2014 USBands Local Season Schedule Announced

20 states will host 140+ USBands events in 2014

After an announcement last week previewing the Premiere and Championship events for band programs from Mass. to Ariz. and N.J. to Texas, the local event schedule now takes center stage as USBands announces over 80 contests that make up the 2014 USBands Regular-Season Schedule.

“What differentiates the USBands program from others is the ability to serve our member bands on the basis of what is best for directors and their programs," said Justin Heimbecker, Director of USBands. "From modest, local high school stadiums to the site of the Super Bowl, we support bands every step of the way, helping educators to reach their goals for their programs."

"Local shows are critical to the success of many programs," he continued. "They often serve as the main fundraisers for band programs, and this is the way the majority of bands experience USBands. We are pleased to have expanded our service in many areas, and we have a team in place to meet and exceed expectations on several levels this fall.”

Highlights of the fall calendar include full schedules in N.J., Conn. and Md., with many returning events in Mass., Tenn., Va. and Pa. In addition, new events come to the schedule in areas including Southeastern Pa. and Virginia Beach. Watch for a few more events to be added and some very exciting announcements in the near future, as plans become finalized for the 2014 USBands Fall Marching Band Season.

To see the complete schedule of 2014 USBands events, please visit www.usbands.org.


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NEW JERSEY

The season begins on Sept. 13 with a single event in Edison and quickly ramps up to five events on Sept. 20 (Brick Memorial, Hunterdon Central, Scotch Plains & Williamstown). On Sept. 27, the season is in full gear with seven Saturday events in Seneca, Hamilton West, Toms River, Pequannock, Piscataway, Burlington City and North Warren followed by a Sunday event in Delran.

October begins with the observance of Yom Kippur on Oct. 4 with three Saturday (Morris Knolls, Brick Township and Woodstown) and two Sunday contests (J.P. Stevens and Montville Township). October 11 sees all the N.J. bands in action at five Saturday events in Somerville, North Brunswick, South Plainfield, Shawnee, Jackson and Vernon Township), with one event on Sunday in Bergenfield.

October 18 marks the State Championships for A-Class bands in Groups IA-VA at Rutgers University, but the weekend also holds a terrific slate of local events on Saturday (South Brunswick, Absegami, Monroe Township and Northern Highlands) and Sunday (Fair Lawn). Meanwhile, the Open Class and Group VI A bands head to States at Rutgers on Oct. 25, while four local events are held Saturday (Manchester Township, Ridge, East Brunswick and Cherokee) and one on Sunday (Bayonne).

The local season wraps up on Nov. 1 with three Saturday events (Lenape, Hillsborough and Robbinsville) before the first of three N.J. Preview of Champions events is held on Sun., Nov. 2 at Washington Township. in Sewell. Meanwhile, Class A bands are invited to the Yamaha Cup on Nov. 1 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

The weekend on Nov. 8-9 will be National Championships for Class A Bands in Allentown, Pa.’s J. Birney Crum Stadium, while remaining Class A and Open Class bands will have their shot at Preview of Champions events in Union and Old Bridge. The season concludes for Open Class N.J. bands at the National Championships at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 15.

To see the complete schedule of 2014 USBands events, please visit www.usbands.org.


PENNSYLVANIA

The Keystone State has a schedule of events that is shaping up to be one of the best in a few years for USBands, mixing in a variety of local, regional and championship competitions among some new and returning sites.

The regular season kicks off on Sept. 27 with an event at Central Bucks South HS in Warrington, featuring bands from throughout Southeastern Pa. and N.J. Two weeks later, three events fill the schedule with shows at Nazareth, Cedar Cliff (Camp Hill, PA) & Rustin HS (West Chester)

J. Birney Crum Stadium welcomes the return of the Eastern Pennsylvania Regional on the evening of Oct. 18. However, for bands wanting to perform and have a little fun in the evening, schools can also register to be part of the Halloween Music Festival Powered by Dorney Park, which will feature an afternoon competition and evening in the park. Watch for more details coming soon.

