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.
v-USBands is an alternative format for music students to benefit from a meaningful and educational performing experience, while assisting music educators with flexibility and consistency for their fall plans. v-USBands allows for individuals, ensembles and bands from across the United States to prepare, perform and progress on a nationwide platform.
But v-USBands this fall is only the beginning!
USBands will be expanding Winter programs and offering a potential Spring Marching Series. v-USBands offerings in Performance + Education. Plus, a long-awaited return to stadium competitions in the Fall in 2021. Too much? Don’t worry, we’ll be hosting regular Town Halls to answer questions and listen to your feedback to make your experience with USBands convenient, efficient and productive. More information and details on these conversations will be forthcoming.
During this unprecedented time, USBands has been on a journey to redefine and reimagine it’s role in service to the scholastic music activity. Over the coming months, we will be announcing several bold and exciting initiatives that will allow us to move forward from this time of doubt and uncertainty, into a future full of optimism and opportunity for our students, parents and everyone who cares so much for the activity.
USBands dedicates itself to being a stronger, responsive and reliable partner for music educators to live into the full potential of the organization. We’ve come a long way, yet we have a long way to go. The first step begins with the fall of 2020 and how we can work and grow together to support, develop and celebrate the young people who make this activity extraordinary in every sense of the word.