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AWCT.pngAWCT Performance Wear and Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) are proud to announce the extension of their partnership as AWCT Performance Wear will continue as the exclusive costume partner for The Cadets color guard and USBands.

Since 2017, AWCT has been the exclusive color guard costuming partner for the 10-Time World Champion Cadets and USBands, the national scholastic music service organization that serves as the sanctioning body for over 130 events and 600 high school music programs each year.

The design staff of The Cadets has been working closely with the team at AWCT to develop their visual identity through the color guard costuming this year for the 2019 production of “Behold.”

“We are extremely pleased to extend our partnership between YEA! and AWCT Performance Wear for the 85th Anniversary season of The Cadets. The quality, creativity and attention to detail that AWCT provides our organization is exceptional. We are delighted to encourage USBands member schools and other music programs to work with AWCT and have the same first-class experience,” said Vicki Ferrence Ray, Executive Director of YEA!

I would like to nominate Sadie Wallace to the Cadets’ Hall of Fame.

As some of you may know Sadie was very influential during our three-peat years of 1983, 1984 and 1985.  She performed many tasks and did whatever was asked of her.  

On a personal note, Sadie covered for me many times. Since I was still living in the Boston area during the winter months, she would teach the guard until I got there. I never had to worry about what she was doing because we were always on the same page. I couldn’t have done it without her!

It is my honor and privilege to nominate Sadie Wallace into the Cadets’ Hall of Fame - 2018.

Sorry, Sadie, it’s 20 years too late, but better late than never!

Peggy Twiggs


I am writing this letter in support of Sadie Wallace’s induction into the Cadets Hall of Fame.

Sadie was a mother figure for all,  tech for the guard, and dance/movement pioneer for the corps and the drum corps world in the 1980s. 

Sadie was always there for all the members.  She worked as an equipment technician as needed.

Sadie cared about the physical bodies of the entire drum corps as programs became more advanced.  She was a pioneer by introducing dance/movement programs as the advancing programs warranted. She fought for time to be sure that the members had time to stretch and maintain good body mechanics.

The letters are in and many of you sent in beautiful and touching letters of nomination and support for those who you believe should be inducted into the Cadets Hall of Fame in 2019. This year six nominees will be reviewed by the Supervisory Committee where no more than half will be chosen to be members of the Class of 2019. Click the names below to read the letters of nomination and support for the candidates:

Ken Conklin 

Bill Gaeckle

George Hilger

Michael Jones

Michelle Owens

Cheryl Philhower-Gillick 

Sadie Wallace

Dear Cadets Hall of Fame Committee,

We write today on behalf of the hundreds of Cadets color guard performers who had the privilege of being taught by Michelle Owens between 2003 and 2008. It is with great pleasure that we nominate Michelle posthumously for the 2019 Cadets Hall of Fame class for the many reasons enclosed. Though Michelle herself was never a marching member of the Cadets, she proudly embodied the passion, dedication, commitment to excellence, and values of tradition and comradery of a true Cadet. In her 6 seasons as an instructor, she passed these values down to each of us as she undoubtedly shaped the Cadets that we were, inspired the teachers that we would all become, and helped to build the foundation, character, and integrity of the adults we all are today. When we fondly think back to our time at the Cadets, our memories would be incomplete without Michelle’s presence.

To Whom it May Concern:


I am writing to you to strongly recommend Cheryl Philhower to the Cadets Hall of Fame.

As a member of The Cadets, we marched together thru the hard times in the feeder corp called the Plebes.

We both "graduated" to the Garfield Cadets when we struggled and climbed our way into DCI Finals .... something that should not be taken for granted.

Cheryl was and remains a devoted member as she has volunteered her time as an instructor and mentor thru the years.

But it was her devotion as a member when The Cadets went thru tough times and she made it all the way to the mountain top as  DCI Champion down in Miami in 1983.

I hope you make the right call for the hall.


Thank You,

Billy Conklin



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