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The Cadets

The Cadets

Location Allentown, PA
Division World Class
Founded 1934
Director George Hopkins
Championship Titles 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2011
Corps Uniform Cream pants with a maroon strip down the sides. Maroon jacket with a white sash and yellow cummerbund. Maroon shako with a white plume.

The Cadets are currently based out of Allentown, Pennsylvania. They are sponsored by Youth Education in the Arts. The corps' director is George Hopkins. The Cadets are members of Drum Corps International and they compete within DCI Division I.

The Cadets have been awarded ten Drum Corps International Championship titles.

History

The Cadets logo

"The Cadets are one of the oldest and are among the most honored drum and bugle corps, with performing members from all over the country and world." Source: The Cadets Official Website


The Cadets, based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, were organized in 1934 as the Holy Name Church Fife, Drum & Bugle Corps by Charles Mura and Michael Koeph, along with Rev. Edwin Garrity. The corps became one of the top three corps in the country almost immediately. They won their first national championship, the American Legion Nationals, in 1940. Between 1940 and 1964 the Cadets won ten Legion crowns, more than any other junior corps, retiring the championship trophy twice (meaning they twice won three times in a row). The corps also captured the National Dream Championships from 1949 through 1954.

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. Owing to a dispute between corps members and locals, the whole corps was run out of town at gunpoint.

In 1958, the sponsoring church declined to underwrite further travel, and it kept the uniforms and instruments when the corps disbanded. The corps members thereupon individually bought their own uniforms, paid for their own transportation, and borrowed horns from the Cavaliers to compete in Legion Nationals in Chicago. They became the Garfield Cadets in 1958 under new sponsorship.

On a lighter note, a 1958 LP record entitled "John Philip Sousa's Greatest Marches" featured a full-color photo of the Garfield Cadets.

The Cadets appeared in the movie "Crazy Joe" in 1974.

There was one season when the corps had to wear white shirts and shorts instead of traditional uniforms. This was the year after the split with the Holy Name Church. However, the Cadet uniform of cream-colored trousers, maroon jackets, and gold sashes has remained essentially unchanged from 1934 into the 21st century.

The all-male Garfield introduced girls into the corps in 1969. 1969 was also the first year they returned to VFW finals after a number of years. They placed 11th that year, tenth in 1970 and seventh in 1971. Their 1971 show was one of the first theme shows, 'America the Brave' which depicted the American Reviolution. The following year was the "No More War" show. The VFW expressed its discomfort over the peace sign that the corps formed on the field. (The corps tried to convince them that it was a Mercedes emblem.) The Cadets are one of the five original members to attend every DCI Championship.

The Cadets of Bergen County (the name was changed in 1989) are 22-time finalists and nine-time DCI champions, including being one of only two open class corps to win three consecutive DCI titles (1983-85). The 1984 show garnered a then-record 98.0 points in Finals. Since 1983 they have won the second-most DCI titles (nine) with some of the most innovative shows of all time. The corps put together a run of 19 consecutive seasons of ten or more contest wins per year from 1982 through 2000.

In the 1990 timeframe, the corps had good sponsorship support from CPC International, the parent of Best Foods.

In the wake of 9/11, many 2002 drum corps shows built on patriotic and heroic themes. The Cadets' show, entitled "An American Revival", celebrated New York, and was augmented on Finals night when corps director George Hopkins persuaded a firehouse near Madison's Camp Randall Stadium to wind its siren right on cue, clearly audible to fans. The Cadets finished third.

In 2003, their 70th anniversary, the Cadets' "Our Favorite Things" show placed them third at DCI finals, with a score of 97.10. That year, rather than be said to hail from any particular city, the corps introduced itself as being sponsored by Youth Education in the Arts, a group that also supports the Crossmen and the United States Scholastic Band Association

In a bit of a departure, the Cadets' 2004 show was called 'Living With the Past,' and featured music of Jethro Tull. The group won ten contests during the season, and took fourth place on DCI Finals night. The corps did not place out of the top four at Finals from 1991-2005, winning three times. Their 1993 win was considered one of the most controversial of all time. They beat Star of Indiana by a tenth of a point, though it is widely agreed that Star of Indiana had the better show.

In 2005, The Cadets tied the record of highest score all-time with a 99.15, and became the first corps to place first in every caption and sub-caption.

