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USSBA Indoor: More than three dozen groups sign on

Kick-Off Event brings guard and percussion coordinators together

 

Beverly Brahan, Colorguard Education Director, Dennis DeLucia, Percussion Education Director, and Sean King, Director of the USSBA, speak to attendees of the USSBA Indoor Kick -Off Event on Saturday, Dec. 5th.

Before an enthusiastic and engaged audience of directors, designers, instructors and judges, the inaugural 2010 USSBA Indoor season kicked-off with an informational meeting this past Saturday at Immaculata High School in Somerville, N.J. 

Office team members of the US Scholastic Band Association joined with Indoor Colorguard Education Director Beverly Brahan and Indoor Percussion Education Director Dennis DeLucia to discuss the how’s, when’s, where’s and why’s that will make USSBA Indoor exciting, innovative and above all, educationally supportive of the directors, instructors and students.  

“There have been more than a few skeptics sitting on the sideline since we made the announcement entering the world of indoor,” said Director of the USSBA Sean King in his opening presentation.  “However, with the fantastic turnout and the positive energy in this room, we are energized now more than ever to move forward with this project at full speed.” 

After an opening session to discuss the background and philosophy of the USSBA Indoor, including a brief overview of the A-AA-AAA classifications, exclusive scholastic format and the performer-first approach to the basic rules, Brahan and DeLucia moved into break-out sessions with each discipline to discuss how the criteria is different from what units may be used to in the past and how it has been created to serve the performer first, in a manner similar to the fall marching band season.  More details on the competitive criteria will be posted soon. 

“There were two incredibly exciting take-aways from the day. King added, “The first being the number of groups that are beginning new programs this year and view the USSBA as the right place for their groups to grow and flourish.  The second was the positive vibe, especially from units who currently participate in other outlets when they were introduced to the USSBA philosophy of a penalty-free and positive risk-taking environment with professional adjudication committed to the highest level of quality and impartiality.” 

In a hand-out explaining the competitive philosophy of the USSBA Indoor program, George Hopkins, CEO of YEA! wrote, “Along with the scoring will come the promise that all adjudicators will be directed to judge and NOT pass judgment. We are here to support and not condemn. We are here to assist and not penalize. We are here to help you, as you use music to teach life skills to your students, soon to be adults.” 

Another feature that makes the USSBA a superior showcase for units in the fall and winter is the access for units to a national pool of adjudicators. While there are more additions to be made to this listing, the USSBA is proud to welcome these nationally-recognized individuals who will be sharing their talents with the units participating in the inaugural USSBA Indoor season: 

Colorguard

  • Scott Beck
  • David Silverman Duke
  • Mark Fisher
  • April Gilligan
  • Joe Itkor
  • Eric Kitchenman
  • Eduardo Martinez
  • Bret Mascaro
  • Meghan McCourt
  • William Neater
  • Jason Pliska
  • Marc Sylvester
  • Judy Ulchinsky
  • Debbie Yaniga 

Percussion

  • Ed Argenziano
  • Martin Griffin
  • Bob Gross
  • Ralph Hardimon
  • Joe Itkor
  • Jim Mallen
  • Joe Marrella
  • Jeff Prosperie
  • Amy Davis Savage
  • Matt Savage 

 As of Dec. 7, nearly three dozen schools have registered units for events, in some cases with many multiple participating groups from the same school competing as part of the inaugural USSBA Indoor Season.

“Championship registrations are accumulating at a brisk pace, as well as those for local shows,” said Tim Gallagher, Event Manager for the USSBA.  “With a fixed amount of performance times at the Championships, we encourage groups interested in participating to register as soon as possible to guarantee their slot.” 

Gallagher continued, “As with any new project, there have been a good number of groups who told us they were waiting to see which schools are participating, and by announcing the schools as of December 7, we believe these new units will be excited join in the inaugural season.”

Ben Franklin HS
Bridgewater-Raritan HS
Bunnell HS
Burlington City HS
Cedar Cliff HS
Central Regional HS
Chopticon HS
Dartmouth HS
Edison HS
Fair Lawn HS
Haddon Heights HS
Immaculata HS
Lampeter-Strasburg HS
Methacton HS
New Providence HS
Norristown HS
North Penn HS
Nottingham HS
Pennsauken HS
Pequannock Township HS
Perkiomen Valley HS
Old Bridge HS
Potomac Falls HS
Quakertown HS
Rancocas Valley Regional HS
Somerville HS
Southern Tioga HS
Upper Darby HS
Washington Township HS
West Milford HS
West Orange HS
Westminster HS
Williamstown HS 

USSBA Indoor is the newest program from the nation’s largest scholastic service organization.  Dedicated to supporting music educators and instructors in their work with today’s talented youth, the USSBA provides marching bands and indoor units with quality adjudication, showcase venues and superior 24/7/365 service. 

CLICK HERE to view the schedule and register to participate in the inaugural 2010 USSBA Indoor season.

Questions regarding the competitive criteria or USSBA Indoor should be directed to Tim Gallagher, Event Coordinator for the USSBA at tim@yea.org or Tara Lee Bryant, Band Host Relations, at tara@yea.org, or by telephone at (610) 821-0345, Ext. 113 or 119, respectively. 

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