USBands 2013 Fall Update: March Edition

Exciting events listed for each participating state and region

25th anniversary
As we celebrate Music in Our Schools Month, we know many of you are knee-deep in the excitement of concert and jazz band performances – not to mention spring trips. However, we didn’t want you to think that the team here at USBands isn’t just as hard at work preparing for a spectacular USBands 25th Anniversary Season Presented by Yamaha.

“The plan is for the full 2013 USBands schedule to be announced and ready for registration later this month in March," George Hopkins, CEO of YEA! and founder of USBands, said. "We are currently finalizing dates and details with some of the facilities that will house our largest events. We assure you that there will be a great deal of excitement with some of the new sites and events we are adding to the schedule.”

As we’ve been putting the 120+ event schedule together, we’ve heard from many band directors and boosters regarding the business side of things. We will send all contracts and billings by March 22 so that all show hosts are prepared for a successful 2013 fall.

USBands directors will also benefit from a great new promotion on pre-owned Yamaha Instruments when they register for the 2013 season. By simply registering your band for shows this fall, you’ll be entitled to discounts on our entire inventory of lightly-used, high-quality brass and percussion instruments. Watch for details in your mailbox coming shortly, or contact immediately for your Yamaha needs.

And now for some news!

Here’s a brief overview by state of some of the big news coming your way for the 25th Anniversary Edition of USBands Presented by Yamaha:

New England
The season will once again kick off on Sept. 14 with local events each week through Oct. 19. The New England State Championship is scheduled for Oct. 26, but watch for an unprecedented event exclusively for Connecticut bands on Oct. 12. Also being added to the schedule is a "Preview of Championships" contest on Nov. 2 for the CT, MA and RI bands that will go on to compete in the National Championships on Nov. 9 in MetLife Stadium (Open Class) and J. Birney Crum Stadium (Class A). Registration for the A and Open Class National Championships is open.


New Jersey
Nearly 50 events will fill the Garden State for USBands 25th Anniversary Season. Local contests will begin on Sunday, Sept. 14 and continue through Oct. 26. Registration is open in BandData for the Yamaha Cup at MetLife Stadium on Oct. 5 and serves as a great mid-season showcase under the bright lights. NJ bands may also want to consider the Freedom Cup at UPenn’s Franklin Field on Oct. 12, as USBands returns to this venerable stadium in Philadelphia. Registration for the Freedom Cup is also open through your BandData account.

“It is the plan for the NJ State Championship to return to Rutgers University, although the dates have yet to be confirmed," Hopkins said. “Needless to say, the date of the State Championship affects a great number of the bands hosting local shows, but once we have a formal confirmation from Rutgers, we will be able to lock down all other details very soon.”

Rutgers stadium

"Preview of Championships" events in north and south New Jersey are being planned for Nov. 2, which will provide bands a tune-up for their National Championship performances on Nov. 9 in MetLife Stadium (Open Class) and J. Birney Crum Stadium (Class A). Registration for the A and Open Class National Championships is open.


New York

The Empire State will be hosting two events on the weekend of Oct. 12-13 at Manhasset HS and Arlington HS respectively. We are currently finalizing details on the site of the New York State Championships, as well as a very special event at a brand new facility in New York State. This is one you will certainly not want to miss! Registration for the A and Open Class National Championships on the weekends of Nov. 2 and Nov. 9 at MetLife Stadium (Open Class), Navy & Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis and J. Birney Crum Stadium (Class A) is now open.

The local season begins Sept. 21 with events each weekend in central and eastern PA. Registration is now open for the Oct. 12 Freedom Cup at UPenn’s Franklin Field through your BandData account, with the State Championship to be held the following weekend on Oct. 19. Watch for an announcement of the location for the State Championship coming soon. A "Preview of Championships" event is scheduled for Nov. 2 for bands that will attend the National Championships on Nov. 9 in MetLife Stadium (Open Class) and J. Birney Crum Stadium (Class A). Registration for the A and Open Class National Championships is open.

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The regular season of local contests will kick off on Sept. 14 and continue through Oct. 26 with events each weekend. Premiere events are scheduled for Sept. 28 (the Marine Corps Invitational at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis) and Oct. 19 (the Maryland State Championship at Towson University). A "Preview of Championships" event is planned for Nov. 2 for bands that will attend the National Championships on Nov. 9 in MetLife Stadium (Open Class) and J. Birney Crum Stadium (Class A). Registration for the A and Open Class National Championships is open.


The complete event schedule is still being finalized; however, USBands will return to Herndon, VA for the Northern Virginia Regional in late September, with the date to be confirmed shortly. James Wood HS will once again host a USBands event on Oct. 5 in Northern VA, and the Virginia State Championship will be held on Oct. 26 at a site to be determined.

Just announced! In the coming weeks, George Hopkins will be traveling to Virginia Beach to meet with band directors and discuss and how USBands can best serve the bands in the Tidewater region.

New events at Murphy HS in North Carolina on Sept. 21 and Woodstock HS in Georgia on Oct. 5 have been added to the 2013 schedule, and the Georgia Regional will return for its third year on Oct. 26 at Chattahoochee HS.

Final dates for a series of local shows in Western Tennessee will be announced shortly. Meanwhile, the Tennessee State Championship is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 19, and the ever-popular Southern State Championship will return to the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Finley Stadium on Nov. 2.


After a wildly successful trip to TMEA, USBands is rolling out a schedule of events serving the main regions of Texas each weekend. Dallas events will be held on Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 (Midlothian and Burleson), San Antonio-area events will be held Oct. 5 and 12 (New Braunfels and Kyle), Houston-area events will be held on Oct. 5, 12 and 19 (Dekaney, Cypress and Conroe), with single contests in Laredo (Oct. 12), Goliad (Oct. 5) and Groesbeck (Oct. 12).

All regular-season contests will lead up to the first-ever Yamaha Cup in the state of Texas! The Yamaha Cup Powered by The Cadets will be held at Wagner HS on Oct. 26, featuring a spectacular line-up of judges and bands in this new format.

The Texas season will conclude with events at Round Rock ISD Stadium and another Houston-area stadium as part of the 2013 Remo Series Finale on Saturday, Nov. 2.


The West
Two events return to the schedule for 2013, one each in Idaho and Arizona, with Caldwell HS hosting an event on Sept. 28 and the Arizona Regional to be held on Oct. 12.

The 25th Anniversary season looks to be a spectacular celebration of young performers, as they will take the field in some of the finest stadiums in the country before the watchful eyes of the best adjudicators in the marching arts.

Stay tuned for upcoming additions to the schedule, and watch for registrations to be announced in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, if you have any questions about the 2013 season, would like to host a show or register for an already open event, please contact Melissa Reese at 610.821.0345 ext. 129 (, Jon Swengler at 610.821.0345 ext. 113 ( or Eric Kitchenman at 610.821.0345 ext. 124 (



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