An Evening with Michael Cesario

Hear from Hopkins & Cesario April 15 @ 9 p.m.

An Evening with Michael Cesario
Tuesday, April 15 @ 9 p.m.

Throughout the off-season, Cadets Director George Hopkins has been hosting a series of webinars every Tuesday evening featuring key staff members and influential figures in The Cadets' history. Click here to sign up.michaelcesario.jpg

Tonight at 9 EDT, George will be joined by special guest and drum corps legend Michael Cesario in a live, one-hour video webinar led by George and directed by listener-submitted questions. 

Cesario was instrumental in The Cadets' rise in competitive success from 1981 to 1986. To this day, his programming expertise is still quoted from coast to coast, and as the Educational Director of Drum Corps International, his influence is far-reaching.

Michael defined the niche of American classical music that led The Cadets to numerous classic shows featuring the music of Copland and Bernstein, a flavor the corps still returns to today.

Along with Peggy Twiggs and his brother Greg Cesario, Michael recreated color guard. He also redesigned The Cadets' unforms and convinced George Zingali and Marc Sylvester that there were indeed avenues that would allow for their genius to be produced in new and exciting ways.

Just a Few of Cesario's Contributions to Historic Cadets Moments:

  • The decision to play West Side Story after so many had already
  • Beginning West Side Story with a ballad in 1984
  • The Mass
  • "Jeremiah Symphony"
  • "On the Water Front," complete with 86 brass and 12 guard

Photo by Sharon Desormeaux

"We talk to Michael this Tuesday because he still profoundly influences The Cadets today," George Hopkins said. "Most of what I learned about programming came from him, and we all look for his advice and guidance, even 25 years later. Heck, Michael even coined the name and acronym “Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!), the corporate name of the umbrella organization that houses The Cadets. I am thrilled to have this conversation as part of our continuing Tuesday series," he said.

Click here and sign up to attend now! You will receive an e-mail with the link to listen in on Tuesday, April 15 at 9 p.m. EDT.

All fans, donors, alumni and friends of the corps are welcome to listen in.


Cesario photo with glasses.jpgBio: Michael J. Cesario

Michael Cesario currently serves as Artistic Director of Drum Corps International.

He is known for his work on Broadway, Television and Repertory stages across the country, including Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Princeton’s McCarter Theatre, Houston’s Alley Theater, Cleveland’s Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Stratford’s American Shakespeare Theatre, New York’s Playwrights Horizons and Lincoln Center.

He has been a member of the Costume Society of America, the Costume Society of England, United States Institute for Theatre Technology and United Scenic Artists Local 829, where he headed the Examination process, establishing the evaluative leading to certification by this national professional design body.

Respected as an educator, Cesario was honored as Professor Emeritus by New York’s Purchase College where he headed the Graduate Programs in Design and served as Director of Design/Technology for the Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film.

He has been a lecturer and teacher at the Julliard School (NYC), School of Visual Arts (NYC), Bennington College (VT), Dartmouth College (NH) and the University of Illinois.

His work has been featured in numerous gallery shows and is prominent in two texts for the training of designers, “The Magic Garment” by Rebecca Cunningham and “Costumer’s Handbook” by Ingham and Covey.

Recognized as a national leader in Pageantry Arts, Cesario is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician for high school bands nationwide. He has also worked as a consultant for the World-Champion Cadets, Phantom Regiment and Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, and he was inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame in 1996. He is responsible for creating the trademark uniforms of America’s finest bands, drum corps, and color guards through FJM Inc., and he also produced the original DCI Tour of Champions.


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