Three events proudly wear Marine Corps Invitational name

Performance times open in Annapolis, Texas & Woodland Hills, Calif.


The US Marine Corps returns in 2010 to partner with the USSBA at three events this fall.

The partnership between the US Scholastic Band Association and the United States Marine Corps is celebrating 11 years! As the USSBA fall marching season enters its second week, the two organizations are proud to spotlight three marching band events that will carry the Marine Corps Invitational title. 

This fall, the following shows will proudly wear the Marine Corps name: 

  • Oct. 2 - Marine Corps Invitational at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.
  • Oct. 30 - Texas State Championship/Marine Corps Invitational in Shenandoah, Texas
  • Nov. 6 - Marine Corps Invitational West in Woodland Hills, Calif.

“These special Marine Corps Invitational events highlight the relationship between the Marine Corps and USSBA,” said Sean King, Director of the USSBA. “We are honored that the Marine Corps sees the value in the work we do here and welcome them back as a sponsor this season.” 

These events will include a presentation of the prestigious Esprit de Corps Award given by the Marine Corps to the band best exemplifying the characteristics of pride, professionalism and patriotism. 

On-site interactive activities such as the Marine Corps’ rock climbing wall, pull-up bar, Hum-vee and other displays will be set up at these sponsored events, King added. 

For the USSBA, many of the Association’s philosophies are synonymous with the corps’ values that stress hard work, discipline and developing positive life skills - the very reason they have returned to the marching arts circuit since the inaugural year of that partnership in 1998. 

In those early years, the USSBA worked with only the First Marine District’s program director in Garden City, N.Y. Over time, the venture proved positive for both and the partnership now exists with all six Marine Corps districts across the United States, according to King.                                                                                                                                               

Show sponsorships are also a recruiting tool for the Marine Corps as musical placement directors are continually on the look-out for talented musicians for the service’s 12 bands and drum and bugle corps. 

The sponsorships also foster a sharing of resources, according to King, as many Marine musicians serve as adjudicators for USSBA events. 

“As they are professionally trained musicians, they often judge the Individual or Ensemble Music Caption and bring a unique point of view to band directors, instructors and students,” King said. “The opportunity to judge allows the Marines to present themselves in yet another light, as an accomplished musician.” 

Registration for bands to participate in these Marine Corps Invitational events remains open!



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