Commemorative Artwork Celebrates The Cadets

Commemorative artwork celebrates the Cadets.

The Z-Pull, 10 Drum Corps International (DCI) titles, several distinct uniform designs, and many more historic moments representing The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps’ 85 years of existence are all captured in an original artwork being sold this season. An information sheet explaining each symbol will be included with every sale.

A Cadets fan since 1983, two-dimensional artist John LaMacchia was inspired to create the art after attending a 2018 rehearsal where he spoke to new director, Scott Litzenberg. “I didn’t know where this thing was going to go, but my heart was to create an opportunity for The Cadets,” he says.

The 18-inch by 24-inch work will be available in three different formats:

  • 500 limited edition prints hand-numbered by LaMacchia will be sold at The Cadets’ souvenir stand for $34 each (in reference to 1934, the group’s founding year).
  • 50 hand-numbered and signed artist proofs will be sold online for $100 each.
  • The original piece will be auctioned later this year.

All sale proceeds will benefit The Cadets. “It’s a very emotional, tremendously wonderful project,” says LaMacchia, who had previously created art for DCI and is a former band director.

Artwork by John LaMacchia (photo of artwork also by John LaMacchia).

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