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Sep22, 2021

Reserve a Rose for Mass Oct. 10

Holy Name Church Mass to include roses to honor "Cadets Eternal" At the Homecoming Weekend Mass on Oct. 10, The Cadets will once again offer an opportunity for attendees to honor deceased Cadets by placing RED ROSES at the foot of the altar during the service. Roses must be reserved by Monday, October 4, for purchase at the church on the day of the event for $10 each. To [...]

Sep16, 2021

Homecoming Weekend Spotlight: Scotty McGarry

Cadets high-end Legacy Luncheon to Honor Four Legendary Cadets As part of the 2021 Homecoming Weekend event series, The Cadets will hold a very special Legacy Luncheon at the gorgeous Venetian venue in Garfield, N.J. The Legacy Luncheon will feature a delicious menu paired with a high-end selection of wines, and will honor the legacies of four members of the corps' history. This week, we're shining a spotlight on [...]

Sep09, 2021

Help Out Weekly at Cadets Volunteer Day

New this fall, The Cadets will hold a Volunteer Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Monday. If you live near Allentown or in the tri-state area, and you can spare some time on a Monday morning, please join us at Cadets Volunteer Day! This is a positive opportunity to lend a hand throughout the off-season and stay connected to the corps. Volunteers can expect to help out [...]

Sep08, 2021

Homecoming Weekend Spotlight: Art Mura

Cadets high-end Legacy Luncheon to Honor Four Legendary Cadets As part of the 2021 Homecoming Weekend event series, The Cadets will hold a very special Legacy Luncheon at the gorgeous Venetian venue in Garfield, N.J. The Legacy Luncheon will feature a delicious menu paired with a high-end selection of wines, and will honor the legacies of four members of the corps' history. This week, we're shining a spotlight on [...]

Aug27, 2021

Homecoming Weekend Update: Safety Protocols

In 2020, Cadets Arts & Entertainment established itself as a leader in the drum corps community through the careful research, planning, and guidelines created by its Health & Wellness Committee. Comprised of several Cadets Alumni who are medical professionals, the committee created a framework for The Cadets to operate safely. The detailed plan was then shared with DCI to assist members corps amidst the ongoing pandemic. As the COVID-19 [...]

Aug26, 2021

Homecoming Committee Shares Legacy Luncheon Menu

THE CADETS’ 2021 HOMECOMING EVENT SERIES WILL INCLUDE A VERY SPECIAL LEGACY LUNCHEON HONORING FOUR ICONIC MEMBERS OF OUR CORPS’ HISTORY. 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! And speaking of gourmet food, today we highlight the menu for [...]

Aug20, 2021

CAE Board Report: Quarters 1-2

Cadets Arts & Entertainment, Inc. (CAE) is a new organization built on the rich and celebrated history of the 87-year-old Cadets program. The CAE Board of Directors is committed to full transparency and will regularly communicate its activities to The Cadets’ passionate, worldwide community of students, parents, staff, alumni, and fans. This is a summary of the Board’s recent activities as well as goals for the remainder of the [...]

Aug20, 2021

Power The Cadets: Thank You!

In 2021, The Cadets brought Shall Always Be to the field and audiences to their feet. Somehow, after a year and a half apart and only a few weeks together, they put on a full-length program worthy of the corps' "tradition of excellence," and it had the drum corps community talking. "The Cadets are back!" -- Renewed, refreshed, and as true to their roots as they have ever [...]

Aug09, 2021

Denise Bonfiglio to Be Inducted into World Drum Corps Hall of Fame

Cadets Arts & Entertainment (CAE) is proud to announce that the organization's Chief Executive Officer, Denise Bonfiglio, will receive the honor of induction into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame later this year. Among her lifetime of achievements in the drum corps and winter guard activities and beyond, Bonfiglio is currently serving as the first female director of The Cadets Drum Corps and founding CEO of Cadets Arts [...]

Jul30, 2021

Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Congratulations to The Cadets Hall of Fame Class of 2021 On Saturday, July 31, The Cadets Hall of Fame Committee announced the official results of their vote for the inductees to the Class of 2021. The following nominees will receive the honor of being inducted into The Cadets Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 9, at the corps' Homecoming Weekend in Garfield, NJ: Legacy Classic [...]

Jul22, 2021

Alexis Rowbotham Awarded Michelle Owens Scholarship

Cadets Arts & Entertainment is proud to announce that Color Guard Member Alexis Rowbotham has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Michelle Owens Memorial Scholarship. "Michelle was a beautiful soul, and The Cadets is an organization that was very close to her heart," said Jeff Sacktig. "I'm thankful to the corps for allowing us to honor her in this special way," he said. The Michelle Owens Memorial [...]

