March rehearsal includes Brass Arranger Jay Bocook

Camp details; trumpets and baritone players still welcome

The Cadets battery has marching rehearsal during February's camp. The corps meets again this weekend in Woodstown, N.J. (Photo courtesy of Harry Heidelmark)  

The Cadets meet this weekend in Woodstown, N.J., for rehearsals that will focus on music revisions and a visit from long time Brass Arranger Jay Bocook. The camp will be the first time Bocook has heard the corps in person since they began learning his arrangements for the 2010 program. 

“The Cadets have a packed schedule and having Jay coming to hear in person the progress being made is very exciting for the corps,” said Justin Heimbecker, Assistant Director of The Cadets. “No doubt, it will be a productive weekend.” 

A lengthy list of music will be rehearsed, including program pieces Procession of the Nobles, Children’s Dance from Merry Mount and School for Scandal. Encore and parades tunes to be worked include Bandstand Boogie, Easter Ballad, Rocky Point Holliday, Philip Bliss, Appalachian Spring, Thriller and the National Anthem

It’s still not too late for interested trumpet and baritone players to become a Cadet. Several openings remain and skilled players are invited to attend camp to audition. Contact Heimbecker directly to inquire about auditioning. 

Also on tap this weekend is filming by new videographer Jessica Reynolds for the Cadets All Access series. Family and fans should stay close to for upcoming All Access episodes and footage! 


Registration begins at 7 p.m. on Friday in the school gymnasium. 

Weekend Schedule:

Friday, March 26

7:00 pm Registration, Souvenirs available

9:00 pm Welcome Meeting

9:30 pm Move to Sectionals

9:45 pm Sectionals / Foodservice Safety Training

12:15 am Snack & Videos

1:15 am Lights Out 

Saturday, March 27

8:15 am Wake & Breakfast

9:15 am PT Session in Gymnasium

10:05 am Move to Sectionals

10:15 am Sectionals

12:30 pm Percussion move to marching

2:00 pm Lunch

3:00 pm Brass Marching

6:30 pm Dinner (check departure lists; pit move to gym)

7:30 pm Meet with Hopkins

8:20 pm Move to Sectionals

8:30 pm Sectionals

10:30 pm Full Brass Ensemble

12:00 am Snack

1:00 am Lights Out 

Sunday, March 28

7:30 am Wake & Breakfast

8:30 am PT Session in Gymnasium

9:10 am Move to Sectionals

9:15 am Sectionals

12:15 pm Break & Setup, Souvenirs available

12:30 pm Full Ensemble in Gym – Parents Welcome!

2:00 pm Cleanup & Load Truck

3:00 pm 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 on Friday and Saturday are as follows: 


7:15 - 7:30 PM BUS

7:45 PM VAN

8:15 PM VAN

10:00 PM VAN

11:00 PM VAN


8:45 AM VAN

11:00 AM VAN  

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

  • -Name
  • -Section
  • -Planned arrival time
  • -New estimated arrival time   

Traveling by car:

The directions to Woodstown High School are 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 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, March 26, Heimbecker can be reached by cell at (610) 357-1540.


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