The Cadets

Other Names:Holy Name Cadets, Cadets of Bergen County, Garfield Cadets, Holy Name Cadets

Allentown, PA United States
Founded: 1934

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The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps is a World Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps based in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The Cadets was founded in 1934 as the Holy Name Cadets by Charles Mura and Michael Koeph along with Rev. Edwin Garrity of the Holy Name Catholic parish in Garfield, New an activity for the boys in the parish.

The corps quickly became one of the top junior corps in the country. They won their first national championship, the American Legion Nationals, in 1940. Between 1940 and 1964 the Cadets won nine American Legion national crowns, more than any other junior corps, even retiring the championship trophy after they won three years in a row, 1960-62. They also captured "The Dream" mythical national Championship five times.

Credited as being the first touring corps, the Cadets traveled three weeks by bus to Los Angeles in 1950 for one single show to defend their Legion title. That tour ended on a dramatic note, when the corps' bus broke down in Wagon Mound, New Mexico on the way home. Legend has it that, after a dispute between corps members and locals, the whole corps was run out of town at gunpoint.

In 1958, the parish rejected the underwriting of further travel and disbanded the corps keeping the uniforms and instruments. In reaction, the corps members individually bought their own uniforms, paid for their own transportation, and borrowed horns from the Chicago Cavaliers to defend their American Legion National Championship in Chicago as the Garfield Cadets. They finished second, 0.3 points behind the Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights and 1.18 ahead of the generous third place Cavaliers. Also in 1958, an LP record album entitled "John Philip Sousa's Greatest Marches" featured a full-color photo of the Garfield Cadets. For the 1958 season and a part of '59 the corps wore white shirts and shorts instead of traditional uniforms until, in mid-season of '59, the parish "gifted" the corps the with the uniforms that had long been (and would long remain) its trademark. The Cadet uniform of cream-colored trousers, maroon jackets, and gold sashes remained essentially unchanged from 1934 into the 21st century.

In the second half of the Sixties, the Garfield Cadets slipped from the top and became more of an also-ran than a champion. In 1969, the corps became coed. and was also the first year they attendeded VFW finals after skipping it for a number of years. They placed 11th that year, tenth in 1970 and seventh in 1971. In 1971, the Cadets marched one of the first theme shows, entitled "No More War"--- at VFW Nationals in Dallas, the legend says that they tried to convince the VFW officials that the peace symbol in their drill was actually the Mercedes-Benz logo.

Also in 1971, the Garfield Cadets, along with the 27th Lancers, Boston Crusaders, Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights, and Blue Rock formed the United Organization of Junior Corps (also known as the "Alliance"). This was a reaction to the rigid, inflexible rules of the American Legion and VFW (the primary rule makers and sponsors of both corps and shows) and the low or nonexistent performance fees paid for appearing in the various competitions. A similar group of Midwestern corps, the Midwest Combine, was formed by the Blue Stars, Cavaliers, Madison Scouts, Santa Clara Vanguard, and the Troopers. These corps stated that not only were they having their creative potential as artistic performing groups stifled, but they were being financially starved. The Alliance and Combine members further declared that the corps should be making their own rules, operating their own competitions and championships, and keeping the bulk of the monies those shows earned.

For the 1971 season, the five corps stuck together, offering show promoters the group as a package deal. Despite pressure on show sponsors, judges, and other drum corps, the corps were booked into a number of shows together. In 1972, the Cdets, along with the nine other corps from the Alliance and the Midwest Combine, plus the Anaheim Kingsmen, Argonne Rebels, and De La Salle Oaklands were founding members of Drum Corps International (DCI), which remains as the sanctioning body for junior corps in North America.

Although a charter member, through the first ten years of DCI, the Garfield Cadets was nothing special, even if the corps appeared in the movie "Crazy Joe" in 1974.. With the then-usual hodge-podge of musical styles in a show, Garfield made the Top 12 in Finals only four times, with 1981's seventh place being the corps' highest finish. Then in 1982, a switch to a modern semiclassical repertoire vaulted the Cadets to a third place finish.

