Auditions this weekend as Cadets learn show music

What you need to know: Schedule, pick-ups and more!

2009 Trumpets 

Horn players and percussionists can audition for The Cadets this weekend in Woodstown, N.J. 

The Cadets return this weekend for their first camp in 2010 as the corps continues the audition process for brass and percussion players and takes on more than three minutes of show music, plus plenty of parade and encore tunes. 

The break has been long, according to Assistant Director Justin Heimbecker, recalling the cancelled December camp due to a monster snow storm that hit the East Coast. But the staff was diligent in keeping in touch with existing applicants and prior members to keep them informed and engaged, he added. 

“Seven weeks is a long time to go without a camp or rehearsal,” Heimbecker said. “It’s definitely time to get everyone back together and there is plenty on the schedule for The Cadets to get done!” 

The Cadets will learn more than three minutes of show music this weekend, according to Cadets Director George Hopkins. The brass line will complete all of Procession of Nobles and Children’s Dance while the Percussion Section will learn about half of Children’s Dance. 

In addition, parade and encore pieces such as Thriller and Bandstand Boogie will be taught. 

The weekend will be very special for returning 2009 Holy Name Cadets who will be given with their Member Medallions during a special presentation on Saturday afternoon.  Started in 2009 as part of the corps’ 75th Anniversary, members will now receive a keepsake Medallion signifying their participation in the corps. In 2010 and beyond, members will be presented the special Medallion prior to Spring Training and wear their piece within their uniform when they perform. 

Read more about the Member Medallions. 


Cadets Audition registration remains open through the corps’ Web site, or Walk-Up Registration is available beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday. CLICK HERE to read about audition requirements. 

Weekend Schedule 

Friday, Jan. 8

7:00 p.m. Registration / Unload (Souvenirs Available)

9:00 p.m. Welcome Meeting (Auditorium)

9:20 p.m. Move to Sectionals

9:30 p.m. Sectionals

12:15 a.m. Snack & Videos

1:15 a.m. Lights Out 

Saturday, Jan. 9

8:15 a.m. Wake & Breakfast

9:15 a.m. PT Introduction

9:50 a.m. Move to Sectionals

10:00 a.m. Sectionals

1:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00 p.m. Meet with Hopkins

2:50 p.m. Move to Sectionals

3:00 p.m. Sectionals

5:00 p.m. Brass Ensemble / Percussion Marching

6:30 p.m. Dinner

7:30 p.m. Sectionals / High Brass Marching

9:30 p.m. Sectionals / Low Brass Marching

11:30 p.m. Snack

12:30 a.m. Lights Out 

Sunday, Jan. 10

7:15 a.m. Wake & Breakfast

8:15 a.m. PT Session

9:05 a.m. Move to Sectionals

9:15 a.m. Sectionals

12:45 p.m. Break & Setup (Souvenirs Available)

1:15 p.m. Full Ensemble in Gym – Parents and fans welcome!

2:00 p.m. Cleanup & Load Truck & Inventory

3:00 p.m. Drivers dismissed / Bus departs 


Air Travelers:

Those traveling by air to Philadelphia International Airport should wait at the designated pick-up location after arriving. 

The pickup location for all air travelers is Terminal C, Baggage Claim F 

The pickup times are as follows: 

Friday, Jan. 8th:

7:00-7:15 p.m. BUS

8:15-8:30 p.m. VAN

9:45-10:00 p.m. VAN

11:45-12:00 a.m. VAN 

In case of changes that affect your pick-up time on the day of camp, please send a TEXT MESSAGE to Assistant Director Justin “Rudy” Heimbecker’s cell phone at (610) 357-1540 with the following: 



-Planned arrival time

-New estimated arrival time   

Traveling by car:

The directions to Woodstown High School are listed below: 


            Take Exit #4 off I-295 for Woodstown/Penns Grove

            At the end of the ramp, take Rt 48 East toward Woodstown

            After 3 miles, take a left onto Harding Road / Rt 40

            After 4.5 miles, take a left to stay on Rt 40 / Rt 45 (Wawa / Rite Aid on corner)

            After 1 mile, stay straight on Rt 40 (Rt 45 goes to the left – do not follow)

            Just past the railroad tracks, take a right onto East Wilson.

            At the end of East Wilson, take a left onto Dickinson. 

The walkway to the cafeteria will be directly in front of you. Unload your belongings into the cafeteria area, and proceed to the parking area behind the school, on the basketball courts. 

Questions about Cadets Audition Camp should be directed to Heimbecker at, or to Melissa Babalonis at, or by telephone at (610) 821-0345, Ext. 112 or 115, respectively. As of Friday, Nov. 20th, Heimbecker can be reached by cell at (610) 357-1540. 



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