets' Allentown, Pa. office at 610-821-0345 for information and assistance.


Find out more

Drum Corps International has also created a great guide for parents of drum corps kids:


Other Programs We Offer:

snare drumline 2014 intense squareCadets2  is a regionally performing drum and bugle corps made up of approximately 128 young men and women ages 16 to 25 that competes in the Drum Corps Associates circuit. Founded in 2012 as a weekend-only alternative to the 10-time DCI World Champion Cadets nationally touring ensemble, Cadets2 maintains The Cadets' standard of excellence while offering a more time- and cost- effective drum corps experience to young people in and around the Lehigh Valley.


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Cadets Winter Guard  Following in the footsteps of the 2014 WGI Independent Open Champions Cadets Winter Percussion, Cadets Winter Guard will take the floor in Independent Open Color Guard Competition for the first time in 2015. The guard is based in Allentown, Pa. and will rehearse in N.J., competing regionally. Founded upon The Cadets Color Guard's history of intricate choreography and excellence in their craft, CWG offers world-class instruction to men and women ages 14 to 23.


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Cadets Winter Percussion  is the indoor percussion ensemble sponsored by The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. In its inaugural year, CWP achieved a record high score in their WGI class, winning the 2014 Independent Open Class World Championship. Based in Allentown, Pa., the ensemble is founded upon The Cadets Percussion Section's long-standing tradition of excellence and offers world-class instruction to 25 percussionists ages 16 to 22 in and around the Lehigh Valley.

CWP Home

 

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  • Overview
  • Audition Process & Fees
  • Dates & Schedules
  • Brass
  • Percussion
  • Color Guard
  • Questions & Answers
  • Parents

 

Cpit smile 2016We're glad you're here! The Cadets are currently accepting applications for the 2017 season.

You can now register to audition for The 2017 Cadets and Cadets2 November 18-20!

Register Now & Get Details

Or, you can e-mail our Recruiting Manager, Daniel Fish, anytime at .

Be sure to check out the tab that corresponds to your area of interest (Brass, Percussion, Color Guard) on the left, as well as our Questions and Answers tab which contains lots of information to get you prepped for a Cadets audition!

Thank you for your interest in The Cadets. We look forward to meeting you soon!

guardkids smile Akron2014There is no "cut" system

Musicians and color guard members attend audition camps for two reasons:

  1. Experience, what it's like to be a "Cadet"
  2. Gain valuable feedback, ultimately, we hope our commentary will push you to become the best performer you can possibly be

Our goal is to send everyone home feeling great about the weekend and hopefully inspired as a performer!

Throughout the camp, each auditionee will have a one-on-one evaluation with their section's caption supervisor. (They have important titles to reflect their talent, but what you can expect in the audition room is a kind face of a great teacher who wants you to do well. Even if you're nervous - and who isn't? It's an audition - their goal is to help you feel welcome so that you can do your best.)

Based on that audition and our staff's observations throughout the weekend's rehearsals, the caption supervisors will personally speak with each auditionee at the end of the weekend, assigning them a rating of 1, 2 or 3 and giving them specific tips for improvement and a suggested course of action.


Here's what the numbers mean:

 maroon white number1
You are ready to become a Cadet. Start making plans for camps and summer tour!
 maroon white number2
We see potential, but we need you to work on a few specific skills and come to the next camp.
 maroon white number3
We don't feel that you're ready to become a Cadet this year, but we will do our best to provide advice for improvement.

 

Fees

To become a prospective member of the 2017 Cadets & Cadetsyou must make a one-time audition registration payment (non-refundable), in addition prospective members are responsible for a Camp Fee, this is to cover the cost of accommodations, meals, and a shuttle service (should you require it). Coming Soon.

From there, it's up to you!

Countless Cadets started out as 3s and worked hard until they earned a spot. However, there are a limited number of positions available, so we do encourage auditionees to work hard now and come to camp feeling confident and prepared. 

More Information

Sign up to Receive Audition Info

 

2017 Winter Schedule

guardvets smile Rylee Nikki 2016November 18-20
Cadets and Cadets2 Combined Audition Weekend
Hopewell Valley Central High School, Pennington, NJ

November 26-27
Two-Day Audition Camp: South Florida

December 3-4
Two-Day Audition Camp: Dallas, Texas

December 9-11
Cadets Audition Weekend #2
Hopewell Valley Central High School, Pennington, NJ

December 17-18
Cadets Offsite Camp: Indianapolis

January 6-8
Cadets Rehearsal Weekend #3: New Jersey

Please check back here for further updates on the 2017 season!


