USSBA Hits the Road with 2012 Meetings; NJ Meeting at 1PM Dec. 3

Trips to N.Y., N.J. and Texas on Tap in the Next Week

While the echoes of the USSBA season are still wafting through the air, the USSBA is hard at work on plans for the 2012 season to make it the best ever for educators, students and parents.

To ensure a successful 2012, George Hopkins, CEO of YEA!, the parent organization of the USSBA, and USSBA Director Rich Hammond will be taking to the road over the next week in a series of meetings to discuss the recently completed 2011 Fall Marching Band Season, as well as plans for the coming season.

“We learned a lot this year,” said Hopkins.  “Now, as we begin assembling the schedule for 2012, we’re in a position to address some of the areas that have caused bands and hosts concern in the past and create a new foundation for success.”

On Thursday, Dec. 1, Hopkins and Hammond met with Connecticut band directors at Cheshire High School in Cheshire, Conn. A good turn-out of 25 directors reviewed the 2011 season as well as discussed proposed changes for 2012 including new Nationals and State Championship sites. Significant discussion surrounding the 2012 indoor schedule including the six Connecticut events for the coming season.   Directors also participated in a presentation of improved services from the USSBA, including the possible reductions and simplification of forms and fees.  Comments after the meeting were enthusiastic especially regarding the time that the USSBA team took to travel to Cheshire and hold the meeting in preparation for 2012.

Beginning Friday, Dec. 2, Jon Swengler and Rich Hammond will be at the NYSSMA Convention in Rochester, N.Y. where they will be on hand to meet with friends from the Empire State.  On Saturday, Dec. 3 beginning at 1:00PM, Hopkins, Hammond and Swengler will meet with New Jersey show hosts at Bridgewater-Raritan High School in Bridgewater, N.J. to discuss the 2012 schedule as well as some new and innovative ideas for the coming season.

For the week of Dec. 5, Hopkins and Hammond will be spending four days in Texas with meetings with the USSBA event hosts in the state.  Meetings in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Laredo will cover a variety of topics on how to better deliver the services of the USSBA in the state as well as lay the groundwork for a successful 2012 season and beyond.

“I’m really looking forward to heading out and present some of the ideas we have for 2012,” said Hammond.  “But as much as that, we want to hear what’s on the mind of our bands so we can tweak and adjust on our core to make it an even better experience for all involved.”

If you would like to take part in any of the meetings, or would like to schedule a time to have the USSBA meet with you in your area, please contact Jon Swengler at or at 610.821.0345 ext 113.


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