The Cadets (the name was changed again in the fall of 1999) has been at the forefront of drum corps innovation throughout their life, under the leadership of George Hopkins: bus touring, the contra bass bugle, the conversion of color guard to horn players. Compton’s Encyclopedia included the Cadets within their pages, the first drum corps to be so honored. They were elected to the Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 1965, and were a charter member of DCI in 1972.

The Cadets were originally known as The Holy Name Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps when they were founded in 1934. They were sponsored by the Church of the Most Holy Name in Garfield, New Jersey. In 1936, the group became known as The Holy Name Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. When they lost their affiliation with the church, they became the Garfield Cadets. Following the 1988 competitive season, they became the Cadets of Bergen County. Their final name change thus far was following the summer of 1999, when they became simply The Cadets.

Shows by year

1972

  • Repertoire:
    • No More War
      • Mars (from The Planets)
      • Rule Britannia (from King of Jazz)
      • Sinfonians: Tension and Conflict
      • Yankee Doodle
      • Greensleeves
      • Children's Dance (from Merry Mount Suite)
      • Amazing Grace
      • Jupiter (from The Planets)
      • Fanfare, Chorale, and Finale
      • A Mighty Fortress
  • Placement: 13th
  • Score: 78.450


1973

  • Repertoire:
    • ?
      • Sinfonians
      • Give it One
      • A Mighty Fortress
      • Procession of Bacchus (from Sylvia)
  • Placement: 13th
  • Score: 72.000


1974

  • Repertoire:
    • Semper Myalgia
      • The Seak Hawk
      • One Tin Soldier
      • Parade of the Toy Soldiers
      • In the Mood
      • Lullaby of Broadway
      • Avenue C
      • Alexander's Ragtime Band
      • Alabama Jubliee
      • Sunshine On My Shoulder
  • Placement: 19th
  • Score: 75.150


1975

  • Repertoire:
    • ?
      • Hall of the Mountain King
      • Fanfare for the Common Man
      • Lincoln Portrait
      • Anything Goes
      • Avenue C
      • In the Mood
      • Tiger Rag
      • Alexander's Ragtime Band
      • What are you Doing for the Rest of Your Life?
      • Romeo and Juliet
  • Placement: 11th
  • Score: 80.550


1976

  • Repertoire:
    • ?
      • Prelude 3rd Act Lohengrin
      • Pieces of Dreams
      • Echano (from Children of Sanchez)
      • The Elks' Parade
      • This is My Country
      • Yankee Doodle
  • Placement: 14th
  • Score: 82.450


1977

  • Repertoire:
    • ?
      • Rite of Spring
      • Primal Scream
      • Star Trek
      • Pieces of Dreams
      • Echano
      • I Don't Know How to Love Him (from Jesus Christ Superstar)
  • Placement: 12th
  • Score: 78.150


1978

  • Repertoire:
    • ?
      • Advance of the Sponges
      • Left Bank Express
      • Pieces of Dreams
      • Echano
      • Strawberry Soup
      • I Don't Know How to Love Him
  • Placement: 14th
  • Score: 79.050


1979

  • Repertoire:
    • ?
      • Carmina Burana
      • Chump Change
      • Children of Sanchez
      • Echano
      • I Don't Know How to Love Him
  • Placement: 16th
  • Score: 76.750


1980

  • Repertoire:
    • ?
      • One Voice
      • Evening Concert
      • Fernando's Fantasy
      • Fire Dance
      • The Elks' Parade
      • Through Eyes of Love
  • Placement: 10th
  • Score: 76.450


1981

  • Repertoire:
    • ?
      • Adventures in Time
      • Egyptian Danza
      • Fire Dance
      • The Elks' Parade
      • Pieces of Dreams
  • Placement: 7th
  • Score: 89.400


1982

  • Repertoire:
    • ?
      • Piano Concerto in F
      • Rocky Point Holiday
      • Cuban Overture
  • Placement: 3rd
  • Score: 92.250


1983

  • Repertoire:
    • ?
      • Rocky Point Holiday
      • In Nomine Patris (from Bernstein's Mass)
      • Almighty Father (from Bernstein's Mass)
      • Sanctus (from Bernstein's Mass)
      • Agnus Dei (from Bernstein's Mass)
      • God Said (from Bernstein's Mass)
      • De Profundis, part 2 (from Bernstein's Mass)
      • Simple Song (from Bernstein's Mass)
  • Placement: 1st
  • Score: 94.400


1984

  • Repertoire:
    • ?
      • Selections from West Side Story
  • Placement: 1st
  • Score: 98.000


