This weekend wrapped up the 2016 Fall season, with 62 bands competing for the title of National Champions at MetLife Stadium. Bands traveled from all over New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, Virginia, and New York. Read on for scores, caption awards and more. You can find the complete list of scores for all of the competing bands here.
Six bands competed in the I Open Class, with Joseph Case High School claiming the title of National Champs with a score of 96.475, and winning all captions. Joseph Case High School also won The Cadets Award of Excellence which is presented to the band with the highest achievement in the areas of creativity, excellence and overall effect. East Stroudsburg Area High School earned the second place title with a score of 94.563, and Burlington City High School earned a score of 92.925 for a third place finish.
12 bands competed in Group II Open, with Calvert Hall High School winning with a score of 96.876, and winning the captions of Best Music and Best Visual. Susquehanna Township High School earned second, with a score of 96.238 and winning the caption of Best Overall Effect. Shepherd Hill High School earned a score of 95.950 for a placement of third, and won the captions of Best Color Guard and Best Percussion. Robert E. Fitch won the caption award for Best Music, and earned an overall score of 95.863 for a fourth place finish. Lenape Regional High School won The Cadets Award of Excellence.
In Group III Open, eight bands total competed. The winner of Group III Open was King Philip Regional High School with a score of 97.438. They also swept the caption awards. Edison High School earned a score of 96.638 for second place, and Absegami High School earned a score of 96.275 for a placement of third. Absegami High School also won The Cadets Award of Excellence.
A whopping 16 bands competed in Group IV Open, with Blackstone-Millville High School taking the top spot with a score of 97.425. They also earned the caption awards for Best Color Guard, Best Music and Best Overall Effect. In second place, Quakertown High School earned a score of 97.013 and took the award for Best Visual. In third place, with a score of 96.163 was Nazareth Area High School. Taking the award for Best Percussion, Old Bridge High School earned a score of 96.025 for a fourth place finish, as well as earning The Cadets Award of Excellence.
Eleven bands competed in the V Open Group, with Dartmouth High School earning a score of 97.063 for a first place finish. Dartmouth also won the caption awards for Best Music and Best Percussion. Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School took second place with a score of 96.800 and took the caption award for Best Overall Effect. The caption award for Best Visual and the third place spot with to Passaic High School, with a score of 96.725. Smithfield-Selma High School took the caption of Best Color Guard. West Shore High School was the recipient of The Cadets Award of Excellence, for the highest achievement in the areas of creativity, excellence and overall effect.
Group VI Open saw eight bands, with Trumbull High School taking top honors with a score of 97.100. Alongside their first place finish, Trumbull earned the caption awards for Best Color Guard, Best Percussion and Best Overall Effect. In second place, with a score of 96.875 was South Brunswick High School. They also won the caption award for Best Music and The Cadets Award of Excellence. In third place, with a score of 96.650 and earning the caption award for Best Visual was Southington High School.
You can find photos of the show at Jolesch Enterprises and on the USBands Facebook page. You can also find livestreamed videos of all of the awards ceremonies on our Facebook page.
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Last weekend was a huge one for USBands, with several regional championships, REMO Series Finales and the A Class National Championships. You can find scores, schedules and photos below.
USBands A Class Nationals
J. Birney Crum Stadium
Group I A
Group III A
Group VI A
Group II A
Group IV A
Group V A
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USBands New England Regional Championship
John F. Kennedy Stadium
You can find photos of the event on our Facebook page.
USBands Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship
You can find photos of the event on our Facebook page.
Southern States Championship
REMO Series Finals
Round Rock: Prelims
Round Rock: Finals
Next weekend is the last show of the Fall season with the USBands Open Class National Championships at MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. You can find full event schedules, registration and more on our website.
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Week One of the 2016 USBands Fall season was a success with shows in Bethel, CT; Edison, NJ and Great Mills, MD. Read on to review what happened at each event!
Eight great groups performed in Bethel, CT this weekend to kick off a great season in New England. The show was held at Bethel High School and was a Silver Star show, meaning that the caption awards were for Best Visual, Best Music and Best Effect.
In Group I A, Brookfield High School came in First Place with a score of 68.775 and won all captions. Meanwhile, Danbury High School was the only band to compete in Group II A and finished with a score of 70.625, winning all captions. New Fairfield High School was the only band to compete in Group III A and scored 69.075 and won all captions. Westhill High School was the lone group in Group III Open with a score of 71.550 and Best Music, Best Overall Effect and Best Visual. With a score of 73.425, Naugatuck High School came in first while taking Best Music, Best Overall Effect and Best Visual. Naugatuck HS was the only group to compete in Group IV Open.
Two bands competed in Group V Open, with Newtown High School placing First with a score of 75.900 and achieving Best Music and Best Overall Effect. New Milford High School came in second with a score of 74.825 and won Best Visual.
Host band Bethel High School performed a Judged Exhibition to round out the show. Next weekend, there are a total of three USBands shows in Connecticut.
The first 2016 USBands show in New Jersey was hosted at Edison High School in Edison, New Jersey. The event was a Silver Star show.
Only one band competed in Group IA. Shore Regional High School won all caption awards with a score of 67.350. In Group II Open, Burlington City High School earned a score of 68.975 and won all captions. Group III A saw one band, South Plainfield High School. They achieved a score of 74.925 and won all captions. Central Bucks High School South placed first in Group IV Open, as they were the only ones to compete, and scored 71.300 to win all captions. In Group V Open, Bridgewater-Raritan High School earned a score of 75.825 and won all captions. Group VI Open had two bands with John P. Stevens High School taking first with a score of 79.300 and winning Best Visual and Best Music. Scotch Plains-Fanwood placed second with a score of 76.450 and won the caption award for Best Effect.
The host band on Saturday evening, Edison High School, performed a Judged Exhibition performance to end the show. There are seven USBands shows in New Jersey next weekend.
Great Mills, MD
Five bands gathered on Saturday afternoon for their first USBands show of the season at Great Mills High School. The event was a Silver Star show.
In Group II A, Patuxent High School achieved a score of 71.125 and achieved all caption awards. Maurice J. McDonough High School finshed second with a score of 69.600. In Group II Open, Chopticon High Shool won with a score of 73.700 and won all captions. Group III A consisted of Leonardtown High School, who scored 72.925 and won all captions.
The host band, Great Mills High School performed as a Judged Exhibition as a Group II Open. Next week, the USBands show in Maryland is at Northern High School in Owings, MD.