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ABOUT USBands & YEA!

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YEA! is a nonprofit organization based in Allentown, PA that supports the development of young people into magnificent human beings through participation in music and performing arts. Originally formed as an extension of the 10-time World Champion Cadets Drum Corps, YEA! has expanded its reach to include USBands, the largest scholastic music service organization in the country!

USBands supports music educators’ efforts to teach the life lessons of hard work, determination and teamwork to their students. USBands was formed in the fall of 1988 and today encompasses 4 major programs:

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USBands Marching has grown to become the largest competitive Marching Band circuit in the nation, delivering the best venues, adjudicators, and overall educational experience in the marching arts. Each fall more than 700 schools participate in over 150 local, regional, state and national marching competitions. For more information, email .

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USBands Concert Series brings scholastic wind symphonies, concert bands, Jazz ensembles, choirs and orchestras into the world’s finest performance venues. Each ensemble is evaluated in a non-competitive environment by renowned educators and composers, receiving private clinic and masterclass sessions as part of these once–in–a–lifetime performance opportunities.

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USBands Indoor was established in 2010 to serve various disciplines including marching, standstill and concert percussion ensembles, as well as color guard programs. USBands Indoor has served scholastic programs and in recent years has expanded to include independent ensembles of all proficiency levels to perform and compete.

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USBands University is the educational outreach initiative for band directors and students. Leveraging USBands' close relationship with The Cadets Drum Corps as well as esteemed educators from the country's leading marching arts organizations, clinics like Cadets360 and Music is Cool are USBands University's primary offerings.

Click here to read more about what makes USBands the best place for your music program to perform in every season.


Meet Our Team

Scott McCormick, Interim Director | | 610-821-0345 x 126
Mike Arena, Assistant Director | | 610-821-0345 x 164
Melissa Barlow, Administrative Manager |
Eric James, Event Manager | | 610-821-0345 x 129
Judy Ulchinsky, Ensemble Services Representative | | 610-821-0345 x 117
Connor Fenoglio, Ensemble Services Representative | | 610-821-0345 x 137
Gail LeChien, Event Host Operations Manager | | 610-821-0345 x 163
Katie Hopkins, Billing and Finance Liaison |
Steve Hankins, Texas Ensemble Services Representative |

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