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20181020-DSC_1042.jpgUSBands is proud to announce its partnership with Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore as the site for the 2019 Maryland State Championships on Saturday, October 26.

The decision to return to a high-quality high school location came after several weeks of evaluating locations and researching how to best address the needs of the music programs in Maryland. As of May 6, over 20 bands have registered for the 2019 Maryland States Championship and events in Maryland this fall.

With the return to a high school venue, USBands is able to remain consistent with its renewed commitment to high-quality performance opportunities while remaining affordable for the participating schools.

The Adjudication assignments for the Maryland State Championships, as well as the complete Maryland schedule of events,  have been recently completed, while a few modifications are in the process of being made to the USBands adjudication system for 2019 by the Advisory Council comprised of Directors and Adjudicators.

For Maryland high school bands who still want to perform in large venues, USBands offers performance slots at Navy & Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown and MetLife Stadium in E. Rutherford, NJ.

Maroon & Gold Day is The Cadets first-ever giving day, a day where we ask the entire Cadets family - alumni, members, instructors, parents, and fans - to support The Cadets and to celebrate The Cadets of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Every gift, no matter the size, will make a big difference to The Cadets this summer.

Our goal is to have at least 250 individual donors to The Cadets on Maroon & Gold Day. Along the way, as we reach new donor milestones, we’ll unlock video recordings of The Cadets and details of The Cadets’ 2019 show.

We are happy to announce that The Cadets' probation status has been lifted and the corps is currently in good standing with DCI as a Member Organization.

"It was a team effort involving a lot of people to make this happen," said Vicki Ferrence Ray, Executive Director of YEA! "The organization has worked tirelessly to ensure we have put into place the appropriate policies and procedures and instill a positive culture that reinforces them. To see that being recognized in having the probation lifted is a wonderful feeling. More than ever we're committed to providing excellent programming in a safe environment for our students both in Allentown and across the country. We would also like to pass along our thanks to the folks at DCI who have helped support us and continued to work with us over the last year. Onwards and upwards!"

"The changes at YEA! have been at every level of the organization," Doug Rutherford, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said. "From the Board of Directors to the office staff to the educational teams that travel with the corps, we've worked to ensure that we have created the safest and healthiest environment possible for our participants. In addition to our three-step background check for staff, we have readily available resources for reporting compliance violations. We've made tremendous strides in the last year."

Last weekend was the final Cadets camp of the season, bringing with it the excitement the buzz of drum corps season and the start of the summer. It was a great opportunity for the corps to create plenty of amazing music and lots of new drill.

This weekend we saw the return of the color guard for their final audition of the season. This is the first time the color guard has been back with the corps since the first round of auditions in November. Many familiar faces and quite a few new ones filled the gym with excitement as over 70 auditionees competed for spots in the 2019 color guard! Color Guard Caption Manager Sam Watson stated, “This weekend was a success! We had a respectable turnout, with many quality performers looking for a position in our guard. It made it tough to sort through the passion and talent, but it was all worth it. Our color guard family is strong and looking forward to meeting the challenges of 2019. We’re so glad to be reunited with the corps and moving forward!” 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of having women in The Cadets and we can't wait to welcome all of the new color guard members for such a historic season!

57387318_10215456232492932_4125891368612528128_n.jpgThe Annual Wine, Beer and Food Fest hosted by YEA! proved to be a huge hit with a record 130 people in attendance. Held at the beautiful Forest Hill Field Club in Bloomfield, NJ, the record-setting crowd enjoyed an afternoon of wine and beer from around the world paired with sumptuous small bites as they supported the programs of Youth Education in the Arts. Silent auction items and raffles also proved to be a hit with attendees. This year we also offered a Wine Connosour class to a limited selection of people who enjoyed some extra wine information. We would like to thank all of our generous supporters who came out to spend an afternoon bolstering the programs that mean so much to so many.

We would like to extend a very special thank you to the Planning Committee who went above and beyond to create such a special event. Jim Messina and Greg Pych served as the Co-Chairpersons and worked to spearhead putting the event together. They were joined by Cindi DeVivo, Barbara Messina, Robin Karpinski, Dan Kocher, Tom Maiello, Eric Sabach, Donna Schiavone, Kelly Smith, and John Wagner who worked tirelessly to make sure the event was a smashing success.


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