Momentum picks up as Cadets' Move-In draws closer

Guard returns on Friday when open auditions continue

The Cadets colorguard returns to camp next weekend for the continuation of open auditions.

The debut performance of the 2010 Cadets isn’t until June 18, but in just 22-days, the 76th version of the corps will muster in Johnstown, Pa., for Spring Training. Until then, the pace at the corps’ office in Allentown, Pa., is steadily increasing with camp and Move-In preparations, volunteer recruitment, informational Webinars for donors and fans, and a lengthy list of initiatives that signify the season is right around the corner!

The Cadets return for their final rehearsal camp on April 30-May 2 and, at that time, will welcome back colorguard performers for open auditions. While the horn and percussion sections have met monthly, this will be the first colorguard rehearsal since the first round of auditions in November 2009.

The corps will also audition hornplayers at camp for alternate positions, said Assistant Director Justin Heimbecker.

Details are also being finalized for the first in a series of Cadets Experience clinics in Woodstown, N.J. On May 1, high school and college student band leaders are invited to attend The Cadets Leadership Experience. This clinic, being held in conjunction with The Cadets rehearsal, is designed to give students the skills and tools they need to be successful leading their bands next fall. The program will be led by student leadership expert Scott Lang. Read More on The Cadets Experience Presented by the USSBA. 

“This clinic doesn’t just have a new name,” said Heimbecker. “We’ve been fortunate to take some great input from USSBA band directors, past participants, as well as Cadets staff and members, all in an effort to provide the perfect combination of education and fun.”

Other Cadet ACTION!

While camp, Move-In on May 15 and nearly five weeks of Spring Training are high on the radar; other shorter term initiatives are also keeping things hopping!

Six trumpet players will come to Allentown this weekend to play in a community event, the opening of the New Beginnings Here and Now Performing Arts Center. Proudly representing the corps, decked out in Maroon and Gold, will be Ben Hayes, Eli Mudrick, Jordan Fisch, Stephen Wales, David Kile and Andrew Odenhahl.

Then on May 9, nearly a dozen Cadets from various sections will arrive in Allentown to work at the Youth Education in the Arts’ office for one week. Their efforts will assist those members in earning money towards their tour expenses, said Heimbecker.

Informational Webinars have also taken center stage. During the recent ramp up, the Cadets’ admin team has dedicated itself to keeping members, donors and volunteers informed of the coming season, and what The Cadets’ summer production ‘Toy Souldier’ will entail.

A Webinar featuring former drum majors this month inspired the membership while another virtual meeting for nearly 75 donors and volunteers on Tuesday offered a glimpse into another innovative field show for The Cadets!

The Cadets plan to release more details about ‘Toy Souldier’ in the coming weeks.

And next Wednesday, April 28, a volunteer orientation Webinar will be held. For details, email Heimbecker at



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