2012 Cadets Hall of Fame Voting Now Underway

Nine Nominees for the Prestigious Hall

HOFletterThe Cadets Hall of Fame Committee has poured over more than 50 nomination and support letters and is pleased to announce the nominees for the Class of 2012. 

The committee wants to thank all who took the time to submit these letters. The voting will begin Friday, April 6 and continue until Monday, April 23. You have to be a member of The Cadets Alumni Association to vote, so please click here and sign up today so you can vote for one of the deserving nominees:

The Class of 2012 Nominees

Alfred Bartello — Volunteer and Booster, 1950–'60s Era


Father of Cadet Tony Bartello, who marched from 1948 to 1957, Alfred Bartello was the first president of the booster committee. He spent countless hours in the mid-1950s going from business to business to raise the needed funds to keep the corps on the field. He worked to fill programs sold at shows filled with advertisements from these local businesses. Alfred Bartello was also there selling advertising space and raising money as the corps transitioned from the Holy Name Church and became the Garfield Cadets. Read letters of support...


Richard Chirichella — Member and Drum Major 1964–1971


Prior to his untimely death in 1971, Chirichella served as drum major for The Cadets from 1969 through 1971. He started with the corps in 1964 as a baritone bugle player before being chosen to be drum major. Chirichella was honored as Cadet of the Year in 1967 and also helped as an instructor for the Plebes, The Cadets feeder corps. Read letters of support...


Gino Cipriani — The Cadets Brass Caption Supervisor


Current brass caption head for The Cadets, Cipriani marched with the Concord Blue Devils in the early 1980s as a Soprano soloist.  He then went on to teach with the Blue Devils for 10 years before joining The Cadets staff in 2000. Cipriani worked with The Cadets until 2002 and then rejoined the staff in 2005. Finishing his 11th year with The Cadets, his students have gone on as educators in over 100 different schools nationwide.  Read letters of support...


Debra Gozdek — The Cadets Colorguard 1978–1985

In 1977, Gozdek was one of the last Plebes, The Cadets feeder corps, and was brought up to the Garfield Cadets in 1978. As a colorguard member, she marched in the Cadets through 1985 and was part of the first three DCI Championships the corps won. Read letters of support...


Greg Lagola — The Cadets Designer, 1989 to Present


Widely known for his costume designs and organic use of the body, Greg Logola has been with The Cadets since 1989. He is currently the choreographer, costume designer and program consultant. In 1989, Lagola moved The Cadets' colorguard into the modern era of costuming and choreography. Read letters of suport...


George Lucas — Long-time Volunteer, 1980s and 1990s Era


In 1988, DCI announced the first class of Volunteers of The Year and The Cadets' George Lucas was part of that inaugural class. Lucas started with The Cadets in 1984 working daily to fix whatever needed fixing or driving whatever vehicle needed to be driven. While the corps was successful on the field, the operations behind the scenes struggled and Lucas was the driving force behind vehicle maintenance, equipment repair, food service and event management. Lucas was instrumental in designing the first equipment trailer and full-service food truck. Read letters of support...


Cheryl Philhower-Gillick — The Cadets Colorguard 1978–1985

Born and raised in Garfield, N.J., Philhower-Gillick started in 1975 with The Cadets feeder corps, the Plebes. She joined the Garfield Cadets as a colorguard member in 1978 and marched until 1985, winning three DCI Championships. Philhower-Gillick opened her home to many of the kids who were brought from Mississippi in 1980 to fill out the corps. In the early 1990s, she worked with USBands and is a well-respected adjudicator today. Read letters of support...


John Tokar — Member 1962–1971, Instructor, Drill Writer, Administrator

An administrator, drill writer, volunteer and supporter, John Tokar was involved with The Cadets at many levels. He played Soprano in 1966 and aged out in 1971 as the horn sergeant. After that he joined the design staff and was the main drill writer in the mid 1970s. In 1984 he was one of the first members of the board of directors. Over the years he spent many summers volunteering with the corps. Read letters of support...


Patrick Zampetti — Member 1977–1980, Staff 1981–1984


Pat Zampetti marched with the Garfield Cadets from 1977 to 1980 as a snare drummer and was the drum sergeant for three years. In 1980 he was recognized for his commitment to the corps and chosen as Cadet of The Year. Zampetti remained with the corps after he aged out as a member of the percussion staff from 1981 through 1984, helping The Cadets win their first two World Championships. Zampetti has continued as a music educator and is currently teaching percussion for the University of Virginia Marching Band. Read letters of support...


Voting Continues

Starting Friday, April 6 electors can view the nominations and letters of support on The Cadets website at www.cadets.org.  Voting will continue through Monday, April 23. Announcement of the inductees to the 2012 Class will be made on April 29 via LIVE WEBCAST from Cadets Rehearsal Camp in Woodstown, N.J. Inductions into the 2012 Class will take place on Aug. 5 during The Cadets hosted DCI Tour of Champions Grand Finale to be held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Please email Eric Santo at eric289@aol.com with any questions or concerns.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to the Induction Ceremony at the Tour of Champions Grand Finale show at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 5.

 

 

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