Jul20, 2021

Allentown Pre-Show Alumni Gathering

ALLENTOWN PRE-SHOW ALUMNI GATHERING Where: The park across Linden Street from J. Birney Crum Stadium When: Saturday, August 7, 2021 Time: 4 - 7 p.m. If you're planning to attend DCI East this year, get there early and join us in the park! The Cadets Alumni Experience Committee will have a tent set up for alumni and their families and friends to gather before the show. [...]

Jul16, 2021

Book Your Homecoming Weekend Hotel

October 9-10, 2021, the Cadets Alumni Experience Committee will host a fabulous weekend of events near the corps' birthplace of Garfield, NJ. Alumni planning to attend are encouraged to stay in The Cadets' block of rooms at the Marriott Saddle Brook, located at 138 New Pehle Avenue, Saddle Brook, NJ 07663. Rooms are available Friday night, October 8; Saturday night, October 9; and Sunday night, October 10, for a [...]

Jul12, 2021

2021 Hall of Fame Update

The Nomination Period for The Cadets Hall of Fame Class of 2021 is now CLOSED. The Hall of Fame Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 13, to review the nominees and narrow the total nominees down to the maximum number of nominees allowed to be voted on in each category (Legacy, Classic and Contemporary). On Thursday, July 14, the final list of nominees for each category will be posted [...]

Jul01, 2021

Send a Cadet a Care Package

The order window for Care Packages with Love has closed. Thanks to everyone who sent a Cadet a Care Package this year! Care Packages Available for Order till July 11 The Cadets are teaming up with Care Packages with Love to offer custom care packages for our members this Spring Training. While The 2021 Cadets couldn't be happier to finally spend their days learning drill on the field, [...]

Jul01, 2021

Homecoming 2021 Spotlight: Hugh Mahon

2021 Homecoming Weekend: Legacy Luncheon Honoring Four Legendary Cadets As part of the 2021 Homecoming Weekend event series, The Cadets will hold a very special Legacy Luncheon at the gorgeous Venetian venue in Garfield, N.J. The Legacy Luncheon will feature a delicious menu paired with a high-end selection of wines, and will honor the legacies of four members of the corps' history. This week, we're shining a spotlight on [...]

Jun26, 2021

2021 Hall of Fame Nomination Process

NOMINATIONS for THE CADETS HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2021 are now open. It’s that time of year, when The Cadets family comes together to recognize outstanding individuals from our ranks who have given of their time and talent above and beyond the corps' standard. If you know someone who has made a significant, positive impact on The Cadets or any of its affiliate programs throughout the history of [...]

Jun26, 2021

Spring Training & Mail Drop Info

OVERVIEW & HOUSING The Cadets will move into Spring Training on Monday, June 28, 2021. Check-in will begin in St. Anne Hall at 12 p.m. that day, followed by the Welcome Meeting and an evening rehearsal block. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for daily schedules, photos, and more! Anna Maria College is a private, Catholic, liberal-arts college located in Paxton, Mass. The campus is 20 minutes from Worchester, [...]

Jun18, 2021

Homecoming 2021 Spotlight: Anthony Bartello

2021 Homecoming Weekend: Legacy Luncheon Honoring Four Legendary Cadets As part of the 2021 Homecoming Weekend event series, The Cadets will hold a very special Legacy Luncheon at the gorgeous Venetian venue in Garfield, N.J. The Legacy Luncheon will feature a delicious menu paired with a high-end selection of wines, and will honor the legacies of four members of the corps' history. This week, we're shining a spotlight on [...]

Jun05, 2021

Pride Month: A Culture of Equality & Inclusion

For Pride Month, we're highlighting the excellent work of our Equality and Inclusion Committee, a group of Cadets members, staff, Board members, alumni, and volunteers representing a wide range of backgrounds, races, ethnicities, ages and genders. Once a month during the winter and spring, the committee hosts a one-hour, organization-wide training session to cultivate a safe, inclusive, and equal environment for all [...]

Jun02, 2021

What to Expect at Homecoming Weekend 2021

The Cadets are planning an event weekend in October that is not to be missed! Friends, food, and wine will highlight a reunion that will bring both joy and heartfelt tears to The Cadets' family in attendance. John Hannigan, Cadets alumnus, former drum major, and co-organizer of The Cadets' Homecoming event series, helped us put together this overview. Here’s a little taste of this fabulous weekend of events: [...]

May27, 2021

May Camp Details + New Brass Video

We Made It! On Friday, May 28, The Cadets' members, staff and volunteers travel to Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass. for the first in-person rehearsal weekend since Feb. 2020. Our team is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of all members, staff, and volunteers. Stay tuned to our official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout the weekend for updates! WANT TO WATCH ENSEMBLE? Maroon & Gold Leadership Donors ($1,000+ [...]

