Your child wants to be part of an an elite performance ensemble that enriches their lives through performance, education and life lessons. Their choice is a deep, personal commitment that will require strength and focus. They will face new levels of responsibility, discipline and self-knowledge, and they will gain values that will help them succeed in life.
This page is meant to help you understand the mission of our organization, tell you a little bit about the activity and provide you with resources to help you along the way. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's dream, let us know and we will be happy to assist.
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Who We Are
The Cadets and Cadets2 Drum & Bugle Corps are programs of Youth Education in the Arts and are elite performance ensembles that require a strong commitment to excellence.
10 TIME WORLD CHAMPIONS
The Cadets, a program of Youth Education in the Arts, is one of the oldest and most honored continuously operating drum and bugle corps with members from all over the country and world. The group consists of approximately 150 of the best musicians and performers from around the world.
The corps was founded in Garfield, N.J. as the Holy Name Cadets in 1934 and won 10 American Legion National Championships and 10 Drum Corps International World Championships. The Cadets are invited to perform at prestigeous events such as the 1996 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and the Inauguration Parade for the President of the United States.
The Cadets will travel over 14,000 miles this summer entertaining hundreds of thousands of drum corps fans throughout the nation.
2016 DCA WORLD CHAMPIONS
Cadets2 is a weekend-only, regionally performing drum and bugle corps presented by Youth Education in the Arts. This organization consists of approximately 130 young men and women ages 16 to 25 and is located in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania and surrounding area.
This ensemble takes a different approach to drum corps than The Cadets due to the level of time commitment, but the corps is managed very much the same as the 10-time DCI World Champion Cadets. There is an expectation of excellence, a clear intention that the image of The Cadets is maintained and a promise from the organization that Cadets2 will operate with the same degree of quality as all of YEA!'s programs.
For so many, the time commitment and cost of a World-Class drum corps just isn’t possible. The Cadets2 program gives brass, percussion and color guard performers a place to experience The Cadets in a different capacity. They learn from some of the best teachers in the activity, they have the infrastructure of YEA!’s team to provide much needed support, but of course, there is less financial pressure and less time commitment.
Take a look back at some of the great moments in Cadets history.
Parents are not only allowed to come to camp, they are encouraged! We can always use more volunteer help with cooking, driving, sewing, building, etc., and we have specific rooms set aside for volunteers to stay with the corps. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator if you have any questions about the volunteer experience or check out our Volunteer page here.
Mike Pfeil, Director of Performing Ensembles
Modern drum corps are comprised of 150 performers who range in age from about 14 to 22. Each corps is made up of brass musicians, percussionists and a color guard. They perform an 11-minute program on a standard football field. Programs are extravaganzas of musical excellence, marching precision, color, drama and dance. All members of the corps (except the front percussion ensemble) march in intricate formations which are coordinated with the musical productions.
Brass musicians in The Cadets play on top-quality Yamaha trumpets, mellophones, baritones, euphoniums and tubas.
Percussion instruments include marching snare drums, tenor drums (often referred to as "quads" or "quints"), bass drums in five sizes and stationary "front ensemble" instruments including various drums, cymbals, tympani, mallets (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone and chimes) and electronic synthesizers.
The color guard adds color and drama through the coordinated use of flags, rifles, sabers and dance. The modern colorguard is as much a dance ensemble and storyteller as it is a precision marching unit.
Drum corps is an activity which attempts to do much more than provide a performance opportunity for students or entertainment for the audience. Through the drum corps experience, students will learn useful life skills such as leadership, goal-setting and teamwork, among others. The Cadets curriculum includes opportunities for students to exercise their potential not only as musicians, but as complete human beings.
We invite parents to come join us!
Whether at the winter camps or out on the road this summer for a couple of days or weeks, we couldn't do what we do without an amazing team of volunteers, and we would love for you to get involved.
Visit our volunteer page or email our volunteer coordinator for more information.
Youth Education in the Arts
The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps
Cadets2 Drum & Bugle Corps
Drum Corps International
Drum Corps International Parent Guide
Drum Corps Associates The Cadets Parent/Volunteer Facebook Group
Cadets2Parent/Volunteer Facebook Group