The “For Only" series powered by The Cadets and USSBA consists of four workshops exclusively focused on engaging four different areas of the marching band, all with a distinctive Cadet theme and approach which has been successful not only in achieving the corps’ nine world championships, but in training hundreds of music educators and thousands of young people over the past three decades.


[object Object]For Drum Majors Only Clinic

  • Saturday, April 30
  • Registration - 8:30 am
  • Clinic - 9:15 am to 6:00 pm
  • Woodstown High School
  • Woodstown, N.J.

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Four current and alumni drum majors will present clinics focused on the skills and expertise necessary to lead a marching band from the band room to the podium. With an emphasis on leadership and communication skills, this workshop is a must for anyone auditioning for a Drum Major position or looking to improve their skills for the coming year.

Tip of the Day!

"Have a vision (yours for you; and the group’s for it) in your mind at all times.  Backwards plan so that you can see exactly how you will reach this vision.  Execute the plan.  Adjust the plan.  Execute the plan.  “If you don’t know where you want to go, you can never hope to get there.”

"Leadership does not mean pushing others to reach your dreams.  Leadership means facilitating and motivating others to rise to the group’s collective goals and aspirations."
- Matt Haines (Cadets Drum Major 2004)

"Delegate. Use the capable leaders around you to help accomplish tasks."
Will Plenk (Cadets Drum Major 2004-2006)

“The 1 percent of your job that occurs in uniform is easily the least important 1 percent of your job. Conducting is probably second on the list of least important drum major skills. Focus on the other 23.5 hours of the day.”
-Sam Saunders (Cadets Drum Major, 2002-2003)


Sam Saunders
Sam Saunders was a member of The Cadets brass section from 1998-2001 and served as drum major in 2002 and 2003. After aging out, he entered law school and taught the marching bands at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park in Michigan and West Johnston High School in North Carolina. Upon graduation, he moved to New York and worked as a freelance writer while studying for the bar exam. 

Sam currently serves as Vice President of Content and Legal Affairs for Fitango, Inc., He practices law in his spare time and lives in New York. 

William Plenk
William Plenk is currently in the process of completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at UCLA, under the mentorship of Prof. Thomas Lee.  His other conducting instructors have included Prof. Steve Peterson, Jeff Grogan, Prof. Craig Kirchhoff, and Prof. Gordon Henderson.  Plenk also has a strong background as an instrumentalist, having completed a Master of Music degree in Tuba Performance at UCLA, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Tuba Performance at Ithaca College, in his home state of New York.  In addition to being an Associate Conductor of the UCLA Wind Ensemble, Plenk is Conductor of the UCLA Symphonic Band and Associate Conductor of the UCLA Brass Ensemble. 

Plenk is active as an educator in the marching band field.  He is in his fifth year as a Teaching Associate with the UCLA Bruin Marching Band, and is an instructor with several groups outside of UCLA, including the Tenrikyo Aimachi Marching Band from Nagoya, Japan, the eight-time All Japan National Champion. As a student, Plenk spent three years as drum major with the Cadet, including their 2005 Drum Corps International championship season. 

Plenk is also in high demand as a clinician.  He has worked with concert bands and marching bands from across the United States, and Japan, and has an upcoming engagement with the Deyi Secondary School in Singapore.

Damon Grant
Damon Grant performs original and traditional jazz compositions on vibraphone, marimba and a variety of other percussion instruments with Afro-Caribbean flair in his own group, The Damon Grant Project. He and his group have been recognized for their work in “Modern Drummer” and “Latin Beat” Magazines. Grant has also been recognized as a performer with the University of Massachusetts Jazz Ensembles by “Downbeat Magazine”, and has received four awards. Most recently Damon was in “People” magazine twice with the Funk/Rock group, The Bomb Squad, and the “Norwalk Beat” magazine as an independent artist.

Grant, a native of Norwalk, Connecticut, has played with many of the top musical ensembles in the United States and internationally. His percussion versatility has helped him in performing on stage with many world class musicians, including: David Ryan Harris, Robbie McIntosh, Richie Flores, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, John Benitez, Robby Ameen, The Original Parliament Funkadelic, Fred Wesley, George Porter Jr., and Stefon Harris. Damon was a member of the Funk/Rock group, The Bomb Squad, which won an American Music Award in 2003. Grant was also an original member of the Broadway show, Blast!, which won both a Tony and an Emmy award. He, and the groups he has performed in, have opened for, or shared the bill, with acts such as: John Mayer, Soulive, Martin Sexton, Colbie Caillat, Isaac Hayes, Dave Barnes, Brett Dennen, DJ Logic, David Sanborn, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and George Clinton. He also performs regularly at NYC’s legendary Webster Hall with Gun’s & Roses personal DJ Chris Landry. Damon performed as a member of the Cadets Drum Corps for several years, in which he participated in the 1996 Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia as well as winning a World Championship in 1998. Grant has performed at countless venues from intimate stages to sports arenas and major festivals.

Grant received a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz performance from the University of Massachusetts in February 2001. He has studied with musical legend Yusef Lateef, as well as master percussionist; Giovanni Hidalgo

Grant has just as much teaching experience as he has playing experience. He started by teaching at the high school he graduated from, Norwalk High School, in Norwalk, CT. He has taught their award winning marching and jazz ensembles in addition to being a guest performer and clinician. From there he began teaching at Boston College. Damon currently teaches at his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with Thom Hannum. He continues to do so today while also teaching privately in Fairfield County, CT. Damon has consulted at the East Coast Jazz Drum Corps, and taught the front ensemble for the 22 time DCI finalist, Crossmen Drum Corps as well as the 9 time DCI World Champion Cadets Drum Corps. Damon not only teaches locally, but also has traveled around the country giving masterclasses and clinics on various percussion instruments and styles of Jazz and Latin music.

Matt Haines
Since aging-out with The Cadets, Matt has focused his efforts on working with a variety of not-for-profit organizations.  He has taught – or performed in – music ensembles in Japan, Thailand, Singapore and throughout the United States.

After taking graduate level courses at Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy in the field of Nonprofit Management, Matt moved to New Orleans to begin working with an organization that rebuilds homes for those affected by Hurricane Katrina.  In New Orleans he gained a Master’s Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, in the field of Community Redevelopment.  He now works for The New Teacher Project, an organization that closes the achievement gap in K-12 education by striving to place a high-quality teacher in every low-income classroom.



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