USSBA introduces two State Championships for 2011

Event's popularity spurs addition

For five years the US Scholastic Band Association season in Texas has culminated in the USSBA Texas State Championships.

With the increasing popularity of the contest and budget concerns looming over every program’s travel plans 2011 marks the first time that the USSBA will host two championship events with the second location being in Irving, Texas, just outside of the Dallas-Forth Worth area.

“If there is one thing everyone can agree on, it is that Texas is a big state. We understand that driving from city to city to compete in a contest can quickly turn into an extended trip with a significant price tag,” commented USSBA Band Relations Representative Jon Swengler, who spent time driving the state and meeting with bands this past spring.

He added, “We decided to bring the championship a little closer to home for the North Texas bands to try and ease that burden a little bit and still provide an exciting end-of-season contest for those who don’t have the opportunity to finish the season at UIL.”

The Texas state contest is one in a series of state-wide USSBA sanctioned championship events all being held Nov. 5 this year. Bands do not need to qualify to participate in the contest and can elect to have the competition be their only USSBA event of the year.

“The idea is to provide an atmosphere which creates an exciting end of the season for everyone involved, students and staff alike,” explained USSBA staffer Courtney Beard who has been at the USSBA Texas Championships for the past two years. “It’s like a reward for everyone who worked so hard all season. Leaving with a state championship placement is a climatic way to end the season and lay the ground work for the next year.”

This will be the first event held in the 12500-seat Irving ISD stadium. “It is a perfect site for a championship event,” said USSBA Events Manager Larry Harper. “After taking the tour of the Irving Stadium with Darren Duff, director of Bands at MacArthur High School, I was overwhelmed at the quality of the facilities.”

USSBA policy prevents disclosing the exact judging panels, but some USSBA adjudicators who will attend this year’s contests include: Tricia Gooley-Rarick (Laurel, Md.) and Marc Sylvester (New York, N.Y.) as well as George Hopkins, Gerry Miller, Jason Ihnat and Gino Cipriani of the staff of the World Champion Cadets Drum Corps.

The USSBA State Championship does not have a participation cap so register your band here or contact Jon Swengler at 610-821-0345 ext. 113 or via email: to find out how to get your program involved in the contest.


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