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Red White Blue Margarita May 2023

May Cadets Cocktail Hour Recap

The May edition of The Cadets' monthly virtual cocktail hour for Maroon & Gold+ (monthly recurring) donors was held Thursday, May 25.

This month's featured guest was Brass Caption Manager Dr. Matt Stratton, who joined the call to provide some insider insight into the 2023 brass program and the corps' progress at spring training so far.

The Cadets Director Brian Murphy was also in attendance. He and Doc answered questions from the group, spoke about the corps' program and how rehearsals have been going so far. About two-thirds of the way through the hour, the two had to head out to run ensemble rehearsal -- the first full-corps ensemble with the pit since arriving in Erie -- adding a little extra excitement and a real-time, behind-the-scenes feel to the call.

"This is when these cocktail hours really get good!" said Vicki Ferrence Ray, Executive Director of Cadets Arts & Entertainment (CAE) and host of Cadets Cocktail Hour. "I mean, we're giving you guys the people you want to talk to right in the middle of the drum corps' schedule. You can ask them anything, and they're happy to share as much as they can."

Vicki spent the remainder of the call sharing some exciting upcoming events and opportunities for The Cadets at spring training and beyond. Greg Cinzio, a member of the CAE Board of Directors and a Maroon & Gold+ member himself, was also in attendance, and the two spoke to the corps' future in Erie and some wonderful benefits for The Cadets that are currently in the works.

To cap off the evening, Vicki generously gave out three door prizes, which will be mailed to the winners just for attending!

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Make it meaningful: Many of our donors give at a level that reflects their age-out summer or their favorite Cadets year (e.g., $83/month or $20.11/month).

This month's cocktail was a Red, White & Blue Margarita for Memorial Day Weekend. Stay tuned as our next cocktail hour approaches the week of June 23 for Vicki's next cocktail recommendation!


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