Virtual meeting features drum majors as special guests

2010 Cadets Webinar goes from ordinary to extraordinary!

The 2010 Cadets were greeted with a surprise Wednesday night when they logged on to the member Webinar. While there was housekeeping and expectations outlined for the upcoming April rehearsal camp from the corps’ administration, there were also poignant words of wisdom from five former drum majors who joined the meeting as first time special guests. 

Brad Green, Michael Klesch, Dave Millen, Rich Armstrong and Jim Zulick, drum majors that range from 2005 to the early-1980s, provided inspiring words on what being part of the Maroon and Gold can mean, and how it translates to life beyond a World Class drum corps. 

“It was definitely a scary experience coming from the colorguard and becoming drum major,” said Jim Zulick, The Cadets 2005 drum major. “I commend Will (Plenk) for helping me along. But if I were to tell you anything, it would be to not take any of your time with the corps for granted. Take every moment for what it’s worth. The hardest day you have (this summer) will be the most memorable one later on.” 

The corps’ administration invited the former drum majors to participate on the call for the first time as a test run to see if it fosters something more meaningful for the members. 

Michael Klesch, drum major in 1983, and Rich Armstrong, 1984-1986, took the work ethic they learned while being Cadets, and the leadership skills developed as drum majors, into their professional careers and every day attempt to translate those philosophies to the students they teach. Klesch continues to work for World Class drum corps and Armstrong is a band director south of Dallas, Texas. 

“I piggybacked off the great things Michael did before me,” Armstrong said. “I came to the corps with the concept to do my best and those things were reinforced, from how we wear our uniform, how we rehearse, to how we perform. Everything you do, you do your best. Those seven years with The Cadets have definitely stayed with me and I try to teach children that work ethic.” 

For Dave Millen, drum major in 2000, the skills he gained as a leader have helped guide him today as a professional in audio production and while he pursues his masters degree in New York. 

“I learned to look at my weaknesses,” Millen said. “In the end, it will help you become a more well-rounded person.”

Rehearsal Camp Approaches, Select Horn Spots Remain 

The Cadets return for their final rehearsal camp on April 30-May 2 before the corps moves in for Spring Training starting May 15. A special Leadership Camp for high school drum majors and band captains will be held in conjunction with the camp at Woodstown High School in Woodstown, N.J. CLICK HERE for information. 

Extenuating circumstances have opened up several positions in the hornline and skilled players are encouraged to attend to audition. For more information, contact Justin Heimbecker at Justin@yea.org, or by telephone at (610) 821-0345, Ext. 112.

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