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Day One of Cadets2 a Success

Strong Turnout for First-Ever Sessions

The first day of Cadets2 rehearsals went well into the evening as over 100 young men and women assembled at Upper Darby High School in Drexel Hill, Penn for a day of playing, movement and most importantly, learning from some of the best instructional staff anywhere; many with ties either teaching or marching in the 10-time World Champion Cadets.

While the students were in rehearsal blocks, the creative team met to discuss plans for the inaugural program choices for the corps to bring to the field in the summer of 2012.  Eric Kitchenman corps director said, “We’re exploring many different avenues for the program in 2012. Needless to say, there is a vast pool of literature to draw from, yet we want to be respectful of the tradition already established by The Cadets.  We will be meeting over the coming weeks to make final decisions, probably in time for the next camp in December.”  Watch for any deails or announcements on the 2012 program at the Cadets2 site at or on the official Facebook page

George Hopkins, CEO of YEA!, the parent organization of The Cadets and Cadets2 was on hand to take part in the programming discussions as well as oversee the first days of rehearsals.  Hopkins said of the day, “As expected, we had a full complement of drummers participating.  We will be working to continue our recruiting efforts in brass and guard, however with the youthful excitement and enthusiasm surrounding the corps, it will be easy to build upon the buzz from this first weekend.”

The schedule for Sunday’s abbreviated rehearsal is as follows.


8 am — Breakfast

9 am — Stretch / Stamina

10 am — Sectionals

1 pm — Snack & Setup

1:30 pm — Show and Tell

2 pm — Cleanup

3 pm — Dismissal

The winter rehearsal schedule continues on the weekend of December 17-18.  Details on the location of the camp will be forthcoming.

For more information on how you can become part of Cadets2 as a marching member in 2012, please visit or contact Melissa Barlow at or at 610.821.0345 ext 115.


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