A Letter from USBands Dir. Steve Petzinger

I am very excited to be leading USBands in 2017 and beyond. It feels great to be back at Youth Education in the Arts! and even more special, that I get to lead the team of amazing folks in USBands. I spent the last two years working for the White House in Washington, DC and as I transition from the federal government to YEA!, I am greatly looking forward to providing the best educational experiences at the best venues with the best adjudicators to students, directors, and parents across the country. Our Indoor season begins on February 25 with two contests, New Milford High School in Connecticut, and Woodbridge High School in New Jersey. Our Concert Series kicks off in Boston on March 6, and our Fall Marching Band schedule is set for release on Monday, February 20, with National Sign-Up Day presented by CCIS Travel a couple weeks later on March 4.

I know that a lot of folks reached out to our office to get more information on the fall schedule and I'd like to give you some of that information right now.

We begin the season on September 9, with clinics at Edison High School in New Jersey, North Penn High School in Pennsylvania, and Bethel High School in Connecticut. Keep an eye out for a new show format this year, that has bands perform on Sundays with a follow-on, extended evaluation. This Sunday Clinic Series offers bands not only the standard critique from the adjudicators that day, but will provide band staff an additional 20-30 minutes with a clinician to review video of your band's performance immediately following your time on the field.

The next four weekends are packed with shows across the US, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Texas, Georgia and Idaho! The weekend of October 14 is highlighted by Yamaha Cup at MetLife Stadium in Northern, New Jersey and in San Antonio, Texas, as well as the Southwest Missouri Regional in Branson, Missouri. The weekend of October 21 is expanded by adding the West Chester University Invitational, along with the return of the Maryland State Championships at Towson University, the Virginia State Championships at Virginia Beach Sportsplex, and the Quad States Championships at the University of South Dakota.

October 28-29 is jam-packed as well, with the New Jersey State Championships split between Rutgers and Rowan Universities. the New England States Championships which will be split for the first time between Central Connecticut State University and Veterans Memorial Stadium in New Britain, CT, the Pennsylvania State Championships at a new location at Lincoln University near Oxford, PA, and the Marine Corps Invitational, returning to Navy & Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD.

November 4-5 stars the New Jersey Regional in Old Bridge, NJ, the New England Regional at Veterans Memorial Stadium in New Britain, CT, the Mid-Atlantic Regional in the DC Metro Region, the Southern States' Championships at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in Tennessee, and last but certainly not least, the A Class National Championship at the historic J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, PA. 

The USBands season concludes the following weekend with the Open Class National Championships, once again at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

Registration will begin on National Sign-Up Day presented by CCIS  Travel. Keep an eye on the USBands website for more details as they are confirmed over the next few weeks!


Steve Petzinger

Director, USBands at Youth Education in the Arts