USSBA confirms April 13 meeting in Bridgewater, N.J.

Nearly 20 schools committed to attending

The economic crisis that has hit the country, but New Jersey in particular, has created some issues and challenges for the music programs of our US Scholastic Band Association schools. Less money for transportation, teacher cuts, passing expenses to the band parents, are just a few of the many issues.

In an effort to do what we can do as the USSBA, and to bring all together, the USSBA confirms an important meeting for Tuesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at Bridgewater-Raritan High School in Bridgewater, N.J. This session is intended for all directors, staff and band parents available to discuss the topics of the day.

Through Wednesday evening, representatives from 19 schools have committed to attending this discussion about the future of the marching band activity in New Jersey and how the USSBA can partner with each of its members schools to assist and support scholastic music.

As of April 8, the following schools are confirmed to attend the meeting:
Old Bridge
Hunterdon Central
J.P. Stevens
Bound Brook
Watchung Hills
West Windsor Plainsboro South
Delaware Valley Regional

The Discussion:
Life Throws Curve Balls but How We Respond Makes Us Who We Are!
Tuesday, April 13 at Bridgewater Raritan High School, 7 p.m.

Additional events in other areas may be added in April and May based on initial response to this meeting.

In Attendance:

George Hopkins, CEO of Youth Education in the Arts
Sean King, Director of the US Scholastic Band Association
Special Guests
Staff of the USSBA


  • How can the USSBA respond to this economic reality?
    • Changes in show logistics to allow for less hours and less travel time
    • Provide the means for show hosts to collaborate for more profit and less expense
    • Consider how we can assist the hosts and the bands to survive and grow
    • And change the formats of the events
      • Use USSBA events as rallies for the great things music does for kids
      • Success stories on the Web site
      • Announcements and students to be honored at the events
      • Increased press coverage by the bands for what they do
    • March 4 Music
      • We believe this is a way for all to generate attention and profit

Q & A on the Season

  • Rule Changes
  • New events
  • What are we thinking about at the USSBA   

To be a part of these meetings, please email Courtney Beard at


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