Pick your date to host a 2010 USSBA marching event

Local shows ideal for fundraising, community awareness


Pack the stands! Host your USSBA event in Fall 2010 as a fundraiser and to boost awareness of your music program within your community.

Band directors and booster organizations looking for the ideal fundraiser and a means to raise community awareness for their music program should consider hosting a US Scholastic Band Association marching band event in Fall 2010. 

The USSBA is in the early stages of planning its Fall schedule, and now is the perfect time for bands to submit their letter of intent, a means of identifying the best dates possible to host a marching band event their school. 

“A letter of intent does not guarantee or tie you into any contract,’ said Tara Lee Bryant, Band Host Relations for the USSBA. “What it does do is acknowledge you would like more information in regards to hosting an event and gives us the guidance needed to best serve you.” 

When hosting a USSBA event, bands can choose from one of two formats - Gold Star shows which features six adjudicators, or a Silver Star show which includes four adjudicators. Both also include show coordinators, tabulators, tapes, sheets, support in recruiting and marketing, 24/7 customer service during the season, and all the support and advice needed to make your event a complete success. 

“Hosting a local show is not only a fundraiser for your music program, it allows the community to come together and grow through the musical arts.  There are no limits to how successful your event can be and the USSBA will be there from the first sign up to director feedback so your event may flourish for years to come,” Bryant said. 

But first, bands must submit their letter of intent, Bryant said. The 10-week season that begins in mid-September and runs until mid-November fills quickly, so be sure to include three possible options that best fit your band’s schedule. Those looking at dates early in the season should consider the Clinic/Show Format that includes four judges and two clinicians. 

“This is a tremendous draw for bands to attend,” Bryant said. “They receive feedback on their program and performance from some of the best in the activity – a crucial resource early in the marching season.” 

In planning the Fall schedule, the USSBA will limit the number of shows in certain geographic regions, Bryant said. Should you be aware of another USSBA event close to you, consider the Super Saturday Format that features a day and night show hosted by different bands at separate facilities. 

A preliminary schedule will be released by the USSBA in January 2010, so act quickly to select the dates for your band’s premier fundraiser of the year. 

For further information on hosting a local USSBA event, contact Bryant at tara@yea.org, or by telephone at (610) 821-0345, Ext. 119. 

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