Weekend Rehearsal Schedule

Here is a tentative weekend schedule to give you an idea of what we'll be up to at a typical camp:

Friday Saturday

*Plan to land/arrive at PHL before 6 p.m.

7 p.m. Arrive, Unload & Registration
9 p.m. Welcome Meeting
10 p.m. Sectionals
12:30 a.m. Snack & Videos
1:30 a.m. Lights Out

8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Sectionals
1:30 p.m. Lunch
2:30 p.m. Sectionals/Marching
6:30 p.m. Dinner 2 p.m. Cleanup
7:30 p.m. Meet with Hopkins
8:45 p.m. Sectionals
11:45 p.m. Snack
1 a.m. Lights Out
Sunday  

8 a.m.          Breakfast
9 a.m.          Sectionals
12:30 p.m.   Quick Snack & Setup
1 p.m.          Ensemble Rehearsal
2 p.m.          Clean Up
3 p.m.          Dismissed & Depart

*Plan to depart PHL no earlier than 7 p.m.
 

A Brass Program Deeply Rooted in Precision and Excellence

brassstaff rehearsal arc 2016The Cadets brought home the Jim Ott Award for Best Brass Performance in 2015. Our goal is to provide members with a life-changing experience in brass performance, pedagogy and self-improvement amidst a summer of unforgettable memories and lifelong friendships.

The 2017 Brass Audition Packet will be available soon, but you can already sign up to attend our audition weekend November 18-20. REGISTER NOW!

You will also be able to download it for a cost of $25. (This option is available for students not ready to register yet, as the packet is included in the $150 Registration Fee.)

If you're not ready to register quite yet, be sure to let us know you're interested by filling out the Interest Form. We hope to meet you at an audition soon!

 

 

A Percussion Program That Continues to Achieve New Heights

CPit Lindsey mallets smile 2015Our recent accomplishments include capturing the Fred Sanford Award for Best Percussion Performance at the 2013 DCI World Championships and taking home the 2013 WGI Independent Open Championship in our first year of Cadets Winter Percussion.

But it's also a tradition of profound friendship and life lessons that turn great percussionists into magnificent adults. From the CPit, to Holy Bass, to the QB, to the Man Line, this is a place where young people discover what they're truly capable of, and they make incredible memories along the way.

The 2017 Battery Percussion and Front Ensemble Audition Packet will be available soon, but you can already sign up to attend our audition weekend November 18-20. REGISTER NOW!

You will also be able to download it for a cost of $25. (This option is available for students not ready to register yet, as the packet is included in the $150 Registration Fee.)

If you're not ready to register quite yet, be sure to let us know you're interested in auditioning by filling out the Interest Form. We hope to meet you atan audition soon!


Videos

The videos below will help you get to know our style and get a feel for the technical abilities necessary to become a member of each section of the corps. Thank you for your interest in The Cadets Percussion Section, and we hope to meet you at the Combined Audition November 18-20, 2016!


Additional Reading

The CPit was featured in Percussive Notes Magazine. Read more.

The Cadets Color Guard has launched the careers of many of the greatest performers in the worlds of DCI and WGI. Do you know someone who marched here?

colorguard flag toss smile sanantonio

April (Gilligan) Martinez
Jonathan Schwartz
Rosie Queen
Jennifer "Jenifo" Leseth
Melissa (Babalonis) Barlow
Bert Cousins
KC Perkins
Emma Roberts
Dean Broadbent
Matt Winans
Adam Sage
Karen Prince

Andy Toth
Jim Zulick
Phillip Traini
Kim Bolduc
Kaysey Thompson
Daniel Riley
Mykail Costner
Johnny Amos
Michael Amador
Traci (Williams) De Leon
Christine (Higgins) Tetzlaff
Jeannine Ford
 

You can continue the tradition of excellence on the field this summer!

The 2017 Color Guard Audition Packet will be available soon, but you can already sign up to attend our audition weekend November 18-20. REGISTER NOW!

You will also be able to download it for a cost of $25. (This option is available for students not ready to register yet, as the packet is included in the $150 Registration Fee.)

If you're not ready to register quite yet, be sure to let us know you're interested in auditioning by filling out the Interest Form

 

Select a question below to view the answer. If you have any questions that are not addressed here, please e-mail our Recruiting Manager, Daniel Fish, at .

