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usb_0.pngUSBands launched their 31st season last Saturday at Bethel High School in Bethel, CT. Taking the field at the first USBands show of the season were Bethel High School, Blackstone-Millville High School, Brien McMahon High School, New Milford High School, Danbury High School, Naugatuck High School, New Fairfield High School and Newtown High School. Additionally, The University of New Haven Marching Band performed in exhibition at the end of the event. 

"What a great way to start a season," said Jim Sheeley, Director of USBands. "We had great weather and a great time with all of the educators, students and fans. We couldn't have asked for a better way to kick off the 2019 Fall Marching Band season."

For scores from the event, click here.

Next weekend the USBands team will host six shows in Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania. For a look at the full schedule for the upcoming season, click here

usb.pngUSBands kicks off their 31st season on this Saturday, September 7, 2019, at Bethel High School in Bethel, CT. Bethel High School, Blackstone-Millville High School, Brien McMahon High School, New Milford High School, Danbury High School, Naugatuck High School, New Fairfield High School and Newtown High School will all participate in the first competition of the season. In addition, The University of New Haven Marching Band will perform in exhibition at the end of the show.

"We're really excited to get the season off the ground," said Jim Sheeley, Director of USBands. "The team has been working really hard on getting the fall competitions ready and we can't wait to get into the heart of the marching band season."

Jim Sheeley will be in attendance at the show, as well as Eric Kitchenman, the USBands Adjudication Coordinator.

This season, USBands will host 125 marching band competitions in 20 states culminating in championship events at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ and AT&T Stadium, Arlington TX. To be a part of upcoming competitions, please email us at

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.


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