May12, 2021

Jay Travis Honored as DCI Volunteer of the Year

The Cadets are pleased to announce that Jay Travis has been chosen as one of DCI's Volunteers of the Year for 2021. "Volunteers serve as the lifeblood of every drum corps, providing much-needed assistance and support to ensure that performing students can take part in the life-changing drum corps experience," said DCI in their May 12 announcement. With Jay, "assistance" only scratches the surface. Since joining The Cadets' [...]

May05, 2021

Homecoming 2021: Hall of Fame Beefsteak

On the evening of Saturday, October 9, The Cadets will honor and celebrate its Hall of Fame Classes for 2020 and 2021 at the VFW in Garfield, N.J. Since we were unable to gather in person to welcome our 2020 Class into The Cadets' history books, the Alumni Experience and Hall of Fame Committees are thrilled to finally present this event, combining two years of accolades into one memorable [...]

May05, 2021

Homecoming 2021: Legacy Luncheon

The Cadets' 2021 Homecoming event series will include a very special Legacy Luncheon honoring four iconic members of our corps' history. 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! Purchase Tickets Hotel Information [...]

May02, 2021

’87 Snare Drummer Issues 1934 Challenge

A Challenge... Should You Choose to Accept It Brian Fay, a Cadets Snare Drummer from 1986-1988 and member of the 1987 "perfect percussion section," has issued a challenge to his fellow alumni and fans: He will add $1934 to his Maroon & Gold Day contribution if 50 more people make a gift to the corps. "I am incredibly thankful for my three years with The Cadets as well as [...]

Apr29, 2021

Homecoming 2021: An Appalachian Celebration

87 for 87: An Appalachian Celebration Homecoming Weekend 2021 will culminate with a wonderful event honoring the 1987 Cadets and celebrating the 87th year of our corps. The Cadets Alumni Experience Committee has planned a series of special events in which alumni will finally gather for the first time in two years. The biggest event of the weekend, this year's gala is entitled 87 for 87: [...]

Apr29, 2021

Homecoming 2021: Cadets to Hold Special Mass Oct. 10

The Holy Name Cadets are being honored by a special mass for the current members, Cadets Alumni and Cadets Eternal in celebration of the corps' 87th-anniversary year. "A tiny, wooden, Catholic church in the blue-collar, family-oriented community of Garfield, New Jersey, was where the spark was lit. The church was tiny, but the name was grandiose: the Church of the Most Holy Name. It was in [...]

Apr27, 2021

Recap: Maroon & Gold Day 2021

On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, The Cadets' community of alumni, staff, fans and volunteers came together in one the most successful fundraising days in the corps' history. In addition to the traditional Maroon & Gold giving format, The Cadets introduced Maroon and Gold+ for 2021, a monthly giving program for those who prefer to spread their donation out through the calendar year. Both one-time and total annual recurring [...]

Apr22, 2021

Indy Accommodations: Cadets Block Rooms

Planning your trip to Indianapolis for DCI 2021? Book a room among fellow fans in The Cadets' Block! The Cadets have reserved a block of rooms at the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis-Downtown-Union Station from Wednesday, August 11 through Saturday, August 14.* If you would like to book by phone, you will need the access code 2021CadetsDCI. However, please note that the Indy Housing staff is currently working remotely, so online [...]

Apr22, 2021

CAE Seeks Board Members

Cadets Arts & Entertainment (CAE) is looking for motivated, talented professionals to join the Board of Directors this fall. The CAE Board of Directors comprises leaders from the nonprofit and for-profit sector who are dedicated to the organization’s mission. The Board and its committees are critical organizational resources, providing the cutting-edge skills and innovative thinking needed to build a sustainable long-term future for The Cadets. In addition to the [...]

Apr16, 2021

Must-See M&G Day Livestream on 4/21

Maroon & Gold Day 2021 to feature 4-hour live event As part of Maroon & Gold Day 2021, Front Ensemble Facilitator Neil Larrivee will host a four-hour Livestream event. Hosted on Zoom, the broadcast will feature four sessions with special guest staff members and alumni who've shaped The Cadets' history through the years. We'll be talking Cadets Visual from 4-5PM, Brass from 5-6PM, Color Guard from 6-7PM, and Percussion [...]

Apr06, 2021

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 [...]

Apr05, 2021

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 [...]

Mar17, 2021

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), [...]

Mar17, 2021

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 [...]

Mar15, 2021

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 [...]

Mar08, 2021

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, [...]

Feb26, 2021

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 [...]

Feb23, 2021

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 [...]

Feb23, 2021

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 [...]

Feb03, 2021

February Alumni Gathering Postponed

UPDATE: The February Cadets Alumni Reunion has been postponed until a later date. Thank you to everyone who signed up to attend! We hope you to see you at our next virtual gathering soon. Cadets Alumni, stay tuned for announcements and events as the summer approaches! On behalf of our Alumni Experience Committee, Happy Valentine's Day to the entire Cadets family. Wishing you a wonderful weekend with those [...]