It's important to be at the Combined Audition Weekend if possible, but if not, join us at the next rehearsal weekend December 11-13! Contact our Recruiting Manager, Daniel Fish, at  to discuss your situation. We are glad to work out an alternative, but early communication is very important to give everyone a fair opportunity.

The Cadets rehearse about once a month throughout the winter and spring at Hopewell Valley Central High School in Pennington, N.J. In mid-May, the corps moves into dorms at a university (TBA) for a full month of Spring Training, followed by a two-month national tour beginning mid-June. The summer culminates with the DCI World Championships the second weekend in August.

YES! This isn’t just about making the corps, it’s about becoming a better musician, learning from a great staff, and meeting people from all over the country and world. You will learn a ton and you will have a great time!

All of the corps' equipment will be available at the camps, but there will be a lot of people there as well, particularly at the November Combined Audition. If necessary, we will rotate instruments between musicians throughout the weekend. The only way to guarantee yourself an instrument all weekend long is to bring your own. We do understand that it can be difficult to fly with certain instruments, so please use your judgment as to whether this pertains to your section. If you are driving to camp, please bring equipment with you. Also, please bring a mouthpiece and music stand with you if you can.

You are more than welcome to demonstrate your skills on your primary instrument, especially since these instruments may now appear in our programs. However, you will be asked to play some material on a marching brass instrument as well, since we still play primarily on those.



You can get the Audition Packet in one of two ways:

You'll receive the link to download it automatically when you register to audition and pay the $125 Registration Fee. Or, can download it here for a cost of $25. If you're definitely planning to audition, we recommend registering and saving that extra $25!

We don't believe in the traditional "cut" system of some other organizations. You are at the audition camp for experience and feedback, and we will do our best to send you home feeling great about your weekend. At the camp, each auditionee will have a one-on-one evaluation with a staff member. Based on that audition as well as staff observations throughout rehearsals, our caption supervisors will personally speak with each auditionee at the end of the weekend, assigning them a rating of 1, 2 or 3 and giving specific tips for improvement and a suggested course of action:

 maroon white number1
You are ready to become a Cadet. Start making plans for camps and summer tour!
 maroon white number2
We see potential, but we need you to work on a few specific skills and come to the next camp.
 maroon white number3
We don't feel that you're ready to become a Cadet this year, but we will do our best to provide advice for improvement.

 

If you’re driving to camp, please plan to arrive at the camp site by 7 p.m. on Friday evening.

If you’re taking a plane, bus or train, please plan to arrive at the Philadelphia International Airport in time for a 6 p.m. pickup on Friday evening. (We will pick you up whenever necessary, but this will ensure that you arrive at camp in time for registration and rehearsal.)

Plan on leaving the school around 4 p.m. on Sunday. Please book all departures from PHL after 7 p.m. on this day.

Students sleep in the high school gymnasium and shower in the school locker rooms. Some bring sleeping bags, but airbeds are definitely the modern luxury on tour!

Most people wear exercise shorts and a T-shirt or tank top to rehearsals, regardless of the season. We won’t venture outside until the weather warms up, so the only warm clothes you’ll need will be to get to and from the airport. Be sure to wear pants that you can freely move around in. Tennis shoes are required. In case the school is chilly, dressing in layers is a good idea, so you may want to bring a pair of sweatpants and a hoodie with you as well.

Parents are not only allowed to come to camp, they are encouraged! We can always use more volunteer help with cooking, driving, sewing, building, etc., and we have specific rooms set aside for volunteers to stay with the corps. Please contact Alyson D'Alessandro  if you have any questions about the volunteer experience!

All travel, by plane, bus and train should be booked to arrive and depart from the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

Absolutely! We just need to know your travel arrangements at least one week before the camp. After your Registration Fee is paid, you will receive an e-mail invitation to RSVP with your travel details through CorpsData.

*Remember: YOU need to let us know how you are getting to camp - even if you are driving yourself!

All checks should be made payable to "Youth Education in the Arts" or "YEA!".

All forms, checks and other materials should be sent to:
The Cadets Registration
Attn: Daniel Fish
601 West Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101

After adding up the registration, camp fees, spring training fee and tuition fee, an 85-day summer with The Cadets costs around $3,800. This may seem like a huge expense, but it really breaks down to about $45 a day and includes four meals per day, travel, lodging, equipment, uniforms, instruction and fuel, not to mention the experience of a lifetime!

