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The Cadets officially kicked off the summer tour yesterday

Due to a shortage of drivers, the admin team stepped in and drove the small vehicles pulling trailers the first night on the road. The few of us not driving jumped in passenger seats and blasted loud pop music and conversation all night long, until we pulled into Muhlenburg College in Allentown around 6:00 a.m. It was a fun, delirious drive followed by a grueling day of logistics, but everything ran smoothly for the drum corps, and that’s all that matters.

The Cadets had enough time to shower and get back into their jeans and member T-shirts, then the convoy moved to a gravel parking lot a block away from the YEA! office downtown. At noon, the horns, drums and pit performed a standstill for the community in the plaza. The members had to squint in the hot sun, but they sounded great. Many passersby had never heard of The Cadets; so this was a great chance for the corps to impress their hometown. We’ve still yet to have any complaints about the untimely Christmas music; people really seem to enjoy it.

Once they twoed it back to the gravel lot, the sections took turns rehearsing on the stage in Symphony Hall for the performance later in the evening. After dinner, the horns suited up for the first time in public and played a few songs for the YEAllentown audience. Youth Education in the Arts’ other programs, Xcape, Hand Drumming and The Cadets2, performed in turn, as well as The Cadets’ color guard and CPit.

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The Cadets’ hornline went up and sat in the balcony to watch the debut performance of The Cadets2, who are wearing the traditional Cadets uniforms this year. The Cadets cheered at every big musical moment; they enthusiastically support this new addition to our tradition. Cadets2 was the talk of the night; they play remarkably well.

At the end of the night, the curtain opened to the full Cadets music ensemble, and they played through the music of 12.25. The corps did a phenomenal job, and the audience loved them. Afterwards, they mingled at the food truck with the members of The Cadets2.

The convoy pulled out of the lot on time at 11:00 p.m., and we finally stopped off at a Wal-Mart on our way out of Allentown to let the members pick up anything they needed.

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