USSBA announces Pennsylvania Band Day on Oct. 23

Music advocacy event kicks-off Pennsylvania State Championships


Hersheypak Stadium will host USSBA events on Oct. 23.

The US Scholastic Band Association is pleased to announce the newest event to be added to its 140-event fall marching band season - Pennsylvania Band Day! Set to become an annual event, Pennsylvania Band day will be held at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa., on Saturday, Oct. 23.  

Pennsylvania Band Day will be a non-competitive celebration of music in the schools in the Keystone State, and will take place before the USSBA Pennsylvania State Championship, which will cap off a full day of marching, music and pageantry by some of the state’s best musical students. 

Participating bands will take the performance field in random order of appearance and immediately file into the stands to create an appreciative audience for each of the subsequent bands.  Additionally, during the times between performing bands, each band will be invited to participate in the “Band in the Stands” feature by playing pep tunes and other music from their collective repertoires. 

The Pennsylvania Band Day portion of the day’s events will conclude with a performance by one of the state university’s marching bands, before all of the bands enter the field for a rally for Music in the Schools. 


Local and State dignitaries will be invited from all levels of government and education to join with the USSBA in creating an exciting platform for music advocacy only a few miles from the State Capitol. 

After the “Music in the Schools” rally, the competitive portion of the day’s event will begin with two dozen of the top bands in the state competing for USSBA Pennsylvania State Championship titles before a panel of nationally recognized adjudicators. 

Registration for Pennsylvania Band Day is a nominal $100 entry fee, with bands provided with commissionable pre-sale tickets to be used as a fundraiser for their programs. 

Scores from the Pennsylvania State Championships will help in seeding bands for the USSBA Northern States Championships to be held in Allentown, Pa., Oct. 30-31, Nov. 6-7 and Nov. 13 and the USSBA National Championships to be held in Annapolis, Md., on November 5-7. 

Pennsylvania State Championship bands will pay the registration/required ticket entry fee and receive the full competitive experience of the State Championship competition, including an awards ceremony and post-event critique.  CLICK HERE for details.

For information on participating in Pennsylvania Band Day or the Pennsylvania State Championship, contact Courtney Beard at or by telephone at (610) 821-0345, Ext. 137. 



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