USSBA looks to largest fall season in Maryland

Area sees active band growth

The US Scholastic Band Association's 2011 fall band season will offer an unprecedented 14 events in the state of Maryland, enough to keep the growing number of participating bands active.

The USSBA has seen recent growth in several areas of the country. Some states have been part of the USSBA community for a long time, and Maryland is one.

“It is great to see the development in the state,” commented USSBA show host relations manager and Maryland native, Greg Jackson. “Not only are more groups participating, more groups are hosting events which really improves the experience for everyone.”

Jackson’s Dulaney High School will be attending the perennially popular contest at Westminster High School Oct. 1 this year.

Other than Westminster and a season of other returning contests there are new events on the scene. Both Watkins Mills High School and Broadneck High School will be hosting first time events with the USSBA.

“We’ve worked with both schools before either as participating units or with their volunteer assistance at larger events so we are very excited to see them hosting events of their own this year,” said USSBA band relations representative Jon Swengler.

The addition of Watkins Mills and Broadneck are indicators of the expansion of the USSBA influence. “It’s exciting to see because we are really doing more in the whole state, not just one area” explained Jackson. “With Watkins Mills, Great Mills and Chopticon in the South, Westminster, North East, Northwest, Century in the center of the state and Broadneck on the shore we are able to offer events across most of the state. And that’s not even including the regional and championship events.”

MD naval stadium

Maryland venues play host to a number of high profile events. New this year is the Remo Invitational at Morgan State University this October. Returning to the striking Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium at the US Naval Academy is the late September Marine Corps Invitational and of course the distinguished USSBA National Championships in October.

Additionally, the annual USSBA Maryland State Championship will be returning to Towson University this October.

“We’ve grown from five to 20 to 40 bands active in the state of Maryland over the past decade and I would love to see all of them come together for the state contest event,” said USSBA staffer Courtney Beard. “I think everyone would like to see a state event with bands from all over the Old Line State really putting on a great show for one another. It’s exciting to think that the opportunity for such an event is not far off.”

To learn more about the events and USSBA offerings in the state of Maryland contact Courtney Beard at 610-821-0345 ext. 137 or


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