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USBands and the BAND Mobile App hosted a reception to kick-off the Texas Bandmaster Association Conference at the Grand Hyatt of Thursday evening to welcome music educators to the 2019 TBA Conference as well as the new USBands season.

Eric Kitchenman, Eric James, Jason Howard and Steve Hankins headed up the USBands team onsite as the organization continues to expand its offerings throughout the fall marching band season in Texas. Eric Kitchenman was able to provide insight into nearly a half dozen new events for the USBands schedule, plus information on the all-new USBands Salute to Veterans Championships scheduled for Veterans Day in AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington.

Peter Hensch from the BAND Mobile App was on-hand with Chris Roberts, Assistant Director of the Vanguard Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps who is one of the leading innovators in the use of BAND for marching band and drum and bugle corps nationally.

Peter and Chris will be on-hand throughout the TBA Conference at the USBands booth to provide 1:1 sessions for music educators to learn more on how to save time and improve communications between students, staff and parents.

USBands is thrilled to welcome three new members to the team with Jim Sheeley joining us as the USBands Director, Matt Chamberlin as Event Staff Manager and Consultant, and Judy Ulchinsky as Adjudication Education Manager. All three are welcome additions to the team as we seek to provide the best service for the best events in the marching arts. 

"The breadth of experience in the marching arts that Jim, Matt, and Judy possess is expansive," said Vicki Ferrence Ray, Executive Director of USBands' parent organization Youth Education in the Arts. "They each bring a fresh perspective to USBands along with their combined decades of experience. We truly couldn't ask for better people on the team."

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Jim Sheeley (left), Judy Ulchinski (top right), 
and Matt Chamberlin (bottom right)

Jim Sheeley - USBands Director

Jim Sheeley graduated from Mansfield State College with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education with an Instrumental Music concentration. He received a Master of Science in Music with an Instrumental Conducting emphasis from Mansfield University and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey.

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Seven years ago USBands offered a separate approach for adjudicating A Class. At the time, this was a big step forward in addressing the need to recognize variances in bands’ programming. In the spirit of evolution and refining what we do, we are proud to announce another important step forward. In 2019 we are offering universal number application throughout the entire system along with a simple weighting system that will be used on all captions. Every band director, staff, performer and adjudicator will know the meaning of a tenth and how it’s applied to their score.

2014_ATTStadium_west_globe02229.jpgUSBands is excited to announce a brand new title and date for the 2019 edition of the Championship event at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys, scheduled for Veteran's Day, Monday, November 11, 2019.

In a first-of-its-kind event for USBands, the organization has worked with the leadership at AT&T Stadium to create this extra special Monday event featuring high school marching bands from throughout the state of Texas and beyond.

Eric Kitchenman, USBands Texas Relations Manager, said in announcing the event, "Due to an NFL scheduling anomaly with the Cowboys, the previously announced date was no longer available. The teams at the Cowboys and USBands have worked for the better part of two months since the NFL schedule was announced to secure a unique and interesting opportunity for bands to cap off their 2019 season. We are proud to celebrate the veterans of our military who play such an important role in protecting our freedoms and acknowledging the roots from where marching bands originally began."

AU8A4069.jpgAre you in the market to upgrade or replace your band’s sound with lightly-used Yamaha brass and percussion instruments?

Brass

The Cadets have a limited quantity of lightly-used Yamaha Xeno Trumpets, euphoniums and tubas, making this the best time for anyone searching for high-quality instruments at an affordable price. 

  • YEP-202MS - Euphoniums - 11 to choose from starting at $1,550
  • YBB-202MS - Tubas - 5 to choose from starting at $4,600

The Cadets also have a complete set of YTR-8345RS Xeno Trumpets with only one season of use. Pricing starts at $1695 with discounts on purchases of (3) or more Xenos.

Unfortunately, The Cadets inventory of Mellophones and Baritones are no longer available.  

Percussion

The Cadets have a few percussion instruments available including:

  • YX-500FT - Xylophones - 2 to choose from starting at $2,300
  • CB-360AS - Concert Bass Drums - 2 to choose from starting at $1,800
  • TP-6300 - Timpani - (2) sets to choose from starting at $9,000

Unfortunately, The Cadets inventory of Marimbas and Vibes are no longer available. 

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