Cadets2 Drum Major Andrew Morrison had the chance to march with the Bands of America Honor Band at the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 2, being one of only two students from New Jersey.
Andrew said, "I knew going out to California for the Rose Parade I would be representing all of YEA! I often wore my corps jacket or any other merch representing the corps. I made sure to not only perform to the best of my ability but to act and treat others with the highest class like any Cadet would. I wanted anyone who had an interaction with me to see what kind of people came out of our organization."
While Andrew is a drum major with Cadets2, he played the saxophone while he marched with the BOA Honor Band. Andrew was also the drum major at Watchung Hills Regional High School and this was the first time he has marched as a member since 2014. "As drum major it's easy to ask people to put 110% in every rep without doing it. This week I made it a goal to perform every rep to the best of my ability and I did that. It makes me feel more confident as a leader that I can ask people to always put 110% in every rep without being a hypocrite."
The BOA Honor Band not only marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade with the famous 110 degree column turn onto Colorado Boulevard, they also performed at the Bandfest event with the group United Sound. United Sound is is an organization that helps to provide music education for students with special needs by using student mentors to help teach a student one a week how to play an instrument.
"We had 10 students from United Sound perform with us on a variety of instruments. What made it even more special was the fact that the theme of this year's parade was "Mentorship." When United Sound was explained to the audience, the band played a beautiful arrangement of You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban and there wasn't a dry eye in the stands. It was very emotional," said Andrew.
In 2016, Cadets2 won the DCA World Championship.
Just five years after their first appearance ever, the corps had an excellent season, a tremendous last three weeks, and were awarded the Championship, besting some perennial fabulous organizations including the Reading Buccaneers, the Minnesota Brass and the Hawthorne Caballeros.
As we begin to prepare for 2017, we have some brass and guard openings.
Interested in helping them defend their title in 2017? The next rehearsals are January 14-15 at Daniel Boone High School in Birdsboro, NJ.
Come and audition, there is a good chance you will make it if you have the energy, the enthusiasm and the commitment to be a champion.
Want to know more? Go to jointhecadets.org or email Dan Fish at .
Cadets2 Audition Camp, Dec. 17-18
Daniel Boone High School, Birdsboro, PA
The Cadets2 hosted the brass and percussion sections this past weekend at Daniel Boone High School in Birdsboro, PA for their second round of auditions. The corps worked on music from movements one and two for their 2017 production and got to spend some quality time with their instructors.
The weekend started off well with clear roads after concerns of bad weather the night before and that morning. "Safety was our main priority going into camp," said Director of Performing Ensembles, Mike Pfeil. Camp had been delayed until 4pm in order for roads to be safe while still allowing for travel with daylight.
This is the last camp of 2016, with their next camp being Jan. 14-15, 2017.
If you're still interested in joining Cadets2, you can register to audition at jointhecadets.org.
The Cadets and Cadets2 are looking to add more quad players to their lines. Not only will you be a part of years of history and championships, you'll learn from some of the very best staff in drum corps today. Meet Tom Aungst, the Percussion Supervisor for The Cadets and Dave Dumont, the Percussion Supervisor for Cadets2.
Tom Aungst, The Cadets
Tom Aungst has also been involved in the drum corps activity for over 36 years. Tom recently returned to The Cadets as the Caption Supervisor and Arranger for the 2017 season. He was formerly the Caption Head for Carolina Crown in 2015 and 2016. In 1981, Tom became involved with The Cadets, first as a member from 1981-1984, then as the Percussion Arranger and Caption Supervisor 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 Blue Stars, Pacific Crest, and the Connecticut Hurricanes. Tom is a member of The Cadets, Drum Corps International and the WGI Halls of Fame.
Dave Dumont, Cadets2
Dave Dumont's teaching career began in 2008 with the Hawthorne Caballeros as a percussion technician. He was then promoted to Battery Coordinator and Arranger in 2009 and held that position through 2010. In 2011, Dave was the Co-Caption Head and Arranger for the Connecticut Hurricanes. Dave is currently the Percussion Caption Head and Battery Arranger at Norwalk High School in Norwalk, CT. He helped lead them to back to back WGI PSO medals in 2014 and 2015. In addition to Norwalk, he held several Connecticut high school marching band instructing and arranging positions, including Trumbull High School, who earned back to back WGI PSO medals in 2008 and 2009.
So what are you waiting for? Register to audition and learn from the best educators drum corps has to offer! Click here to register!
Here's a little sneak peek at what the Cadets2 quads will be working on this summer!
Sometimes when you audition for another corps it's just no the best fit, and we're here to make it right. That's why we're offering half priced registration for our January camp with proof of attendance at another corps' camp.
The Cadets are hosting their next camp January 6-8 in Pennington, NJ at Hopewell Valley Central High School.
We still have openings for a tom player, men and women interested in joining the color guard, and excellent brass players. To date, we have only handed out 44 of 70 brass contracts, which means we're still conducting call backs and we're still auditioning for those positions. We're getting close to finalizing the corps; it's time you get to camp.
Still have questions about auditioning? Check out jointhecadets.org or email us at .
Click here to register to audition.
Weather Adjustment for Cadets2 Camp
We have been monitoring the weather all last night and this morning and have decided to push back the start time of Saturday's rehearsal.
Doors at Daniel Boone High School will now open at 4pm Saturday with rehearsal beginning at 6pm.
This start time allows you to travel while it's still light out while missing the ice and snow. We'll even have hot cocoa waiting when you get here!
Our goal is to make sure everyone traveling to camp is safe. We would like to allow the temperatures to rise before people travel: the high later on Saturday is 42 degrees and the high Sunday is near 50 degrees.
If you're traveling from south of Allentown, we anticipate you will only encounter rain. If you're traveling from northeast of Allentown, the delay should allow time for the change from snow and ice to safer travel conditions. If you feel comfortable waiting a bit longer to leave and arrive a little later, that's ok too. Safe travel is our main priority.
This is the last rehearsal of 2016. A few reminder points as you prepare for the weekend include:
Make sure to RSVP if you haven't already, this way we know you're coming to camp. You can RSVP here.
We will be reading the first two pieces of the 2017 show.
Make sure to review the financials and take advantage of the early bird tuition payment (you may bring it with you if you'd like).
Please take the winter weather and delay into your travel plans for a later arrival/start time. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Mike Pfeil, Director of Performing Ensembles, directly at 610-821-0617 or email .
Thank you for your patience as we made this decision. Safe travel is of the utmost importance this weekend. See you tomorrow night!