The Cadets' Team Returns from Texas

Texas Trip Deemed Successful

By all accounts, The Cadets' first trip to Texas was a success with nearly 200 prospective members auditioning in four cities over three days.

Members of the design team in attendance were: Gino Cipriani, brass caption supervisor; Colin McNutt, percussion caption supervisor; and Eric Babula, colorguard caption supervisor. Mike Zellers evaluated pit percussion, Jarrod Huntley evaluated visual, and Justis Mackenzie assisted in brass evaluations. The team was led by The Cadets Assistant Director Patrick Duncan and assisted by Chris Demas through the three-day whirlwind trip.

audition.jpgOne hundred fourteen auditionees were on hand for the first-ever Texas audition for The Cadets. Michaela Queso Bocock was at the audition and posted on Facebook: "There was a great turn out for guard. There was probably close to 40 auditionees. I had a great experience."

Tharon Madison added, "Better than all of the guard clinics I've been to; I learned a lot of new things that I've never heard of before, so I'm glad I got the chance to go."

Nearly two dozen prospective Cadets were on hand at each of the other three locations in San Antonio and Austin on Saturday and Houston on Sunday.

"This was a great opportunity for those Texas students who see themselves as future Cadets to get a great hands-on experience with our creative team. It was certainly worth our efforts just to meet these fabulous young people, and whether or not they've made the corps, we believe we've made some great friends in the process and hope to see them again next summer and fall," said George Hopkins, director of The Cadets.

Patrick Duncan reported that eight students from Texas were offered positions in the 2013 Cadets, with another 38 talented Texans invited to attend the December and January camps in New Jersey. Duncan said, "The talent in Texas and the corps in general for this year is extremely deep, and while we still have a few final slots to be filled in all sections, the corps looks to be having one of its most successful fall and winter campaigns in a long time."

The Cadets members would like to thank the hosts at each of the schools including Gerry Miller and Adrian Caswell at Wakeland High School, Jarrett Lipman  at C.T. Johnson High School in San Antonio, Jared Morgan at Rouse High School in Austin and Brian Perez at Nimitz High School in Houston.

Watch for updates and more information on the upcoming Cadets' December holiday camp to be held Dec. 27–30 at Woodstown High School in Woodstown, N.J. This will be the second of three brass and percussion camps to be held before the corps takes its second semester hiatus and returns in April.

For information on how to join The Cadets in 2013, contact Patrick Duncan at or complete the brief survey at


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