Jan22, 2021

2020 Holiday Campaign Report

The Cadets closed out the 2020 calendar year with the corps’ annual holiday fundraiser. This year’s campaign was entitled, Joy to The Cadets, and gave donors the chance to connect with current members of the corps by sending them a personalized holiday card, custom designed by Derrick Philips, Graphic Designer for Cadets Arts & Entertainment (CAE).  “Due to the widespread financial impact of COVID-19, our Development Team decided to cut this year’s campaign goal in half compared to last year. We just didn’t know [...]

Jan22, 2021

Cadets to Begin Organization-Wide Equality & Inclusion Training

Since last summer, The Cadets Equality and Inclusion Committee has met regularly with the purpose of creating a strong organizational foundation in some of the most important and sensitive areas in our society today. Their dialogue focuses on mindfulness, insight and progress, and as we begin a new year, that dialogue transitions into an ongoing, organization-wide training. As part of The Cadets’ full-corps rehearsal and meeting later this month, [...]

Jan08, 2021

CAE Update: Q4 Board Report for FY20

Cadets Arts & Entertainment, Inc. (CAE) is a new organization built on the rich and celebrated history of the 86-year old Cadets program. The CAE Board of Directors is committed to full transparency and will regularly communicate our activities to The Cadets’ passionate worldwide community of students, parents, staff, alumni and fans. This is the fourth in a series of quarterly reports that summarize the Board’s recent activities as [...]

Dec22, 2020

A Letter to Our 2020 Donors

Dear Donor, Thank you for your donation to The Cadets this year. As a non-profit performing arts organization that relies on in-person events, 2020 seemed almost impossible earlier this year. Yet, thanks to your generosity, we were able to not only continue to operate, but to use this year to lay a strong foundation for our organization for many, many years to come. Unlike many other corps, The Cadets [...]

Dec20, 2020

The 34 Days of Cadets

We're counting down to the end of 2020 with the 34 Days of Cadets, bringing you fun facts, pivotal moments in Cadets history, and videos every day through the end of the year! Check out the content below. As we continue to prepare for our 2021 season, we invite you to make any gift you can to our 2020 Holiday Campaign, and then write a personal holiday card to [...]

Dec11, 2020

Health & Wellness Committee: Keeping Our Cadets Safe

With the founding of Cadets Arts & Entertainment earlier this year, the Board of Directors has worked diligently to set up safeguards and establish committees to strategically lead The Cadets into greater success in the years ahead. In the context of 2020, the formation of a Health and Wellness Committee was of utmost importance. Comprised of a group of medical experts that have up-to-the-minute information [...]

Dec07, 2020

Alumni Virtual Holiday Party THIS Sunday!

This event has already occurred. Stay tuned to for more upcoming events! All Cadets Alumni are invited to attend a holiday reunion on Sunday, December 13 from 6-8PM EST. This Sunday, join us for a fun and festive event for alumni of all generations. We invite you to wear your holiday best or your ugliest Christmas sweater, deck out your Zoom background, and maybe even make a Cadet [...]

Dec03, 2020

Brass & Guard Announce 3-Step Video Audition

On Thursday, December 3, The Cadets announced a three-step Video Audition starting at just $21. The Cadets Administration recognizes that COVID-19 has brought numerous challenges to our young fans and aspiring Cadets. Rather than charge one substantial audition fee for the entire process up-front, we have created a Video Screening Process to make auditioning for The Cadets accessible to as many young performers as possible. Musicians and color guard [...]

Dec03, 2020

Summer 2021: DCI to Host Showcase Event in Indy

In conjunction with a recent announcement from Drum Corps International, Cadets Arts & Entertainment is pleased to announce that The Cadets will be performing in the events to be held later in the summer of 2021. “The coming season will, by necessity, be ‘different’ to say the least; but we are determined to safely create a stage like no other in order to offer performance opportunities in the summer [...]

Nov20, 2020

Cadets Alumni ’34-’79 Reunion Dec. 6

This event is in the past. Stay tuned for future alumni reunions, and if you have an idea for an alumni event, please feel free to reach out to The Cadets Alumni Experience Committee by emailing On December 6, Cadets from the 1930s through the 1970s are invited to attend a special virtual reunion. Through the late summer and early fall, The Cadets hosted a series of [...]

Nov04, 2020

Happy 80th Birthday Hugh Mahon

Hugh Mahon, a founding father of Drum Corps International and former Director of The Cadets, turned 80 years old on November 4, 2020. At the 2019 DCI World Championships, Hall of Fame broadcaster Steve Rondinaro sat down with Hugh Mahon, an inaugural inductee of the DCI Hall of Fame class of 1985, to talk about his days directing the Cadets in the early 1970s and [...]

