Clara Turk, a Texas native, joins the team at YEA! as the Assistant Director of Performing Ensembles. Clara holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business with Minors in Music and Creative Studies from Texas A&M University.
Clara's background includes over a decade of experience in the Apple tech industry, most recently managing the Apple Authorized Campus Store at Texas A&M University. She is excited to combine her passion for drum corps and business experience at YEA!
Previously, Clara has worked with Crossmen (Sound Engineer 2013-2014), Spirit of Atlanta (Admin Staff 2015) and most recently the Boston Crusaders (Tour Operations Assistant 2016). She performed the 2011 season with Forte Drum and Bugle Corps as a member of the Front Ensemble.
Clara is overjoyed to join YEA! and help continue the long standing tradition of excellence.
Clash of the Corps, a docudrama featuring The Cadets and the Blue Devils, will premiere this Wednesday, October 5th at 11pm on FUSE. The executive producer is none other than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and came about when he was recently introduced to the world of drum corps. Clash of the Corps is an inside look at the 2016 season, spanning from camps to move-ins to finals. Not only will Clash of the Corps take you inside The Cadets as an organization, but it will also feature the stories of individual members and their drum corps journeys.
The show is the creation of FUSE network, Johnson's production company Seven Bucks Productions, and 44 Blue Productions. The first part of the eight-part series will air on Wednesday, however you can catch an early preview on Dwayne Johnson's Facebook page at 10pm on Tuesday night. Each episode can be found on the Fuse app, iTunes and Hulu the day after it airs on the Fuse network. Don't know where to find Fuse near you? Click the link to find the network in your area that carries Fuse: http://www.fuse.tv/shows/clash-of-the-corps.
Each episode is a chance to start a conversation with the corps, as both The Cadets and Blue Devils are live-tweeting episodes. Connect with The Cadets on Twitter at @thecadets and share photos of watch parties on Instagram at @thecadets.
This weekend The Cadets held camp for the brass and vocal sections, returning to their usual location of Hopewell Valley Central High School in Pennington, N.J. This was the last camp until the end of April, where the percussion and color guard will also be present.
The brass played through the entirety of the show, and worked on blending and incorporating the vocal portion of the show. Dee Walker, the Vocal Instructor for the 2017 season, worked tirelessly with staff and members to pin down exactly how the vocal component would progress heading towards move-ins and Spring Training.
A HopTalk on Saturday night focused on the "because" in member's lives, and drove home the important aspect of what they need to do on a personal level to get ready for the 2017 season. Many members chose to share obstacles they were facing in an opportunity to build unity before the corps even steps on to a field.
"We have tons and tons to do," said Director George Hopkins. "You folks have heart, and if we can teach with joy combined with intensity, if we can keep you looking to the end goal, and if we can put BECAUSE in the past and simply DO, well, it's pretty damn special."
It's not too late to audition for The Cadets Color Guard. You can still register to audition at our April camp at http://www.jointhecadets.org.
As we draw closer to the 2017 season, we also begin the process of inducing another class to The Cadets Hall of Fame. This year, the Hall of Fame Committee consists of many of the faces we know and love, some of them taking on new roles. This year Jim Zulick will take on the role of Committee Chairman, a position previously held by Greg Cinzio.
"It's an honor to help facilitate the recognition of the amazing individuals that have been a part of The Cadets' rich history," Jim said. "Serving on a committee with so many members fo the Hall of Fame is in itself quite humbling, too."
The Hall of Fame committee will begin accepting applications for the 2017 Class on March 6. Nominations must be submitted by an alumni of The Cadets, however anyone may submit subsequent letters of support for nominated candidates. Nominations must be made in the form of a letter describing the candidate's qualifications. Letters of nomination may be submitted by email to Committee Chairman, Jim Zulick, at . For the full 2017 Hall of Fame submission timeline and more information on how you can make a nomination, click here.