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The Cadets Hall of Fame Committee has announced the following is a nominee for the 2012 Class of the Cadets Hall of Fame.

Debi Gozdek

Nomination Letter

Debi was one of few members that lived in Garfield, New Jersey. Debi was a member of the Plebes for 2 years from 1976-1977. She was one of the last Plebes to be officially brought up to the "Big Corps" where she remained a loyal member of the Garfield Cadets for 8 years. In 1978 Debi was one of the infamous cymbal-rifles and for the remainder of her years she was a member of the Color Guard. Debi's tenure with the Garfield Cadets took her through the lean winter of 1979 into the summer of 1980 making finals after a two year absence then through the transition years of 1981 and 1982, and finally finishing with the three peat 1983, 1984, and 1985.

It was not an uncommon sight for Debi to be seen helping out in the little corps office on Cedar Street in Garfield. She continued this dedication throughout her years and was a true leader to all who came through the ranks which exemplified what it means to be a Cadet.

Debi is a current member of the Alumni Association.

It is for these reasons that I nominate Debi Gozdek for the Cadets Hall of Fame Class of 2012.

Respectfully yours,

Cheryl Philhower-Gillick


Support Letters

I am so HAPPY to send this letter of recommendation for my cousin Debra Ann Gozdek (1978 1985).
She was a TRUE and loyal Cadet. She started out as a Plebe and then onto to the BIG leagues: The “big corps” The Holy Name Cadets she was part of the Cymbal-Rifles & of course the Color Guard (my favorite)! I always wanted to be a Cadet because of Debbie… She dealt with her Sister and myself being part of the Food Crew for one year (WHAT A MESS) and then I tried out and made it (YEAH) I was an Alternate and she helped me through and tried to show me the ropes and I did good …
Debbie mentored me into what it took to be a CADET, which was my goal. She made me understand all that it took and I will always look up to her for that…..
She truly deserves to be in our Hall of Fame 2012.
As tears fall from my eyes for remembering all that she taught me: Oh Holy Name MY Holy Name Thy name shall be ETERNALLY……

Sincerely,
Kim Volosin
1983 1985


In my humble opinion the Drum Corps that changed DCI forever was the 1985 Garfield Cadets. As a member of Suncoast Sound I remember being blown away by the total package. The asymmetric lines, incredible visual effects and the amazing horn line to name a few, was and still is simply stunning. Knowing how much dedication, focus and will power it takes to march I would like to take this opportunity to nominate Debra Gozdek to the Cadets Hall of Fame class of 2012 for eight years of continuous dedication and service.
She embodies the spirit of what Drum Corps was built on and continues to do so. She is a native of Garfield, marched with the Plebes and earned the right to call herself a Cadet. There were hard years that would test the resolve of anyone but her dedication and corps focus lead to three consecutive national titles in 1983, 1984 and 1985. To this day she greatly loves the days spent marching with the Cadets and is a testament and shining example of the highest ideals of what the Cadets represent.
I thank you for your time and consideration,
Shawn Barcus


Debi was one of few members that lived in Garfield, New Jersey. Debi was a member of the Plebes for 2 years from 1976-1977. She was one of the last Plebes to be officially brought up to the "Big Corps" where she remained a loyal member of the Garfield Cadets for 8 years. In 1978 Debi was one of the infamous cymbal-rifles and for the remainder of her years she was a member of the Color Guard. Debi's tenure with the Garfield Cadets took her through the lean winter of 1979 into the summer of 1980 making finals after a two-year absence then through the transition years of 1981 and 1982, and finally finishing with the three peat 1983, 1984, and 1985. Debi is a current member of the Alumni Association and I can promise you that no one is more deserving than her!!! The Cadets were her life for so many years and our whole family used to go to competitions. Those were the good old days!!! It is for these reasons that I nominate Debi Gozdek for the Cadets Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

Respectfully yours,
Virginia Quinn
941-237-8142


I would like to take this moment to nominate Debra Ann Gozdek to the Cadets Hall of Fame.
Having marched with her in the Garfield Cadets Plebes, I can attest to not only her talent and dedication to Drum Corp, in general, but to the effect that her participation in The Cadets has had throughout her adult life.
She was brought up from the Plebes to the Holy Name/Garfield Cadets, where she dedicated eight years, having aged out winning three DCI Titles, and raising the bar for all those who came after.
Those eight years, whether celebrating extraordinary wins or experiencing disappointing losses, have ingrained in her a work ethic that is seldom seen nowadays. She goes above and beyond in EVERYTHING she does, undoubtedly a discipline acquired during her tenure as a Cadet. She also continues to support Drum Corp through YEA and the USSBA.
I respectfully request your consideration of Debra Ann Gozdek to the Cadets Hall of Fame.
Donna Woll


I am writing this email in support of the nomination to the Cadets Hall of Fame for Debra Gozdek. Debra's long career involved in drum corps should speak for itself. Debra started as a "plebe" and ended as a DCI champion. Her talent, versatility, and most of all, her dedication is a true example of what a member of the Cadets should be. Whether she was marching as a plebe, a Garfield Cadet, or a Bergen County Cadet; whether it was during the glory years of the 80's, or the not so glorious years of the late 70's, Debra wore her uniform with pride. I am proud to have had the honor to have marched with her, and to call her my friend. Thank you.

Kim Cattano

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