75th Anniversary History Book tells the legendary story

Order now! Intro price of $25 goes up to $35 on Jan. 1st

Church of the Most Holy Name

The original home of the Holy Name Cadets, the Church of the Most Holy Name in Garfield, N.J. 

“A tiny, wooden Catholic church in the blue-collar family-oriented community of Garfield, N.J., was where the spark was lit. The church was tiny, but its name was grandiose: the Church of the Most Holy Name. It was in this modest structure with a grand name that the foundation for what was to become one of the most honored drum and bugle corps in history was established….” 

The Holy Name Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps. 

And so begins the story of the Cadets, expertly researched by alumni historians and retold in a compelling and gorgeous keepsake, the Cadets 75th Anniversary History Book. null

If you have yet to see a copy, words cannot do it justice. 

The softbound book boasts 252 pages and includes historical narrative and more than 300 black and white images, many of which have never been seen publicly. Authored and crafted by Greg Cinzio (1966-1977), David Shaw (1950-1958) and Kevin Ullrich (1982-1983), the Cadets’ history book takes the reader from a church basement in Garfield, N.J., where in 1934 three young boys dreamed of starting a drum corps to the spectacular Lucas Oil Stadium where in 2009 the Holy Name Cadets vied for their tenth DCI World Championship. 

Every alumnus and Cadets’ fan or drum corps enthusiast should own this book, now still available at $25 per copy. 

But move quickly - on Jan. 1, 2010, the introductory offer expires and the price per copy rises to $35! 

Enjoy these excerpts from the most thorough historical publication of the Cadets to date: 


 “John Baumfalk, thrilled with the success of their recruiting efforts, attended the next meeting of the Holy Name Alter Boys Club. He brought two 1930-era bugles with him so the boys could start learning how to play. Since the corps existed mainly in their imagination, and they had no money whatsoever, it was decided that John would retain one of the two bugles, and one other boy each week would bring the second bugle home to practice…”  1936 holy name cadets


As the buses pulled up to a huge welcome home rally in from of Holy Name Church in Garfield, attended by several thousand spectators, the Cadets’ exuberance quickly turned to shock and disbelief as the word passed through the crowd that the corps, after 24-years, had been disbanded. Once curt letter was all it took from father Raymond Beach, pastor of the Church of the Most Holy Name. Life had come to an end for the Holy Name Cadets…” 

1970 - Alumnus Dan DeRosa

“I still get chills when I hear the ‘70s White Rabbit number and the crowd starts cheering. The life lesson I learned with the corps is that nothing beats the discipline and hard work….” 


At a weekend camp in March, there were only 12 brass players at rehearsal. Discussion focused on the unthinkable possibility of being forced to disband the corps…[George] Hopkins confided that he believed that the members needed were not going to come from the Northeast. The corps was performing poorly, and there were too many alternates for the Cadets to be attractive to local recruits. So Hopkins and colorguard instructor Jim Paradise traveled to Mississippi on their assigned mission - to recruit. 

2000 – Alumnus Joshua David Hunt

“It was finals night in horn arc warm-up when I finally realized that we had crossed into another realm of performance…It was the cut off of Rocky Point Holiday that I will remember the most. Every member turned to the next and started hugging, and some of the members had tears streaming down uncontrollably. We had conquered the night and achieved perfection as a hornline.” 

With every turn of the page, there is so much to learn, know and love about the Maroon and Gold. It’s a 75-year story you must read, and hold close as a cherished keepsake!  2009 Holy Name Cadets

Order your copy today, or as a gift for someone who knows and loves the Cadets as much as you! 



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