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The 2020 USBands Fall Marching Band Season is underway after a successful National Sign-up Day! 

Thanks to a record number of over 200 schools registering, many of the most popular shows are already exceeding expectations and reaching near sell-out levels. Of course, with USBands’ “Can do, Will do” spirit, we will do everything possible to welcome your band into every event you select.

We’re proud to once again present a full season of 100+ events on the schedule for you to register to showcase your band. 

Here are some highlights of participating in USBands:

• Commitment to student-centered philosophy

• Large stadium performance opportunities nearly every week of the schedule

• Full local schedule of events for consistent, convenient participation

• Professionally facilitated post-event critiques with a national base of adjudicators

• Dedicated team committed to director satisfaction and success

Directors are encourage to enroll for your 2020 schedule at  for your first chance at your choice of events. If you have any questions, please contact Jim, Amanda or Eric at and someone will respond ASAP.

Since the very earliest days of USBands, the quality of adjudication and service to educators and students has been at the forefront of everything we do. While expansion and other circumstances may have periodically impacted our ability to deliver upon that promise,  USBands reconfirms our commitment in 2020 to provide consistent, high quality and actionable analysis and commentary at every one of our events. 

No matter your band’s style, number of marching members, size of budget, or experience of instructional and design teams, your students and program will always have a home in which to grow and excel at USBands. This will always be our commitment to you.

For 2020, USBands will continue to deliver on our mission, which has guided us for over 32 years

• Professionally-facilitated critiques between adjudicators and educational, instructional, and design teams at every Local and select Regional events

• Performance opportunities in up to 12 classes based on a program’s size and level of achievement

• Leading-edge digital delivery of scores and commentary in line with national activity standards and norms

Don’t miss the next in our series of Meet The Cadets webinars this Thursday at 8 pm EST. To watch and join in go online to

On the webinar will be Cadets Director, Denise Bonfiglio, Director of Operations, Justin Moore, Cadets Assistant Director, Ron Lambert, and Development and Marketing Manager, Brad Martin. 

This webinar will give fans, friends and alumni the opportunity to learn more about The Cadets management team and future plans as the corps moves toward March 31, 2020, when they will become an independent non-profit organization. 

ALLENTOWN, PA - Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) today announced that The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps will begin operating as an independent non-for-profit organization with a newly constituted Board of Directors, bylaws and governance structure, beginning March 31, 2020. YEA! will continue to operate USBands, a program focused on delivering services to the scholastic band community.

After March 31, the Cadets and USBands, will operate as separate entities with a well-defined ongoing business relationship, allowing each organization to focus on meeting the needs of their constituencies.

In announcing the transition of the organization, Doug Rutherford, chairman of the board of YEA! said, “Creating this plan for a new beginning has been a team effort that included donors, sponsors, DCI and great friends in the marching band and drum corps community. Through the hard work of so many people over the years, thousands upon thousands of young people have grown and matured through YEA! programs. The Cadets and USBands have withstood the test of time and continue to deliver on the mission to create magnificent human beings through participation in the performing arts.”

The USBands team is holding a series of Town Hall Meetings to kick-off the 2020 season. These Town Halls offer band directors an opportunity to share, in a collegial setting covering a wide variety of topics to best serve the USBands community. 

Thanks to Edison High School and Band Director Marc DeNicoula, for hosting our Central New Jersey USBands town hall meeting on January 13, 2020. The USBands staff, Jim Sheeley, Amanda Ehst and Eric Kitchenman, discussed with the band directors, band classification and the number of classes, the protocol for seeding at local and premier events and adjudication. 

Jim Sheeley, Director of USBands said, "Listening to our band directors provides the USBands team with invaluable insight. We hope Band Directors and staff will join us at the meeting most convenient for them as the Town Hall meetings continue through February.”

Future town hall dates are:

January 22, Ridgewood High School, NJ

January 27 Blackstone-Millville High School, MA

February 3, Brien McMahon High School, CT

Additional upcoming events are being scheduled for NY, PA, VA, and MD.

RSVP to Amanda Ehst at to join us at any of the upcoming Town Halls

Additionally members of the USBands Team will be attending the TMEA Conference, NJMEA Conference and PMEA Conference. We invite you to stop by and say “hello.”


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