It is our pleasure to announce that the 2017 Vanguard Cadets will be led by Head Drum Major, Joselyne Grace and Assistant Drum Major, Sarah Nishikawa. Both these talented young women served in drum major roles with SCVC last summer, and we are proud to welcome them back to the podium. The pair has shown great direction, poise, and control under pressure, and as they make their triumphant return we look forward to where their leadership will take the Vanguard Cadets in 2017!
“The Vanguard Cadets are very fortunate to have two powerful and dynamic conductors in Joselyne Grace and Sarah Nishikawa. We will have both up in front of the corps this season with side by side podiums to not only showcase their talents, but more importantly to provide their outstanding leadership to the entire corps.” said Steve Barnhill, Vanguard Cadets Corps Director. “They not only have my and the staff’s upmost confidence, but most importantly they have the corps’ confidence and respect. The Vanguard Cadet’s tradition of stellar leadership from the podium will be on example once again with both Joselyne and Sarah.”
Joselyne Grace, 2017 SCVC Head Drum Major
Joselyne was born and raised in San Diego, CA and is currently pursuing a degree in journalism at San Diego State University. Before she came to Vanguard Cadets in 2016, Joselyne had a myriad of drum corps experience under her belt. In 2012 she served as the drum major at Gold Drum and Bugle Corps and was with the group until 2015 when she joined the Blue Devils B brass section on Trumpet. This is Joselyne’s second year in the Vanguard Cadets and her first as Head Drum Major.
Sarah Nishikawa, 2017 SCVC Assistant Drum Major
Sarah is a Bay Area native who is currently studying Linguistics, Music, and Nutrition at the University of Washington in Seattle where she is a member of the UW Husky Marching Band. This will be her third year with the Vanguard Cadets, and her second year as Drum Major. When she is not in class, you can find Sarah teaching fitness classes at the University’s Intramural Activities building, coordinating events for the UW Hawaii Club (Hui Hoaloha ‘Ulana), or participating as a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi – National Honorary Band Fraternity.