Quintessential Marching Band: 2012 Yamaha Cup

This 59-band event has been a great success!

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Photo by Dieter Wiselogel

As the final few bands finish their warm-ups in the vast parking lot at MetLife Stadium, the 2012 USBands Yamaha Cup is gradually drawing to a close.

The first band, the Manhasset High School Indian Marching Band, stepped off at 8:45 this morning, and except for a few brief intermissions and the afternoon Awards Ceremony, bands have been marching on and off of the field consecutively all day long—until Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School concludes the day at 11:33 p.m.

This event truly epitomizes competitive marching band. Under a bright blue sky, red and yellow are beginning to sweep over the Northeastern leaves. The smell of exhaust and the hum of school buses and equipment trucks are home to thousands of students who are adjusting reeds, tightening drum heads, oiling valves and painting on perfect show make-up. Today, they marched into what is, for many, the grandest venue they will ever perform in—and quite grand it is.

The USBands staff would like to thank the great folks here at MetLife Stadium for their hospitality during this huge show. Congratulations to all who competed today at the 2012 Yamaha Cup, and at our regional and local shows from the New England down to Texas.

And, as always, we couldn’t do any of this without the help of our gracious volunteers, so thank you!

Don’t forget to “like” USBands on Facebook to stay up to date with our videos and numerous photo albums from each week’s event.

And Yamaha Cup attendees— it’s not too late to order Yamaha Cup apparel or a multi-cam DVD recording of your performance today! Merchandise is still available here, and will be shipped promptly.

Happy Fall!

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