USSBA Indoor Championship wraps up memorable season

Arena setting brings out the best in performing groups

Butterflies, sweaty palms, and giddy excitement!

For dance teams, colorguards and percussion groups stepping through the concourse tunnel into the cavernous Sun National Bank Center, the anticipation of performing in an arena of this scale quickly became reality. During most of the winter, these groups had only performed in high school gymnasiums, so capping off the USSBA Indoor season in a World Class venue had a defining impact.

“It was nerve-racking. It’s so different from performing in a gym,” said Rachael Terraccian of Bridgewater-Raritan High School. But once she hit the mat, and the music started, her passion for dance and performance took over. “I just love it. I feel so free when I am out there,” said the young dancer.

Terraccian was one of hundreds of students who took part in the USSBA Championships for Colorguard and the Zildjian Indoor Percussion Championships Presented by the USSBA on Saturday. Held at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, N.J., the first ever Championship closed out the inaugural nine-week USSBA Indoor season that began in early February.

Nearly 50 dance, colorguard and percussion groups from four states took part in the Championship that fully captured the spirit and student-centered philosophies well-known and admired of the USSBA.

Bunnell High School guard

Hannah Williams, a junior in the Bunnell High School colorguard, said the last show of the season is always full of emotion. The school’s colorguard and standstill percussion ensemble made the trip from Stratford, Conn., for the event.

“It really hasn’t hit me yet that this is the last show for the year. We did really well today,” Williams said. The group’s guard instructor unexpectedly left mid-season, and the colorguard worked together to rehearse and perform at the highest level. “I’m really proud of all of us for pulling together.”

Dance groups, some with members as young as nine-years old performed in the morning hours, including exhibitions from the service and non-profit organizations that provide free programs to inner city youth. Colorguards of all scholastic levels followed as the USSBA Indoor provides performance classes for all levels of achievement, including elementary school.

Fair Lawn High School

The afternoon and evening was reserved for powerhouse percussion units, both standstill and marching, as nearly 20 groups dazzled with their show of technique and skill in both battery and front ensemble instrumentation.

Joe George, a senior drummer with Morris Knolls High School in Rockaway, N.J., came off the floor pumped with his ensemble’s performance.

“That was amazing! This is definitely the most satisfying feeling to go out like this on my senior year,” George said.

This winter was the first indoor season Morris Knolls competed as a percussion ensemble and every aspect of it has been wonderful, according to Kelly Kelly, mother of a first-year band student. Kelly’s daughter, Jaime Kelly, is a freshman mallet player, and joining the band was something she, and the Kelly family, don’t regret.

“We have found that music is definitely for her (Jaime).  Everything about the experience this year has been more than I could have hoped,” Kelly said. “To come into high school from the eighth grade having 70 friends who support all you do is really wonderful!”




All active news articles