The Cadets announce outreach program to expose young performers to drum corps

Donation campaign launched to help teens experience Aug. 7 event

Through a program to introduce young musicians and dancers from inner city schools to the artistry of the top marching music ensembles in the world, The Cadets and Youth Education in the Arts are kicking off a month-long campaign called “The Urban Arts Project” whereby drum corps fans will be encouraged to make donations in small amounts in order to help  offset the costs for these most-deserving of students to attend the Tour of Champions Grand Finale at the New Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 7. fbgrfxfinale (6).jpg

Drum corps fans are encouraged to donate an extra dollar or two as they purchase tickets to the remaining YEA! events at the box office to help fund this pilot program.  These extra dollars will go directly towards covering the expenses associated with these young people from the urban areas of northern New Jersey to attend the event at the Meadowlands. 

Additionally, the US Scholastic Band Association will help support the project with a “Vote for Your Favorite Band Director” contest at each of the upcoming YEA! drum corps shows.  Each vote will cost $1, and the winning band director at each event will win a great prize pack of gifts from The Cadets and USSBA and be acknowledged as the “Favorite Band Director for the Day,” while the funds collected will help talented inner city teens to share in the drum corps experience. 

The more dollars raised, the more talented young people will be able to attend the Tour of Champions Grand Finale at the New Meadowlands Stadium.  The Tour of Champions Grand Finale will feature The Cadets, Blue Devils, The Cavaliers, Bluecoats, Carolina Crown, Phantom Regiment, Santa Clara Vanguard and Blue Stars performing in the magnificent New Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 7 beginning at 7:30 p.m. 

If you’re interested in more information about the “Urban Arts Project” for the Aug. 7 event, please contact Sean King at sking@yea.org.

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