1985

  • Repertoire:
    • ?
      • Jeremiah Symphony
      • Overture to Candide
      • Make Our Garden Grow (from Candide)
  • Placement: 1st
  • Score: 98.400


1986

  • Repertoire:
    • ?
      • "On the Waterfront" in 3 Parts and Christopher Street (from Wonderful Town)
  • Placement: 4th
  • Score: 95.600


1987

  • Repertoire:
    • Appalachian Spring
      • Appalachian Spring
  • Placement: 1st
  • Score: 97.900


1988

  • Repertoire:
    • Third Symphony
      • Third Symphony (Aaron Copland)
  • Placement: 4th
  • Score: 96.100


1989

  • Repertoire:
    • Les Misérables
      • I Dreamed A Dream
      • At the End of the Day
      • Look Down
      • On My Own
      • Attack on Rue Plumet
      • Bring Him Home
      • One Day More
      • At the Barricades
  • Placement: 5th
  • Score: 95.600


1990

  • Repertoire:
    • Undiscovered Bernstein
      • Overture to Candide
      • Mass
      • Somewhere (from West Side Story)
      • Fancy Free Ballet
  • Placement: 1st
  • Score: 97.700


1991

  • Repertoire:
    • ABC's of Modern American Music
      • Short Ride in a Fast Machine
      • Letter From Home
      • Prelude Fugue and Riffs
  • Placement: 6th
  • Score: 93.700


1992

  • Repertoire:
    • To Tame the Perilous Skies
      • To Tame the Perilous Skies
  • Placement: 2nd
  • Score: 97.000

1993

  • Repertoire:
    • In the Spring, At the Time When Kings Go Off to War
      • In the Spring, When Kings Go Off to War
      • Ballet Sacra
      • On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss
  • Placement: 1st
  • Score: 97.400


1994

  • Repertoire:
    • West Side Story
      • Dance at the Gym
      • Mambo
      • Cool
      • Prologue/Rumble
      • A Boy Like That
      • Tonight
      • Finale
  • Placement: 2nd
  • Score: 97.700


1995

  • Repertoire:
    • An American Quintet
      • The Reivers
      • Born on the 4th of July
      • Blowing Off Steam (from Far and Away)
      • Swing, Swing, Swing (from 1941)
      • Land Race (from Far and Away)
  • Placement: 2nd
  • Score: 97.200


1996

  • Repertoire:
    • The American West
      • The Promise of Living (from Tender Land)
      • Tulsa: A Portrait in Oil
      • Gunfight (from Billy the Kid)
      • Hoedown (from Rodeo)
      • Happy Ending (from the Red Pony)
  • Placement: 3rd
  • Score: 96.900


1997

  • Repertoire:
    • Celebration
      • Celebration
      • Year of the Dragon
  • Placement: 2nd
  • Score: 97.600


1998

  • Repertoire:
    • Stonehenge
      • Stonehenge
      • Canterbury Chorale
  • Placement: 1st
  • Score: 98.400


1999

  • Repertoire:
    • The Big Apple
      • The Big Apple
      • Theme from City of Angels
  • Placement: 4th
  • Score: 96.400


2000

  • Repertoire:
    • We Are the Future
      • Selections from Millennium Celebration
  • Placement: 1st (Tie)
  • Score: 97.650


2001

  • Repertoire:
    • Juxtaperformance
      • Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
      • Moondance
      • Vide Cor Meum (from Hannibal)
      • Farandole
  • Placement: 2nd (Tie)
  • Score: 97.600


2002

  • Repertoire:
    • An American Revival
      • Times Square (from On the Town)
      • The Place Where Dreams Come True (from Field of Dreams)
      • Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
      • New York Memories
      • America the Beautiful
  • Placement: 3rd
  • Score: 96.750


2003

  • Repertoire:
    • Our Favorite Things
      • Fanfare and Allegro
      • Malaguena
      • Rocky Point Holiday
  • Placement: 3rd
  • Score: 97.100


2004

  • Repertoire:
    • Living With the Past
      • Aqualung
      • Living With the Past
      • Thick as a Brick
      • Bouree
      • Locomotive Breath
      • Songs from the Wood
      • Mother Goose
      • Cross-eyed Mary
  • Placement: 4th
  • Score: 95.600


