You still have the opportunity to co-host a 2010 USSBA contest

What you need to know to bring a fantastic fundraiser to your school

As the UIL Region meetings have recently concluded and the majority of schedules have been set, the US Scholastic Band Association is making some fine tunes to the fall marching band schedule and additional opportunities for co-hosting contests have become available for interested music programs. 

“Every year, there are changes in the May and June time period to accommodate UIL contest and football schedules,” said Sean King, director of the USSBA.  “This year is no exception, as we welcome the opportunity to work with boosters who are interested in putting the USSBA to work for them.” 

In 2009, we had the incredible opportunity to work with great co-hosts from Pflugerville to Burleson, Corpus Christi to Schertz, Kyle to Early and Conroe to Laredo, and we look forward to partnering again with these co-hosts for the 2010 season. 

It’s your turn to join with them to utilize a USSBA contest as a fundraiser for your program. Meanwhile, you can provide bands from throughout your area the opportunity to perform before a high quality panel of national adjudicators dedicated to a student-friendly, non-punitive, positive risk-taking environment. 

“Specifically, we are seeking partners in the Valley Region as well as Corpus Christi and even Houston,” said Tim Gallagher, event manager for the USSBA.  “In many cases, these shows already have bands registered and are the continuation of successful programs from the past.  Schedule conflicts, head band director changes and other extenuating circumstances have not allowed for us to continue at some venues, but in every case, we are proud to say previous hosts endorse their involvement with the USSBA!” 

Why listen to us? 

Here’s what a few of your colleagues across the nation are saying about the USSBA: 

“I very much appreciated the relaxed time constraints.  It is stressful enough prior to a performance, adding time restrictions just adds to the tension.  Thank you for creating a format that allowed everyone involved to enjoy the process.” Jeff Gegogeine – Hightower HS - TX 

“What a breath of fresh air.  I am at a resource challenged school and finally my band was given credit for what it did well and not hammered for everything it lacks.  The critiques were fair the judges obviously understood what my program is trying to accomplish.  This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.”  Charles Propper – Keystone Heights HS – FL 

“It is easy to be a part of the USSBA and the show experiences are as low stress as a band show could be!  Communication is open and common amongst directors and USSBA admin.  Info is easy to access and planning is simple.  I appreciate that as a director.” Johnny Trujillo – Norristown HS - PA 

What makes a USSBA event? 

  • Panel of nationally recognized and highly trained adjudicators
  • Feedback from adjudicators for bands to improve on their way to Area, Region and States
  • Consistent criteria allowing bands to chart week-to-week progress
  • Criteria emphasizing music and performance over visual and effect captions
  • Post-event critiques with each judge to discuss programming and educational development
  • Competitive groups and classes based on band size and level of achievement
  • Finals-only format guaranteeing the same experience for all bands
  • No timing or boundary penalties
  • Three to five USSBA support staff on-site to manage the event
  • 24/7 support from an office team dedicated to customer care 

As the co-host of a USSBA Texas contest, the USSBA provides you with a turn-key operation that takes the focus off of running the event, and places it on the profit centers that will help you fund your program. 

Details such as adjudication assignments and travel, competitive criteria and band scheduling are replaced by sponsorship and program book sales, concession operations and other ancillary money-making opportunities. 

What do you need to get started? 

To co-host a USSBA Texas contest there are only a few requirements:

  • High quality, turf stadium with lights
  • Ample space to provide convenient parking and warm-up areas
  • Active band parent association to staff the event from band logistics to your own fundraising operations
  • Ability to help recruit bands from your area and region 

What is in it for you? 

Unlimited income potential! 

The USSBA agrees to pay a guaranteed fee based on the number of participating bands in return for the use of your facilities. 

A USSBA event averages between 1,000 – 4,000 students plus spectators, so the income earning potential is limitless for everything from program sales to concession sales to acknowledgement fundraisers such as airgrams, watergrams, candygrams, beargams and on and on. 

The USSBA also has opportunities for you to partner with us to profit-share in the sales of music apparel and video recordings. 

What’s the next step? 

We have a limited number of dates available, with specific opportunities in the Houston, The Valley and Corpus Christi areas, so we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible.  We will also entertain co-hosting contests in other areas of the state if possible. 

Contact Tim Gallagher at tim@yea.org TODAY for more details on how to add your school to the growing list of satisfied and successful USSBA co-hosts.

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