From the Cadets' Web site: In February, the Cadets were asked by Director George Hopkins to bare their beliefs. As part of the member's experience, they were asked to share what they believe. What values were central? What makes a difference for the young adults who are Cadets? Once written, their close-held thoughts and values that guide them through life could ultimately end up as part of the corps' 2007 field program, "This I Believe."
As the the Cadets "moved in" for their spring training at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W.Va., we now begin to share what these 135 dynamic individuals use as their guiding principles. The four-weeks of intense rehearsals leading into the summer tour for the Cadets also signaled the launch of the corps' "This I Believe" essay contest, where fans, supporters and their families can open up the dialogue to what they personally believe. Submit your essay on the values you hold dear - what beliefs carry you through life today - and your winning essay could lead to you being invited to enter the field as part of the classic Cadets' 'block' during one of 33 performances this summer. A new essay winner will take the field with the Cadets every time the corps performs their return-to-tradition program, "This I Believe." The first winner will join the corps for their debut Drum Corps International event on June 16 in Annapolis, Md. Read more on YEA.org.