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USBands_Saginaw_IndependenceHS_ZachAshcraft (15 of 115) copy_0.jpgAfter months of research, conversations and analysis, USBands is excited to announce for the first time in its history a Band First policy to ensure the highest level of service, unparalleled adjudication and access to some of the premier marching and concert events in the nation.

With USBands’ new Band First pricing levels, the control is fully in the hands of the music educator to select the level of engagement and service needed for their individual program.

Three levels of Membership are now available and provide cost-effective and affordable educational opportunities for school music programs of all sizes and budgets.

USBands Value is for the up and coming band that participates in a few local events while building their program. This affordable alternative allows bands to select from the full array of 80 local competitions in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions.

USBands Basic has been created to serve the marching band that competes annually in several local contests and caps off their season with a State or National Championship performance with added incentives making your membership more valuable to your program and your students.

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.”

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.

Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) Board of Directors announces broad changes to its operating structure to stabilize the organization and position it for future growth.

“YEA! has recently completed an exhaustive financial audit and independent investigation of the operational elements of YEA! The results of this work have led the Board of Directors and senior management to make strategic changes and improvements to position YEA! for our next decade of growth and innovation,” said Vicki Ferrence Ray, Executive Director of YEA!

Part of these proactive changes will be a discontinuation of the Cadets2 program and a reduction by one-third of the YEA! staff in the Allentown, PA office. Additionally, there is an aggressive plan for reducing expenses, increasing efficiencies through technology and streamlined processes, and selling under -utilized assets. These actions create a more lean and agile organization that remains committed to providing a safe environment for all participants.

Operations for the 10-time World Champion Cadets drum and bugle corps, 30 year-old USBands scholastic service program, and the Xcape Dance Company remain unchanged.

IMG 0661The 2019 Cadets Tour was recently announced with the corps making a 12,000 mile tour hitting all of the most popular events in San Antonio, Murfreesboro, Atlanta, Allentown and Indianapolis. Highlights to this year's tour for The Cadets include return appearances in the Midwest states including Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa before heading off to the Rocky Mountains for performances in Casper, WY and Denver, CO after several years of absences.

The Cadets will once again host four home shows in Allentown, PA (6/28), Northern NJ (7/2), Annapolis, MD (7/30) and Chester, PA (7/31). Tickets will be available soon for these four shows and for the Cadets block at DCI Southwestern Championships in San Antonio, DCI Southeastern Championships in Atlanta, DCI Eastern Classic in Allentown and the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis.

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