Committee Names 6 Hall of Fame Finalists; Help Pick the Final 3

After lengthy discussions and careful consideration, The Cadets Hall of Fame Committee has narrowed the 2014 nominees from 12 candidates to 6, per the nomination procedure


Congratulations to our six finalists:

Richard Chirichella
Warren Corman
Jamie Eckert
Neil Larrivee
John Tokar
Pat Zampetti

*Only three nominees may be inducted into The Cadets Hall of Fame each year.

Please take the time to read about each nominee and submit comments below in favor of one or more candidates. The Hall of Fame Committee will consider all comments when making their final selections for the Class of 2014.

**A total of 12 great Cadets and influential staff members were nominated in 2014. Please find the bios of the remaining six below as well.  Each of these individuals has each profoundly impacted The Cadets' legacy as well as the individual lives of countless men and women who have worn the maroon and gold. While only three may be inducted into The Cadets Hall of Fame Class of 2014, they are clearly all worthy candidates and will likely all receive this honor in the future.

rich_chirichella_3.jpgRichard Chirichella

Richard "Richie" Chirichella began his drum corps legacy with the CW Townsmen Drum and Bugle Corps, and then fulfilled his dream of being a Cadet when he joined the baritone bugle section in 1964. Richard was a featured soloist in 1965 and became a respected leader in the corps and was named Cadet of the Year in 1967. He later served as drum major from 1969 through 1971 and was a mentor to new members and veterans of the corps alike, exemplifying The Cadets' work ethic. When the corps did not win, he was also the first drum major to congratulate the winning corps' drum major.

In 1969, Richard was instrumental in helping his fellow Cadets handle the transition from an all-boy corps to a co-ed corps.

Upon aging out in the summer of 1971, Richie continued his involvement as an assistant marching instructor.  However, his instructional caree was cut short during an inter-drum-corps football game between the Muchachos and The Cadets, when he suffered a leg injury that ultimately took his life. Full Cadet military honors were bestowed on Richie during his funeral service.

WarrenCorman_BostonMarathon2014_Finish_medal.JPGWarren Corman

Warren Corman was a member of the Garfield Cadets Baritone Section from 1977 to 1984, winning two World Championships with the corps. His fellow Cadets remember his can-do attitude and exemplary work ethic through the worst of times and the best of times. As a Cadet, Warren led by example, and his attention to detail was beyond reproach. Many Cadets looked to him as a role model both on and off the field.

Thirty years after aging out of the maroon and gold, Warren continues to set an example. Just a couple of weeks ago, he completed his eleventh marathon and second Boston Marathon in impressive time, and he used this feat to help raise support for The 2014 Cadets, as the corps prepares to move in to Spring Training. Warren has previously run for other very worthy causes, including that of Cadets Hall of Famer David Welch who passed away due to a brain tumor in 2009.

He said that The Cadets taught him that hard work pays off - a core/corps principle that has truly shaped his life and become his message.

JamieEckert.jpegJamie Eckert

Jamie Eckert was a member of the Garfield Cadets Front Ensemble in the late 80s and served as an outstanding member of The Cadets Percussion Staff for well over a decade, from 1991 to 2005.

Cadets through the many years Jamie taught remember him as easy-going, confident, and always ready to help. His simple, sound advice often helped members achieve The Cadets' extremely high standard of excellence in ways they didn't think possible.

Jamie now serves as the Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where he has overseen and facilitated the education of countless young percussionists. His work in percussion instruction and performance continues to be a great credit to The Cadets and its history.


Neil Larrivee

Neil Larrivee began teaching The Cadets Front Ensemble in 1993 and stayed with the corps for an impressive 16 years. He became the exclusive arranger for the pit in 1995, a position he held through 2008, and gave the ensemble a new and distinct sound. During his tenure, Neil was a major contributor to four of The Cadets' DCI World Championship titles and four high percussion awards.

