You probably thought this would be a "rant", not a "rave", but "au contraire"! Actually, that $50 was up there with the best ever spent in my Lehigh Valley entertainment budget (like I actually have an entertainment budget).

Thursday, as The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps provided free entertainment during the Summer in the City music series at Allentown's PPL Plaza during lunch, I was reminded that YEA! (Youth Entertainment in the Arts, their parent organization) was hosting an event later that evening at Allentown Symphony Hall. Not only would the nationally recognized Cadets be performing, but members of some of their other programs would perform as well. I hadn't planned on attending but quickly decided to go.

If you weren't there you missed a heck of a show! I had goose bumps during every performance.

The Cadets, normally allowed the space of a football field, adapted gracefully to the size of Allentown Symphony Hall. Their sound was SPECTACULAR! When the Color Guard took to the stage it seemed as if it was their normal venue. I was extremely impressed.

The various ensembles of YEA!'s "Xcape" program captured my heart to the point where I turned to the lady sitting next to me and said "I need my checkbook". This non-profit organization's Urban Arts Center actually holds free dance instruction, giving local kids a reason to work hard to achieve greatness while staying out of trouble. Well done!

The Hand Drummingperformance took on a whole new meaning to me when they explained the health benefits. I had never considered drumming as a stress reliever, but I know it works wonders for my co-worker, Kuzy!

There is no way I can describe how powerfully moving this evening was. I strongly suggest you click through to the video clips to get a glimpse of what I mean. You won't be disappointed.

Oh, and the $50 I spent...only $20 was for the ticket. I spent the additional $30 on a T-shirt and a Cadets CD. Money well spent, don't you think?