Sites Selected for 2012 USBands National Championships

MetLife Stadium, Annapolis and Allentown provide amazing stages

Following the recent announcement of the name change to USBands, the organization, formerly known as the USSBA, has selected three sites to be the home to the 2012 USBands National Championships which will feature Open  and A Class competition and the first-ever National Marching Band Showcase.


George Hopkins, CEO of YEA! and founder of USBands, said in announcing the sites, “We believed it to be time for a slight change in the National Championship format in order to provide bands with different performance experiences at very high level venues. As each of the National Championships has gained in popularity, we want to be able to open the experience to more bands from different regions and provide access to premiere facilities for all bands.”

As USBands launches in 2012, the selection of these Championship sites provides Open Bands a chance to include a trip to the New York City area and experience the unlimited cultural and entertainment highlights available in the region in addition to performing in the $1.6 billion home of the New York Giants, New York Jets and the 2014 Super Bowl. As well, A Class bands will have the opportunity to include visits to Washington D.C. and Baltimore as part of their trip to the Championships should they choose to do so.

Jon Swengler, band relations representative for USBands, remarked, “Both destinations remain easily accessible for the majority of our bands as part of a one-day trip, but we are now able to provide both Open and A bands an opportunity to expand upon their Championship experience.”

In announcing the first-ever National Marching Band Showcase, Rich Hammond emphasized the commitment to all levels of participation in USBands. “By committing our resources to this National Showcase, we’re dedicated to providing full service to bands of all levels, regardless whether they choose to compete or not. We intend to provide the same experience to all bands, and by creating this new type of event, we hope to attract bands from many states with the ability to perform and celebrate their achievements as members of the marching band activity.”

The 2012 USBands Open Class National Championships will be held in MetLife Stadium on Thursday, Nov. 8, Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10. The competition on Thursday and Friday will run from 6–11 p.m. each day, with flexibility based on the number of registered groups. Saturday’s competition will run from 9 a.m.–11 p.m. Registration fee for the 2012 Open Class Championships will remain at $950, with no additional ticket requirement.

Due to the potential scheduling of a National Football League game on Nov. 8, the final schedule will be released in April, but as of now there are two plans.

Plan A

Thursday, Nov. 8 – Groups I and II Open (6PM-11PM)

Friday, Nov. 9 – Group III Open (6PM-11PM)

Saturday, Nov. 10 – Groups IV, V and VI Open (9AM-11PM)

Plan B (Should there be an NFL game on Nov. 8 & 11)

Friday, Nov. 9 – Groups I-II-III Open (12PM-11PM)

Saturday, Nov. 10 - Groups IV-V-VI Open (9AM-11PM)

The 2012 USBands Class A National Championships will be held at the Navy & Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on the campus of United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. on Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11. The competition will be held from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. each day with flexibility based on the number of registered groups. Registration fee for the 2012 A Class Championships will be $695, with no additional ticket requirement.

Saturday, Nov. 10 - Groups IIA-IVA-VA

Sunday, Nov. 11 – Groups IA-IIIA-VIA

The 2012 USBands National Marching Band Showcase will be held at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Pa. Saturday, Nov. 10 and will feature non-competitive Festival Class bands in exhibition. The registration fee for the 2012 National Marching Band Showcase will be $250, with no additional ticket requirement.

Seedings for the National Championships are currently being revamped to include a combination of score and level of participation by the school within the USBands program and will be announced at a date in the very near future.

Registration for these national-level events will begin at 9 a.m. EST Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012.

Soon to be released will be the State and Regional Championship dates and venues for the 2012 USBands season. Stay tuned to the website for additional information as it is released.


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