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 across the globe. The corps was founded in Garfield, NJ as The Holy Name Cadets in 1934 and is currently headquartered in Allentown, PA. With 10 American Legion National Championships and 10 Drum Corps International World Championships, The Cadets are one of the winningest drum corps in history. The Cadets travel over 14,000 miles each summer entertaining hundreds of thousands of drum corps fans throughout the nation.


Modern drum corps are comprised of 154 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 extravagant displays of musical excellence, marching precision, color, drama, dance and emotion. 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 instruments available to artists, amateurs and students all over the world, including 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 marimbas, vibraphones, various drums, cymbals, tympani, xylophones, chimes and electronic synthesizers. The color guard adds color and drama through the coordinated use of flags, rifles, sabers, dance and theatrics. The modern color guard is as much a dance ensemble and storyteller as it is a precision marching unit.


The Cadets travel over 14,000 miles each summer as they compete in a national DCI tour. In total, The Cadets move over 220 people in a self-sufficient convoy that supports food service, sleeping accomodations, administrative office, medical care and the equipment required for their performances.




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 provides opportunities for students to exercise their potential not only as musicians but as leaders in their communities. It is the mission of every program of Youth Education in the Arts to support the development of young people into magnificent human beings through the participation in the performing arts.


We invite parents to get involved and volunteer with the corps, whether that’s for an afternoon at a winter camp, a few days during spring training or a few weeks on tour during the summer. We encourage interested parents to join our legion of volunteers who are excited to welcome you into our community. Ranging from parents whose own children aged out years ago to alumni who want to give back, our volunteers are ready to teach you everything you need to know about helping the corps as you watch your student transform on tour. We couldn't do what we do without our incredible team of volunteers, and we would love for you to join us. For more information click here.


  • 1934

    Founded as the Holy Name Cadets
  • 1940

    American Legion National Champions
  • 1948

    American Legion National Champions
  • 1949

    American Legion National Champions
  • 1950

    American Legion National Champions
  • 1953

    American Legion National Champions
  • 1957

    American Legion National Champions
  • 1958

    Reorganized as the Garfield Cadets
  • 1960

    American Legion National Champions
  • 1961

    American Legion National Champions
  • 1962

    American Legion National Champions
  • 1964

    American Legion National Champions
  • 1969

    Garfield Cadets become co-ed
  • 1972

    Garfield Cadets become a founding member of Drum Corps International
  • 1983

    DCI World Champions
  • 1984

    DCI World Champions
  • 1985

    DCI World Champions
  • 1987

    DCI World Champions
  • 1989

    Garfield Cadets relocate outside of Garfield and become the Cadets of Bergen County
  • 1990

    DCI World Champions
  • 1990

    Youth Education in the Arts becomes the sponsor of the Cadets of Bergen County
  • 1993

    DCI World Champions
  • 1998

    DCI World Champions
  • 2000

    DCI World Champions
  • 2003

    The Cadets of Bergen. County relocate to Allentown, PA and drop the locale from their name becoming simply, "The Cadets"
  • 2005

    DCI World Champions
  • 2009

    Celebrating their 75th anniversary, the corps was called the Holy Name Cadets
  • 2011

    DCI World Champions
  • 2019

    The corps celebrates it's 85th anniversary

About Us

Our Mission is to support the development of young people into magnificent human beings through participation in the performing arts.


For general information about YEA! and our programs please contact us at:

 info @ yea.org
 P.O. Box 1998      
     Allentown, PA 18105