Nov02, 2020

Cadets & Blue Devils Team up in Virtual Workshop

On Nov. 21, 2020, the elite instructional teams of The Cadets and The Blue Devils will join forces in a Virtual Workshop presented by USBands. Band and color guard students and instructors are invited to join us at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, November 21 for a workshop designed for all experience levels. Breakout-sessions will include: Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Color Guard, and Leadership, as well as sessions for band [...]

Oct29, 2020

CAE Update: Educational Advisory Council

In its founding year of 2020, Cadets Arts & Entertainment has developed strong pillars to provide necessary guidance and support for the organization. One of these strategic entities is The Cadets Educational Advisory Council, a think tank made up of top college and high school band directors from across the country. The council meets twice monthly to discuss current topics, determine best practices, and plan for what might come [...]

Oct23, 2020

CPit Member Brings Alumni & Current Cadets Together

Last week, Cara Warntz, a legacy member of The Cadets Pit since 2019, got creative and ended up raising $1,000 for the corps. It started last summer, when The Cadets were on the road. The 2019 CPit had custom jerseys made to commemorate the season with 19 and their name on the back. Time went on, and drum corps went virtual for 2020. Cara wore her CPit jersey in [...]

Oct21, 2020

Help Us Unlock a $5,000 Donation Match

This week, a Cadets Alumna and 2020 Maroon & Gold Club member came forward with a challenge for her fellow Cadets supporters: She is willing to match all donations made between now the end of October, up to $5,000. In 2020, a year with no live events when we started afresh with a new non-profit organization, this is an amazing opportunity for The 2021 Cadets! Would you give what [...]

Oct17, 2020

Honoring Our Hall of Fame Class of 2020

On Saturday, October 17, The Cadets Hall of Fame Committee hosted the Induction Ceremony for the Class of 2020. The evening began an hour earlier with an open social gathering on Zoom in which Cadets Alumni and supporters were invited to reconnect and reminisce. A livestream then began at 8 p.m. on all The Cadets’ streaming channels in which Hall of Fame Committee members honored the four deserving inductees: [...]

Oct13, 2020

Support The Cadets with Amazon Smile

Cadets Arts & Entertainment is an eligible AmazonSmile charitable organization! AmazonSmile gives you the exact same Amazon shopping experience you're used to (the same products, prices and features), but the AmazonSmile Foundation donates a small portion of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Every item available for purchase on is also available on AmazonSmile ( at the same price. Eligible products [...]

Oct09, 2020

5 Months Old, 86 Years Strong

The 2020 Cadets Story event is just over a week away, and we are now in the Final Push to the end of our fiscal year October 31. But this isn’t just any fiscal year, it’s actually our first year. While The Cadets has a rich, 86-year tradition of excellence, Cadets Arts & Entertainment - our new parent organization - is just five months old. Our staff and board [...]

Oct02, 2020

Save the Date! Virtual Hall of Fame Event Oct. 17

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 17! The 2020 Cadets Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be a virtual event this year, and everyone is invited to attend. The festivities will begin at 7 p.m. EDT on Zoom (link forthcoming) with an open Cadets social gathering. Join in to see some familiar faces, reconnect with old friends and make new connections in The Cadets family of [...]

Oct02, 2020

March in Our Virtual Halloween Parade

This fall, embrace the spooky spirit of the season and join The Cadets in our first Virtual Halloween Parade! With social distancing still in place, October 31 may look a bit different this year. As part of our fall fundraiser, we want to bring fans and alumni from all over the marching arts together in a fun online event. Here’s How It Works: Now through October 27, you can [...]

Oct01, 2020

The Final Push

The Final Push – it’s a Cadets trademark. As we wow audiences with clean drill, great music and intricate guard work, we know something they don’t – If you think this is great, just wait for the last 45 seconds. When The Cadets are the most exhausted, we find it within ourselves to increase the momentum. We kick up the tempo to 200+ beats per minute. Feet, flags and [...]

Sep25, 2020

Equality & Inclusion: The Uncompromising Pursuit of Excellence

While The Cadets are known for their constant pursuit of excellence on the field, now more than ever, we are striving to apply that same uncompromising spirit to every facet of our organization. During the summer of 2020, the Cadets Arts & Entertainment Board of Directors established several committees to ensure strategic, responsible leadership for The Cadets Drum Corps and the non-profit organization as a whole. Among those, the [...]

Sep25, 2020

Statement Related to Legal Proceedings on Sept. 24

In response to the plea bargain and sentencing that was passed down yesterday, Sept. 24, in the Lehigh County, Pa. Courthouse, Cadets Arts & Entertainment would like to express our continued support for all of the victims involved in the criminal investigation. Their acts of selflessness and strength deserve our full respect, admiration and gratitude. We can only hope that the victims are also able to find some closure [...]

