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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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   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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Jacob Gall Bio

Jacob Gall
Percussion Instructor, The Cadets

The 2017 season marks Jacob Gall's ninth year as a Cadet instructor. He is excited and humbled to return for another season with The Cadets. In most recent history, Jacob was an integral part of the percussion staff that shaped and refined the performance of the DCI World-Champion percussion section in the summer of 2013. In the summer of 2012, Jacob was selected as Staff Member of the Year. Prior to teaching The Cadets, he was a member of the snare line for three years under the direction of Tom Aungst and Colin McNutt. In 2007, Jacob earned a distinguished service award, and in 2008 as the battery section leader, was awarded Cadet of the Year. Before marching with The Cadets, Jacob marched snare for the Crossmen in the summer of 2005, and marched tenors for the Jersey Surf in the summer of 2002.

Jacob hails from Richmond, Virginia where he was raised in a musical family of six. Growing up, Jacob had the privilege of learning from his father, a band director of thirty-one years, and his mother, an active performer as a singer and guitarist. From an dearly age, Jacob's passion was inherently centered around playing, teaching, writing and performing music. With the experience he gained as a musician under the tutelage of his father, Jacob's passion led him to choose a life of music.

Setting his sights on becoming a band director, Jacob attended the Pennsylvania State University where he earned a bachelor's degree in Music Education with an instrumental emphasis in percussion. During Jacob's studies at PSU (2005-2010), he was an active performer both on and off campus. Notable classical performance venues include, Juniata College (Huntington, PA), Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh, PA), the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia, PA) and the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.). In addition to his classical studies at Penn State, Jacob also marched five consecutive seasons in the Penn State Blue Band, where he served as the drum captain his final three years. Also while studying at Penn State, Jacob was awarded the Eleanor Beane Scholarship for outstanding performance on marimba, and the Performer's Recognition Certificate. 

Following his undergraduate studies, Jacob continued his education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2010-2012), and graduated with a Master's Degree in percussion performance. During his two years at UMASS, he served as a graduate teaching assistant to professor Thom Hannum. In addition to teaching marching percussion techniques, Jacob performed regularly in the top UMASS Marimba Band. It was during Jacob's first year performing in the Marimba Band that the ensemble received the prestigious Downbeat Magazine Jazz Showcase Award. While Jacob's teaching position was in the area of marching percussion and his degree emphasis was in classical percussion, his performance and teaching schedule was highly diverse on a day-to-day basis. As an extension of Jacob's classical performance experience, he was selected by his studio professor, Ayano Kataoka, to perform chamber music in the McCormick Marimba Festival at the University of South Florida (January of 2012), and the Bard College Chamber Music Performance in Annadale-on-Hudson, NY (February of 2012)

Currently, Jacob resides in Frisco, Texas where he serves as the Director of Percussion for Wakeland High School, Griffin Middle School and Cobb Middle School. Prior to Jacob's appointment in Frisco, he was employed by Bloomsburg University where he served as percussion studio professor and marching band director. Before teaching at the collegiate level, Jacob was a middle school band director in Stafford County, Virginia. In addition, Jacob runs and co-owns a newly established business (My Design Team) with two of his brothers. Through the business, Jacob writes and designs the percussion work for marching music ensembles.