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Opening Weekend Preview!

The 2012 season kicks off 9/15 with four great Northeast area shows!

It’s that time of year again! Band practices are in full-swing as band members spend their extracurricular hours on fields and parking lots learning and cleaning the music, drill and choreography to their 2012 programs. The first competitions are already right around the corner, and the USBands season will kick off with four great shows in the Northeast on Saturday, September 15. We couldn’t pick just one show to preview, so here is a look at opening weekend:

Our tour begins in Danbury, Connecticut. In just their second year hosting a USBands sanctioned show, Danbury High School will give us a sneak peak at some of the top Group 5 Open bands from CT.

Next, we move to Souderton, Pennsylvania, where long-time host Souderton Area High School will bring together several bands from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The show will conclude with an exhibition from Kutztown University!

Our tour continues as we head a little further south to Great Mills, Maryland. Great Mills High School will host early birds from both Maryland and Virginia as they take the field in this daytime preview show.

Lastly, we travel to Edison, New Jersey, where Edison High School will host the first clinic session of the season. After each band’s performance, they will be allotted extra time with the judges who will work one-on-one with both the band members and their staff. This clinic format is a great opportunity to get early season feedback and offers more than just performances, awards and critique. For those new to USBands, clinics are a great time to ask questions about classification, show design and anything else!

Also on September 15, we will launch (and test) the first wave of our digital judging system at two of these four shows. Following the first two opening weekends, all USBands regional, state and championship events will be judged using digital recording devices. However, most regular season shows will operate the same way they always have. The complete transition to a digital judging system will take place over the next few seasons, taking USBands to the next level.

We can’t wait to see what the hardworking members and staffs of all the participating bands put on the field next weekend. We hope to see you there as we catch a first glimpse into the 2012 competitive marching season!


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