Four Virginia Cadets Have High Hopes

Richmond-area musicians dream championship

Today is the first day of the Drum Corps International Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. and four young Richmond-area musicians are in the thick of it.

The Cadets show, "Between Angels and Demons," has been scoring high all summer. On Saturday night, they hope their hard work will result in The Cadets 10th World Championship. Forty-one corps are competing to be named world champions.

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The four Virgina Cadets are among eight musicians from Virginia marching in The Cadets. Over the years they've won 19 national and world titles and they are enjoying their most successful season since their last world title in 2005. The 150 marching members have been working hard since last fall.

Tuba player Kevin O'Brien, from Henrico, played in the band at Douglas Freeman and was a singer in the All Saints Choir of Men & Boys and will graduate this year from UVa. Wise with a degree in music.

Gabrielle Vita, in the color guard, is from Fredericksburg. She went to Riverbend High School and now attends VCU. She said, and the others agreed, that there's more to drum corps than rehearsing and performing.

Patrick Smith II, a baritone player, went to King George High School and will enter James Madison University in the fall. He's in his second year as a Cadet.

Another James Madison student, Mike Phillips from Yorktown High, is also a baritone player but not a music major. He chose the Cadets for, among other things, their work ethic.

Listen to their story.


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