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C2 Has Strong Start Dec. 19-20

drumline DecCamp 2016 vertical"When I think about the first C2 camp of the year, I always picture our very first rehearsal back in 2012, when I went outside and the kids were just standing there because no one knew how to unload the truck. It's amazing how far we've come in four years," said Rich Hammond, Director of Performing Ensembles for Youth Education in the Arts.

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"As the parent of a C2 member, I would say that the feedback is highly representative of the positive attitude of the corps and the quality of the experience they had. Walking through the bus staging area after shows, and especially Championship weekend, the vibes were intense, but confident and comfortable with each other. I had to keep reminding myself that the average age of these kids is actually younger than DCI, and that they only see each other for 30-40 hours per weekend." - Don Staffin, 2015 Cadets2 Parent

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Cadets2 Announces 2016 Program, Full Circle

Cadets2 FullCircle logo 2016 vertical"So many times in life, we end up where we begin," Cadets2 Co-director and Program Coordinator George Hopkins said. "In 2016, Cadets2 will present a high-energy production that explores the idea of the Full Circle from color, through movement, and even through musical arrangements," he said.

A full corps of 60 brass players, 32 color guard members and 36 percussionists (including a front ensemble of 15) will bring to the field the music of Pat Metheny, featuring the two classic productions, "First Circle" and, "The Heat of the Day."

Much of C2's instructional and design teams return for the 2016 season, including Drill Designer Jeff Sacktig, Brass Arranger Jay Bocook, Brass Caption Supervisor Gino Cipriani, Color Guard Supervisor Kristy Templin, Lead Color Guard Designer Joe Heininger, Front Ensemble Arranger Dr. Iain Moyer, Battery Arranger Dave Dumont, and Visual Supervisor Corey Moore. The leadership of the corps will be shared by Co-directors George Hopkins and Rich Templin.

Cadets2 will be rehearsing this weekend at Daniel Boone High School in Birdsboro, Pa., and for the first time ever will be officially awarding contracts to members of the corps, both new and returning.

C2 welcomes anyone interested in a brass position in this weekend-only Cadets ensemble to the upcoming rehearsal. The corps is also looking for a drum set player and a synth player to join the C2Pit.

If you would like to be a part of the corps in 2016 for the Full Circle season, e-mail John Molloy at

Armon Raygani to Lead C2 in 2016

ArmonRaygani conduct drummajor 2015After a weekend of Cadets rehearsals came to a close December 13, George Hopkins, the CEO of Youth Education in the Arts and the co-director of Cadets2, announced that Armon Raygani will be the lead drum major for C2 in 2016.

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Reflecting on 2015

C2Pit2015 finals tambourine cropOn September 6, 2015, Cadets2 was making the final preparations to take the field in 2015 DCA World Championship Finals competition in Rochester, N.Y. Their performance that evening earned them the second-place trophy and the highest finish ever in the four-year history of the corps.

The members have returned to school, the volunteers are back at work, and the staff has begun to plan the 2016 production as auditions are quickly approaching.

But before we turn the page to next year, we ask you to make a donation to the 2015 Friends of Cadets2 Campaign to assist us in keeping the opportunity to be a Cadet available for young people in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Need a little more inspiration to give? Read some of the great quotes our members said about their experience in the 2015 edition of Cadets2:

“The summer was amazing! I learned what that level of focus is that we need to achieve the goals that we set. This is very applicable to anything and everything we do in life.”

“The summer was, by far, the most fun I've ever had. I learned about proper rehearsal etiquette, how to march and play at fast tempos, and how to go after what I want. I will apply these things after graduation when I become a high school band director.”

“My summer was absolutely amazing. It helped me to see potential in myself I never thought I have. I've already been using experiences from this past season in my everyday life.”

These are actual quotes from actual members submitted in their post-season survey. And these are the great results Cadets2 can achieve for an entirely new generation of Cadets, but we can only do it with your help. Please click here to make a donation to the Friends of C2 Fall Fundraising Campaign today!

C2guard 2015 redsquaresAs a special bonus, for a limited time only, with every donation of $50 or more, we will send you a photo print of your choice from one of Cadets2's 2015 performances.

Simply click here to view these great galleries of performance photos from Chris Maher, select the image you would like, and we'll take it from there! After you make your donation, we will follow up with you personally to select the photograph you want to own and ensure that it is delivered to you.

Thank you for your continued support of Cadets2 and the programs of Youth Education in the Arts! We hope we can count on you to make Cadets2 2016 as memorable as this past summer.

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