Looking forward to camp this weekend

Center Snare Ian Wudyka shares positive insight regarding this year's drum line

With the second audition camp this weekend, the faces of The 2012 Cadets are beginning to fill in.40561_1422099872836_1242870196_31260579_1708167_n.jpg

Members of the color guard are off dancing and spinning in their respective indoor winter programs, but the brass and percussion will reconvene at Woodstown High School in Woodstown, N.J. on Friday night to start learning the music of 12.25.

Ian Wudyka is The Cadets’ center snare (drum line section leader) for the second year in a row. He joined The Cadets snare line in 2009 after marching a year with the Spartans in 2007. His lovely sister, Vanessa Wudyka, 21, was also a Cadet from 2008 to 2011 and just aged out as section leader of The Cadets front ensemble (CPit). At just 19 years old, Ian still has three years of maroon and gold ahead of him.

“The Cadets drum line is an extremely important and special part of me and anyone involved” Ian said. “I love to work hard. After I finish a rehearsal a full day, and finally a whole season, I know that I contributed my personal best to the group’s success. This is easier said than done, but that's why all the way from the November camp until August, every moment with the drum line means something. I would say the most challenging part of being a Cadet is how it is like a full time job on top of classes, homework, practicing and normal life. But, once you find out how to integrate it into your schedule, it’s so rewarding.”


While this year’s color guard is very “old” (in terms of Cadets experience), the horn line is fairly evenly divided between vets and rookies, and more than half of the front ensemble is made up of veterans, the drum line is extremely young in Cadet years. As of right now, there are three returning bass drum vets, one tenor and one snare, leaving space for two or three new bass drummers, four new tenor drummers and eight new snare drummers.

Those numbers look a little daunting, but the section leader is nothing but positive: “Luckily, the new talent is incredible this year,” Ian said. “At the first audition camp there were about 40 snare drummers, 15 tenor drummers and 15 bass drummers.”

He also pointed out that many college students were unable to attend the November camp due to marching band commitments at football games, so he expects even more new talent this weekend.

“This year’s audition camp was a lot different than those of the past few years” Ian said. “After a championship year, it seems like a new crowd of people started to look into The Cadets, which is a great thing! I’ve noticed that many people from other drum corps are now considering The Cadets. And recruiting before the first camp was extremely well-done by the leadership team and the staff.”

While the November and December camps both fall into the “audition camp” category, December is noticeably more geared towards the show. “The November camp is a time when we are really focused on technique and setting the foundation of another Cadet corps, so last month the drum line began to work on a few new exercises and additions to what we play,” Ian said.


Since then, this year’s show has been announced, and the design team has begun to orchestrate a whole new year of staple Cadets pageantry. So, in addition to playing and marching alongside world champions, this weekend’s audionees will get to perform the first drafts of the music of 12.25 and begin writing another chapter in this corps’ history. Once you’re a Cadet, you’re always a Cadet, and for each spot that gets filled this weekend, a new face takes on the title of “defending world champion.


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