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Young Lehigh Valley Musicians Encouraged to Attend Cadets2 Camp

Allentown and Surrounding Area; This Camp's for You

"When the idea first surfaced for the 10-time World Champion Cadets to create a new program in the form of a weekend-only, regionally based drum corps, giving local students the opportunity to be a part of Cadets2 was a large reason for the undertaking," said Eric Kitchenman in speaking about the first few steps Cadets2 is taking this winter as the corps prepares for its debut next summer.


"We have finally found a location in the Lehigh Valley thanks to the Allentown School District, that hopefully can become our home base of operations, which in turn will entice many more members from within 30 minutes of Allentown to give us a try," Kitchenman said.

The second camp in the history of Cadets2 is going to be held this weekend in Allentown at South Mountain Middle School beginning Saturday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. and will run through Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. The rehearsals, while drawing members from as far away as Maryland, Virginia and Connecticut, will give prospective local members a chance to come out and be part of something very special in its very first year.

Rich Hammond, program coordinator for Cadets2, said in speaking of the corps outreach into the community, "We want to build this program for the members of the community and show them what we, and they can do.  We are graced with some tremendous music programs in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding regions, and we want to make sure they know about us and can check us out to help develop their skills and create a tradition of success in the image of The Cadets."

Lehigh Valley residents between the ages of 16 and 25 who are interested in participating in Cadets2 should contact Melissa Barlow at or at 610-821-0345 ext. 115. For more information on Cadets2, please visit


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