Let's take a moment to introduce you to the very experienced and talented staff of caption heads and instructors…

JIM PRATT

Jim Prattof Guelph, is the Percussion Caption Head and Staff Coordinator for the Cadets.He began his drum corps career in 1968 with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Ajax in Guelph. He has since performed and instructed with several corps.  The highlight of his marching days came while playing in the snare line of the Niagara Regionnaires when that corps performed in DCA finals in 1981.  He became caption head for the new Conqueror II drum and bugle corps in Hamilton in 1982.  The corps first performed in 1983, and then in 1984 leapfrogged above everyone in its class to become the undefeated Canadian Class B champions with high percussion honours from every Canadian show they entered.  In 1987, he took time off to concentrate on raising a young family.  When his daughters both started to march in the Dutch Boy drum corps and winter guards, he joined the instructional staff as the bass tech.  After four years and a DCI Division 2-3 finalist appearance, he decided it was time to retire in 2005 to become active again in 2012 teaching Ajax and Scout House Cadets.  Of all the experiences in his drum corps life, getting a new line off the ground and seeing young, inexperienced members develop their skills and confidence is the most rewarding.  Jim’s main qualitative goal as caption head is to ensure that drum line members receive a quality education and have fun in an encouraging and respectful environment.

BILL GRAHAM

Bill Grahamof Oakville is the Brass Caption Head.  He has been a long-time friend of Jim's and couldn't wait to join the talented ranks of the Cadets instruction staff and begin building a horn line.  He has been nothing short of impressed with how quickly the Cadets learn and hone their skills.  Bill was quite proud to have the hornline playing their first tune in only three rehearsals!

JIM KANE

Jim Kaneis the Snare Drum Technician. Jim began drumming with the Toronto Optimists Cadets in 1966.  He moved to the Toronto Optimists in 1970, playing double tenor, tympani, triple tenor and triple congas over the next seven years.  He began teaching St. John’s Girls corps in Brantford in 1975 and was head percussion instructor/arranger for the Aurora/Newmarket Ambassadors in 1976 and again in 1977, when the drum line was undefeated in competition.   He returned to the Optimists in 1978 as tri instructor.  More recently, he played in the Waterloo Police Band and Optimists Alumni.  In 2007 he played marching tympani with Anaheim, California, Kingsmen Alumni Corps.  He currently plays snare drum with Canadian Associates Drumming Rudimental Excellence (CADRE), the five time Drum Corps Associates (DCA) percussion ensemble champions.

NICHOLAS BOYKO

Nicholas Boykoof Waterloo is the Drum Major and assistant horn line instructor.  He began his marching music career in 2009 when he joined the band of 333 Lord Beaverbrook RCACS in Fredericton, NB.  Upon moving to Waterloo in 2013, he joined the Sea Cadet Corps Warspite band, a drum and bugle corps.  After a year of playing with them, he was persuaded to join the Scout House Band, and was invited to help out with training of the Scout House Cadets, which he began in September 2014.  Nick currently also plays with the Scout House Band, the Scout House Mini Corps, the Waterloo Warriors Band, and of course the Cadets.

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