Sunday's Central N.J. regional moved to Jackson Liberty HS

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The USSBA Central New Jersey Regional, originally scheduled for The College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J., has been moved to Jackson Liberty High School in Jackson, N.J.


The event will be held beginning at noon this Sunday, Oct. 16. and feature 15 great marching bands from throughout the Garden State.

Rich Hammond, USSBA acting director, said in announcing the change of venue, “We had some internal issues that arose which made the feasibility of the Central New Jersey being held at The College of New Jersey impossible for the fall of 2011. We intend to work diligently with the staff of TCNJ to return in 2012 and would like to thank the athletic and music departments of TCNJ as they worked with us and the given circumstances, but in the end we concluded it would be better to regroup and work towards next year.”

For the inconvenience, the USSBA is expanding the Central New Jersey event to include a clinic, providing each full band the opportunity to meet with a clinician immediately following their performance.

In speaking of the additional clinic format Hammond added, “We only do a handful of clinics each year, and we are happy to provide this opportunity to the bands as a thank-you for sticking with us for this change of venue at the last minute. We realize that this time of the season is a great time to address the students, directors and instructors directly and it can have a positive effect on the band heading into the championships in just a few short weeks.”

Bands will also be provided with a complimentary DVD of their performance to be used as an educational resource as the bands work to perform their programs for the upcoming season- ending performances.

The adjudication panel has been altered slightly as well to include some of the most prominent judging talent in the USSBA including: George Hopkins and Rich Guillen (effect); Gino Cipriani (music individual); Eric Kitchenman (visual); Joe Vala (music ensemble); Myrna Lopez (guard); and Bobby Jones and David Tintle as clinicians.

Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. with the action and excitement kicking off at noon. The weather is expected to be sunny and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 60s, so come out and enjoy some great marching and music, the trademark of autumn!


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