Cadets and Cadets2 Combined Audition Camp, Nov. 18-20
Hopewell Valley Central High School, Pennington, NJ
The Cadets hosted 340 young men and women this weekend at Hopewell Valley Central High School for the first audition weekend of 2017.
Auditions for all sections were held for both The Cadets and Cadets2. In addition, the corps learned and performed a parade tune, a patriotic medley arranged by Michael Terry, "Oh Tannenbaum", a special selection to The Cadets, and FANTASY, an Earth, Wind and Fire classic arranged by Drew Shanefield.
According to George Hopkins, the weekend was a great success. "This weekend is about allowing young folks the chance to take a look at both The Cadets and Cadets2 under one roof," he said. "Our first camp was a great opportunity for all of the auditionees to take a look at which corps is the best fit for them. There was a great turnout, the students were fabulous, and we had a monster staff on hand of 60 educators. We're off to a great start!"
The Cadets also hosted Coffee With The Cadets, a chance for parents, volunteers and alumni to meet and mingle, as well as introductions and a Q&A with George Hopkins and other members of staff from both corps.
Hopkins also announced that Bobby Jones will be joining The Cadets as the visual designer. Bobby is currently the visual designer and programmer for the Reading Buccaneers where he has been involved almost every year since 2005. He has previously served as the Visual Designer and Caption Head for the 2006 Crossmen and the 2007 Hawthorne Caballeros. When Bobby is not designing or teaching, he works as a freelance adjudicator and adjudicates scholastic percussion programs for several indoor and outdoor circuits across the country. He lives in New York with his wife, Amy, and puppy, Myron.
The Cadets will hold a second set of auditions on the weekend of December 9th-11th. If you're interested in joining us for camp, go to www.jointhecadets.org and register to be a part of our second audition weekend. If you're a tuba player, we especially want to see you! Auditions and rehearsals continue through December and January when the corps' roster is finalized in late January.
Cadets2, the defending DCA World Champions, will be rehearsing December 17-18 at Daniel Boone High School, located in Birdsboro, PA. You can also register for the Cadets2 camp at www.jointhecadets.org.