TODAY: The Cadets Present: At the At NJMEA Convention

Four great sessions, one great price FREE to all NJMEA attendees!

 

Larry Markiewicz works with student at a clinic last fall. Markiewicz is one of many Cadets staff members leading clinics this weekend at the New Jersey Music Educators Association Annual Conference.

When: Saturday, Feb. 26, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: The Hilton – New Brunswick, N.J. 
15th Floor, The Navesink Room  

Welcome folks to the NJMEA Convention this coming Thursday through Saturday at the Hilton Hotel in beautiful New Brunswick, N.J.  As you know, this is the annual gathering of Music Educators from Ramapo to Gibbsboro, and from shore to mountains!  

We here at The Cadets are thrilled to be able to offer a few sessions for the music educators of the Garden State. Thanks to assistance and support from the great folks at YAMAHA, we provide this and any other assistance possible for no charge. We are here to assist, to answer questions, and to be a resource. Thanks to Roger Eaton and all of the great folks at YAMAHA Band and Orchestra for making this possible!  

Due to communication issues on my side, the offerings this year are a bit different than has ben advertised. This is my fault. The folks of NJMEA have been gracious in their work and we are thankful. That said, we had some coordination challenges as some of my folks were out of town; like, in Mexico! 

We do hope you will join us. Spread the word! We are ready to go! And, get this …for everyone who attends our workshops, we will provide two free tickets to drum corps summer events to be held on June 25 in Union N.J., and July 6 at the College of New Jersey! 

Here are the sessions and the plan for the day  

Your Host: George Hopkins, director of the Cadets; CEO of Youth Education in the Arts  

Session #1 – A Marching Program That Works
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Presented by Eric Kitchenman and Christen Fleming

Eric is the drill designer and leader for the North Penn High School band for years and years. He has also designed and instructed the Crossmen, The Cadets, the Reading Buccaneers and many other corps and bands. 

Christen is a member of the Cadets visual team as well as a high school instructor. Her background in dance gives her a unique perspective to the world of movement. 

In one hour we will discuss what the band director needs to know about the world of marching technique. From the basics block to advanced ideas that will assist you in providing leadership in this area of the marching band. 

Session #2 – An Outdoors Wind Program
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Presented my Larry Markiewicz and Jarrett Lipman  

Larry is the band director of the Bridgewater-Raritan High School marching band as well as a member of The Cadets Brass Staff. 

Jarrett is the band director at Johnson High School in San Antonio, Texas and a member of the Cadets Brass Staff. 

Larry and Jarrett will take you through the methodology used by The Cadets and other outdoor ensembles in developing a more mature wind ensemble. The techniques are not that difficult but the results can be positive in short time. 

Session #3 -- HOW THE HECK CAN WE PLAY TOGETHER?
11:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Presented by Larry Markiewicz and George Hopkins  

Drill design and fast paced movement can make it very difficult for the ensemble to play in unison these days! But there is a method to the madness. Find out what to do, and what not to do to get those wind and percussion to align and play as one! 

Session #4 – PLUG IT IN! 
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Presented by Gerry Miller  

Gerry is the band director of Wakeland High School, in the great state of Texas as well as a member of the Cadets Music Team. For four years now, Gerry has kept The Cadets powered up and in balance from coast to coast.  

Electronics and the marching band can be a great marriage or a crisis of noise and frustration. Come in and talk equipment, speakers, mikes, amps and all you will need to know to be stress free this fall. 

These four clinics are presented by the Cadets and Youth Education in the Arts.  

YEA! affords young members the opportunity to participate in some of the most prestigious events in the world. Each year YEA! members participate in numerous high profile ceremonies celebrating sporting events and political inaugurations as well as movie premieres and television commercials. YEA! performers have most recently performed with recording acts such as Shania Twain and Destiny's Child, appeared on MTV, the Late Show with David Letterman and the Today Show, as well as being featured performers in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  YEA! has also provided ensembles for professional sports teams including the New York Jets, New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets.

In the organization's illustrious history, YEA! performers have had the unique experience to appear most notably at the Summer Olympic Games, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the World Cup and other notable national and international sporting events.

While amassing a long and storied tradition, YEA! groups have been recognized as World Champions in various disciplines. Over 750 members have had the experience of winning gold medals for their performances, quite possibly an honor they would not be able to realize in any other part of their lives.

YEA! invites the world of tomorrow and makes a huge difference in the lives of thousands of young people each year. Within the programs of YEA! young people gain an edge. They learn to cooperate, they learn to set goals, they work long and hard and they learn what it takes to be a success!

 

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