Sep21, 2020

Panel from ’98 Hornline Joins CBrass Zoom Rehearsal

On September 13, 2020, The Cadets Brass held their regularly scheduled rehearsal as a part of their fall curriculum. The brass line is currently working on a warm-up exercise which concludes with a nostalgic chord progression from The 1998 Cadets production. The brass will debut this video in The 2020 Cadets Story on Facebook and Instagram Live on October 25, but last weekend, the '98 brass line got a [...]

Sep17, 2020

An Update from Our Board of Directors

With the release of its Third-Quarter Board Report, the Cadets Arts & Entertainment Board of Directors has announced significant achievements in its support and leadership of our organization. Accomplishments Importantly, the Board has now established initial by-laws and developed organizational policies and procedures spanning background checks, code of conduct, conflicts of interest, mandatory reporting, non-discrimination, sexual harassment, youth safety and diversity and inclusiveness. The [...]

Sep16, 2020

Tune in Oct. 25 for The 2020 Cadets Story

Mark your calendar! On Sunday, October 25, The Cadets will present The 2020 Cadets Story, a live video broadcast to celebrate the members of the corps this year and share their achievements with the world. The 2020 Cadets did not get to go on tour. They will never have their much-anticipated DCI DVD, but that does not mean they don’t have a story. In many ways, their story is similar [...]

Sep03, 2020

The Hall of Cadets: Own an Original Corps Photo

Cadets Arts & Entertainment recently announced the organization's move to a new office space in Allentown, Pa., just minutes from historic J. Birney Crum Stadium. In the relocation, our staff had the opportunity to reorganize our inventory and get a fresh start in an updated office space. For years, The Cadets' office halls have been lined with framed, full-corps photos spanning several decades. However, many more years of great [...]

Sep01, 2020

2021 Cadets August Rehearsal a Success

The Cadets held their monthly full-corps meeting Sunday night, as has become the routine since June. While we were unable to provide an immersive summer experience for our membership in 2020, our organization remains committed to providing them with a high level of support and education through this challenging year. Corps meetings continue into the fall to provide continuity between drum corps seasons and promote the well-being of The [...]

Aug31, 2020

2020 Hall of Fame Finalists Announced

With a great deal of consideration for maintaining the corps’ traditions and keeping our alumni engaged amidst a year of unprecedented changes and challenges, The Cadets Hall of Fame Committee made the decision to move forward with its activities for 2020. On behalf of the entire Cadets organization, the committee takes great pride in announcing the 2020 Cadets Hall of Fame Finalists: Cindi DeVivo Marie DiDomenico George Hilger Michael [...]

Aug27, 2020

Cadets Welcome Allison Broussard Back To The Team

Cadets Arts & Entertainment is pleased to welcome Allison Broussard to the office staff in the role of Marketing & Development Manager. Allison is an alumnus of The Cadets who marched five years in the mellophone section from 2006 through 2010. She went on to serve as The Cadets’ Social Media Manager on tour in 2011 and 2012 before transitioning into the Allentown office full-time as the Assistant Director [...]

Aug06, 2020

Dr. David Holsinger Joins Cadets 1992 and 1993 Reunions

The second week of Cadets Virtual Reunions ends Friday, August 7, with alumni from the 1990s getting together and sharing lots of stories and memories. This week of reunions has featured several guests, including acclaimed composer, conductor, and educator, David Holsinger. The Cadets performed Dr. Holsinger's music in both 1992 and 1993. In 1992, The Cadets surged into 2nd place at DCI Finals playing To Tame the Perilous [...]

Jul29, 2020

Cadets Reunions Continue, Early Years Reunions Coming in September

Cadets Alumni have started meeting virtually this week. Videos, photos, and lots of great stories have been shared and we are excited to continue hosting these reunions through the next several weeks. Cadets alumni from the 80s through the present can register at Also, see the schedule below to make sure you make your calendar for your reunion date and time.  The Cadets have 86 years of [...]

Jul23, 2020

The Big Move is Coming Soon

As we announced recently, The Cadets are moving from the offices we have shared with YEA! since 2004 to our new location within walking distance of J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown's historic district. The staff and volunteers have been working hard to pack up and to prepare our new offices for the upcoming move.  Led by Dan Hurd, Justin Moore, and The Cadets office staff, a team [...]

Jul08, 2020


The Cadets have found a new home, and we need your help! Moving is lots of fun…right ?. We have all done it at some point in our lives, and we have all asked our friends and family to help. Today, we are asking our Cadets family to pitch in and help as we pack up and move. Our new offices sit within walking distance of J. Birney Crum [...]

