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18 Mar 2020

The mission of USBands is to support the development of young people into magnificent humans through participation in the performing arts. That mission extends directly to you, the music educator, that has dedicated your life to your students and encouraging their musical and performance pursuits.

In these trying times, we want to be sure that you know USBands is here for you to help in any way possible. From the aftermath of national and weather emergencies that have impacted our beloved activity in the past, we have always tried to look beyond the immediate crisis to assist our members in any way possible and make them stronger for the future.

We recently began sharing resources from our partners throughout the world of music education, to assist in the challenges you are facing in these extraordinary times.

You may have already tapped into some of those resources but with so many others available, we will dedicate upcoming email communications, social media posts and our BAND mobile app to sharing some of the most valuable ones that could potentially provide assistance, guidance or knowledge to you and your program during this unprecedented time. 

For even more resources, be sure to check in at periodically or give any one of our team a call to discuss. Jim Sheeley, 610-821-0591; Amanda Ehst, 610-821-0656; and for Texas Directors: Eric Kitchenman, 484-387-1137 and Jason Howard, 325-205-0183.

Following the direction of state and feral government guidance and regulations, the USBands team is working remotely for the foreseeable future in service to our schools and partners in the music education community. 

We will continue to respond to emails and phone messages as quickly as possible and will continue to communicate and share information with band directors, adjudicators and all ofthers on an ongoing basis.

In these challenging times and this ever-changing landscape, we remain committeed to serving educators and students and focused on preparation for a successful 2020 Fall Marching Band Season.

Stay tuned for additional updates as we share the latest on USBands as we plan for a future full of music, pageantry and performance.

MARCH 11, 2020-ALLENTOWN, PA: Due to the increasing number of health concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 and the fact that New Jersey has declared a state of emergency, The Cadets, in consultation with Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) Board President, Doug Rutherford, and DCI Executive Director, Dan Acheson, has decided to cancel this weekend’s Brass Camp which was to be held in Salem, New Jersey.

Cadets Director, Denise Bonfiglio, stated that, “the health and welfare of students, staff, and volunteers was the main focus of this decision.”

The Cadets administrative team has made all students, staff, and volunteers aware of this cancellation, and are making arrangements to cancel or transfer all travel arrangements for those making the trip to and staying in New Jersey for this camp.

"We are monitoring this situation daily and consulting with medical professionals," Bonfiglio went on to say. "We will be staying abreast of any changes and how the potential spread of COVID-19 could impact future events.”

The Cadets are excited to announce that four strong young women will lead the corps through the 2020 season. Loren Gregory will continue as lead conductor for The Cadets and will be assisted by Cat Yang and Molly Sobieski, with Mallory Shirey serving as conductor.


Loren Gregory is entering her third season as drum major and her second season as lead conductor at The Cadets. She attends the University of Houston-Clear Lake where she studies general business. Loren is a staff member at Silent Command, a leadership and conducting training company. Outside of drum corps, Loren is a visual and drum major tech at Dickinson High School and Friendswood High School in the Houston area. She is so excited to work with this amazing team of leaders!


Cat Yang is currently a senior at Coppell High School in Coppell, Texas. This will be her rookie year as a drum major in a drum corps and she is incredibly excited to be a part of such a historic group. She plays the alto saxophone and is planning to major in Music Education. She hopes to someday become a high school band director in the great state of Texas. She is looking forward to meeting new people, learning from the amazing staff members, and creating life-long memories through her time at The Cadets.


Hello everyone! I wanted to talk a bit about the COVID-19 virus and the upcoming March 13-15 Cadets Brass Camp. We are monitoring this situation very closely around the country. If you are sick with cold/flu symptoms, please stay home. If anyone has traveled out of the country or has family that has traveled to East Asia, China or Italy, I need to know about this if you plan to attend a Cadets camp. If you have been in contact with anyone that has been diagnosed with COVID-19, you must seek medical help and self quarantine. This virus spreads, as most viruses do, through droplets, meaning any saliva that leaves your body is how it is spread. Wash, wash, wash your hands all the time. If you're out and about shopping in a common place, please don’t touch anything. Wash your hands before and after you eat. Wash your hands if you touch something that other humans have touched. Don’t touch your face, especially your mouth. Please carry 70% alcohol hand sanitizers with you to kill the germs. At this time the camp is still happening at Salem HS next weekend. Salem HS has had no incidences of the virus at this time. If that changes we will cancel camp. 


We will have a very strict protocol at camps: 



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