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The Cadets Homecoming



This year’s luncheon will be held on Saturday, October 9 at the Venetian in Garfield, N.J. — an extravagant venue truly worthy of this premium event. Gourmet food, high-end wines – you won’t want to miss it!



We hope you will plan to join us as we honor and celebrate the legacies of:

Tony Bartello: “Bart” joined the corps in 1948 at the age of 12 as a French horn player and ultimately served as drum major in 1956 and 1957. He marched with the Cadets in four American Legion National Championship seasons: 1949, 1950, 1953 and 1957. During his time in the corps, Bart’s leadership was both inspirational and motivating. Afterwards, he served in the US Army and went on to become a drum corps judge, marching instructor, and a leader among Cadets Alumni. In recent years, Bart has been a leading voice in The Cadets’ alumni programs. He served as the co-chairman for the 50th-Anniversary Celebration (2007),currently serves on The Cadets Hall of Fame Nominating Committee and is the Liaison to the Heritage Selection Committee.

Hugh Mahon: Hugh Mahon started his drum corps career in the late 1950s as a drum major for four different drum corps, including the Garfield Cadets in 1960 and 1961. He returned to The Cadets as a drill instructor in 1968 and became director of the corps two years later (1969-1972), pushing the concept of “total theme shows” and the formation of the United Organization of Junior Corps, which he sought to assist eastern corps in regaining national prominence. His efforts led to meetings that ultimately resulted in the formation of Drum Corps International. Hugh was elected as DCI’s first co-director, and he served as the DCI Eastern Coordinator. He later became a charter member of both The Cadets Hall of Fame (1984) and the DCI Hall of Fame (1985), recognized for initiating a new era of drum corps.

Art Mura: Art and his family are synonymous with The Cadets legacy; his three older brothers were founding members, and his two younger brothers also wore the uniform alongside him. Art joined the Holy Name Cadets in 1937, serving as a junior drum major for three years. He then played bugle for one year before moving to the percussion section as a snare drummer in 1942, where he stayed through 1949. Art was a member when the corps won its first three National Championships – 1940, 1948 and 1949. He also won the Bergen County and New Jersey State individual snare drumming titles in 1946 and 1947 and was the runner-up in 1948 and 1949. Art went on to serve in the US Army and later become a drum corps instructor and judge. Art was inducted into the New Jersey Drum Corps Hall of Fame (2001) the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame (2002) and The Cadets Hall of Fame (2010).

Rich “Scotty” McGarry: Scotty joined The Cadets as a bugler in Sept. 1957 and marched in the corps through 1966. After aging out, he has become the corps’ historian and photographer, traveling (on his own expense) from the 1980s through 2010s, talking with current Cadets, volunteering his time, and of course, taking lots of photos. He was a board member of the corps for several years and is featured at Spring Training each year when he presents a History Night to the current corps of Cadets. Scotty was inducted into The Cadets Hall of Fame in 2011.


The Cadets Brass Staff will host an informational webinar for anyone and everyone interested this Wednesday, November 3, at 7PM EST.

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