2005

  • Repertoire:
    • The Zone: Dreamscapes in Four Parts with a Door
      • Twisted Nerve (from Kill Bill)
      • Liquid
      • Overture to a New World (from Dancer in the Dark)
      • Cvalda (from Dancer in the Dark)
      • Vertigo
      • False Mirrors
  • Placement: 1st
  • Score: 99.150


2006

  • Repertoire:
    • Volume 2: Through the Looking Glass
      • History Repeating
      • White Rabbit
      • Pollock
      • Original
      • I am Your Shadow
      • Diaspora Dances (from Concerto for Orchestra)
  • Placement: 5th
  • Score: 93.075


2007

  • Repertoire:
    • This I Believe: Truth, Value, and the Personal Experience Called Drum Corps
      • Symphonic Movement
      • Blue Shades
      • Adiemus
      • Cantata IV
  • Placement: 2nd
  • Score: 97.025


2008

  • Repertoire:
    • ...and the pursuit of happiness
      • An American Elegy
      • Simple Gifts
      • Nitro
      • Round Four
      • Vesuvius
  • Placement: 5th
  • Score: 94.750


2009

  • Repertoire:
    • West Side Story 2009: Conflict and Resolution
      • Rumble
      • Prologue
      • A Boy Like That-I Have A Love
      • Cool
      • Tonight
  • Placement: 3rd
  • Score: 97.200


2010

  • Repertoire:
    • Toy Souldier
      • Procession of the Nobles
      • The School for Scandal - Overture
      • Prelude to Act II and Maypole Dances from Merry Mount Suite
      • Children's Dance (from Merry Mount Suite)
      • Dance of the Tumblers
      • March of the Toys (from Babes in Toyland)
  • Placement: 5th
  • Score: 95.100


2011

  • Repertoire:
    • Between Angels and Demons
      • Angels in the Architecture
      • 160 BPM (From Angels And Demons)
      • Doxology
      • Amazing Grace
  • Placement: 1st
  • Score: 98.350

2012

  • Repertoire:
    • 12.25
      • Do You Hear What I Hear?
      • Carol of the Bells
      • O Tannenbaum
      • Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  • Placement: 4th
  • Score: 95.050

2013

  • Repertoire:
    • Side by Side
      • Adagio for Strings
      • Symphony No. 1
      • Medea
  • Placement: 3rd
  • Score: 96.950

2014

  • Repertoire:
    • Promise: An American Portrait
      • Lincoln Portrait
      • Music for the Theater
      • Appalachian Spring
      • Grover's Corner (from Our Town)
      • The Promise of Living (from Tender Land)
  • Placement: 3rd
  • Score: 96.875

2015

  • Repertoire:
    • X
      • Symphony No. 10 - D. Shostakovich

Traditions

For Holy Name Shall Always Be

The members of The Cadets sing their corps song (O Holy Name) before every performance. The words are sung to the tune of O Tannenbaum. The words are taught to rookies as an oral tradition.

The Z-Pull

The Z-Pull
Created by and named after George Zingali, the "Z-Pull" is a marching maneuver that first appeared in 1983. It astonished viewers that first time, and ever since then The Cadets have modified that "basic" move almost every year.

While relatively tame compared to drill moves today, in 1983 the sheer field coverage of the "Z Pull" was highly impressive and, for the time, state of the art. Zingali's drill innovations continued and other drill writers played catch-up for several years.

To see the "Z Pull" at the end of the 1983 opener, "Rocky Point Holliday", go to http://www.dci.org/news/news.cfm?news_id=aabf7289-96bc-4a00-ab01-64f460f04d38 and scoll down near the bottom.

Cadillac of the Skies

This could be considered another corps song. It has been performed by the brass since 1993. It is a Jay Bocook arrangement of a piece of music from the movie, Empire of the Sun, composed by John Williams.

The Uniform

The Cadets have worn the same uniform design since 1939. It is a West Point Cadets style uniform. There have been some slight changes over the years, however. In the 1990s, the shoulder patch was removed from the uniform, and later, the wool uniforms were replaced by lighter material in the same design.

In 2003, the uniform was slightly redesigned by Michael Cesario for better management; fewer pieces meant it was easier to care for the uniform. The designs were removed from the end of the lines on the front and the buckle was replaced with a mirror. The cummerbund was mostly hidden underneath the jacket, and the corps wore gauntlets.

In 2005, an inverted back look was added to go with the production "The Zone". The look velcro'd onto the backs of the uniforms and were inverted colors, full white with Red, as opposed to the full Red with white.

