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728 Cadets 2014 Season - Spectacular

By Cindy Martin, 07/01/14, 10:15PM CDT


View the 2014 production Spectacular:

The 728 Cadets 2014 season reached a high point competing Sunday, June 29, 2014 when they attended the Vikingland Band Festival in Alexandria, Minnesota. They were awarded 1st place in Class AAAA and earned Grand Champion of the festival for the second year in a row as well as caption awards for Best Color Guard and Best Drumline. This season the Cadets are 90 students strong and have been rehearsing since March. Over the past four weeks they’ve competed among the best street marching bands in the state, earning 32 First Place awards, including 5 awards for Grand Champion, 7 for First Place in their Class, 4 for Best Winds, 8 for Best Color Guard, 7 for Best Drumline and 1 for People's Choice. This year has been especially successful for the Cadets color guard, who have remained undefeated in their competitive season.

The Cadets Director Tom Gallus praised the Cadets, saying, “I couldn't be more proud of the development of these young performers throughout the season. You will never see a group of students from the entire district work so well as a team. They all had each other's back through thick and thin and wouldn't let each other down no matter what happened. Sprained ankles, bruises, dislocated fingers...they were always there for each other and fought through the pain together...and the reward was great!”

Just a week before on June 21st, they particpated in the Owotanna Harry Wenger Marching Band Festival, in which they took 2nd place in Class AAA and received caption awards for Best Winds, Color Guard, and Drumline. Later that day, they competed in the Lake Waconia Band Festival, and earned 1st Place in Class AAA, along with Grand Champion for the festival, and received caption awards for Best Winds, Color Guard, Drumline, and the People's Choice Award. They also received the "Owatonnia Award," an award given to the band receiving the highest combined scores in the Owatonna and Lake Waconia Band Festivals.   

2014 Season Video Highlights:

The Cadets' continue to raise the bar on the summer marching band scene with their 2014 production Spectacular with combined elements of music, performance, marching techniques, and theatre. Spectacular presents the marching band as a traveling side show made up of the greatest musicians and performers in the world who excite and dazzle their audience with stunts and sensational music. The marching band production is directed by Tom Gallus, and features music from Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Tom Gallus' team includes Mike Reed, Keith Saxton, Chris Moore (Musical Directors), Matt Turchotte, Rachel Graack (Color Guard Directors), Joe Jaeger, James Schuster (Drumline Directors), Mark Walentiny, Lauren Hipsag, Jake Esterberg, and Jacque Gaetz (Band Techs). The band's movement was written by Tom Gallus, percussion music by Joe Jaeger, and winds music arranged by Mike Reed.

2014 Season Director's Cut Video:

The 728 Cadets Marching Band is made up of students from District 728 schools, including Elk River, Rogers, and Zimmerman. The mission of the Cadets organization is to teach students life lessons and pursue excellence in the ultimate sport of music and performance, so that young adults experience enjoyment while combining the best of athletics and the arts.