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Doug Rutherford, the Chairman of the Board of Directors for YEA! wishes you a happy March 4th! In his video message, he delivers updates on programs, changes and events at YEA! over the last few months.

He starts with a note about today's special significance with USBands, as it is our National Sign-Up Day! With USBands giving programs their first opportunity to register for 2019 Fall Marching Season events, Doug said, "You can expect a commitment to service through accessibility, affordability and convenience for all of those programs."

He moves on to note that today is the 90 days from when he last checked in with the broader Youth Education in the Arts community. Following up on his promised updates regarding the expense reduction initiatives undertaken in December, he touches on the impact that implemented policies have had on students, employees, volunteers, parents and the Board of Directors. In particular, he notes the incredibly tough decision to suspend the operation of Cadets2. "In this case, it truly was a situation where we had to take a step back to be able to take a step forward," he said.

For the fifth consecutive year, USBands celebrates the universal day of marching music, March 4th, with National Sign-Up Day, the first day for USBands schools to register for participation in the 2019 Fall Marching Band Season.

The USBands team has been hard at work since the end of their 30th Anniversary season in November, compiling a comprehensive schedule that serves all participating schools and students with opportunities to showcase their programs and talents.

Some highlights for the 2019 Fall Marching Band Season will, of course, be the return of the high profile events in MetLife Stadium for the Yamaha Cup and Open Class Nationals, while the A Class Nationals return to Allentown and Western Nationals to Arlington, TX. But also on the priority list is back-to-basics approach for State Championships in order to address accessibility, convenience and affordability for all of our bands that wish to participate.

Jon Swengler, Director of USBands said in announcing this year’s schedule, “Since the close of last season, we have been pouring over the data from our in-season and post-season surveys to ensure we are serving our bands to the best of our ability. We have made it our highest priority the commitment to the quality of adjudication while being mindful to make participation in USBands as affordable as possible.”

When you’re an organization celebrating a landmark 85th Anniversary, you want to invite as many friends as possible to join you for the party!

Which is why The Cadets are inviting you to the biggest space we could host our 85th Anniversary Celebration: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ! Join us on July 2 for the Drum Corps: An American Tradition competition and a thrilling evening of performances celebrating the maroon and gold.

The event marks The Cadets return home to their Northern New Jersey roots to the site of one of the world’s spectacular stadiums for the metropolitan New York City’s exclusive annual appearance by DCI’s very best performers.

What’s more, through an arrangement with the NJ State Fair, there will be plenty of activity and excitement happening throughout the MetLife Stadium Complex as we celebrate Drum & Bugle Corps/High School Marching Band Day at the New Jersey State Fair, held in the adjacent parking lots until midnight!

Add to that, we’ve invited some great guests to entertain and amaze including the Bluecoats from Canton, OH, Boston Crusaders from Boston, MA, Music City from Nashville, TN, Jersey Surf from Camden County, NJ, Raiders from Burlington, NJ, 7th Regiment from New London, CT and a memorable joint performance by The Cadets and The Cadets 85th Anniversary Alumni Corps.

In conjunction with a partnership with the BAND Mobile App, USBands proudly announces Emily Holland from Immaculata High School in Somerville, NJ and Seth Wood of Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville, Texas as the first recipients of the USBands Scholarship Award for excellence in musical participation and community engagement.

USBands received dozens of scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 academic year from young people who met the criteria of demonstrating magnificence in their community, articulated how their involvement in music has influenced their life and described how music will continue to have an influence in their life.

One scholarship was awarded to a student who will be pursuing further education in music, while the other scholarship was awarded to a student pursuing any higher education as defined by vocational training, conservatory, and other college degrees.

Scholarship recipients were determined by the USBands Advisory Board and initially announced at the USBands National Championships at MetLife Stadium in E. Rutherford, NJ and AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.

We are thrilled to announce that in 2019 we will be celebrating the 85th Anniversary of the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps along with 50 Years of Women in The Cadets.

As part of our celebration, we are happy to announce we will be organizing the 85th Anniversary Alumni Corps to perform this summer. We are also proud to announce alumnus Joe Reichert will be the Corps Director for the Alumni Corps. Joe is currently the Head Band Director for the Adamson High School Band in the Dallas Independent School District in Dallas, TX. He marched in the 1992 and 1993 Cadets, and was a Drum Major in 1995, serving on the Cadets instructional staff in 1997 and 1998.

"Let's make this a summer to remember," Joe said. "This is our chance to contribute to the future of this incredible organization that has given us all so much."

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