In 2006, the uniforms were similar to the 2005 uniforms, but the back panels featured multicolored "psychedelic" designs matching the large backdrop props in keeping with the show's theme.

In 2007, The Cadets returned to the traditional maroon West Point uniforms, manufactured by DeMoulin Brothers, with cumberbunds sitting over the bottom of the jacket, no gauntlets, and plumes reminiscent of those worn by the corps in the 1980s.

What a Maneuvah!

On many official Drum Corps International Championship recordings, people can be heard yelling "What a maneuvah!" during a mostly silent part of The Cadets' performance. This may be a reference to a comment George Zingali made during a rehearsal. (Can someone give positive verification?)

If I may - "What-a-maneuvah!" came from the 1990 home show for the Cadets at the Meadowlands. It was a rain show where only about the first half of the competitors actually marched and then the lightning and rain started delaying everything by about 2 hours. The Cadets finally went on in a light drizzle for exhibition. The corps did a brilliant show and at one impact point, the drill was so perfect as the form set (large parallelogram or something) there was actually an audible click, or POP. It was electric! The crowd went wild, and as the corps kept moving and on into it's next feature there was one shout from the crowd that was above all the other screams and cheers, coming from what sounded like the nose bleed area way up high, and he yelled in a very 'nice' accent, "Holy $#*%! What-a-Maneuvahhhh!!" I was with another corps at the time and that shouted statement, although true, was so funny we just laughed and laughed from the stands right around the tunnel. Well we decided this was something that had to be repeated. So when we got to Buffalo for Championships, we saw our moment at the toe to ankle scratch in their show and got everyone in our section of the stands to shout it. There were members from at least three or four corps in that seating area and we had quickly relayed the story to them and had a lot of fun yelling it in unison. And again in 1991. Then, in 1992, I joined the Cadets of Bergen County, and we had been working so hard I had forgotten all about this until about a week before World Championships. We were listening to 1990 on the bus going to a show and I yelled it along with the recording. Everyone suddenly looked at me like one of those everything stops record scratch moments, not knowing yet if this was a good thing or some sort of slight. I explained the whole story in detail and that it was meant just like when we first heard it - as an homage, because the Cadets seriously ALWAYS make incredible 'maneuvahs' that just stun and bring a crowd right to their feet. Finals came along a week later and, sure enough, the very loud yell of "What-a-Maneuvahhh!!" went up from low in the center of the front stands at the end of our giant airplane! It was the best 'age out' moment I could have ever hoped for. On the 1992 video you can even clearly see our Drum Major laughing as he makes eye contact with me while we speed off to our next form. And there you have it. I don't know who yelled it. Some zealous drum corps fan? Maybe Sully? Maybe it was Zingali! But I can still hear it clearly today as if I were back there again. And it still makes me smile!

Marching Style

As opposed to the original tradition of marching off the left foot on count 1 on a regular 4/4 time signature, The Cadets march off of their right foot on count 1. They are the only corps in World, Open, and International Class to do this. It shows their talent and uniqueness in Marching. This can be seen in any of the their shows throughout the years.

Trivia

  • World Drum Corps Hall of Famer Arthur J. Mura played snare with the corps from 1937 to 1950.
  • In their 1977 and 1978 shows the corps color guard picked up horns and played them for the closer of "I Don't Know How to Love Him and the Hallelujah Chorus" part of the show.
  • On July 4, 1986 The Cadets performed at the Statue of Liberty Centennial celebration.
  • The 1987 Cadets are the only corps to ever record a perfect percussion effect score on finals night.
  • On June 12, 2000, The Cadets performed on NBC's Today Show with five high school bands from the US Scholastic Band Association. They performed The Mission (the theme to the NBC News) and God Bless America in conjunction with VH1's Save the Music program. [1]
  • The corps performed at the Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • The Cadets were the first corps in DCI history to have accomplished a "three-peat", winning Finals in 1983,1984, and 1985.
  • On August 13, 2005, The Cadets won the DCI World Championships with a score of 99.150. They are now tied with The Cavaliers for the highest score in DCI history. Also on this night they became the first corps in DCI history to win every caption and sub-caption in a World Championship finals performance.
  • On November 24, 2005, The Cadets appeared in the 79th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, New York.
  • The Cadets marched in the 2009 Inaugural Parade
  • The Cadets marched in the ticker tape parade up Broadway for General Norman Schwartzkopf the return of the Desert Storm Troops in 1991.

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