In 1983, the Garfield Cadets stormed out of the gate, winning show after show after show. Undefeated going into DCI Finals in Miami, the Cadets had won thirty-three straight contests, with six additional top placements in prelim shows. The win streak came to a sudden halt in DCI Semifinals, where the Cadets were in a second place tie with the Blue Devils, .75 points behind the Santa Clara Vanguard, despite having soundly beaten both corps earlier. Pulling out all the stops, the Garfield Cadets left everyone else in their dust in Finals, beating Blue Devils by .6, with BD ahead of SCV by more tha a point. The Garfield Cadets had won its first DCI World Championship.

As defending champions, the '84 Cadets lost one show each to Phantom Regiment, Santa Clara Vanguard, and Blue Devils. In DCI semifinals, only BD was within 2.5 points, trailing by 0.8. In Finals,four-time former champion SCV and five-time former champion BD both came out breathing fire, and only by performing theiir "West Side Story" program to a DCI record high score of 98.000 did the Garfield Cadets successfully defend it title.

A trip into the Midwest brought the 1985 Cadets losses at Whitewater and Rockford to the Madison Scouts, who peaked early before falling to a distant 4th place DCI finish at home in Madison. Then the met up with Santa Clara. The two corps tied in DCI East prelims before SCV not onlly won finals that night, but won the next tree meetings of the two corps. Then, Garfield won the U.S. Open the weekend before DCI Finals and did not look back. After a close semifinals, the Garfield Cadets turned in another DCI record high score of 98.400 to gain the first "three-peat" championship in DCI History. Only the 2000-02 Cavaliers have also been able to accomplish a "three-peat" in DCI's top division.

After three seasons in a row at the top, Garfield '86 fell to 4th place, but on July 4th, the Cadets performed as a part of the Liberty Weekend that celebrated both the hundredth anniversary of the Statue of Liberty and its restoration. In 1987, they were right back on top, with the "Appalachian Spring" show earning their fourth DCI title in five years.

The drill for the Garfield Cadets four DCI Championships was designed by George Zingali, the most innovative designer of the period. When the corps performed a move auch as his famous "Z Pull, fans scratched their collective heads and asked, "How in the... heck... did they do that?"

1988 was another 4th place season. In 1989, the corps moved out of the City of Garfield into suburban Bergen County. The corps changed its name to the Cadets of Bergen County and finished fifth at DCI.

The Cadets of Bergen County won DCI Championships in 1990, '93, '98, and 2000. In 1996, sponsorship of the corps was passed to Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!), an umbrella organization sponsoring several youth and musical activities, and the Cadets of Bergen County performed at the Games of the XXVI Olympiad, the Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

In the wake of 9/11, many 2002 drum corps shows built on patriotic and heroic themes. The Cadets' show celebrated New York, and their performance was augmented on Finals night when the corps staff persuaded a fire station near Madison's Camp Randall Stadium to wind its siren right on cue and clearly audible to fans. The Cadets finished third.

In 2003, their 70th anniversary, YEA! and the corps moved completely out of New Jersy, to Allentown, Pennsylvania. Rather than continue with a name that signified locale or sponsorship, the corps was renamed simpl, The Cadets.

In a departure in what they had been doing musically since 1982, the Cadets' 2004 show was called 'Living With the Past,' and featured music of classic rock band Jethro Tull. The group won ten contests during the season, and took fourth place on DCI Finals night.

In 2005, the uniform underwent rather a major change. Both the front and back looked like a "front side" for the "The Zone: Dreamscapes in Four Parts with a Door" show. On the actual front, the uniform was the traditional maroon jacket, cream white pants and trim, but the "fake" front had maroon pants and an overlay that looked like a cream-fronted jacket with maroon trim, while the sash remained gold on either side. The shako had a visor and badge on both front and back, and the sash was white in front and maroon in back, maintaining the double-front appearance. In order to maintain the "twilight-zone-like" experience of the show, care was taken to march in a manner that helped make either side seem to be the right one. With all of that, The Cadets won their ninth DCI World Championship.

"Volume 2: Through the Looking Glass" followed in 2006. This time, the "fake" front was baby blue, but each member's had design variations, making them all non-uniform. After a fifth place finish, the traditional uniforms returned.

The Cadets were runnersup in 2007 and fifth again in '08. In 2009, the corps reclaimed its original name and marched the 75th Anniversary Season as the Holy Name Cadets, placing third. 2010 was another fifth place finish.

