2010 USSBA fall band registration well underway

Sign-ups open to member bands, non members begin March 15th

 

The USSBA 2010 fall schedule is now released as bands begin registering for events across the country.

Bursting at the seams with nearly 140 performance opportunities, the US Scholastic Band Association unveils its schedule for the 22nd fall season that includes great experience events for bands from Connecticut to Florida, Idaho to New Jersey. In all, 15 states will host USSBA events from September to mid-November during an action packed 10-week run.  

The season kicks off Sept. 11th and builds to the grandest weekend of all – the USSBA’s Fifth Annual National Championship to be held on Friday, Nov. 5th through Sunday, Nov. 7th at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. The pinnacle event will feature 100 of the finest high school marching bands from throughout the country competing for the National Championship honor in six classes. 

But there’s plenty of excitement leading into the homestretch, including the Northern States Championship returning to legendary J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Pa., Oct. 30th through Nov. 14th. Known as the largest marching band competition in America, this event welcomes the finest groups to perform in a six-day series. 

Bands in the south shouldn’t miss the USSBA Southern States Championship to be held Nov. 6th in Chattanooga, Tenn. 

STATES AND REGIONALS

State titles will be up for grabs in multiple events in spectacular venues this fall. State championship events begin on Oct. 16th at the gorgeous Towson University stadium in Towson, Md., when bands from Maryland and Delaware vie for the title. 

On Oct. 23rd, the USSBA will invite Pennsylvania bands to return to Chocolate Town, USA for the state championship at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa. The event hasn’t been held in that favorite venue since 2008. At the same time, bands in the New England area will participate in the New England State Championship. New Jersey bands will have their day on Oct. 24th when the USSBA brings the State Championship to three locations still to be announced. Bands will break out according to their group size and wow crowds with an all day marching marathon of precision and pageantry! On the same day, New York bands will gather in Uniondale, N.Y., to compete for the State Championship. 

One week later, Oct. 30th, Tennessee bands get in on the action with the Tennessee State Championship at Carson Newman College in Jefferson City. Also on the schedule are the Virginia State Championship at a location still to be announced, and the very exciting Texas State Championship at Woodforest Stadium in Shenandoah, Texas. 

Speaking of Texas, the USSBA is picking up the pace in the fabulous Lone Star State. Thirteen events will be coordinated by the team in Texas as expansion continues into the South. Other Southern States seeing consistent growth include Florida which will feature four events and Tennessee that has more than doubled its USSBA presence with six events in 2010. 

More than 13 Regional events are scattered throughout the season, including the ever-popular Northern Virginia Regional in Herndon, Va., on Sept. 25th. On Oct. 2nd, the USSBA presents the Eastern Pennsylvania Regional in Allentown, Pa., and Texas gets hopping with the Northern Texas Regional in Burleson, the San Antonio Regional in Schertz, the Southwest Texas Regional in Laredo, and the Deep River Regional in Rio Hondo, Texas. 

Regional events continue on Oct. 9th with the Houston Regional in Dekaney, Texas, the Central Texas Regional in Kyle, and the Florida Regional in Orlando, Fla. The following week, the Southeastern Virginia Regional comes to Virginia Beach on Oct. 16th and the Central New Jersey Regional is held the next day, Oct. 17th. The Central Virginia Regional closes out the USSBA’s Regional events on Oct. 23rd in Lynchburg, Va. 

OLD FAVORITES, NEW VENTURES

The USSBA brings back its old friend, the Yamaha Cup on Oct. 9th and the Marine Corps Invitational at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., on Oct. 2nd

New to the season is thrilling DeMoulin Challenge Presented by the USSBA which will showcase America’s elite marching bands from each region in a new competitive format. 

Finley Stadium on the campus of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga will host the first DeMoulin Challenge on Oct. 2nd and Rutgers Stadium on the campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J., will be the site of the second DeMoulin Challenge on Oct. 16th.  Both events will bring together 30 competitive marching bands at each site, each vying for 15 coveted Challenge finalist slots in a first-of-its kind prelim/final competition for the US Scholastic Band Association. 

Rounding out the USSBA’s full season are more than 100 locally-sponsored events. Partnering with the team in Allentown, schools across the country will host shows that bring music education to the forefront, while also raising much needed funds for the programs. 

“The USSBA is excited to take the wraps off the 2010 Fall Marching Band schedule as we look forward to the biggest schedule ever in our history,” said Sean King, Director of the USSBA. “We’ve looked toward improvements across the board for 2010 to strive for providing great experiences whether you’re an educator, student or parent.  Some new venues for old favorite events, as well as the introduction of the DeMoulin Challenge, has the organization ready to take everyone to the next level along with us!” 

PLENTY TO SELECT FROM… 

140 Events!

15 States!

And a philosophy that always puts students first! 

USSBA member band may register for events starting March 3rd. Non-member bands may register starting March 15th. 

VIEW THE 2010 USSBA FALL SCHEDULE

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