There are fundraisers available through the corps, and we will do our best to provide literature and information about raising funds to be a Cadet. Finances should NOT be a reason to stay away from the audition camp. Where there is a will, there is a way!

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Does your son or daughter want to become a Cadet? Here you can find out all about this program and how it can enhance their life. 
 

 


JennaandJohnAlchevskyWho Are We?

The Cadets is the flagship performing ensemble of a non-profit organization called Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!). This elite group of 150 students come to audition from all over the United States and world.

The corps was founded in Garfield, N.J. in 1934 and has won 10 American Legion National Championships and 10 Drum Corps International World Championships.

The Cadets travel over 14,000 miles during the summer entertaining hundreds of thousands of drum corps fans throughout the nation.


What is a drum corps?

Modern drum corps are comprised of 150 performers who range in age from about 14 to 22. Each corps is made up of brass musicians, percussionists and a colorguard. They perform an 11-minute program on a standard football field. Programs are extravaganzas of musical excellence, marching precision, color, drama and dance. All members of the corps (except the front percussion ensemble) march in intricate formations which are coordinated with the musical productions.

Brass musicians in The Cadets play on top-quality Yamaha trumpets, mellophones, baritones, euphoniums and tubas.

Percussion instruments include marching snare drums, tenor drums (often referred to as "quads" or "quints"), bass drums in five sizes and stationary "front ensemble" instruments including various drums, cymbals, tympani, mallets (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone and chimes) and electronic synthesizers.

The color guard adds color and drama through the coordinated use of flags, rifles, sabers and dance. The modern colorguard is as much a dance ensemble and storyteller as it is a precision marching unit.


colorguard parade look inspireWhat are the benefits to the performers?

Drum corps is an activity which attempts to do much more than provide a performance opportunity for students or entertainment for the audience. Through the drum corps experience, students will learn useful life skills such as leadership, goal-setting and teamwork, among others. The Cadets curriculum includes opportunities for students to exercise their potential not only as musicians, but as complete human beings.


We Need Your Help

We invite parents to come on the road with us for a couple days or weeks during the summer! We couldn't do what we do without an amazing team of volunteers, and we would love for you to get involved.

Visit our Volunteer Page for more information, or e-mail Alyson D'Alessandro .


 

Tour Schedule

If you would like to view or download a pdf of our full tour schedule,  pdf CLICK HERE (1.91 MB) .

For the performance schedule only, please  pdf CLICK HERE (1.54 MB) .


In Case of Emergency

Most Cadets have cell phones, and the best times to contact them are during dinner and after shows, although they may also find time throughout the day to return calls/messages. If there is an URGENT need to contact a Cadet who is not responding to personal communications, parents may call our administrative staff, but please use this contact information ONLY in case of an emergency:

Tour Manager Mike Pfeil: 610-704-0318
Anytime: Call The Cadets' Allentown, Pa. office at 610-821-0345 for information and assistance.


Find out more

Drum Corps International has also created a great guide for parents of drum corps kids:


Other Programs We Offer:

snare drumline 2014 intense squareCadets2  is a regionally performing drum and bugle corps made up of approximately 128 young men and women ages 16 to 25 that competes in the Drum Corps Associates circuit. Founded in 2012 as a weekend-only alternative to the 10-time DCI World Champion Cadets nationally touring ensemble, Cadets2 maintains The Cadets' standard of excellence while offering a more time- and cost- effective drum corps experience to young people in and around the Lehigh Valley.


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Cadets Winter Guard  Following in the footsteps of the 2014 WGI Independent Open Champions Cadets Winter Percussion, Cadets Winter Guard will take the floor in Independent Open Color Guard Competition for the first time in 2015. The guard is based in Allentown, Pa. and will rehearse in N.J., competing regionally. Founded upon The Cadets Color Guard's history of intricate choreography and excellence in their craft, CWG offers world-class instruction to men and women ages 14 to 23.


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Cadets Winter Percussion  is the indoor percussion ensemble sponsored by The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. In its inaugural year, CWP achieved a record high score in their WGI class, winning the 2014 Independent Open Class World Championship. Based in Allentown, Pa., the ensemble is founded upon The Cadets Percussion Section's long-standing tradition of excellence and offers world-class instruction to 25 percussionists ages 16 to 22 in and around the Lehigh Valley.

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