For the fifth consecutive year, USBands celebrates the universal day of marching music, March 4th, with National Sign-Up Day, the first day for USBands schools to register for participation in the 2019 Fall Marching Band Season.
The USBands team has been hard at work since the end of their 30th Anniversary season in November, compiling a comprehensive schedule that serves all participating schools and students with opportunities to showcase their programs and talents.
Some highlights for the 2019 Fall Marching Band Season will, of course, be the return of the high profile events in MetLife Stadium for the Yamaha Cup and Open Class Nationals, while the A Class Nationals return to Allentown and Western Nationals to Arlington, TX. But also on the priority list is back-to-basics approach for State Championships in order to address accessibility, convenience and affordability for all of our bands that wish to participate.
Jon Swengler, Director of USBands said in announcing this year’s schedule, “Since the close of last season, we have been pouring over the data from our in-season and post-season surveys to ensure we are serving our bands to the best of our ability. We have made it our highest priority the commitment to the quality of adjudication while being mindful to make participation in USBands as affordable as possible.”
Last year marked the first time USBands partnered with e-Adjudicate, the leading online judge training platform in the world and had over 220 adjudicators and band directors participate in the 2018 training. Swengler added, “We look to continue to advance that training and deepen our relationship with e-Adjudicate and our judges for the coming season to ensure the highest quality feedback at every USBands local, Regional, State or National event.
As for the schedule, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Maryland continue in 2019 with complete seasons of local, Regional, State and National competitive opportunities, while Texas adds several new events bringing the total to near 20 for the first time.
Swengler continued, “We have taken a long, hard look at the structure and elements of our major competitions and where improvements could be made on behalf of the participating bands. From cost to accessibility, we have made significant changes to the schedule from past years that we hope to improve everyone’s experience throughout USBands.
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