Unafraid of change, he adapted his arranging style in order to stay ahead of the competitive curve. As front ensembles emphasized four-mallet playing in the early 2000s, Neil was pushing the envelope of what was possible. When front ensembles ventured into the amplification age, he and The Cadets Pit were the trend-setters in the activity, culminating in a beautifully scored book in 2005.

Today, Neil’s former Cadets Front Ensemble students can be found teaching many of the nation's finest marching bands, indoor percussion ensembles and drum corps. His impact on the success and legacy of  The Cadets Percussion Section is immeasurable.



Greg Pych  John Tokar 1988.jpegJohn Tokar

John Tokar (right) marched in The Cadets for 10 years, beginning in 1962 as a soprano player. He later rose to the position of horn sergeant and finally aged out in 1971. In 1972, John joined the staff as an assistant marching instructor, and he soon became the drill writer through 1976. He went above and beyond the role of instructor and was influential in bridging the gap between the members and the staff/administration.

After his time on staff, John contributed tremendous support as an administrative and financial supporter of The Cadets. An initial member of the Board of Directors in 1984, John did much behind the scenes and expected no recognition. He often volunteered to provide food and beverages for Cadet- and alumni-sponsored events. In the words of former Cadets Director Hugh Mahon, “When you asked John for help, all you had to do was to get out of his way.”

John was always considered to be a model Cadet, and at DCI's 25th Anniversary Celebration in 1996, he was asked to adorn the Cadets Uniform and represent the corps as one of the founding members of DCI. He has served the corps as a member, teacher, advocate and supporter for over three decades.

PatZampetti.jpegPat Zampetti

Pat Zampetti marched in The Cadets Snare Line from 1977 through 1980, serving as drum sergeant from 1978 to 1980. After being honored as Cadet of the Year in his last year, he joined the drum staff from 1981 through 1984. As an instructor, he was tough on the field but caring and protective off the field, upholding The Cadets' standard of excellence while understanding the humanity of the Cadets themselves.

As a leader in the corps from the late 70s into 1980, Pat played an integral role in the mysterious and legendary building years, when the Garfield Cadets worked with diligence from "worst to first."

Pat's most recognizable contribution to The Cadets' legacy is likely his 1982 design of the "Garfield G," a logo and the corps still uses to this day. It has made appearances on countless souvenirs as well as in The Cadets' drill. Pat also designed the script on the back of the Garfield Cadets' member jackets which are still worn and cherished by hundreds (if not thousands) of Cadets Alumni.


Remaining 6 Nominees

Below are the profiles of the six candidates who will not be moving on to Round 2 of the voting at this time.

The Hall of Fame was launched as a way to celebrate the accomplishments of members, staff, administrators, volunteers and friends of The Cadets. Unfortunately, all worthy candidates cannot enter the Hall at the same time.

Many of the following six individuals will one day be members of The Cadets Hall of Fame. Please take the time to read their bios. We applaud each of their contributions to our history and would not be the same without them.


DanielBenton_color_vertical_runningman.jpgDaniel Benton

Daniel Benton marched in The Cadets in 1997 and 1998, playing lead soprano. A photo taken of Daniel during the corps' 1998 World Championship-winning performance (right) soon became known as "The Flying Cadet" and was printed on T-shirts that were sold at The Cadets' souvenir booth the following season. The photo still hangs in the lobby of The Cadets' office headquarters in Allentown, Pa., and served as the inspiration for the corps' logo during the early 2000s (below).

Daniel went on to teach approximately 1,500 Cadets as a member of the visual staff from 2000 through 2011. He was a part of four DCI World Championships and three high visual awards.


GeorgeKing.JPGGeorge King

George King has been associated with The Cadets since the 50s and was one of the founding directors of The Cadets Alumni Corps, of which he remains an active member.

George is also very active in raising money and awareness for The Cadets as a co-founder and promoter of the Caps for Cadets program and the Cadets Alumni Jacket program. He was a member of the comeback Cadets in 1957 when the corps won the National Championship, and he became a crossover Cadet when the Holy Name Cadets became the Garfield Cadets.

