Hark! The Herald Cadets Return 'Home' in N.J.

Hundreds of Fans, Alumni Gather for a NJ Homecoming

Several hundred fans, friends and alumni converged on Northern Highlands High School in Allendale, NJ on Saturday evening for a good luck send-off and enjoyed a premier performance of the 2012 program ’12.25’ as the corps prepares for the national tour which kicks-off next Saturday.

Threatening skies cleared to reveal a sunny sky just as the corps emerged from the school in their crisp, all-white uniforms before circling for the emotional singing of the corps song and taking to the field.

Once on the field, Corps Director George Hopkins explained a little of the backstory to the ’12.25’ program before unleashing the corps on their first run of the performance in full uniform (shakos included).

Hopkins shared that there is still two and a half minutes of the show yet to be learned, but will be finished by Wednesday, with Thursday, Friday and Saturday left to prepare for the corps first competitive appearance next Saturday, June 16 in Akron, OH.

The Akron, OH contest will be recorded by DCI and featured as a cinema event. Check the DCI website for the location nearest to you to see The Cadets, along with The Cavaliers, Carolina Crown, Phantom Regiment and more.

Hopkins also shared that the corps is excited to be having two performances in New Jersey this year. The first event is July 7 at Jackson, NJ and will feature not only the Cadets, but also, Cadets2 in their first area appearance. Hopkins added that the Cadets2 group is doing better than most ever imagined possible for a first year group, as he encouraged all to come out and see them on July 7.

Lastly, Hopkins added that the corps would be returning to MetLife Stadium for the Tour of Champions Grand Finale, or as he explained it: “the outdoor drum corps Championships, the way drum corps was meant to be,” according to Hopkins in a reference to the domed-World Championships held in Indianapolis.

As has become tradition,  after the corps’ dinner, the corps’ Alumni participated in the “Presentation of the Caps” which has deep meaning for the members of the corps and the alumni, as the former and present members make a true connection through the presentation of the baseball caps which are worn with pride by this year’s class of Cadets.

At the end of the night hugs, handshakes and pats on the back from the alumni and family sent the 2012 Cadets on their way towards a 78th edition of this truly remarkable organization.

‘For Holy Name Shall Always Be’

(Photo credit: Rich McGarry)


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