Cadets learn nearly four minutes of show music at camp

Physical training, Medallions and auditions round out weekend

Cadets Jan Ensemble

The Cadets play during ensemble rehearsal on Sunday, Jan. 10th in Woodstown, N.J. Below, 2009 members receive their Member Medallions from Cadets Director George Hopkins. (Photos courtesy of John Keegan and Scotty McGarry)

The Cadets may have lost time together in December due to a mega snow storm that hit the East Coast, but they didn’t miss a beat making up for it this past weekend as the corps learned nearly four minutes of their summer program, launched a physical training regimen and completed the audition process to fill out the 2010 brass and percussion lines. null

“We welcomed back many returning members and November applicants, as well as quite a few new faces,” said Assistant Director Justin Heimbecker. “The December cancellation only increased the level of excitement and those sections pushed through auditions, physical training and physical evaluations.” 

The Cadets learned all of Procession of Nobles and Children’s Dance, both pieces a part of the summer field program. Nearly a dozen tunes are among the corps’ parade and encore repertoire, several of which were tackled during camp held in Woodstown, N.J., Heimbecker added. 

A special and poignant moment was had by returning members who were part of the 2009 Holy Name Cadets when they were presented their Member Medallions by Cadets Director George Hopkins 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. 

Heading deep into Winter 

The Cadets return in late January for their third camp of the season to be held Jan. 29-31st at Woodstown High School in Woodstown, N.J. Brass musicians who missed auditions can still try out for a slot with the corps via video submission. Contact Heimbecker by email at, or by telephone at (610) 821-0345, Ext. 112. 

Cadets should RSVP to the next January camp by CLICKING HERE.


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