2011 was another year for major uniform changes. "Between Angels and Demons" split the corps in two, half angels, half demons. The "demons" were dressed head-to-toe in maroon--- plume, shako, jacket, pants, shoes. The "angels" wore all-white. Only the yellow sash was worn by both. "Between Angels and Demons" was good for The Cadets' tenth DCI World Championship.

Through 2017, The Cadets have remained a DCI Top 12 Finalist. The corps is one of only five corps to attend every DCI World Championship.

The drum corps world was rocked on April 5, 2018, when the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News published allegations that The Cadets longstanding corps director, George Hopkins, had sexually harassed or abused multiple members of the corps and staff over a period of years. Later that day, Hopkins stepped down as director of The Cadets and YEA! CEO while also denying the allegations. Sean King was named as interim CEO for YEA!

On April 11, 2018 the board of directors tendered its resignation, and a new board and officers immediately took over operations of the organization. Having received no letter of resignation, the new board immediately terminated Hopkins for cause, negating any possible severence pay. The new board hired a Chicago labor and employment law firm, Franczek Radelet, to investigate the accusations against Hopkins as well as YEA’s policies and procedures for providing a safe environment for youth members, employees, and volunteers. YEA! also established a hotline for calls to report concerns or complaints.

The YEA! organization was immediately put on a probationary status by DCI with the statement that, "The terms of the probation include multiple steps for YEA! to take in order for its drum corps to participate in the upcoming 2018 DCI Summer Tour." The corps' planned travel to the West Coast to open the season was cancelled, with the schedule redrawn for Eastern shows instead. The corps' cpmpliance with the terms of probation was sufficient for DCI to allow the corps to compete in 2018, and the probation was lifted in May of 2019..

[Youth Education in the Arts; Competitive Drum Corps, Popp, 1980; ; A History of Drum & Bugle Corps, Vickers, 2002-03; Drum Corps World, multiple issues; Drum Corps International]

