Director & Designer, The Cadets
George Hopkins is the Director of The Cadets and CEO and Executive Director of Youth Education in the Arts, a not-for-profit organization with headquarters in Allentown, Pa.
Hopkins began his Cadets history as a Garfield Cadets' percussion instructor in 1979 after one year of teaching social studies in Pennsylvania. After being named corps director in 1982, Hopkins led the Cadets to four world championships from 1983 to 1987 and launched the Cadets Marching Band Cooperative (now USBands) in 1988. Hopkins has since led The Cadets to an additional six world titles, the most recent in 2011.
In 1990, he was integral to establishing Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!), an organization committed to supporting the development of young people to magnificent human beings through their participation in the performing arts. More than 70,000 young people across the country are involved in programs supported by YEA! with annual festivals, performances and clinics nationwide.
Since 2005, YEA! has partnered with the Allentown Economic Development Association in the creation of the Musselman Arts Development Center in downtown Allentown. YEA! is now the managing tenant of this urban arts incubator, offering services and support for numerous Lehigh Valley non-profits. Current staffing for YEA! is now twenty-two, with a part time teaching staff of 60+.
George Hopkins is a member of the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame and the Cadets Hall of Fame. He has been a member of the DCI Board of Directors since 1982, the DCI executive committee from 1983 to 1999, and 2005 to the present, the N.J. Music Educators Board of Directors from 2000-2003 and the president of the N.J. Coalition for Music Educators from 2001 to 2003.
Hopkins holds a BA in secondary education and an MA in non-profit management. He has a daughter, Katie, 26, who holds a BA in dance from Columbia College Chicago, performs with ARCOS Dance nationally and internationally, teaches and choreographs for various high school colorguard programs nationwide, and is a four-year veteran of The Cadets and a fifth-year instructor/choreographer for the corps.
Hopkins loves his Philadelphia Sports Teams, Broadway, the Philly Orchestra, live music concerts, reading, running and learning.