TONIGHT: Join the USSBA at 7 p.m. in Bridgewater, N.J.

Nearly 30 schools coming together to discuss budgetary issues

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 team will be discussing the issues tonight, 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 to determine how the USSBA can help keep performance opportunities open for all bands in the upcoming season.

As of April 12, 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

Fort Lee


New Providence


Hamilton HS West



Point Pleasant Borough


Morris Knolls

North Plainfield


Bridgewater Raritan

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   

It’s not too late to get in on the discussion! All band directors, band booster representatives and educators are welcome. Please email Courtney Beard at for more information.


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