Registration Open for 2012 National Championships

Register your band for MetLife Stadium, Annapolis or Allentown

USBands has officially opened registration for the 2012 USBands National Championship series of events to be held over the weekend of November 8–11 at three sites: MetLife Stadium in E. Rutherford, N.J for Open Class Bands; the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.; and the first-ever National Marching Band Showcase at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Pa. for non-competitive bands.

Register here for your band to participate in the 2012 USBands National Championship series of events:

http://www.yea.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=10100

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.”

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 (6–11 p.m.)

Friday, Nov. 9 — Group III Open (6–11 p.m.)

Saturday, Nov. 10 — Groups IV, V and VI Open (9 a.m.–11 p.m.)

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

Friday, Nov. 9 – Groups I-II-III Open (noon–11 p.m.)

Saturday, Nov. 10 — Groups IV-V-VI Open (9 a.m.–11 p.m.)

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.

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

 

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