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news3.pngThe second weekend of the USBands Fall 2019 marching season brought competitions to Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania with six shows across those states. 60 bands and around 6,000 students brought music to the fields of the Northeast showcasing their hard work on their 2019 programs. Schools hosting the shows included Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, CT; Edison High School in Edison, NJ; Francis T. Maloney High School in Meriden, CT; Great Mills High School in Great Mills, MD; North Penn High School in Lansdale, PA; and Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan in Old Tappan, NJ.

Jim Sheeley, Director of USBands, said, "We're so thrilled with the way the season has started so far, and we're really happy with how the first events of the season in New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania turned out. Our team has been working tirelessly on getting the season off the ground and we're excited to bring competitions to even more states, schools and students!"

For scores from the event, click here.

usb_0.pngUSBands launched their 31st season last Saturday at Bethel High School in Bethel, CT. Taking the field at the first USBands show of the season were Bethel High School, Blackstone-Millville High School, Brien McMahon High School, New Milford High School, Danbury High School, Naugatuck High School, New Fairfield High School and Newtown High School. Additionally, The University of New Haven Marching Band performed in exhibition at the end of the event. 

"What a great way to start a season," said Jim Sheeley, Director of USBands. "We had great weather and a great time with all of the educators, students and fans. We couldn't have asked for a better way to kick off the 2019 Fall Marching Band season."

For scores from the event, click here.

Next weekend the USBands team will host six shows in Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania. For a look at the full schedule for the upcoming season, click here

usb.pngUSBands kicks off their 31st season on this Saturday, September 7, 2019, at Bethel High School in Bethel, CT. Bethel High School, Blackstone-Millville High School, Brien McMahon High School, New Milford High School, Danbury High School, Naugatuck High School, New Fairfield High School and Newtown High School will all participate in the first competition of the season. In addition, The University of New Haven Marching Band will perform in exhibition at the end of the show.

"We're really excited to get the season off the ground," said Jim Sheeley, Director of USBands. "The team has been working really hard on getting the fall competitions ready and we can't wait to get into the heart of the marching band season."

Jim Sheeley will be in attendance at the show, as well as Eric Kitchenman, the USBands Adjudication Coordinator.

This season, USBands will host 125 marching band competitions in 20 states culminating in championship events at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ and AT&T Stadium, Arlington TX. To be a part of upcoming competitions, please email us at

The Cadets are excited to announce the return of several familiar faces from Cadets history and welcome a few new faces for 2020. Jay Bocook, Jeff Sacktig, April Gilligan-Martinez and many more Cadets greats will rejoin The Cadets in a continuing effort to drive the corps towards the future. In addition, Denise Bonfiglio will step into the role of Corps Director bringing decades of experience and knowledge to the corps.

"To say we're excited for the 2020 season is an understatement," said Denise. "We've already assembled a great team and we're actively working on the upcoming season. The combined experience and excellence of the group is just outstanding and the future looks bright with what we have in store."

Scott Litzenberg, Cadets Corps Director for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, will be taking on a critical, new role for the 2020 season in addition to working with Denise as an advisor for the corps. He will be stepping into a community relations role for YEA! and supporting the directors of all of YEA!’s programs. He will be integral in recruiting new students and ensembles for YEA! programs in addition to managing relationships with current supporters. Part of Scott’s role will also include alumni relations for The Cadets, a group near and dear to his heart. 

instruments_article.pngUpgrade your band's sound with lightly-used Yamaha instruments from The Cadets inventory of high-quality brass and percussion. These are the instruments are available for immediate delivery.


The Cadets have a limited quantity of lightly-used Yamaha YMP-204M Mellophones, YBH-301MS Baritones, YEP-202 Euphoniums and YBH-301MS Tubas, making this the best time for anyone searching for high-quality instruments at an affordable price.

Also, there are YTR-8345RS Xeno Trumpets available with only one season of use. Discounts and/or free shipping can apply on orders of quantities of three or more instruments through August 20.


The Cadets have a few remaining percussion instruments available including YX-500FT - Xylophones, YVRD-2700 Vibraphone and TP-6300 - Timpani set of five drums.

All are available for immediate delivery and are able to ship with a purchase order or deposit. All instruments will be professionally inspected and serviced if necessary before shipment.

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