Since 1934, The Cadets have been redefining standards of excellence by taking risks while simultaneously holding fast to their traditional values of precision and self discipline. The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps have grown to become one of the most honored drum and bugle corps in the world.
The Cadets have been crowned World Champions a total of nine times in their history. The "Garfield" Cadets won their first DCI title in 1983. The years that followed saw Garfield capture the 1984 and 1985 World Championships as well; the first "threepeat" in DCI history. The corps won again in 1987 but that was the final World Championship for ""Garfield." In 1989, the corps moved its headquarters from Garfield to Hackensack, New Jersey and changed its name one more time. "The Cadets of Bergen County" continued the winning tradition.
In 1990, The Cadets came from behind to claim their fifth World Championship in Buffalo, New York. In 1993, the corps relocated its headquarters to its present home in Bergenfield. The corps charged west to Denver for the first time in decades before earning its sixth World Championship in Jackson, Mississippi.
Through the 90's, The Cadets also have performed at major events such as the Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta in 1996, World Cup Soccer matches, and the rededication of the Statue of Liberty. The corps' seventh World Championship came in 1998, at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. At College Park, Maryland in the summer of 2000, The Cadets, along with the Cavaliers from Rosemont, Illinois, were crowned co-champions. The Cadets share the DCI world record for a score of 99.150 with The Cavaliers (2002) for their 2005 show "The Zone: Dreamscapes in Four Parts with a Door," which won their most ninth and most recent World Championship.
The Cadets have always been on the cutting edge of performance and design, combining art and technical skill to push the performance envelope farther each year. Performing music from composers as richly diverse as Bernstein and Copland, The Cadets have also explored the music of American composer David Holsinger and the music of British Brass Band composers Philip Sparke and Jan van Der Roost. The Cadets have amassed a remarkable competitive record in the recent year, having placed higher than sixth in DCI every year since 1981.