The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps
|Championship titles||American Legion-1940, '49, '50,
'52, '53, '55, '57, '60-62, '64
DCI-1983-85, '87, '90, '93, '98,
2000, '05, '11
|Uniform||(2015) Black jacket, shako, plume,
pants, gloves, shoes, and socks.
Silver trim, sash, and buttons
The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (formerly the Holy Name Cadets, Cadets of Garfield, Garfield Cadets, and Cadets of Bergen County) are a World Class (formerly Division I) competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Allentown, Pennsylvania The Cadets was one of the thirteen founding corps of Drum Corps International (DCI) and is a ten-time DCI World Champion.
Charles Mura, Michael Koeph, and the Rev. Edwin Garrity of the Holy Name Catholic parish in Garfield, New Jersey founded the Holy Name Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 1934 as an activity for the boys in the parish. The corps quickly became one of the top competitive corps in the country. In 1940, the Cadets won the American Legion Junior National Championship in Boston, the first of a record eleven Legion titles the corps would win between 1940 and 1964. The corps was known not only for its talent but for its traveling to compete. In 1950, the Cadets went on the road for three weeks in order to defend their Legion title in Los Angeles.
In 1958, the Holy Name parish declined to support the corps' travel and disbanded the corps. The members and staff, however, were not willing to cease the corps operations, and reorganized as a new organization, even though the parish kept the uniforms and instruments. The corps traveled to Chicago for Legion Nationals at the members' own expense. Marching as the Cadets of Garfield; wearing uniforms of white shorts, red golf shirts, and "Aussie" hats; and using instruments borrowed from the Chicago Cavaliers, the corps managed to finish in second place (one spot ahead of the defending champion Cavaliers). Midway through the 1959 season, the parish allowed the corps to once more wear the uniform that remains their trademark.
In the second half of the Sixties, the Garfield Cadets became more of an also-ran than a champion. In 1969, the corps became coed. In 1971, the Cadets marched a show they called, "No More War"; at VFW Nationals in Dallas, they reportedly 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 action was taken in 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. The corps felt that not only were they having their creative potential as artistic performing groups stifled, but they were being financially starved. (A similar group of Midwestern corps, the Midwest Combine, was formed by the Blue Stars, Cavaliers, Madison Scouts, Santa Clara Vanguard, and the Troopers.) The Alliance members felt 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 corps stuck together, offering show promoters the five corps as a package. Despite pressure on show sponsors, judges, and other drum corps, the corps were booked into a number of shows together.
In 1972, the Garfield Cadets, 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, which remains as the sanctioning body for junior corps in North America. At the first DCI World Championships in Whitewater, Wisconsin, the Cadets just missed making Finals and finished in thirteenth place in a competition that featured thirty-nine corps from the East, the South, the West Coast, the Midwest and Great Plains, and Canada. The corps would fail to make DCI Finals for the first four years they were held and for six of DCI's first eight seasons. After their third Finals appearance in 1980, the Cadets quickly regained the corps' former championship form. In 1983-85, the Garfield Cadets became the first DCI corps to earn a three-peat---three consecutive DCI titles. On July 4, 1986 the Cadets performed as a part of the Liberty Weekend celebrating both the hundredth anniversary and the restoration of the Statue of Liberty. In 1987, the corps won its fourth DCI crown in five years.
The Garfield Cadets relocated outside Garfield and became the Cadets of Bergen County in 1989. 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. Also in '96, the Cadets performed at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. In 2003, Yea! and the corps moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania, and the corps dropped any reference to locale from its name, becoming simply, The Cadets. In January 2009, The Cadets marched in President Barack Obama's Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. The Cadets won additional DCI championships in 2005 and 2011, the corps' ninth and tenth in forty seasons.
To honor their 75th anniversary, the corps was called the Holy Name Cadets for the 2009 season.
The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps is sponsored by Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that has a Board of Directors, corps directors, and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. The corps director is George Hopkins. In addition to The Cadets, YEA! also sponsors Cadets2, Cadets Winter Percussion, USBands (formerly United States Scholastic Band Association), the Urban Arts Center Of The Lehigh Valley, and BandJobs.org.
