USSBA proudly announces the 2010 National Championship bands

Over 100 groups to participate in three-day Annapolis, Md., event

The USSBA announces the nearly 100 bands to perform in the spectacular Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The November event will last three days.

The US Scholastic Band Association is proud to recognize the line-up for the 2010 USSBA National Championships as the event returns for its fifth anniversary to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on the campus of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. on Nov. 5-7. 

“A record number of schools registered for this year’s event as we prepare for the grandest National Championship event in our history,” said Sean King, Director of the USSBA, in announcing the bands participating in the show. 

“The USSBA team has done a great deal of work in identifying some of the best programs in the nation to participate in the Championship,” added Tim Gallagher, Event Manager for the USSBA.  “We have a special challenge with only 100 performance times in the three-day schedule. As of June 1, only three performance opportunities remain, however we are still accepting applications online at usbands.org.” 

The tentative schedule for the USSBA National Championships has the event beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, with the Group I Championships.  After an Awards Ceremony, the Group II Championships will continue beginning at approximately 2 p.m. and conclude with a special performance by the Towson University Marching Band and the Awards Ceremony at 8 p.m. 

The Championship continues Saturday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. with the Group IV Championships and will continue until 4 p.m. with the Group IV Awards Ceremony. The Group V Championships will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the Awards Ceremony concluding the day’s events.  A special performance by the West Chester University Golden Ram Marching Band will provide for a great cap to the National Championship events on Nov. 6. 

Sunday’s USSBA National Championships will begin at noon with the Group III Championships.  Roughly 30 bands are already registered for the Group III competition which will end approximately at 5 p.m.  Lastly, the 2010 Championships conclude at 7 p.m. on Sunday evening with the Group VI competition, putting a fitting cap to the end of the year’s Championships in Annapolis. 

There may be slight adjustments to this advanced schedule; however the USSBA provides a tentative preview of the schedule so band directors and parents can make their arrangements for the biggest show of the year. 

The USSBA National Championship is a Finals-only event. Seedings will be determined by scores achieved during the USSBA season (prior to Oct. 24). Any school not previously participating in a USSBA event will be subsequently inserted into the appropriate size grouping by a random draw. Awards will be presented by group size for both overall rankings and captions. 

For more information on the 2010 USSBA National Championships, contact Gallagher at tim@yea.org or by calling (610) 821-345, Ext. 113. 

For bands traveling overnight and making a destination trip out of the USSBA National Championship, the USSBA provides full service accommodations, including rehearsal space reservations for all participating bands.  The USSBA has secured rooms at economy, moderate and luxury locations for bands traveling to the Championships.  For more information, please contact Melissa Babalonis at Melissa@yea.org or (610) 821-0345, Ext. 115. 

The list of band participating in the 2010 USSBA National Championships follows: 

Group I
Big Spring HS, PA
Century HS, MD
Fauquier HS, VA
Frank W. Cox HS, VA
Haddon Heights HS, NJ
Monsignor Farrell HS, NY  
Plymouth-Whitemarsh HS, PA
Tuscarora HS, MD 
West Windsor-Plainsboro HS South, NJ 

Group II 
Churchland HS, VA
Hammonton HS, NJ
Lee Davis HS, VA
Methacton HS, PA
Middletown HS, MD
Morris Knolls HS, NJ
Perkiomen Valley HS, PA
Pitman HS, NJ
Shawnee HS, NJ
Shepherd Hill Regional HS, MA
Susquehanna Twp HS, PA
Susquehannock HS, PA
Timber Creek HS, NJ 
Williamstown HS, NJ      

Group III
Annapolis Area Christian School, MD
Brick Memorial HS, NJ
Broad Run HS, VA 
Burlington City HS, NJ 
Calvert Hall College HS, MD
Cedar Cliff HS, PA  
Centennial HS, MD
Cheshire HS, CT  
Deptford Twp HS, NJ
Edison HS, NJ
Freedom HS, VA
Jordan-Elbridge HS, NY
Kempsville HS, VA
King George HS, VA    
Lancaster Catholic HS, PA 
Montville Township HS, NJ    
Northwest HS, MD      
Oakmont Regional HS, MA    
Park View HS, VA      
Princess Anne HS, VA      
Quince Orchard HS, MD     
Rancocas Valley HS, NJ         
Reservoir HS, MD   
Riverside HS, NC     
Rustin HS, PA      
Stamford HS, CT    
Urbana HS, MD 

Group IV       
Absegami HS, NJ
Broadneck HS, MD
Cicero-North Syracuse HS, NY    
Fair Lawn HS, NJ      
Garden City HS, NY     
Governor T. Johnson HS, MD    
Hermitage HS, VA      
Independence HS, TN     
Indian River HS, VA      
King Philip Regional HS, MA
Landstown HS, VA    
Lord Boutetourt HS, VA      
Marriotts Ridge HS, MD             
Nazareth Area HS, PA      
Old Bridge HS, NJ       
Passaic HS, NJ       
Red Land HS, PA       
Severna Park HS, MD     
Thomas Jefferson HS, VA      
Upper Darby HS, PA      
Upper Moreland HS, PA      
Williamsport Area HS, PA      
York HS, VA      
Yorktown HS, VA      

Group V
Bassett HS, VA   
Cary HS, NC      
Daniel Boone HS, PA     
Dartmouth HS, MA     
Frank Scott Bunnell HS, CT      
Green Hope HS, NC      
Hillsborough HS, NJ       
Jefferson Forest HS, VA      
LaVergne HS, TN      
Liverpool HS, NY      
North Buncombe HS, NC      
Northern Nash HS, NC
Panther Creek HS, NC 
Paul V. Moore HS, NY      
Quakertown HS, PA      
Stroudsburg Area HS, PA      
Victor HS, NY      
West Springfield HS, VA      

Group VI
Blackstone-Millville HS, MA
Grassfield HS, VA
Great Bridge HS, VA
Jackson Memorial HS, NJ       
Linganore HS, MD     
North Penn HS, PA     
West Potomac HS, MD
Westfield HS, VA

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