USBands Announces 2014 Premiere & Championship Schedule

Local Event Schedule to be Announced Tues. Feb. 25

Team USBands has scheduled Premier and Championship events in 15 states for the fall of 2014, merging new events with classic championship venues to create exciting showcases for bands of all sizes and levels of accomplishment.

Click here to view the local event schedule.

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“After nearly two solid months of meetings with bands from Massachusetts to Arizona, we are very pleased with the line-up of events we're able to offer to our bands this coming season,” said Justin Heimbecker, Director of USBands. He continued, “As usual, the scheduling at major venues threw us a few curveballs, but after weighing all of the options, we are confident that we have been able to balance the fall holiday and SAT schedules with the availabilities of both local hosts and major stadiums to continue to provide excellent performance opportunities for students.”

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NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The USBands National Championships will return to their respective 2013 sites, as the 2014 USBands Class A Championships will be held November 8-9  at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Pa., while MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. will host the 2014 USBands Open Class National Championships on November 15.

NEW JERSEY

The USBands New Jersey State Championships will return to High Point Solutions Stadium at Rutgers University on Oct. 18 (Classes I-V A) and Oct. 25 (Classes I-VI Open and VI A). Watch for details on how this experience will evolve and improve over a first-year event that brought 100 New Jersey high schools to the State University of New Jersey.

The Yamaha Cup will move to a late-season date of Nov. 1 at MetLife Stadium, providing bands with a grand performance opportunity at the site of the most recent Super Bowl.

drummajor_sunset_JBC2013.jpgPENNSYLVANIA

Two mirror regional events are on the calendar for Oct. 18, one at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Pa., and the other at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana. The Allentown event will be held in conjunction with the Halloween Music Festival Powered by Dorney Park. Watch for exciting details on the Halloween Music Festival coming soon.

The 2014 USBands Pennsylvania State Championships will return to West Chester University on Oct. 25, as the home of the Golden Rams Marching Band welcomes bands from throughout the Keystone State for their chance at a championship title.

MID-ATLANTIC

Herndon High School in Virginia is back on the schedule for 2014 as we kick off regional competition at the popular Northern Virginia Regional on Sept. 27.

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on the campus of the U.S. Naval Academy will again host the annual Marine Corps Invitational on Oct. 18 this year, giving bands from Md., Va., Pa. and beyond the opportunity to perform in one of the very best stadiums for the marching arts.

The USBands Maryland State Championships will return to Towson University on Oct. 25 after a one-year hiatus, while the USBands Virginia State Championship will be held on Oct. 25 at a site to be announced in the very near future.

A new prelim/final Marching Band Series event is set to debut on Nov. 1 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis with a world-class judging panel and many more extras to be announced soon.

NEW ENGLAND

The USBands New England Championships will relocate from the venerable JFK Stadium in Bridgeport to Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in New Britain, Conn. – home of the 2008 and 2009 New England Championships. New artificial turf and a band-friendly environment sets the stage in a more central location for New England bands to compete for championship titles for each state on Oct. 25.

On Oct. 26, we're bringing back the USBands New York State Championships at a site to be announced. The Sunday format and a great judging panel will provide Empire-State bands with an opportunity to be crowned State Champions before the late-season push to Nationals.

TENNESSEE

The Marching Band Series comes to Tennessee on Oct. 18 with a line-up of first-class judges, critiques and more. Watch for details to be posted on this very special event coming soon.

In a major change from previous seasons, the 2014 Tennessee State Championships will be run as a part of the Southern States Championships on Nov. 1 at Finley Stadium on the campus of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. This late-season event will be the perfect ending to a fall of new events in the Southeast.

SOUTHEAST

South Carolina will host two new events on Sept. 20 and Oct. 4 at major high school sites to be announced in the very near future.

Meanwhile, the University of North Alabama in Florence brings USBands competition back to the state on Oct. 11.

TEXAS

The Texas schedule has grown by a few more events this fall, as USBands brings its trademark service and adjudication to the Lone Star State.

The Texas Step-off Series begins on Sept. 27 with five events throughout the state. One contest each will be hosted in Austin, Groesbeck, Houston, Odessa and Brownsville.

The Texas season continues on Oct. 4 with popular returning events in Burleson, Dekaney, Goliad, Pflugerville and New Braunfels.

Two events highlight the schedule on Oct. 11 with one contest each in the Houston and San Antonio regions.

The prelim/final Marching Band Series featuring stellar adjudication panels, critiques and much more is also scheduled for Oct. 11. Watch for details coming very soon about this extra-special event for our friends in Texas.

After a week off, one event in Houston will light up the calendar on Oct. 25.

The Texas Remo Finale Series will bring the prelim/final format to three cities for a second year, as bands in Dallas, Austin and Houston wrap up their 2014 competitive season.

Nov. 8 is the date, and Wagner HS in San Antonio will cap off the most prolific Texas schedule in USBands history with the Texas Yamaha Cup. A prelim/final format will close the curtain on what is sure to be the most memorable season ever for USBands in Texas.

FAR WEST

The Marine Corps Invitational will return to Caldwell, Idaho for a second year on Sept. 27, as bands from throughout Idaho, Ore. and Nev. will gather for a great early-season evaluation.

Stay tuned for additional USBands events in Idaho to be announced in the coming weeks.

USBands action will head south to Peoria, Ariz. and Liberty High School on Oct. 18 for the third consecutive year of the USBands Arizona Regional.

The Far West schedule concludes on Nov. 1 in Las Vegas, when the first-ever Las Vegas Regional will showcase bands from from Ariz., Nev., N. M., Colo., Calif. and Utah.


The full 2014 USBands schedule will be released on Tues., Feb. 25 with registration beginning on Sign-up Day and National Marching Band Day on Tues., March 4. For more information on USBands and the 2014 schedule, please visit www.usbands.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/usbands.

2014 Premier & Championship Events

9/20
South Carolina Preview (site TBA)

9/27
Northern Virginia Regional (Herndon, Va.)
Marine Corps Invitational (Caldwell, Idaho)
Texas Step-Off Series (Austin, Groesbeck, Houston, Odessa, Brownsville)

10/4
South Carolina Regional (site TBA)
Texas Regionals (Burleson, Dekaney, Goliad, Hendrickson, New Braunfels)

10/11
The Marching Band Series (Texas)
North Alabama Regional (Florence, Ala.)
Texas Regionals (Houston, San Antonio)

10/18
The Marching Band Series (Tenn.)
Marine Corps Invitational (Annapolis, Md.)
New Jersey State Championship: 1A-5A (New Brunswick, N.J.)
Eastern Pennsylvania Regional (Allentown, Pa.)
Western Pennsylvania Regional (Indiana, Pa.)
East Mississippi Regional (Scooba, Miss.)
Arizona Regional (Peoria, Ariz.)

10/25
New Jersey State Championship: 6A & 1-6 OPEN (New Brunswick, N.J.)
New England States Championship (New Britain, Conn.)
Pennsylvania State Championship (West Chester, Pa.)
Maryland State Championship (Towson, Md.)
Virginia State Championship (site TBA)
Texas Regionals (Houston)

10/26
New York State Championship (site TBA)

11/1
The Marching Band Series (Northeast)
Yamaha Cup (East Rutherford, N.J.)                              
Southern States Championship (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Las Vegas Regional (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Texas Remo Finale Series (Dallas, Austin, Houston)

11/8-9
Class A National Championships - J. Birney Crum Stadium - Allentown, PA
Texas Yamaha Cup (San Antonio)

11/15
Open National Championships - MetLife Stadium - E. Rutherford, N.J.

 

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