Jul08, 2020

Hall of Fame Nomination Process Begins

The Cadets Hall of Fame Committee has announced plans to move forward to induct a Class of 2020. Given the recent creation of the new Cadets Arts & Entertainment organization and current conditions due to the pandemic, our normal activities have been delayed. We are happy to announce open nominations beginning on July 8 through July 31, 2020. All qualifying nominations received during this period will be included in [...]

Jul02, 2020

Watch “Sound Bytes” This Tuesday, July 7th

The last six weeks have been exciting as we looked forward to Percussion Thursday with Tom Aungst. Tom shared the stories and knowledge of some of the best percussion performers, teachers, and arrangers in all of DCI and WGI. While Tom takes a break away from live-streaming sessions, we are excited to present three new webinars in July.This Tuesday, July 7th, we present "Sound Bytes" with Cadets Audio Caption [...]

Jul02, 2020

The Cadets Establish Equality and Inclusion Committee

Statement from Cadets Director, Denise Bonfiglio For the past several months, I have spent a considerable amount of time creating and establishing the new Cadets Arts and Entertainment Organization. When I look back where it all started for The Cadets, the year was 1934, during the great depression! Eighty-Six years later, the global economy may likely suffer the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The political, economic, [...]

Jun25, 2020

Sign Up for The Cadets Winds, Brass, and Percussion Virtual Clinic

Button Text DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING DEMAND FOR A COMBINED BRASS, WINDS, AND PERCUSSION CLINIC, THE CADETS ARE HOSTING A TWO-DAY VIRTUAL CLINIC FOR THE LAST TWO DAYS OF JULY. Hosted by Cadets Program Facilitator and Battery Arranger, Tom Aungst, and Brass Caption Manager, Dr. Matt Stratton, all ages and all abilities are welcome! This virtual clinic will not only include percussion and brass, but also woodwinds. Thursday [...]

Jun03, 2020

Cadets Launch Updated 34 Store

The Cadets will continue to serve as one of the leading sellers of new and used marching arts equipment and accessories as we introduce the enhanced 34 Store. Here you will find all your Cadets gear, including apparel and accessories, along with a comprehensive selection of marching arts instruments and equipment. Band directors can call 610-821-0345 to discuss their own individual needs for their band program. [...]

Jun03, 2020

Cadets Host Third Virtual Camp, History Night

The Cadets held their third virtual camp of the spring the weekend of May 29-31. Along with continuing to learn the 2021 show music and refining marching and equipment technique, members and staff participated in a discussion with alumni and a virtual History Night. The Cadets held its first virtual camp back in March after the in-person brass camp had to be canceled. Cadets Brass Caption Manager, Dr. [...]

Jun03, 2020

Tom Aungst Talks Old School Percussion

Thursday evening, June 4, at 8 pm eastern Tom Aungst continues his series of technique talks, reaching back into the 1970s and 1980s to talk Old School drum corps. Listen live as Tom chats with Denise Delucia, Charley Poole, Joe Marrella, and Jeff Prosperie. You can watch this Livestream at or on Facebook or YouTube.

Jun01, 2020


BLACK. LIVES. MATTER. Over the last week, the nation has been plunged into a crisis by the latest in a long series of senseless killings of Americans of color, particularly African Americans. The burden of sorrow and pain imposed on our Black brothers and sisters over decades of racism and injustice is intolerable to all who believe in the promise of [...]

May28, 2020

Watch Live! Tom Aungst Talks Technique, Front Ensembles of the 1990s and 2000s

Watch on Thursday, May 28, as Cadets Program Facilitator and Battery Arranger, Tom Aungst, is joined by a panel of the most influential front ensemble arrangers of the 1990s and 2000s. This will be the second in the series, Tom Aungst Talks Technique. Last week, Tom was joined in a percussion technique virtual roundtable by Scott Johnson of the Blue Devils, Ralph Hardimon of Santa Clara Vanguard and Blue [...]

May22, 2020

Ten For 34! Support The Cadets and Win a Chance to Hear The 2021 Show Music

The Cadets have a major fundraising goal to meet, and starting today you can help. For the next ten days, we want you to join in and donate so we can raise $34,000 and meet our Maroon and Gold Campaign goal.  Back on May 5, over 200 fans and friends joined in to help us raise over $50,000. We are incredibly grateful to those who have given, but that [...]

May21, 2020

Tom Talks Technique, East Meets West

This Thursday, May 21, you won’t want to miss Tom Aungst as he leads a panel discussion with six of DCI’s best arrangers and instructors. This East meets West technique discussion will feature the west coast’s Scott Johnson of the Blue Devils, Ralph Hardimon of Santa Clara Vanguard and Blue Knights, and Glen Crosby of Pacific Crest. On the east coast side will be Colin McNutt of the Boston [...]

