Becoming a member of the Cadets2 family is an amazing, life changing experience, but don't take it from us.
It's not too late to do more and be more with Cadets2: we still have positions available for the 2017 season. We're currently seeking tubas, lead trumpets, baritones, one or two tenors, as well as young men and women for the color guard. Our final audition camp for the color guard is April 28-30, and we want to see you! To find our full schedule and register for one of our remaining positions, check out jointhecadets.org, You can also email our Director of Recruitment, Daniel Fish, at .
There's nothing like being a member of Cadets2, and there's no better person to tell you why you should be a member than a member. Meet Armon Raygani, a four year member of Cadets2 and one of our drum majors in 2015 and 2016. His hard work and dedication at Cadets2 was an integral part of his growth as a person.
"Hi everyone! My name is Armon and I just finished my fourth and final summer marching Cadets2. A lot of people are often scared to take the first step to audition so I wanted to share my story in hopes of encouraging some of you to audition.
My first two summers, I played the mellophone, the 2015 summer as co-drum major and this past summer I got to lead the corps as head drum major. When I came to Cadets2, I had no money, had never marched before, and did not know what a mellophone was. It's very safe to say I had no business being there. But, I decided two weeks before my first camp to come and audition, so I borrowed a mellophone from my high school and learned how to play some scales. After my first camp, they let me stay so long as I promised to keep improving. Needless to say, my first season was rough. I got called out on almost every. single. rep. I was the tick of the corps. I worked on marching and playing every day, and I remember then standing in a line for food before a show in August, and one of our techs complimented me saying how at the beginning of the season, he didn't think I would last the summer, and then I became one of the strongest marchers in the hornline. That compliment motivated me to march another season on mellophone in 2014. After that season, Gino, our brass caption head at the tie, and Hop asked me to come back as drum major for the following summer. I gladly accepted, and finished in 2nd place in 2015. For 2016, I was offered the keys to the convertible again, and let the corps as head drum major for the first championship run in the history of the corps with my team, Daniel and Andrew.
To get to my point: it may seem unobtainable right now, but if you TRULY want to march drum corps to become a drum major for a corps, you NEED to get in and audition! You need to put yourself out there and seek the opportunity, because if you don't, you will never get where you want to be. I got to where I did because I worked every single day on becoming better. I took baby steps in the beginning which led me to a dream role and a championship ring. Whatever your excuse is; money, time, ability, your name it, you can overcome it.
With that said, I invite you to join Cadets2 at our next camp on March 11-12. Whether or not you attend a camp could drastically affect the course of your life. If I had never attended my first camp, I would be a completely different person and my life would have taken a worse turn. Take the leap. Decide to be great.
I hope to be a useful resource to everyone as you set forth on your journey with the corps. Good luck!"