George also became famous for his performances as a featured soloist in the corps until he aged out in 1962. He then went on to a fabulous career in the senior ranks. To this day, he is always willing to help with any cause to keep The Cadets legacy alive and well.

JonBilby.jpgJon Bilby

Jon Bilby traveled from Great Britain to march in The Cadets Soprano Section in the late 1990s. During his marching years, members and staff reveared John as the Cadet prototype for both his amazing technique and his uncompromising positivity. During water breaks, he used to sprint to his water jug just so he could get in some push-ups before racing back to his spot, still beating everyone else.

Since aging out, Jon has continued to make the trip to the U.S. nearly every summer to work with the corps as an invaluable member of the marching staff. To this day, Cadets count the days until he arrives on tour to motivate and push the visual ensemble like no one else. He is now as gifted a teacher as he was a marcher. He is kind, enthusiastic, empathetic and encouraging, always managing to speak the exact words that motivate the corps to push past physical barriers without being demeaning or negative.

As a teacher of Design Technology at a secondary school in East Ham, London, Jon understands visual design at an extremely high level. The sophistication of his visual designs has made him in-demand internationally, and he has written for many ensembles in the United States, England, Ireland and Italy.

Mike Collette

Mike Collette marched in the Garfield Cadets Baritone Section during the corps' three-peat from 1983 to 1985.

His fellow Cadets remember his hard work, positive attitude and musicianship in an era that profoundly changed The Cadets history and the legacy of drum corps forever.

ScottLitzenberg.jpegScott Litzenberg

A Cadets alumnus, Scott Litzenberg is an accomplished and influential figure in the marching music industry. After graduating from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education in 1984, Scott served as director of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 1987 through 1989, and again in 2006.

Scott is also a former member of the DCI Board of Directors and has served on DCI's event staff since 1998. He is currently a contest coordinator and event manager for both DCI and WGI and has run the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis for the last four years.

In addition, Scott is the president of the Cavalcade of Bands competitive marching band circuit and serves as the department chairperson and director of bands at Unionville High School in Kennett Square, Pa. At UHS, he conducts the Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band and Musical Pit Orchestra. His ensembles have received numerous awards and honors at concert, jazz and marching festivals nationwide.

Scott also works part-time as an event manager at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square Pa. with the visiting artists who perform at the gardens. He is the principal timpanist with the Chester County Pops Orchestra and a charter member of that ensemble.

ColinMcNutt_crop.pngColin McNutt

As The Cadets Percussion Supervisor and Battery Composer/Arranger since 2008, Colin has done a magnificent job of filling the shoes of percussion greats Tom Aungst and Thom Hannum who led The Cadets Percussion Section before him. Amazingly, The Cadets have had only three percussion caption heads since 1982, and Colin has well earned a seat at the “trinity.”

Indeed, the peak of Colin's career thus far may be The Cadets' 2013 DCI Fred Sanford Award for best percussion performance, but he has led many Cadets drumlines to success in the DCI arena. His battery corps and leadership played a major role in The Cadets 2011 DCI World Championship, but his greatest success may actually have come a year later in 2012, when The Cadets had a snare line made up entirely of eight rookies. Instead of inventing reasons for mediocrity, Colin was positive, encouraging, and refused to accept anything but excellence, and the team responded. The 2012 Cadets Drumline was in competitive standing by the latter half of that summer and ended up placing third at the World Championships.

Colin is also a highly sought-after clinician and a key staff member for the University of Massachusetts Marching Band where he teaches alongside former Cadets Percussion Caption Head Thom Hannum.

But for all his talent as a percussionist and composer, Colin is truly at his best when it comes to being a teacher. He is known among members and staff for his kindness, positivity and loyalty. His passion for excellence is extraordinary, and his enthusiasm and ability to motivate young people to go the extra mile is


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