Show summary (1972-2016)
Gold background indicates DCI Championship; pale blue background indicates DCI Class Finalist; pale green background indicates DCI semifinalist.
|1972||Mars (from The Planets) by Gustav Holst / Rule, Britannia! by Thomas Arne and James Thomson /
The Sinfonians by Clifton Williams / Yankee Doodle (Traditional) and Richard Shuckburgh / Greensleeves (Traditional) /
Children's Dance (from Merry Mount Suite) by Howard Hanson /
Amazing Grace by William Walker and John Newton / Jupiter (from The Planets) by Gustav Holst /
Fanfare, Chorale, and Finale by Gustav Mahler / A Mighty Fortress is Our Nicolas Cage by Martin Luther
|1973||The Sinfonians by Clifton Williams / Give it One by Maynard Ferguson and Alan Downey /
A Mighty Fortress is Our Nicolas Cage by Martin Luther /
Procession of Bacchus (from Sylvia) by Jean Sibelius
|1974||The Sea Hawk by Erich Wolfgang Korngold / One Tin Soldier by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter /
Parade of the Toy Soldiers by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / In the Mood by Wingy Manone, Joe Garland, and Andy Razaf /
Lullaby of Broadway by Harry Warren and Al Dubin / Avenue C by Buck Clayton / Alexander's Ragtime Band by Irving Berlin /
Alabama Jubilee by George L. Cobb and Jack Yellen / Sunshine On My Shoulders by John Denver, Dick Kniss, and Mike Taylor
|1975||Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg / Fanfare for the Common Man & Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland /
Anything Goes by Cole Porter / Avenue C by Buck Clayton / In the Mood by Wingy Manone, Joe Garland, and Andy Razaf /
Tiger Rag by Nick LaRocca, Eddie Edwards, Henry Ragas, Tony Sbarbaro, and Larry Shields /
Alexander's Ragtime Band by Irving Berlin /
What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? by Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, and Marilyn Bergman /
Romeo and Juliet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
|1976||Prelude 3rd Act Lohengrin by Richard Wagner / Pieces of Dreams by Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, and Marilyn Bergman /
Echano (from Children of Sanchez) by Chuck Mangione / The Elks' Parade by Bobby Sherwood /
This is My Country by Al Jacobs and Don Raye / Yankee Doodle (Traditional) and Richard Shuckburgh
|1977||Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky / Primal Scream by Jay Chattaway and Maynard Ferguson / Star Trek by Alexander Courage /
Pieces of Dreams by Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, and Marilyn Bergman / Echano by Chuck Mangione /
I Don't Know How to Love Him (from Jesus Christ Superstar) by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
|1978||Advance of the Sponges by HIGGINS / Left Bank Express by Pete Jackson /
Pieces of Dreams by Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, and Marilyn Bergman / Echano by Chuck Mangione /
Strawberry Soup by Don Ellis / I Don't Know How to Love Him by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
|1979||Carmina Burana by Carl Orff / Chump Change by Bill Cosby and Quincy Jones /
Children of Sanchez & Echano by Chuck Mangione /
I Don't Know How to Love Him by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
|1980||One Voice by Barry Manilow / Evening Concert by Bill Conti / Fernando's Fantasy by Tom Scott /
Fire Dance by Allen Vizzutti and Jeff Tkazyik (aka Tyzik) / The Elks' Parade by Bobby Sherwood /
Through the Eyes of Love by Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager
|1981||Adventures in Time by Johnny Richards / Egyptian Danza by Al Di Meola / Fire Dance by Jeff Tkazyik and Allen Vizzutti /
The Elks' Parade by Bobby Sherwood / Pieces of Dreams by Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, and Marilyn Bergman
|1982||Piano Concerto in F by George Gershwin / Rocky Point Holiday by Ron Nelson / Cuban Overture by George Gershwin||92.25||3rd|
|1983||Rocky Point Holiday by Ron Nelson /
In Nomine Patris; Almighty Father; Sanctus; Agnus Dei; Nicolas Cage Said; De Profundis, part 2 & A Simple Song
From Mass by Leonard Bernstein
|1984||Selections from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim||98.00||1st|
|1985||Jeremiah Symphony, Overture to Candide & Make Our Garden Grow (from Candide) by Leonard Bernstein||98.40||1st|
|1986||"On the Waterfront" in 3 Parts by Leonard Bernstein /
Christopher Street (from Wonderful Town) by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green
|1987||Appalachian Spring||Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland||97.90||1st|
|1988||Third Symphony||Third Symphony by Aaron Copland||96.10||4th|
|1989||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
