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The Cadets is one of the world's oldest and most honored continually operating drum and bugle corps with members ages 16 to 22 from all over the country and world. The corps was founded in Garfield, N.J. in 1934 as the Holy Name Cadets and has won 10 American Legion National Championships and 10 Drum Corps International World Championships. The Cadets travel an average of 15,000 miles nationwide each summer, competing and performing for hundreds of thousands of fans.

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Cadets2
   is a regionally performing drum and bugle corps made up of approximately 128 young men and women ages 16 to 25 that competes in the Drum Corps Associates circuit. Founded in 2012 as a weekend-only alternative to the 10-time DCI World Champion Cadets nationally touring ensemble, Cadets 2 maintains The Cadets' standard of excellence while offering a more time- and cost- effective drum corps experience to young people in and around the Lehigh Valley.

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USBands  serves as a competitive circuit for scholastic music programs nationwide, providing world-class performance venues and the best adjudication to tens of thousands of students. Each year, over 700 scholastic ensembles participate in 150 USBands-sanctioned events. The organization is divided into three seasonal departments: USBands Fall for competitive marching band, USBands Winter for competitive indoor color guard and percussion, and USBands Concert for symphonic festivals.

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Xcape
  offers low-cost, comprehensive dance education to Allentown youth ages 6 to 22. Class offerings include ballet, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary/modern dance. Xcape aims to inspire and motivate students while fostering an appreciation for the arts. Instructors provide a fun and nurturing environment where students of all personalities and backgrounds can explore their creativity while learning valuable life skills such as teamwork, self discipline and work ethic.

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Register for USBands Upcoming Hosting Webinar Series!

Rather than trying to have hosts from around the country come to us, we've decided to bring the Host Symposium directly to you! Starting February 7th, USBands is excited to start our USBands Hosting Webinar Series! Whether you're currently hosting or thinking about hosting an event, these sessions will help your organization march to the next level! 

"After hearing from the directors and hosts, we wanted to give everyone the opportunity to learn and talk about how we can help people to really take their local showcases up a notch," said Interim Director Jon Swengler. Each session will focus on different topics, ranging from parking to programs.

 

Session 1: February 7
8pm EST
Subject: Hosting with USBands

Overview: This session is everything you need to know about hosting an event with USBands. We'll cover all of the logistics and timelines associated with hosting and what to expect for the upcoming year. This is a great opportunity to learn the ropes if you've never hosted a show, and a chance to recap the basics if you've been with us for a while.

Webinar Topics:

  • Review of 2016 and feedback
  • USBands 2017
    • What's new for 2017
  • Different types of events (What does it all mean?)
    • Fees and deadlines for 2017
    • Early bird specials
    • Extra band fees
    • Gold/Silver/Clinic/Cosponsor
  • What do we provide?
  • What do you provide?
  • What do we do day of?
  • What do you do day of?

 

Session 2: February 21
8pm EST
Subject: How to Plan and Execute a Successful Event

Overview: We'll dive into the playbook of planning for an event and the common pitfalls leading to the event. You'll get tips and insight on everything you need to know from timelines and rain plans to committees and handbooks. 

Webinar Topics:

  • What to think about and when
    • 1 year out
    • 6 months out
    • 3 months out
    • 1 month out 
    • 2 weeks out
  • Creating a solid backstage for your event
    • Warm-up maps and times
    • Event packets
    • Rain plans
    • Communication to bands
      • What comes from you vs. USBands
      • How do we work together?
  • Committees
    • Discussion of different types of committees
    • What are they responsible for?
    • How to properly record information

 

Session 3: February 28
8pm EST
Subject: How to Maximize Your Event Profit

Overview: Our final session will focus on additional ways to make money at your event. Learn the do's and don'ts when it comes to pricing and more!

Webinar Topics:

  • Using your event as a launch pad
  • Fundraising do's and don'ts 
  • Sponsorships and donations
    • Sponsor of awards and presenters
  • Program books
    • How to put one together
    • How to sell ads
    • Thinking of the bigger picture
  • Concessions
  • Candygrams/Airgrams/Gatorade Grams
  • 50/50
  • Merchandise
  • How to properly budget
  • Ways to save
  • How to motivate and involve students

 

Click here to register for our webinar!