2012 USSBA Indoor Schedule Features 17 Events

Third Season to include 17 Clinics, Contests and Championships

The third year of events for USSBA Indoor Colorguard and the Zildjian Indoor Percussion Series is filled with new formats, new events and a return to some of the most popular venues on the schedule, including a much anticipated return to Sun National Bank Arena in Trenton, N.J. for the 2012 Championships on Saturday, April 14.

“We are excited to take the wraps off of the 2012 schedule and begin our logistical planning to make this season the best ever in the three year history of the program,” said Rich Hammond in announcing the schedule.  “We have a lot of new features for the designers, performers and instructors in the region and we can’t wait to share them with each of the units that call USSBA their home for Indoor.”

The schedule begins on February 18 with a first-of-its kind clinic and competition format for USSBA groups in the New Jersey and Connecticut Regions (time and location will be released very soon).  The full day will include clinics for ten colorguard and ten indoor drumlines in the morning, with an evening competition featuring these groups and any other groups who would be interested in participating.

The morning and afternoon clinics will be highlighted by separate sessions for each group on equipment and movement for guard and front ensemble and battery for percussion, before each team is combined for a third overall clinic.  The day ends with each of the groups in competition.  The clinic slots will be capped at 10 for each colorguard and percussion, with the competition remaining open to all groups.

Jon Swengler, Band Relations Manager for the USSBA said, “We are limiting the clinic spots to ten in each of the guard and percussion category in order to give a more complete experience for the groups.  Due to logistical and time considerations, the amount of time allotted to each group will be able to provide an intense educational opportunity for groups before their first event of the season.  We are also excited to invite all groups to participate in the evening contest whether they take advantage of the clinic or not.”

The official Kick-off Weekend for the 2012 USSBA Indoor season will be February 25, with two new competitions to the USSBA schedule including New Milford HS in New Milford, Conn. and Montville Township HS in Montville, N.J.  A third event will be held at North Penn H.S. in Lansdale, Penn when the USSBA returns to one of the founding member schools of the USSBA Indoor program.

The third day of the third month brings with it three exciting competitions as the month of March kicks the season into overdrive.  Two venues, one each in Connecticut and New Jersey are being finalized in the next few days, while Perkiomen Valley H.S. in Collegeville, Penn. returns for a second year event with a fantastic facility almost built specifically for the indoor activity.

On Saturday, March 10 a new host, Arlington H.S. in LaGrangeville, N.Y. joins the schedule as a great venue for the teams in Northern N.J. and Connecticut, while a second N.J. venue will added to the schedule to serve the schools in Central or South N.J.  More details will be forthcoming on the N.J. date soon.

Four big events are on tap for Saturday, March 17, as two events in N.J. and one each in Pennsylvania and Connecticut make up the contest schedule for this weekend.  Westhill H.S. in Stamford, Conn. will play host to the northernmost teams, while Upper Darby H.S. in the Philadelphia area will host the units from South N.J. and the Keystone State.  Bridgewater-Raritan H.S. in Bridgewater, N.J. returns as one of only three charter hosts from the very first season, while Fair Lawn H.S. in Fair Lawn, N.J. is on the schedule for a second year after a very popular, well-run event in 2011.

Bunnell H.S. in Stratford, Conn. is the lone event on the calendar for Saturday, March 24, as to not conflict with some other historically popular regionals in the area, however if the right circumstances worked out, there is room to add a second event in the New Jersey area on this date.

The regular season comes to a conclusion on Saturday, March 31 as two schools host USSBA events, one at Old Bridge H.S. in Old Bridge, N.J. and the other in Pompton Plains, N.J. at Pequannock Township H.S. which returns as the third of three schools who have hosted events in each of USSBA Indoor’s first seasons.  A third site, preferably in Pennsylvania to serve the Keystone contingent as well as the South Jersey units, is still available for a potential host.

After a week break for the Easter holiday, the 2012 USSBA Indoor Colorguard and Zildjian Indoor Percussion Series Championships return to the Sun National Bank Arena in Trenton, N.J. on Saturday, April 14.  Competition will once again be held for indoor colorguard and percussion lines of all levels of achievement, with a maximum of 60 units total participating in the event.  Registration is open to all units whether they’ve competed in the USSBA or not for the full season.

For 2012, the registration fee for the Indoor Championships has been discounted to $250 per unit, while a full season membership providing for unlimited regular season participation remains at $200 for a school’s first unit and $150 for each subsequent group.  Meanwhile rates for hosting events have actually been discounted for the 2012 season as well.

Jon Swengler said of the season, “We’ve paid very special attention to the needs of the groups participating in USSBA Indoor.  Fees have been adjusted in order to not be an obstacle to a full season schedule of participation, and with the addition of the clinic and return to an excellent Championship site, we’re looking forward to a wonderful season for all of the groups!”  To register for the 2012 USSBA Indoor Season, please complete the following survey form http://www.yea.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=9840

If you are interested in potentially hosting one of the current unassigned events, please contact Jon Swengler at jonathan@yea.org or at 610.821.0345 ext 113.

2012 USSBA Indoor Colorguard & Zildjian Percussion Series Schedule

February 18

USSBA Indoor Clinic – CT Area

USSBA Indoor Clinic- NJ Area

February 25

New Milford High School – New Milford, CT

Montville Township- Montville, NJ

North Penn High School- North Penn, PA

March 3

Perkiomen Valley High School- Collegeville, PA

USSBA Local Guard/ Percussion- NJ Area

USSBA Local Guard/ Percussion- CT Area

March 10

Arlington High School- LaGrangeville, NY

USSBA Local Guard/ Percussion- NJ Area

March 17

Westhill High School- Stamford, CT

Fair Lawn High School- Fair Lawn, NJ

Bridgewater Raritan High School- Bridgewater, NJ

Upper Darby High School- Upper Darby, PA

March 24

Bunnell High School- Stratford, CT

March 31

Pequannock High School- Pequannock, NJ

Old Bridge High School- Old Bridge, NJ

April 7

Easter Weekend

April 14

USSBA Indoor Colorguard and Zildjian Indoor Percussion Championships

Sun National Bank Center- Trenton, NJ

To register for the 2012 USSBA Indoor season please complete the following survey:



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