Cadets Camp: Drill, drum majors, plus YEA! MAY DAY

Weekend details; LIVE Broadcast on Sunday, May 1


Camp this weekend for The Cadets includes a LIVE Broadcast from ensemble on Sunday, May 1 for YEA! MAY DAY, plus a drum majors clinic and the colorguard returns for final auditions.

The Cadets will meet for one final rehearsal camp this weekend before they return May 14 for Move In and to kick off the summer that will very likely change their lives! And you better believe it’s going to be a very busy two days as the corps is scheduled to complete three minutes of drill, host more than 20 high school and college drum majors for a workshop, and present a LIVE BROADCAST direct from ensemble rehearsal as part of YEA! May Day on Sunday, May 1.

Camp falls during Round One of the Chase Community Giving Campaign and Youth Education in the Arts, the corps’ parent organization, is in the running to win $25,000 and up to $500,000 should the non-profit advance to Round Two. As part of that effort, The Cadets will present a LIVE Broadcast at 1:15 p.m., EST, to celebrate YEA! May Day, and all the programs of YEA! while rallying supporters to vote in Chase!


“We know it’s not easy to get to Woodstown, N.J., to hear The Cadets,” said George Hopkins, director of the corps. “So as part of YEA! May Day, we are bringing The Cadets to you! While you’re online watching the corps present some of their exciting summer program, ‘Between Angels and Demons,’ we ask you to vote for YEA! in the Chase, and invite your friends to, as well. The potential for the organization should we win is huge, but we need your help to do it!”

CLICK HERE or on the button to vote today for YEA! in the Chase Community Giving Campaign.

The LIVE Broadcast begins at 1:15 p.m., EST, and will be accessible through The Cadets web page,  Hear segments of ‘Between Angels and Demons,’ plus other select pieces in The Cadets encore repertoire. Live interviews with staff about the show concept will be held along with the very special announcement of who will be the newest inductees in the Cadets Hall of Fame.

On Saturday, April 30, The Cadets and the US Scholastic Band Association, another program of YEA!, present ‘For Drum Majors Only,’ a workshop led by former and current Cadets drum majors for high school and college aged students who are looking to serve in that role in the coming season. Registration for the workshop remains open and walk-ups are welcome, according to Eric Kitchenman, director of education for YEA!.

“This day-long workshop is ideal for current or aspiring drum majors. Conducting, communication, attitude and more are on the agenda, presented by some of the Cadets most respected and talented drum majors, past and present,” Kitchenman said.


Camp this weekend also welcomes back the colorguard that has been away as a whole since November 2010 auditions. Short rehearsal blocks for colorguard performers were held during two camps this winter, but they were not mandatory. Auditions for colorguard pick back up this weekend, according to Justin Heimbecker, assistant director of The Cadets, and as always, walk ins are welcome!

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All camp attendees are asked to check in at the registration table in the cafeteria between 7-9 p.m.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, April 29

7:00 pm Registration & Unload at Woodstown High School
9:00 pm Welcome Meeting in High School Gym
9:25 pm Move to Sectionals at High School / Shoemaker
9:30 pm Sectionals at High School / Shoemaker
12:00 am Snack at High School
1:00 am Lights Out at High School 

Saturday, April 30
7:30 am Wake & Breakfast
8:30 am The Day at Field
8:35 am PT Session at Field
9:20 am Move to Sectionals at High School / Shoemaker
9:30 am Sectionals at High School / Shoemaker
1:00 pm Lunch at High School
2:00 pm Marching at Field
4:45 pm Fruit & Juice Break at Field
5:00 pm Marching, Continued
7:30 pm Dinner
8:30 pm Hop Meeting at High School
9:15 pm Move to Sectionals at High School / Shoemaker
9:30 pm Sectionals at High School / Shoemaker
12:00 am Snack at High School
1:00 am Lights Out at High School 

Sunday, May 1 - YEA! MAY DAY
7:30 am Wake & Breakfast
8:30 am The Day at Field
8:35 am PT Session at Field
9:05 am Move to Sectionals
9:15 am Sectionals at Shoemaker / High School
1:00 pm Set-up
2:00 pm Finished – Clean & Load
@3:00 pm Bus depart from High School / Drivers Dismissed


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. 

In case of changes that affect your pick-up time on the day of camp, please send a TEXT MESSAGE (Please NO voicemails!) to Assistant Director Justin “Rudy” Heimbecker’s cell phone at (610) 357-1540 with the following: 

-Planned arrival time
-New estimated arrival time

The pickup times are as follows:

6:15 PM BUS
7:00 PM VAN
7:45 PM VAN
8:45 PM VAN
9:45 PM VAN
11:30 PM VAN
12:00 AM VAN

8:30 AM VAN
10:30 AM VAN

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.

Please park personal vehicles in the front loop of the school, or along the side of the school. Make sure no personal vehicles are parked in the back lot outside the cafeteria on Sunday morning. 

Questions about camp should be directed to Heimbecker at, or to Melissa Barlow at, or by telephone at (610) 821-0345, Ext. 112 or 115, respectively. As of Friday, April 29, Heimbecker can be reached by cell at (610) 357-1540.


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