Announcing The Cadets Experience Presented by the USSBA

New clinic series puts students more in touch with corps

The Cadets are excited to announce a new series of interactive educational events, The Cadets Experience Presented by the USSBA. This series of events is designed to provide high school students, current college music majors and band directors with the opportunity to learn from the staff of the The Cadets Drum Corps while participating in educational experiences with the members of the drum corps.

The series kicks-off on Saturday, May 1 at Woodstown High School in Woodstown, N.J., with The Cadets Leadership Experience. This clinic, being held in conjunction with The Cadets May Rehearsal Camp, is designed to give high school student leaders the tools they need to be successful leading their bands next fall. The program will be led by student leadership expert Scott Lang.

Participants in this special event will have the opportunity to work with Cadets Drum Major Ben Pouncey, meet and talk with the section leaders of The Cadets, and see the corps in rehearsal. The curriculum will include basic conducting and student leadership essentials.

 “Don't miss this opportunity to make your 2010 student leadership team the best ever,” said Justin Heimbecker, Performing Ensembles Director for Youth Education in the Arts. “Scott's innovative approach to the leader-training process, combined with an extraordinary workshop with The Cadets, promises to make an immediate and lasting impact on your student leaders. They will be challenged to put their words into action and prove their leadership worth. This is the perfect way to prepare your student leaders for success while allowing them the opportunity to see The Cadets in action!”

The cost for this one day event is $40. Group rates of 10 or more are $35. The day runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and lunch is included in the registration fee.

Click here to register for the May 1 clinic.


The Cadets Experience Presented by the USSBA continues this summer with a series of educational clinics during The Cadets Summer Tour. “Formerly known as Music is Cool, our 2010 clinics feature a new curriculum to allow more access to the members of The Cadets and maximize the time with the staff of the corps. The curriculum includes a half day with The Cadets, an afternoon performance with the corps, and a ticket to the show that evening,” Heimbecker said. “We are also excited to offer a special event in Iowa as we partner with local music camps and other events in the area.”

Scott Lang
For almost a decade, Scott Lang has been educating and entertaining student and adult audiences of all ages through his workshops and keynote presentations. Large and small venues alike, Lang consistently finds creative ways to ensure laughter in learning as he provides attendees the tools necessary to deal with their own lives, their organizations, or their schools. He not only gives an insightful educational presentation, but also provides his audiences direction on how to implement their new-found knowledge into action. Lang’s workshops are a perfect companion to his keynote presentations and can be customized and/or created to meet your organization’s needs.
Lang received his Bachelor of Music Education in the Fall of 1988 and completed his Masters Degree in Secondary Educational Administration in 1996.  He has taught in the secondary school setting in East Los Angeles, Calif., and Tempe, Ariz.  During his professional tenure, his bands performed at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship, the Arizona Music Educator’s Convention and MENC’s Biennial Conference with the CANADIAN BRASS. In 2003, Lang was named as one of “50 Directors Who Care” by SBO magazine.
Lang is the author of Leadership Success, Leadership Travel Guide, and Leadership Survival Guide, all dealing with the development of student leadership and available through GIA Publications.

The Cadets Experience Presented by the USSBA, summer dates include:

  • TBA – Johnstown, Pa. – Noon to 5 p.m.
  • June 18 – Allentown, Pa. – Noon to 5 p.m.
  • July 1 – Greendale, Wis.  – Noon to 5 p.m.
  • July 7 – Pella, Iowa – Noon to 5 p.m.
  • Aug. 8 - Clifton, N.J. -  Noon to 5 p.m.

More dates are being considered and will be announced as locations are confirmed.

“The newly reformatted Cadets Experience is a great opportunity for high school band students to spend a day in the life of The Cadets as they prepare for the upcoming marching band season,” said Sean King, Director of the US Scholastic Band Association. “The USSBA’s role as a presenting partner allows for the two organizations to reinforce the fact we are the only organization that performs and produces events on a national stage. What we learn with The Cadets is shared with the USSBA, and vice versa, making for an educational experience for students and educators unlike any in America.”

The clinic is open to all sections of the band - brass, woodwinds, drumline, front ensemble and colorguard.  Participants will have the opportunity to meet members of The Cadets, hear from the section leaders and drum major of the corps, and will take classes from the staff of the corps. All participants in The Cadets Experience will perform with the corps at the end of the day.

The cost to attend The Cadets Experience is $35 per student and includes an Experience t-shirt and ticket to the evening drum corps show should there be one scheduled at that location. The group rate for groups of 20 or more is $30 per student.

For those registering before May 15 a special early-bird rate of $25 per student is available.


For more information or group sales, contact Melissa Babalonis at or by telephone at (610) 821-0345, Ext. 115.


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