Members (217)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Adams, Joey Trumpet 2001 to 2003
Aleman, Steve Snare Line 1979 to 1984
Armstrong, Craig Baritone 1994; 1996
Armstrong, Craig Visual Tech 2003
Arreola, Daniel Baritone 2001
Babula, Eric Colorguard 2002 to 2007
Bailey, Debbie Hornline 2000 to 2004
Barnett, Tiffany Colour Guard 2000 to 2002
Barraza, Malcolm Colorguard 2004 to 2008
Bateman, Freddie Color Guard 1988 to 1990
Beatty, Bob Mellophone 1986
Bello, Lee Brass/Euphonium 1997 to 1998
Benz, Ryan Trumpet 2004
Berkeley, Vicky brass 1989
Bernstein, Eddie Brass 2004
Brown, David Trumpet 2004 to 2005
Brown, Ricardo trumpet 2001 to 2002
Bussiere, Cindy front ensemble 1994 to 1995
CHEZ, ALAN lead soprano / soloist 1978 to 1982
CHEZ, ALAN visual staff 1983
CHEZ, ALAN brass staff 1997 to 1999
Callahan, Alexander Baritone 1962 to 1963
Caravella, David Baritone 2004
Carbone, Rocco Horn/Baritone/Euphonium 1975 to 1980
Caswell, Adrian Trumpet 2001 to 2005
Clarke, Peter Brass; Contra 1993 to 1994
Corcoran, Colleen Lead Trumpet 2004 to 2006
Cotter, Thomas Mellophone 2004 to 2006
Cottrell, Jesse pit 2001 to 2002
Coughlin, Justin Pit 2007 to 2009
Daley, Rich Soprano 1992; 1994
DeFalco, Frank Baritone 1997
DeFelice, Robert Trumpet 2005 to 2007
DeFerraro, John Bass Drum / Pit (Auditioning) 2007
DeVito, Al soloist soprano 1954 to 1961
Debski, Juliana color guard 1969
Deenik, Paul Mello 2004
Del Vecchio, Chris Trumpet 2005 to 2006
Dolan, Tim Euphonium 1978
Dougherty, Karen Mellophones 1976 to 1977
Duncan, Andrew Baritone 2002 to 2005
Eastburn, Justin Trumpet 2002
Edelman, Erica guard 2003
Edwards, David Horn 1982
Egbert, Jim Drum Line 1971 to 1972
Ellison, Sean Hornline 1996 to 1997
English, Jr, Gary Mellophone 2005 to 2006
Evans, Rich Contra 1969 to 1972
Fisk, Travis Trumpet 2006
Fitzgerald, Steven Mellophone 2009
Forte, Brian Color Guard 2004 to 2007
Fortsch, Karl Color Guard 1966 to 1967
Fowler, Dave Percussion 1984
Fox, Teresa Colorguard 2002
Freeman, Adam Euphonium 2004 to 2005
Galka, Frank Saprano, Mellophone 1960 to 1971
Gallagher, Tim Baritone/Contra 1990
Gallagher, Tim Admin Team 2011; 2014 to 2015
Gamble, Jackie Colour guard 1998
Gantt, Aaron Colorguard 2002 to 2003
Garay, Chris Snare 2006
Gasper, Michael Plebes 1967 to 1969
Gipson, Derek soprano 1994 to 1996; 1998
Gipson, Derek mellophone tech 2002 to 2004
Gipson, Derek brief visual tech 2007
Gipson, Jennifer Baritone 2002
Gonzalez, Alfredo Hornline 1992
Gonzalez, Richard colorguard 1992 to 1993
Gow, Christopher Baritone 2003; 2005
Greene, Austin Mellophone 2000 to 2002
Greenwell, Sue color guard 1987 to 1992
Griffin, Garrett Baritone 2000 to 2003
Gross, Bob percussion staff 1979 to 1984
Gunter, Griffin Lead Mellophone 2005 to 2007
Harris, Dennis Soprano 1964 to 1965
Hart, Steve Soprano 1983; 1985
Heimbecker, Justin Tuba/Baritone 2003 to 2005
Higgins, Stephen Staff 2006
Higgins, Stephen Staff 2006
Hill, John Soprano 1984
Hodge, Dennis Holy Bass 1998 to 2001
Holden, Bill Pit 2006 to 2007
Hoover, Jim Pit 1988
Hopkins, Marcus Guard 2001
Hopkins, Marcus Color Guard 2001 to 2003
Horne, Alan Trumpet 2001 to 2003
Howard, Julian Tuba 2003
Hrank, Courtney colorguard 1998 to 2003
Hurd, Dan Lead Soprano 1990
Hyman, Paula Mellophone 2002 to 2006
Jackson, Mike Bass drum 1995 to 1999
Jennings, Craig Soprano 1990
Johnson, Charles Bus Driver 1992 to 1993
Katz, Jeff Tuba 2005 to 2006
Kauffmann, Karen Front Ensemble 2007 to 2009
Kaye, Alec Baritone 2013
Keeton, Sarah Pit 2003
Kelley, Ginger Mellophone 1984 to 1985
Kenji, Ito Baritone 1994
Kirby, David Tuba 2001 to 2003
Kozol, Jeff Percussion 1989
LaRosa, Jason Snare 2002 to 2003
Lamendola, Marc Soprano 1986
Larrumbide, Rich front ensemble 2005
Lawrence, Chris Baritone 1990
Lawrence-Temple, Maggie cymbals 1985 to 1987
Lea, George Brass 1981 to 1982
Lilly, Michael Baritone 1998
