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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."

2018-09-29 USBands Dartmouth - Admin 02 copy_0.JPGA note from Erik Kitchenman, USBands Adjudication Coordinator

In 2019 all sub-captions will have a potential of 100 points (tenths). This system-wide application will deeply assist in the consistency of number management and the opportunity for all in our community to speak from the same understanding regarding number application.

This adjustment comes from two years of exploration and acquiring insight from band directors (survey and anecdotally) and the best consultants in our activity. Because of the wide diversity and unique backgrounds of our adjudication pool, there were a variety of approaches with how sheets were applied through a broad range of numbers (100, 200. 300. 400) along with a disparity of multipliers that added an additional layer of confusion. Everyone agreed that it is time to simplify and clarify.

In this new application of 100 in all sub-captions, a tenth will be a tenth and the Criteria Reference system and box ranges will remain the same through the season. This means there will be no sliding scale in 2019 as well.

I would like to nominate Sadie Wallace to the Cadets’ Hall of Fame.

As some of you may know Sadie was very influential during our three-peat years of 1983, 1984 and 1985.  She performed many tasks and did whatever was asked of her.  

On a personal note, Sadie covered for me many times. Since I was still living in the Boston area during the winter months, she would teach the guard until I got there. I never had to worry about what she was doing because we were always on the same page. I couldn’t have done it without her!

It is my honor and privilege to nominate Sadie Wallace into the Cadets’ Hall of Fame - 2018.

Sorry, Sadie, it’s 20 years too late, but better late than never!

Peggy Twiggs


I am writing this letter in support of Sadie Wallace’s induction into the Cadets Hall of Fame.

Sadie was a mother figure for all,  tech for the guard, and dance/movement pioneer for the corps and the drum corps world in the 1980s. 

Sadie was always there for all the members.  She worked as an equipment technician as needed.

Sadie cared about the physical bodies of the entire drum corps as programs became more advanced.  She was a pioneer by introducing dance/movement programs as the advancing programs warranted. She fought for time to be sure that the members had time to stretch and maintain good body mechanics.

Dear Cadets Hall of Fame Committee,

We write today on behalf of the hundreds of Cadets color guard performers who had the privilege of being taught by Michelle Owens between 2003 and 2008. It is with great pleasure that we nominate Michelle posthumously for the 2019 Cadets Hall of Fame class for the many reasons enclosed. Though Michelle herself was never a marching member of the Cadets, she proudly embodied the passion, dedication, commitment to excellence, and values of tradition and comradery of a true Cadet. In her 6 seasons as an instructor, she passed these values down to each of us as she undoubtedly shaped the Cadets that we were, inspired the teachers that we would all become, and helped to build the foundation, character, and integrity of the adults we all are today. When we fondly think back to our time at the Cadets, our memories would be incomplete without Michelle’s presence.

To Whom it May Concern:


I am writing to you to strongly recommend Cheryl Philhower to the Cadets Hall of Fame.

As a member of The Cadets, we marched together thru the hard times in the feeder corp called the Plebes.

We both "graduated" to the Garfield Cadets when we struggled and climbed our way into DCI Finals .... something that should not be taken for granted.

Cheryl was and remains a devoted member as she has volunteered her time as an instructor and mentor thru the years.

But it was her devotion as a member when The Cadets went thru tough times and she made it all the way to the mountain top as  DCI Champion down in Miami in 1983.

I hope you make the right call for the hall.


Thank You,

Billy Conklin



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