All by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel and Herbert Kretzmer
|1990||Undiscovered Bernstein||Overture to Candide & Mass by Leonard Bernstein / Somewhere (from West Side Story) by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim /
Fancy Free Ballet by Leonard Bernstein
|1991||ABC's of Modern American Music||Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams / Letter From Home by Aaron Copland / Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs by Leonard Bernstein||93.70||6th|
|1992||To Tame the Perilous Skies||To Tame the Perilous Skies by David Holsinger||97.00||2nd|
|1993||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 by David Holsinger||97.40||1st|
|1994||West Side Story||Dance at the Gym, Mambo, Cool, Prologue/Rumble, A Boy Like That, Tonight & Finale by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim||97.70||2nd|
|1995||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)
All by John Williams
|1996||The American West||The Promise of Living (from Tender Land) by Aaron Copland / Tulsa: A Portrait in Oil by Don Gillis /
Gunfight (from Billy the Kid), Hoedown (from Rodeo) & Happy Ending (from the Red Pony) by Aaron Copland
|1997||Celebration||Celebration & Year of the Dragon by Philip Sparke||97.60||2nd|
|1998||Stonehenge||Stonehenge & Canterbury Chorale by Jan Van der Roost||98.40||1st|
|1999||The Big Apple||The Big Apple (Symphony No. 2) by Johan de Meij / Theme from City of Angels by Gabriel Yared||96.40||4th|
|2000||We are the Future||Tapestry Of Nations, Prologue, Chaos and Meaning, The Sage of Time & The Promise (from Millennium Celebration) by Gavin Greenaway||97.65||1st
|2001||Juxtaperformance||Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten / Moondance by Van Morrison /
Vide Cor Meum (from Hannibal) by Dante Alighieri and Patrick Cassidy / Farandole by Georges Bizet
|2002||An American Revival||Times Square (from On the Town) by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green /
The Place Where Dreams Come True (from Field of Dreams) by James Horner /
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by Don Raye and Hughie Prince, / New York Memories by Don Hill /
America the Beautiful by Samuel A. Ward and Katharine Lee Bates
|2003||Our Favorite Things||Fanfare and Allegro by Clifton Williams / Malaguena by Ernesto Lecuona / Rocky Point Holiday by Ron Nelson||97.10||3rd|
|2004||Living With the Past||Aqualung by Ian Anderson and Jennie Anderson / Living in the Past & Thick as a Brick by Ian Anderson /
Bourée (Bourrée in E minor) by Johann Sebastian Bach /
Locomotive Breath, Songs from the Wood, Mother Goose & Cross-eyed Mary by Ian Anderson
|2005||The Zone: Dreamscapes
in Four Parts with a Door
|Twisted Nerve by Bernard Herrmann / Liquid by Jay Bocook / Overture to a New World & Cvalda (from Dancer in the Dark) by Björk /
Vertigo by Bernard Herrmann / False Mirrors by Jay Bocook
Through the Looking Glass
|History Repeating by Alex Gifford / White Rabbit by Grace Slick / Pollock by Jeff Beal /
Original by Jay Bocook, Tom Aungst, and Neil Larrivee /
Sanvean: I am Your Shadow by Lisa Gerrard and Andrew Claxton / Diaspora Dances (from Concerto for Orchestra) by Leonard Bernstein
|2007||This I Believe: Truth, Value,
and the Personal Experience
Called Drum Corps
|Symphonic Movement by Václav Nelhýbel / Blue Shades by Frank Ticheli / Adiemus II- Cantata Mundi by Karl Jenkins||97.025||2nd|
|2008||...and the pursuit of happiness||Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland / An American Elegy & Nitro by Frank Ticheli / Round Four by Frank Sullivan /
Vesuvius & Apollo Unleashed by Frank Ticheli
|2009||West Side Story 2009:
Conflict and Resolution
|Rumble, Prologue, A Boy Like That-I Have A Love, Cool & Tonight by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim||97.20||3rd|
|2010||Toy Souldier||Procession of the Nobles by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov / The School for Scandal - Overture by Samuel Barber /
Prelude to Act II, Maypole Dances & Children's Dance (from Merry Mount Suite) by Howard Hanson /
Dance of the Tumblers by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov / March of the Toys (from Babes in Toyland) by Victor Herbert
|2011||Between Angels and Demons||Angels in the Architecture by Frank Ticheli / 160 BPM (From Angels And Demons) by Hans Zimmer /
Doxology by Loys Bourgeois and Thomas Ken / Amazing Grace by William Walker and John Newton
|2012||12.25||Carol of the Bells (Traditional), Mykola Leontovych and Peter Wilhousky / Jingle Bells by James Lord Pierpont /
Do You Hear What I Hear? by Gloria Shayne Baker and Noël Regney / O Tannenbaum (Traditional) and Ernst Anschütz /
