Cadets Christmas camp this weekend

12.25 theme makes Dec. 9-11 rehearsal extra special

xmas treeThe physical training part of The Cadets' regimen make take a back seat very briefly this weekend as the volunteer food crew bakes up some Christmas cookies and serves up candy canes and eggnog for this year’s Christmas camp to be held Friday, Dec. 9 through Sunday, Dec. 11 as the corps immerses itself in the ’12.25’ theme.

Woodstown High School in Woodstown, N.J. may be 4,149 miles from the North Pole, but for this weekend the school will become the hub of the holidays as The Cadets begin work on their 2012 program “12.25” in earnest this weekend.

Rumor has it ugly sweater contests, caroling and other holiday-themed experiences await camp goers which are made up of returning veterans, first-time auditionees and those who were invited to return to the corps’ second winter camp after a successful audition camp in November. Perhaps there might even be an appearance by the big man in red with the legendary beard!

Corps Director George Hopkins reports, “We’ll begin learning the first two minutes of music for the 2012 show this weekend which is always an exciting time for the staff and the members. The creative team has been hard at work with charts for the ‘12.25’ program, and we anticipate a great deal of work to be done this weekend through meetings and extended conversations, as we bring the show closer into focus.”

The corps is still on the lookout for brass players including mellophones, baritones and tubas, while a few select positions remain open in the snare and tenor sections as well.

Patrick Duncan, The Cadets tour director, added, “If you are sitting on the sidelines in one of these sections, now is the time to jump in and take the step to becoming a member for 2012. We’ve had excellent turn-outs and a lot of returning veterans in some sections, but if you’re a bari, mello or tuba, this camp is your best chance to nail down a slot in what’s sure to be another Cadets classic show.”

If you haven’t registered yet for camp, there’s still time to do so at If you have questions about the upcoming camp, please contact Melissa Barlow at, or at 610-821-0345 ext. 115.


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