The Cadets design team sets the stage for 2012

Planning meeting in Philly proves successful

On Sunday, September 11th, the Cadets Design team met in Philadelphia to discuss programming for 2012.

Discussions began with a good two hour review of the positives and negatives regarding the program this past year, why it worked and what could be learned.

According to Jay Bocook, brass arranger and DCI and Cadets Hall of Fame member, "We work each year to come up with entertaining and yet, challenging programs and some years, things seem to click.”  Bocook continued, “What clearly worked for people was the fact that the show was so clear in intent. We all knew what the program was about, most every minute. We also saw that in addition to the demand, the fast paced drill and all that makes us the Cadets, what really seemed to elevate the program was the ballad and large portions of the closer. Here, emotion, seemed to make all of the difference.”


Joining in the spirited conversation with Jay were, Colin McNutt (Percussion Arranger). Gino Cipriani (Brass Caption Supervisor), Jeff Sacktig (Visual Designer), George Hopkins ( Director and Program Coordinator) and Bruno Zuccala (Program Consultant). Unfortunately, Greg Lagola, color guard and costume designer, was unable to attend due to illness.

The conversations raged for hours and finally, during a walk through the streets of Philadelphia, and in a rather odd stream of consciousness exchange that included David Holsinger, Amelia Earhart, Snoopy and the Red Baron, the direction was agreed upon.

The working title for the show will be  "Pearl Harbor." 

Music was discussed, a general theme was agreed to, and all were given listening assignments for the coming weeks, however it is important to note, the music is NOT from the movie of the same name.

Watch for future discussions including video footage capturing design meetings and a continued peek inside the process of developing a program, at least here at the 10-time World Champion Cadets.

The Cadets begin rehearsals November 18-20 with the first audition camp in the Philadelphia area. For information, you can register here..  Audition packs will be available in the next few weeks.

For information regarding The Cadets, write to Melissa Babalonis Barlow at or at 610.821.0345 ext 115.


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