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Cadets2 Dec. Camp Review: Another Step Forward

Positive feedback from members; Encourage others to check it out

As the trumpets and tubas, snares and marimbas were being loaded into the Cadets equipment trailer, the positive vibe was still running through each of the members who were part of the Cadets2 camp this weekend at South Mountain Middle School in Allentown.

Jarrad Fuoss, a trumpet from Tyrone, Penn. said, “Such an awesome weekend! Words can't even describe how excited I am for the season to come! This is going to be a great year!”  And almost to a person, the same sentiment was shared by those who will be taking to the field as a member of the inaugural class of Cadets2 in 2012.

While there was much accomplished over the weekend, the staff and members were not only beginning work on the 2012 program, but also each person in attendance knew they were taking part in something bigger.

Bass drummer, Billy Capozzi from Oak Ridge, N.J. was auditioning with the hopes to make the line posted, “I had an excellent time this weekend. It's really cool to be learning the Cadets way of doing things, from marching to playing and everything in between. Everyone was incredibly nice, and the entire staff was awesome. I'm really looking forward to January!”

While the brass and percussion were getting down to business, seven potential candidates for the position of Cadets2 drum major were going through a series of auditions and interviews.  Abby Molen, a sophomore at the University of Delaware commented on her experience from camp saying, “I learned SO much in the drum major auditions, I can't wait for next camp to see what happens next!

One after another after another of positive comments have been streaming into the Cadets2 office as the staff debriefs the accomplishments and makes plans for the next camp and for 2012.

Your next chance to be part of something so exciting, so new and original comes on the weekend of January 21-22.  Eric Kitchenman added, “It’s no secret we are working very hard to put together a quality experience for a full line of brass.  We are very encouraged by the pool of talent that we have particularly in trumpet and mellophone, however we do have a definite need for baritones and tubas and will be increasing our recruitment efforts over the coming weeks to find those low brass players who want to have a remarkable experience in Cadets2 this summer.”

Kitchenman will be joined by Program Coordinator Rich Hammond to tour high schools in the region over the coming weeks as part of the “Cadets2 Road Show” meeting with band directors and potential members who are interested in following the pathway to Cadets2.  First up will be a trip to Central Penn. on Tuesday, Dec. 20 and then a trip to schools in the Philadelphia suburbs on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

The next Cadets2 camp is scheduled for January 21-22 tentatively scheduled for the Allentown region again.  A confirmed location will be announced very shortly.  If you would like to register for camp, please visit  Or if you have specific questions regarding camp or memberships, please contact Melissa Barlow at or 610.821.0345 ext 115.

Matt Bronson a percussion hopeful from South Glastonbury, Conn. may have said it best in summarizing the entire camp “This camp was an even greater experience than the last. I can already tell this is the making of something to have pride in.”

Why not follow your passion and become a member of the inaugural class of Cadets2?  The legacy begins here and now.


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