Northern States group schedules announced

America's largest high school band event runs five days

The US Scholastic Band Association is proud to once again play host to America’s largest high school marching band competition, the 2010 Northern States Championships, to be held over five days at historic J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Pa.

In bringing together the best bands from the New England and Mid-Atlantic States, the Northern States Championships will feature more than 150 marching bands as they converge on Allentown for three weekends of competition. 

For 2010, J. Birney Crum Stadium will host four full days and one half day of shows as bands compete for seventeen titles. 

One change to this year’s schedule will be the conclusion of the competition at a much earlier time.  Because of travel issues raised by educators and parents alike, the USSBA is planning the conclusion of the competition and awards ceremonies by 11 p.m. on Saturdays and by 9 p.m. on Sundays.  In the event of inclement weather, some changes may be made to the schedule, but to accommodate the maximum number of performances while providing for remarkable experiences, the USSBA is doing its best to get everyone home a little earlier. 

While step-off times for the Championships will not be announced until the results of the Oct. 23-24 weekend, band directors and parents can go about planning for this huge season ending competition by using the schedule below. 

Of course, these times are only preliminary and may vary plus or minus an hour; it gives everyone some structure in order to put plans in place for the event. 

October 30
Group II Open – 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Group IV Open – 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Group II & IV Open Awards Ceremony - 4:30PM
Group III Open – 5:00PM – 8:00PM
Group V Open – 8:00PM – 10:00PM
Group III & V Open Awards Ceremony – 10:30PM 

October 31
Group IVA – 10:00AM – 1:30PM
Group VIA – 1:30PM – 3:00PM
Group IV & VI A Awards Ceremony – 3:00PM
Group I Open – 4:00PM – 5:30PM
Group VA – 5:30PM – 7:00PM
Group VI Open – 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Group I Open, VA VI Open Awards Ceremony – 9:00PM 

November 6
Group IIA – 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Group IIIA – 8:30PM-10:30PM
Group IIA & IIIA Awards Ceremony – 11:00PM

November 7
Group IA – 10:00AM-3:00PM
Group IA Awards Ceremony – 3:00PM
Group IIA – 4:00PM-6:30PM
Group IIIA – 6:30PM-9:00PM
Group IIA & IIIA Awards Ceremony – 9:30PM 

November 13
Group IA – 10:00AM-3:00PM
Group IA Awards Ceremony – 3:00PM
Group IIA – 4:00PM-6:30PM
Group IIIA – 6:30PM-9:00PM
Group IIA & IIIA Awards Ceremony – 9:30PM 

For further information on Northern States Championships, contact Courtney Beard at Courtney@yea.org, or by telephone at (610) 821-0345, Ext. 137.

 

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