May09, 2020

The Cadets Meet Fundraising Goal on Maroon and Gold Day 2020

Tuesday of Maroon and Gold Day at 3:00 pm Neil Larrivee and Tom Aungst were ready to go live on The Cadets website. They planned to share stories about past Cadets corps and percussion sections for about an hour. Five hours later, after the likes of Cadets legends Jay Bocook, Jeff Sacktig, April Martinez, and many more joined in, Neil and Tom were still going strong. Throughout the broadcast, [...]

May01, 2020

The Cadets Announce Independent Not-For-Profit Youth Organization

10-Time DCI World Champion Launches Independent Not-For-Profit Youth Organization ALLENTOWN, PA — 5/1/2020 — The Cadets, a DCI World Class competitive drum and bugle corps based in Allentown, Pa., today announced the launch of a new not-for-profit corporation called Cadets Arts and Entertainment, Inc. led by newly appointed CEO Denise Bonfiglio, the current Director of The Cadets. In addition, a new Board of Directors has been established to provide oversight for [...]

Apr30, 2020


Maroon and Gold day kicks off this Tuesday, May 5th, at 12:01 am, and The Cadets have exciting plans for this day. Not only will fans, friends, and alumni see exciting content throughout the day on The Cadets social media channels, they will also be able to participate in prize drawings and giveaways as a thank you for their support. Look for more Maroon and Gold Day announcements to come, including [...]

Apr28, 2020


The Cadets held its second Virtual Camp this past weekend with all sections in attendance. Every student received an abundance of education and training throughout the weekend, along with critical Health and Wellness information and guidance. "The participation and engagement by both members and staff certainly exceeded my expectations," said Cadets Director, Denise Bonfiglio. "The planning and efforts by the Design Team, Caption Managers, Educational staff, and my management team [...]

Mar26, 2020

DCI and Cadets to Cancel 2020 Tour, Focus on 2021

With the recent announcement from Drum Corps International canceling the 2020 summer tour, The Cadets will concurrently cancel all touring plans for 2020 and focus entirely on the 2021 season. My decision to cancel the in-person March camp was driven by our mandate to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all who participate in The Cadets, particularly during this fluid situation with COVID-19 and physical distancing. The Cadets will [...]

Mar23, 2020

Cadets Hold Virtual March Brass Camp

The Cadets were one of only a few corps in DCI to hold a virtual camp in March. Matt Stratton, Cadets Brass Caption Manager and alumnus, hosted the online rehearsal. He was very pleased with the success of the virtual format, especially his ability to introduce the members to the entire brass faculty. Typically all the brass staff would not be able to attend a live camp due to travel [...]

Mar11, 2020

Cadets Cancel March 13-15 Brass Camp

Due to the increasing number of health concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 and the fact that New Jersey has declared a state of emergency, The Cadets, in consultation with Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) Board President, Doug Rutherford, and DCI Executive Director, Dan Acheson, has decided to cancel this weekend’s Brass Camp which was to be held in Salem, New Jersey. Cadets Director, Denise Bonfiglio, stated that, “the [...]

Mar08, 2020

Introducing The Cadets 2021 Drum Majors

The Cadets are excited to announce that four strong young women will lead the corps through the 2020 season. Loren Gregory will continue as lead conductor for The Cadets and will be assisted by Cat Yang and Molly Sobieski, with Mallory Shirey serving as conductor. Loren Gregory is entering her third season as drum major and her second season as lead conductor at The Cadets. She attends the University of [...]

Mar07, 2020

Statement from The Cadets on Covid-19

Hello everyone! I wanted to talk a bit about the COVID-19 virus and the upcoming March 13-15 Cadets Brass Camp. We are monitoring this situation very closely around the country. If you are sick with cold/flu symptoms, please stay home. If anyone has traveled out of the country or has family that has traveled to East Asia, China or Italy, I need to know about this if you plan to [...]

Feb19, 2020

Next Cadets Live Webinar This Thursday

Don’t miss the next in our series of Meet The Cadets webinars this Thursday at 8 pm EST. To watch and join in go online to On the webinar will be Cadets Director, Denise Bonfiglio, Director of Operations, Justin Moore, Cadets Assistant Director, Ron Lambert, and Development and Marketing Manager, Brad Martin. This webinar will give fans, friends and alumni the opportunity to learn more about The Cadets management [...]

Feb10, 2020

New Pathway Forward for The Cadets

Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) today announced that The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps will begin operating as an independent non-for-profit organization with a newly constituted Board of Directors, bylaws and governance structure, beginning March 31, 2020. YEA! will continue to operate USBands, a program focused on delivering services to the scholastic band community. After March 31, the Cadets and USBands, will operate as separate entities with a well-defined ongoing business relationship, [...]




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