Our pdf Fall Participant Guide (867 KB) outlines rules, guidelines and other key changes from last season. The Administrative Section defines USBands membership and describes our size, classification and participation requirements. The Competitive Section deals specifically with adjudication and performance guidelines. Here you will also find our goals and philosophy which allow us to provide scholastic music programs nationwide with high quality events.
March 4 Music is a first-of-its-kind cooperative fundraising partnership between scholastic music programs and USBands to support music education in communities across the United States.
Combining the model of a benefit charity walk with online social networking, USBands and participating schools conduct "March-a-thons" to raise funds and awareness of the merits of music education in their communities. Fundraisers can be customized based on a program's personality and needs.
Our online management system allows directors to manage their school information and register for events in any season. Directors can create an account or log in by clicking the button below. Once you are logged in, there are three important tabs to remember:
My Info - Edit details about your personal account and contact information.
My Band - Everything in this section pertains specifically to your program, including show titles, mailing address and more.
My Events - This tab allows you to view the schedule by week and register for events.
Regional, State & National Championships
USBands Regional Championships are held throughout the regions in which USBands is currently active. A Regional Championship is composed of up to 50 competing bands and is usually held at a college or professional football facility. Bands competing at a USBands Regional Championship are evaluated by an excellent panel of adjudicators who communicate information on design and execution to band directors and instructors for use in further developing the program. Regionals usually take place in new or expanding markets.
USBands State Championships are held throughout the season based on stadium availability; however, the majority of events are held near the end of the season. In 2014, State Championships were held in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. Bands in Connecticut, New England and Rhode Island competed in the New England State Championships, and ands from over a half-dozen states often end their season at the Southern States Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn.
USBands National Championships are held in mid-November in two separate events in the Northeast. In 2014, over 150 bands performed over the course of three days at the A Class and Open Class National Championships. The A Class Championships are traditionally held at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Pa., and the Open Class Championships take place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Fall Host Interest
Are you interested in helping grow USBands? Visit our Event Host Page below for more information and to fill out the Fall Host Interest Form. The Fall Host Interest Form will allow you to give us more information about your school so that we can partner in the future to provide great marching events at your school.
Discounts on Yamaha Instruments
Working with our sister programs The Cadets and Cadets2, USBands is able to provide lightly used instruments to our member schools at a discounted rate. Our relationships with Yamaha and other major manufacturers also allow us to offer substantial price reductions on all new instruments purchased through Youth Education in the Arts. Directors interested in purchasing instruments may contact Music Product Specialist Jon Swengler at for pricing information.
USBands has many strategic partners who support music education across the nation:
NAfME: The National Association for Music Education
NAMM Foundation: National Association of Music Merchants
SupportMusic.org: A joint venture between NAfME & NAMM.