Last weekend saw the return of Yamaha Cup: NJ in MetLife stadium with a total of 62 competing bands. The first band of the day was South Plainfield High School, stepping off at 8:40 a.m. The last band to perform was West Genesee High School at 11:34 p.m.
"The entire event ran just as it should. Everything was very smooth," said Assistant Director of USBands, Mike Arena.
Awards at Yamaha Cup: NJ are held in a slightly different fashion than at other shows. The bands are presented with their awards on stage at MetLife Central instead of on the field. The stage format allows for a fun and different way of celebrating each band's accomplishments. Bands accept their awards and do their salutes to music, cheering and lots of cowbells. All of the award ceremonies were livestreamed on our Facebook and you can find them here: https://www.facebook.com/USBands/videos. You can find scores from Yamaha Cup: NJ here:
This weekend, we also introduces our brand new Video Shoutouts! Like airgrams, they're played in the stadium as your band walks on, however, your video plays on the Jumbotrons in the stadium (like the ones on the left)! Video Shoutouts proved to be a great way to send a personalized message to encourage, cheer on and support favorite band members, or the entire band. We will also be doing Video Shoutout this weekend at the New Jersey State Championships at Rutgers University and on 11/12 at MetLife for the USBands Open Class National Championships.
You can watch Video Shoutouts from Yamaha Cup: NJ and reserve a Video Shoutout for an upcoming show here: http://www.bandshoutouts.org
If you missed out on your chance to get your gear from Yamaha Cup: NJ, you can still order online for the next two week at http://shop.pepwear.com/usbands/. Grab shirts, patches and more before it's gone!