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Cadets2 Conclude Feb. Camp and Announce a Big Change

Leadership role changes as corps moves to next level

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Cadets2  have seven minutes of music completed as of February 12 and are looking forward with great anticipation to the beginning of their first summer of appearances across the Eastern United States.

The corps had a successful weekend putting together "To Tame the Perilous Skies" this past weekend at South Mountain Middle School in Allentown PA.  A bit of weather kept attendance down a bit, but thirty brass and a full percussion line were on hand for the majority of the weekend.

Summer is fast approaching and at this juncture, it looks like the first appearance for Cadets2 will be at a special YEA! weekend from June 7- 10 in Allentown and North Jersey. Other highlights include a trip to Massachusetts to perform alongside the Cadets from June 30 to July 4, and their first competitive appearance on July 14 in Clifton, NJ.

However, before the plans can take flight for the summer of 2012, a change in the leadership of Cadets2 was announced late Sunday evening.

George Hopkins, the CEO of Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) parent organization of Cadets2 released the following statement.

"Sunday evening, Eric Kitchenman was asked to step aside as director of Cadets2.  Although my reasoning is of a professional  nature, I do not feel it is appropriate to share my detailed reasoning.

I have great respect for Eric. He has been at Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) for close to two years and has held a number of positions.  This tenure does not include many prior years with the Cadets and the Crossmen, where again, Eric assisted with distinction. As much as I hoped he would be able to lead Cadets2 to the greatest of heights, my evaluation leads to be to the conclusion that a more intense; or let's call it aggressive approach is required.  We have been in operation now for four months and all indications point to definite challenges. Action is required so that this new unit takes off at full speed.

Eric has been offered another role in YEA! but not within the Cadets2 management team .  Eric and I will be meeting Tuesday to discuss future possibilities and more details will follow.  As for the future, I will be assuming the role of director of Cadets2 on an interim basis. At the same time, we will be interviewing for a new director for the program.  As you might guess, I have some ideas. There will also be an adjustment of roles where Melissa Barlow and Rich Hammond  take a more active role in the organization."

Look for more information on the new management plan for the Cadets2 to be announced in the next few days and weeks.

The next weekend of rehearsals for Cadets2 is scheduled for March 3-4 at South Mountain Middle School in Allentown, Pa.

If you are interested in participating in Cadets2 write to Melissa at melissa@yea.org  or at 610.821.0345 ext 115.

 

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