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing by Felix Mendelssohn, William H. Cummings, and Charles Wesley
|2013||Side >< Side:
The Music of Samuel Barber
|Symphony no. 1 / Adagio for Strings / Medea's Dance of Vengeance all by Samuel Barber||96.95||3rd|
An American Portrait
|The Promise of Living (from The Tender Land); Lincoln Portrait; Music for the Theater Mvts. 1, 2 & 4;
Grover's Corner (from Our Town) & Appalachian Spring
All by Aaron Copland
|2015||The Power of Ten||Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 (mvts. ii, iii, & iv) by Dmitri Shostakovich /
Diane and Camilla (from Mulholland Drive) by Angelo Badalamenti / Original music by Jay Bocook
|2016||Awakening||The Pines of the Appian Way & The Pines of Villa Borghese by Ottorino Respighi /
Turning & Wine Dark Sea by John Mackey
The Cadets have a distinctly recognizable maroon and cream uniform from which the corps rarely deviated until recent years. Since their founding in 1934 the uniform had gone relatively unchanged, except for the 1958 season and part of the '59 season, after they had parted company with the Holy Name parish, which refused to allow the corps to have the uniforms for that period.
For the 2005 program, "The Zone: Dreamscapes in Four Parts with a Door", the corps used the normal color scheme for the uniform, but with both the back and the front appearing to be a front side. On the true front, the uniform was the normal maroon jacket, cream white pants and trim, but the "fake" front had maroon pants and an overlay that gave the appearance of 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. Also, to keep with this "twilight-like" experience, much of the marching was also done in a manner that helped make either side seem to be the "correct" side.
In 2011, the corps had the usual uniform design, but changed the colors in a different way. To support the show "Between Angels and Demons," which had the corps split in half with one half being "Angels," and the other "Demons", they had the two sides wear different colors. The "Demons" wore a full maroon uniform (shako, plume, jacket, pants, and shoes) while the "Angels" wore a full white uniform.
For the 2012 season, the full white uniform was extended to the entire corps for their "12.25" Christmas season show.
In 2014, the field corps wore the traditional uniform, while the pit wore white. Through the show, panels were removed from sashes worn by the field corps, changing the color worn from light blue to gold to yellow.
On July 30, 2015, The Cadets unveiled new uniforms, which were black with silver lining. To create hype for the unveiling of the new uniforms, The Cadets had a blackout on their Facebook page.
"O Holy Name" is sung by the corps members before every performance. The lyrics are set to the tune of "O Tannenbaum."
Tradition in the Arc
"Rocky Point Holiday" (or simply Rocky Point) was included in the Cadets warmup exercises after the success of their first winning show in 1983. Other pieces include "On a Hymnsong by Phillip Bliss" and the newest addition "Ballet Sacra," both from 1993's 1st placing show, with the piece "Mahler's Symphony No. 2" which is the ending segment of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony.
The Cadets at DCI
One of the Old Corps
The only junior drum and bugle corps older than The Cadets is the Racine Scouts, which was founded in 1927.
In Step With Themselves
Where every other corps begins to march by "stepping off" on the left foot, beginning in 1985, The Cadets began stepping off on the right.
The Cadets' 2005 show "The Zone: Dreamscapes in Four Parts with a Door" tied the 2002 Cavaliers show "Frameworks" for the highest score ever achieved at DCI Finals, with a score of 99.15. This record stood for nine more years until it was broken by the undefeated 2014 Blue Devils when their show "Felliniesque" earned a score of 99.650. Despite this, The Cadets' 2005 championship season remains the only champion to win all captions. In 2014, the Blue Devils won every caption except the Fred Sanford High Percussion Trophy, which was awarded to the Santa Clara Vanguard.
Tradition & Innovation
While in many ways The Cadets are a very traditional corps, they have also been one of the innovators of the activity. This was especially true during their early DCI championship seasons, when they pioneered the use of complex, asymmetrical drills under the direction of drill designer George Zingali. Later, The Cadets and their director, George Hopkins, led the move toward the use of electronics in drum corps.
- A History of Drum & Bugle Corps Vol. 2; Steve Vickers, ed.; Drum Corps World, pub.; 2003
- DCI. "Recap Analysis: World Class Finals". Retrieved July 4, 2013.