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Preparations continue for v-USBands Virtual Performance to be the exclusive platform for the upcoming fall marching band season. We’ve received inquiries from over 200 schools as of August 14 with more arriving each day. 

Participation Guide

We are currently finalizing the v-USBands Participation Guide outlining the basics of the program and to serve as a handbook for schools. A reminder, that the Guide will be a living document and will be revised in real time throughout the season with each new iteration posted on the USBands website and emailed to you. Watch for the release of the initial Participation Guide in the next several days.

Registration for v-USBands will begin on or about August 24 and will remain open throughout the fall. Weekly registration will close one week in advance of the Video Submission Deadline which will be each Tuesday at 12:00 Noon ET.


We have been receiving numerous inquiries each day and one question that has been asked more than any other is whether bands are able to submit more than one video per week. The answer is a resounding YES!

We are excited by the level of creativity being shown by the directors and staff and do not want to limit the ways they are engaging their students. Here are just a few examples that have been shared with us:


As the school year came to an end earlier this Spring, the USBands Team was full of cautious optimism for the Fall and a return to normalcy. We spent months working on plans for a full fall marching band season with the hopes that we would be able to once again return to the band rooms, practice fields and football stadiums to enjoy the rituals of Fall.

All throughout the planning process, we have been monitoring the health concerns in the 17 states in which we serve to determine the best way forward given the unique circumstances in each region, state and in some cases, areas within specific states.

After this period of exploration, research and conversations, USBands has agreed with the majority of educators for music programs to participate exclusively on the virtual v-USBands platform for the 2020 fall marching band season in lieu of in-person competitions.

Initial results of a performing arts aerosol study commissioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and more than 125 performing arts organizations have yielded preliminary data and considerations that could help prevent the cancellation of performing arts activities in the future amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

This is the first of three stages of results for the study, which was launched in May behind lead funding from the NFHS, CBDNA, the National Association of Music Merchants and the D’Addario Foundation. More findings incorporating a wider range of activities are expected to be released later this month and again with the completion of the study in December.           

“This study is the first of its kind and will be able to supply scientific data to allow us to find ways to return to the performing arts classrooms and performance halls,” said Dr. James Weaver, NFHS Director of Performing Arts and Sports, who co-chairs the study with Mark Spede, CBDNA President and Clemson University director of bands. “We have brilliant researchers and a global coalition that are working hard to find science-based solutions to return to activities during a global pandemic.”

FloMarching Will Stream Live Coverage Of Competition Events and v-USBands Starting With The 2020 Season



AUSTIN, Texas FloSports, the innovator in live sports streaming and original content, announced today an exclusive 4-year deal with USBands, one of the leading marching arts organizations in the country, to stream its competitive marching arts season starting in 2020.  FloMarching, FloSports’ platform dedicated to marching arts, will stream up to 25 USBands competitions annually and provide dedicated editorial coverage throughout each season. With the addition of USBands competition events to its offering, FloMarching continues to position itself as the premier destination for marching arts and has seen 115% subscriber growth since it launched in 2016.






Given the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, each state and each school may have different guidelines to follow regarding marching band participation this fall and many schools are prohibited from travel, participating in mass gatherings or have been affected by budgetary or other restrictions imposed upon scholastic music programs. USBands has developed a creative and structured alternative to present an accredited solution to the participatory challenges music programs are facing.

In response to these requests for safe and meaningful options and opportunities for the traditional high school marching band activities in the upcoming 2020 fall season, USBands announces the launch of v-USBands, an alternative digital competition platform for students to remain engaged with their music programs and providing those programs the structure and accountability needed from school administrations for ongoing assessment and continuity.


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