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YEA! Welcomes Denise Bonfiglio as Staff Coordinator

deniseYouth Education in the Arts is excited to welcome Denise Bonfiglio as our Staff Coordinator! She will work to establish a best practice People Management function for YEA! that includes recruiting, training, supporting and recognizing the people that work and volunteer for all YEA! programs. This includes assessing the current environment, creating a plan and operating model, and coaching YEA! personnel from Full-time Staff, Part-time/event Contractors, Instructional Staff and Volunteers.

She also serves as The Cadets Staff Coordinator, managing instructional staff coverage for winter rehearsals and summer tour, coordinating instructional staff travel, facilitating creation and execution of the Cadets production schedule and serving as a consultant to the design team.

With an extensive background in pageantry, Denise’s roots were firmly planted with the 27th Lancers Drum & Bugle Corps and Winter Guard. Since aging out of the Lancers, Denise has taught the 27th Lancers Drum & Bugle Corps 1976-1986, Garfield Cadets/Cadets of Bergen County/The Cadets 1987-1997, Star of Indiana 1993 and Santa Clara Vanguard 1997-1999, 2003 to present. Along with a wide-ranging drum corps career, Denise expanded her proficiency into Winter Guard. Denise’s accomplishments include Director of the 27th Lancers Winter Guard 1988-1989, Emerald Marquis 1983-1985, 1990-2001, Director of the (three-time WGI Independent World Champion) Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Guard 2006-2016. Denise has also instructed, mentored and trained several successful Independent and Scholastic Winter Guard Units across the United States.

Professionally, Denise recently retired from MetLife where she was an officer of the company for 16 of her 35-year career. During Denise’s tenure at MetLife, her “hands-on” approach brought her to the front-line managing Insurance Product Software Development, and Quality Assurance functions in several locations around the US and Canada. Throughout Denise’s career at MetLife, she was extensively involved in company mergers and acquisitions converting software Illustration systems onto MetLife platforms. Denise managed a staff of 20 as well as associates in different locations around the country. Denise also played a significant role in relocating and transitioning MetLife’s Retail business operations to North Carolina.

Denise is currently the Co-Founder and President of the 27th Lancers Foundation. As a non-profit charitable organization, the Foundation’s philanthropic mission is to raise money to provide scholarships in honor of George and Patsy Bonfiglio. Applications are accepted from young men and women that participate in DCI organizations. George Bonfiglio was the first president of the DCI Board of Directors and played a significant role in leading the organization through its early years to ultimately build a foundation for future success.

Denise is an active Adjudicator for Winter Guard International; Florida Federation of Color guards Circuit, Massachusetts Judges Association, Musical Arts Conference, and the Asian Marching Band Confederation.

Denise was inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame class of 2000, the Massachusetts Drum Corps Hall of Fame class of 2012, and Drum Corps International Hall of Fame class of 2016.

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Good move

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Found out about this at the last camp. Great move for the future of the Cadets...very exciting!

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Glad to see more good news coming  from this organization. 

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6 minutes ago, dans said:

Found out about this at the last camp. Great move for the future of the Cadets...very exciting!

I listened to her speak at last camp too...with some other volunteers and staff...and I agree. Her experience is a welcome addition.

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25 minutes ago, 2000Cadet said:

Glad to see more good news coming  from this organization. 

The Cadets brand is on the way back up. They are doing all the right things to ensure success! I will not be surprised if the next couple of years bring one of the best editions of the Cadets in recent history.

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Great pickup! She has done great work with SCV!

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46 minutes ago, dans said:

The Cadets brand is on the way back up. They are doing all the right things to ensure success! I will not be surprised if the next couple of years bring one of the best editions of the Cadets in recent history.

Even better the business side will be better than ever

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52 minutes ago, Jeff Ream said:

Even better the business side will be better than ever

Hey Jeff, hope you are well. I don't believe the Cadets organization has ever been this detail oriented. From the business side of things to the actual corps itself. Exciting times for Cadets supporters!

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