By Definition: USSBA competitions and events

New events, new names - What does it all mean?

With the announcement of the 2011 US Scholastic Band Association Fall Marching Band schedule there are some old favorites returning, as well as some brand new events.  With all of that change comes a need to understand what all of the references and names mean. 

Here you will find a quick reference guide to determine what the difference is between a Preview and a Regional, and how to tell a DeMoulin Challenge from a Yamaha Cup and more. 

Open Class National Championship: The Open Class National Championship is held Nov. 11-13 at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.  The finals-only format features competition in six group sizes based on the total number of marching members.  Performing slots are awarded by an application process.  Participation is exclusive to Open Class bands.  There is a single registration fee with optional tickets provided as a fundraiser to participating bands. 

Class A National Championships:  The Class A Championships debut in 2011 at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Pa., on Nov. 12-13.  The finals-only format features competition in six group sizes based on the total number of marching members.  Performance slots are determined by registration date and the event is open to all Class A bands.  New for 2011 is a single registration fee based on the number of members per band with optional tickets provided as a fundraiser to participating bands. 

State Championships:  The USSBA features State Championships in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Virginia, Tennessee and Texas.  A single New England State Championship is held for bands from Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.  Registration is open to all bands in the state with competition in up to 12 classes, Groups I-VI and Class A and Open.  There is a single registration fee with required tickets based on the total number of members in the band. 

Southern and Western State Championships:  The USSBA features Southern and Western States Championships in Tennessee and Arizona respectively. Registration is open to all bands in the region with competition in up to twelve classes, Groups I-VI and Class A and Open.  There is a single registration fee with optional tickets provided as a fundraiser to participating bands. 

The DeMoulin Challenge: Six events on the USSBA 2011 schedule feature a Prelim/Final Format and are defined as a DeMoulin Challenge.  These events have up to 30 bands participate in a preliminary competition, with up to 15 bands moving to the finals. Competition is by Group only (I-VI), with the Group Champions automatically seeded in the finals and up to the next nine highest scoring bands advancing to the finals.  There is a single registration fee with optional tickets provided as a fundraiser to participating bands. 

Yamaha Cup:  Several high profile events which have a finals-only competition in up to 12 classes are defined as a Yamaha Cup event.  These events are held in professional and collegiate level stadiums as well as premier high school stadiums.  There is a single registration fee with optional tickets provided as a fundraiser to participating bands. 

Marine Corps Invitational:  Six events across the country are denoted as Marine Corps Invitationals based on each of the six Marine Corps Recruiting Districts in the East, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and West. Competition is in up to 12 classes and is a finals-only format; as well there is the presentation of the special Esprit de Corps Award to the band that best exemplifies the pride, patriotism and professionalism associated with the United States Marine Corps.  There is a single registration fee with optional tickets provided as a fundraiser to participating bands. 

Texas

Previews:  Preview events in Texas are held in the first week of events in each area or region and are defined further by the city or area in which the event will be held.  Competition is in up to 12 classes and is a finals-only format.  There is a single registration fee with optional tickets provided as a fundraiser to participating bands. 

Showcase:  Showcase events in Texas are held in the second week of each area or region and are further defined by the city or area in which the event will be held.  Competition is in up to 12 classes and is a finals-only format.  There is a single registration fee with optional tickets provided as a fundraiser to participating bands. 

Regional:  Regional Championships in Texas are the most significant events in the area or region in which they are held; usually the last contest on the calendar and in the area each fall.  Competition is in up to 12 classes and is a finals-only format.  There is a single registration fee with optional tickets provided as a fundraiser to participating bands. 

A new feature for 2011 at two events this fall are “Real-Time Reads” 

Real-Time Reads:  A new concept brought to the bands of the USSBA at two events this year.  Real-Time Reads provide a normal adjudication panel, but with two clinicians that meet with the band staff immediately following their performance for an instant critique.  Featured at the College of New Jersey on Oct. 16 and J. Birney Crum Stadium on Oct. 30, this format allows bands to maximize their experience as they prepare for late season State and National Championship events.

 

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