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Report from the 'Launch Pad' All Systems Go

Arranger Jay Bocook Spends Time Working, Tweaking, Perfecting the Corps

To hear Brass Caption Head Minesh Shah speak about it, you would think the visit by Hall of Fame Arranger Jay Bocook to Cadets2 camp was sort of a religious experience for the staff and members this past Saturday.jay bocook

Jay Bocook, who was on his own "excellent Cadets adventure” this past weekend made a one-day stop to work with Cadets2 before heading for a few days with The Cadets in Western Pa. Bocook enjoyed his time working with the Corps and was impressed with the steps the members and staff have taken in less than six months of existence.

Shah meanwhile was still thinking about the huge steps forward the corps took over the past camp. Shah said, ”This past camp was a defining moment. When Jay was there on Saturday these kids came to play. They brought the best of what they had to the rehearsal block. The entire music ensemble had a determined focus. This carried over into the 'dress rehearsal' on Sunday. These kids are bursting to perform. Thursday is going to be something special if this weekend was any sort of barometer.”

That being said, injuries have started to beset the corps, particularly in the brass section. Even though the corps is not performing a show as rigorous as The Cadets, the visual portion of the Jeff Sacktig designed-program is intense and results in some minor injuries that nevertheless take members off the field and onto the sidelines.

Shah said, “Currently we’re looking for a few more baritone players, along with a single mellophone and trumpet spot.” For more information on filling one of the final few brass slots, you can contact Minesh Shah at or Rich Hammond at

Colorguard positions are also available for those performers currently not committed to marching this summer. For more information on a position in the 2012 Cadets2 guard, please contact Melissa at

Of course, all of the hard work is about to pay off as the Corps takes the stage for the very first time ever on Thursday, June 7 at the YEAllentown! Concert at Allentown’s Symphony Hall alongside the World Champion Cadets and YEA! programs the Xcape Hip-Hop Dance Company and Kids Beats Community Hand Drumming project.

Tickets to see Cadets2
in their very first public performance are available at YEAllentown! Concert or at the box office the day of the event.

See more photos by Mary Lou Witmer on the Cadets2 Facebook.


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