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The Cadets  is one of the world's oldest and most honored continually operating drum and bugle corps with members ages 16 to 22 from all over the country and world. The corps was founded in Garfield, N.J. in 1934 as the Holy Name Cadets and has won 10 American Legion National Championships and 10 Drum Corps International World Championships. The Cadets travel an average of 15,000 miles nationwide each summer, competing and performing for hundreds of thousands of fans.

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Cadets2
   is a regionally performing drum and bugle corps made up of approximately 128 young men and women ages 16 to 25 that competes in the Drum Corps Associates circuit. Founded in 2012 as a weekend-only alternative to the 10-time DCI World Champion Cadets nationally touring ensemble, Cadets 2 maintains The Cadets' standard of excellence while offering a more time- and cost- effective drum corps experience to young people in and around the Lehigh Valley.

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USBands  serves as a competitive circuit for scholastic music programs nationwide, providing world-class performance venues and the best adjudication to tens of thousands of students. Each year, over 700 scholastic ensembles participate in 150 USBands-sanctioned events. The organization is divided into three seasonal departments: USBands Fall for competitive marching band, USBands Winter for competitive indoor color guard and percussion, and USBands Concert for symphonic festivals.

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Xcape
  offers low-cost, comprehensive dance education to Allentown youth ages 6 to 22. Class offerings include ballet, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary/modern dance. Xcape aims to inspire and motivate students while fostering an appreciation for the arts. Instructors provide a fun and nurturing environment where students of all personalities and backgrounds can explore their creativity while learning valuable life skills such as teamwork, self discipline and work ethic.

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March 4 Music  Since the spring of 2014, March 4 Music has raised over $75,000 for school music programs nationwide. This fundraising program helps bands create fun, customized "March-a-Thons" to benefit their school music programs, spreads the joy of music in communities across the country, and keeps music alive in our nation's schools.
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Katie Hopkins Bio

Katie Hopkins
Choreographer & Color Guard Instructor, The Cadets

Specializing in movement, Katie has served as a choreographer and instructor for the 10-time DCI World Champion Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps since 2010, an organization of which she was also a member from 2006 to 2009, serving as co-captain of the guard in 2008 and 2009. She was named Cadet of the Year in 2009 and also received DCI's prestigious George Zingali Award.

Originally from Arlington Heights, Illinois, Katie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Columbia College Chicago with a concentration in teaching and performance and a minor in Arts, Entertainment and Media Management. Katie has been a member of ARCOS Dance since its founding in 2011. She has performed in signature pieces including The Warriors: A Love Story at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and, most recently, DOMAIN at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, as well as other productions in Santa Fe, Austin, Colorado Springs and Kansas City. 

Katie also teaches and choreographs for a number of color guards, including Alter Ego Independent World Guard, Castle High School and Plymouth Canton High School. She is also excited to begin teaching Invictus Independent World Guard for their inaugural season, as well as 5points Percussion. Katie also served as an instructor, choreographer and designer for Cadets Winter Percussion in 2015.

She recently moved to Austin, Texas and is thrilled to be joining The Cadets' Color Guard staff for her eighth consecutive year.