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Honoring Frank Patrisso, Last Charter Member


Frank "Babe" Patrisso passed away peacefully in his home on March 26, 2021, at the age of 95. Frank and his two brothers, Nicholas and Ed, were founding members of the Holy Name Fife, Drum & Bugle Corps, the predecessor to the Holy Name Cadets, Garfield Cadets, Cadets of Bergen County and, eventually, The Cadets. According to his obituary, Frank joined the United States Navy at the age of 17 and served in World War II from 1943 to 1946. He was stationed on the USS Lynx (AK-100) Ship in San Francisco which carried cargo to locations in the Asiatic-Pacific [...]

Honoring Frank Patrisso, Last Charter Member2021-04-06T23:31:05-04:00

Cadets Announce 2021 Schedule


This summer, The Cadets will appear alongside four other East-Coast-based drum corps in a series of six events during DCI's 2021 "Celebration Tour." These four exciting shows will span the first two weeks of August and will feature The Cadets, Bluecoats, Boston Crusaders, Spirit of Atlanta and Music City. The events will lead up to a larger, three-day showcase of corps in Indianapolis August 12-14. In conjunction with this announcement, The Cadets have released a full, tentative schedule which includes the corps' summer rehearsals, clinics, and other performances (see below). All 2021 events have been carefully and thoughtfully planned [...]

Cadets Announce 2021 Schedule2021-04-07T14:44:18-04:00

The Cadets pay tribute to Hugh Mahon


The Cadets pay tribute to Hugh Mahon Hugh "Hughie" Mahon, left this world on his favorite holiday, Saint Patrick's Day. The legacy he leaves behind is significant, and The Cadets cherished Hugh as a member, an instructor, a Director, and a founding father of Drum Corps International. Hugh Mahon started his drum corps career in the late 1950s as a Drum major for four different drum corps: Paterson Cadets (57-58), Skyliners (59), Garfield Cadets (60-61), and later the Hawthorne Caballeros (62-63). He was also a marching and maneuvering instructor for the Paterson Lamplighters (1964), Garfield Cadets (1969-1972), Toronto Optimists (1970), Salina [...]

The Cadets pay tribute to Hugh Mahon2021-04-04T12:24:18-04:00

Homecoming Weekend: A Look at 2019 & 2021


Homecoming Weekend Preview & a Look Back at 2019 "It's better than the best family reunion," said Cadets Alumnus John Hannigan, thinking back to The Cadets Homecoming Weekend in the fall of 2019. As plans come into view for Homecoming Weekend 2021, we can't help but reminisce about the wonderful event series that brought Cadets Alumni and supporters together on the same weekend in 2019. At the time, attendees couldn't have anticipated that it would be two years before The Cadets Family would come together again, but the wait is finally almost over! Mark your calendar, save the dates, and [...]

Homecoming Weekend: A Look at 2019 & 20212021-03-14T14:16:27-04:00

Play What The Cadets Play


Pre-Order High Quality Yamaha Instruments Band Directors: NOW is the time to reserve 2021 Cadets Brass and Percussion instruments for your fall marching program! Our high quality, gently used Yamaha Marching Series horns are now available for pre-sale at You can also choose from our Front Ensemble instruments at OR, request a custom quote based on your needs at Quantities are extremely limited, so reserve yours today! Shop Now

Play What The Cadets Play2021-03-15T23:57:53-04:00

Int’l Women’s Day Staff Spotlight: Denise Bonfiglio


Happy International Women's Day! Today, as we celebrate all the incredible women who have impacted The Cadets organization throughout the decades, we're shining the spotlight on our organization's leader, Denise Bonfiglio. With an extensive background in pageantry, Denise’s roots were firmly planted with the 27th Lancers Drum & Bugle Corps and Winter Guard. Since aging out of the Lancers, she taught many top color guards from 1976 to 2018, including the 27th Lancers, The Cadets, Star of Indiana and the Santa Clara Vanguard. She also served as the director of several top winter guards from 1983 through 2016, including Emerald [...]

Int’l Women’s Day Staff Spotlight: Denise Bonfiglio2021-03-08T12:31:39-05:00

Alumni, Share Your News with Us


Attention ALL Cadets: We recently created an Alumni News Form to help the extended Cadets Alumni family stay connected across the generations. Alumni from every Cadets ensemble through the years are encouraged to share life events, like engagements, weddings, births, deaths, promotions, graduations, etc. Are you running a marathon? Let us know so we can cheer you on! Did you get a Cadets tattoo? Share a photo. With so many Cadets who are musicians, performers and educators, we would also love to celebrate your achievements, whether as an individual or ensemble. Beginning later this year, we will curate and distribute [...]

Alumni, Share Your News with Us2021-02-26T23:32:50-05:00

Introducing Cadets BackField


Introducing BackField, your personal Cadets portal! This is our brand-new, user-friendly way for Cadets alumni, fans and donors to manage their accounts, update their history with the corps, register for events, make a donation, sign up for our newsletter, edit communication preferences and more. To get started, simply create an account or sign in, then click on BackField in the top navigation bar (or visit to view your Dashboard. Get Started

Introducing Cadets BackField2021-02-23T13:41:16-05:00

Alumni, Connect on LinkedIn!


Cadets Alumni from all years and ensembles can now connect and support one another in our new LinkedIn group. Whether you're a long-time LinkedIn user or you're just thinking of creating an account, this is an awesome way to gather with other professionals who share your passion and work ethic! Let's support one another as fellow Cadets and stay connected with our diverse family of alumni. Simply click the button below and request to join the group. We will approve your request quickly! Join the Group

Alumni, Connect on LinkedIn!2021-02-23T12:09:01-05:00
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