Linkletter, Beth Color Guard 1973 to 1975
MacFadden, Oliver Trumpet 2002
Maiello, Tom Contra 1986
Marino, Richard / Rich color guard, soprano 1966 to 1971
Mayer, Robert Baritone/Euphonium 1982 to 1983
McCarthy, Sandra Color guard 1994 to 1995
McClure, Joe baritone 2000
McConnell, Daniel Tuba 2012
McILveen, Lori Mellophone 1989 to 1992
McKenna, Michael Tenors 2003 to 2004
McPherson, Jay contra 1985
Mecum, Sara Pit! 2004
Mecum, Sara Pit 2004; 2006
Menefee, Steve Mello 1991 to 1994
Meyer, Brad pit / God's instrument 2002 to 2005
Miller, Patrick Sorpano 1988 to 1990
Myers, Greg Color Guard 1993
Newkirk, Clif Mello 2001 to 2006
Oram, Leanne Colorguard 1994
Oram, Leanne Guard 1994
Osborne, Allen Bass Drum 1992
Padilla Jr., Jose A. color guard 2003 to 2004
Paul, Joseph Baritone 1986 to 1987; 1990
Peel, Bernie Driver 1994 to 1998; 2002 to 2005
Pentecost, Neil Mellophone 1997; 1999
Perez, Michelle Color Guard 1983 to 1985
Perry, Edward brass/contra 2002
Perugini, Skip Percussion 1968
Pezzuto, Stephanie Colorguard 2002 to 2004
Pezzuto, Stephanie Colorguard 2002 to 2004
Popolizio, Larry soprano 1963
Poulsen, Amy Mellophone 1997
Power, Matt snare line 1989 to 1991
Prince, Karen ColorGuard 1999 to 2001
Prosser, Stephen Mellophones 1992
Randazzo, Lou Trumpet 2001 to 2002; 2004
Randazzo, Lou Trumpet Soloist 2003
Reder, Michael Baritone 1991
Reichert, Joe Snare 1992 to 1993
Reichert, Joe Drum Major 1995
Reichert, Joe Staff 1997 to 1998
Rhatigan, Laura Guard 2003
Rhatigan, Laura Colorguard 2003 to 2006
Richard, Kristen “KK” Mellophone 2009
Richard, Kristen “KK” Brass Staff 2017
Richards, Johnathan pit percussion 2001
Ridings, Bill Snare 1959 to 1962
Roberts, Wes Mellophone 2001
Rosenstock, Joshua Baritone Line 1997 to 1999
Ross, Dana Colorguard 1995
Rutt, Christopher Lead Mellophone 1996 to 1998
Sadowsky, Ken Soprano 1998
Sampson-Davis, Kobina Trumpets 2016
Sanchez, Sandy Brass- trumpet 2003 to 2005
Sanders, Pagean Trumpet 2006
Santo, Eric Soprano 1977 to 1982
Saunders, Sam contra 1998 to 2001
Saunders, Sam drum major 2002
Schember, Rick Drum Line 1964 to 1965
Searcy, Porter Snare 2005
Seemless, Boran guard 1977 to 1980
Shafer, David Baritone/Euphonium 1991 to 1993
Sharpe, John Baritone 2002 to 2003
Sheard, Owen Trumpet 2016
Sizemore, Patrick Baritone 2005
Somma, Lisa colorguard 2001 to 2003
Stackpole, Bob Baritone 1979
Stanford, Kelsey Bassline 2004
Stewart, Judy Color Guard 1978 to 1979
Stockard, Brian drumline 2000
Stuart, Norman Mellophone 1973 to 1974
Stults, Heidi snare 2002 to 2006
Sullivan, Sean Mellophone 1996 to 2000
Szuba, Chris Tuba 2005
Takahata, Yusuke Soprano/Mellophone 1994 to 1997
Terry, Michael D Support 1998 to 2002
Terry, Michael D. Admin/Support 1998 to 2007
Terry, Michael P. Volunteer 1998 to 1999
Terry, Michael P. Euphonium 2000 to 2003
Terry, Michael P. Baritone Soloist 2004
Terry, Michael P. Lead Baritone 2005 to 2007
Terry, Patty Volunteer 1998
Thomas, Chris trumpet 2003
Thomas, Rodney Color guard 2000
Tinker, Ryan Euphonium 2005
Villeneuve, Frenchy Guard 1991
W, R colorguard 1995 to 1997
Warntz, Andy Pit 1992
Warntz, Andy Bass Line 1996 to 1997
Warntz, Andy (Moonhead) Volunteer 1985 to 1991
Way, Scott Percussion 1981 to 1982
Webber, Mike Euphonium 1995
Weir, Jeff Baritone 1991
West, Lauren Color Guard 2002 to 2004
Wilkie, Brian Soprano 1980 to 1985
Winder, Todd Colorguard 2004 to 2005
Wood, Jim Guard 1989
Wood, Jim Guard Staff 1990 to 1993
Wood, Katie Colorguard 2000 to 2004
Zampetti, Patrick Snare Line 1977 to 1980
Zampetti, Patrick Snare Instructor 1981 to 1984
Zulick, Jim colorguard 2001 to 2004
Zulick, Jim Drum Major 2005
bergstrom, stephen Tuba 2002 to 2004
field, ed drum 1954 to 1957
noble, chris baritone 1983 to 1987
oliveri, joseph Solo soprano 1963 to 1972
russ, mike drum line 1975 to 1976
stillwell, dan Brass 2003

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