2011 USSBA Indoor Education Directors Announced

Rich Hammond, Eric Kitchenman assume key roles

2011 Schedule unveiled; early sign-ups now under way!

The US Scholastic Band Association is proud to announce the appointments of the Directors of Education for Percussion and Colorguard for the upcoming 2011 Indoor season.

Rich Hammond has been named the new Education Director for Percussion and Eric Kitchenman is selected as the Education Director for Color Guard. 

Rich Hammond, a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts, attended the University of the Arts and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He is a die-hard percussionist and has been involved in [object Object]arranging and instruction his entire adult life.  For 15 years he has been the director of percussion at North Penn High School in Lansdale, Pa.  In addition, he has been the percussion caption head for the Reading Buccaneers since 2001. 

Rich has arranged and worked with multiple high schools through the years and is well known throughout the percussion community.  His main goal is for the students to get the best possible experience they can at a USSBA percussion event.  The foundation to this he believes is communication, the right tools (sheets) and the professionals dedicated to the best possible input for the performers and staffs.

Eric Kitchenman takes on the Director of Education for Colorguard this winter. In April 2010 Eric accepted a position at Youth Education in the Arts as the Director of the Urban Arts Center and Education Outreach.   He now resides in Allentown, Pa., and is a full time employee. 

Eric’s  background with color guard is extensive.  He was director of the North Penn Visual Ensemble in 1982 where he remained until 1990.  He has instructed and designed for many teams throughout the United States for the past 32 years.  In addition, in 1993 Eric was certified as a Winterguard International judge where he has remained until this recent opportunity to assist the USSBA.

 “We at the USSBA Indoor Program are going to be relentless in acquiring the best product possible for our teams.  It is about communication, information sharing and collaboration while working in harmony with instructors and designers to afford the students a positive life experience at every event,” said Kitchenman. “This will not take place over night, it will take time but our goals are lofty because we are invested in this program’s success over the long run.   We know how important performances are to each student.  We pledge to do our best and commit our full effort to that end.  And finally, I would simply state that is an honor and privilege to serve this diverse community in its second year of service.  The future is bright and exciting!”

The USSBA was very fortunate to have two exceptionally positive leaders last year for its inaugural season in 2010.  Dennis Delucia and Beverly Brahan were especially instrumental in how the judging systems was created and managed.  Unfortunately, Dennis and Beverly will not be returning this season but they will be involved with judging and consulting, said Sean King, Director of the USSBA.

“Our community is very grateful for their hard work in 2010 and look forward to their continued involvement with the USSBA Indoor Program in 2011. “


USSBA Indoor is pleased to unveil the 2011 Indoor Schedule of Events!

CLICK HERE to view the 2011 Indoor schedule and sign your colorgaurd, percussion or dance group up for the events of your choice!

Questions concerning USSBA Indoor in 2011 should be directed to Tara Lee Bryant at tara@yea.org, or by telephone at (610) 821-0345, Ext. 119.



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