Meanwhile, bands on the western side of Pa. are invited to participate in the Western Pennsylvania Regional at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the afternoon on Oct. 18.

Farrell Stadium on the campus of West Chester University is once again home to the 2014 Pennsylvania State Championships on Oct. 25, with fantastic competition between bands from throughout the state.

November 1 gives Pa. bands the opportunity to travel to large showcase facilities, as MetLife Stadium hosts the Yamaha Cup, and the all-new Marching Band Series prelim/final showcase takes over Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md..

The season comes to an amazing conclusion once again as two days of Class A National Championship competition is held at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown on Nov. 8-9, and the Open Class bands converge at MetLife Stadium to cap off the season on Nov. 15.

To see the complete schedule of 2014 USBands events, please visit www.usbands.org.


NEW ENGLAND

The 2014 USBands New England event line-up features great events across Conn., Mass. and R.I. A new State Championship location in the latter part of the season highlights a 2014 campaign that ends for Class A bands in Allentown and Open Class bands at MetLife Stadium.

The season begins with the traditional first contest in Danbury, Conn. on Sept. 13. Then, Sept. 20 will hold the events in Conn. at Brien McMahon, Francis T. Maloney and Putnam high schools. ) September comes to a rousing conclusion with three  Conn. events (New Milford, Robert E. Fitch and Sheehan) and Mass. favorite, Blackstone-Millville. 

October begins with three great events – two each in Conn. at Norwich Free Academy and Lyman Hall and our co-hosted Mass. event for the weekend with King Phillip / Oliver Ames. Then, three events are on the calendar for Oct. 11 (Rocky Hill and Cheshire in Conn. and Dartmouth in Mass.), while five more shows are on tap for Oct. 18, which promises to be a huge weekend (Southington, Stamford, Rockville and Cranston East in Rhode Island).

USBands will return to Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in New Britain, Conn., home of the 2014 New England Championships on Sat. Oct. 25, for what has become the largest marching band contest in New England.

The regular season wraps up on Nov. 1 with Bunnell HS hosting the final local contest of the year in the region, where first time host Westhill HS becomes the host of the first-ever Preview of Champions event in New England on Nov. 8.

The National Championships for Class A bands will be held at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Pa. over the weekend of Nov. 8-9, and Open Class bands will take to the field at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 15 to bring an exciting close to the season.

To see the complete schedule of 2014 USBands events, please visit www.usbands.org.


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MARYLAND

After a few years of growth in Md., USBands returns with a full schedule of multiple events per weekend leading up to the Maryland State Championship’s return to Towson University and the season-ending National Championships in Allentown and at MetLife Stadium. Along the way, two great events will be held to showcase bands at the fantastic Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.

The season begins on Sept. 13 in Great Mills before three events bring the season to full speed on Sept. 20 in Westminster, Germantown and Northern (Owings). Sept. 27 will bring the first month of competition to a close with an event in Arundel (Gambrills).

October gets underway with an event at Chopticon (Morganza) on Oct. 4 before bands take to the field for two events on Oct. 11 at Paint Branch (Burtonsville) and Reservoir (Fulton). Then, the local action heads to Watkins Mill (Gaithersburg) on Oct. 18 before the State Championships at Towson University on Oct. 25. Century (Sykesville) hosts the final local event of the year on Nov. 1, while MD. gets its very own Preview of Champions event at Broadneck (Annapolis) on Nov. 8.

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis will host two great events this year, with the Marine Corps Invitational moving to a more central date on Oct. 18 and, two weeks later, The Marching Band Series, a brand-new prelim/final competition showcases bands from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

The National Championships once again close out the competitive season for Class A bands at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown on Nov. 8-9 and Open Class bands at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 15.

To see the complete schedule of 2014 USBands events, please visit www.usbands.org.


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The local slate of events compliments the regional competitions well in Va. and W.V. this year, with a kick-off weekend on Spet 27 that will feature two events, one each at Washington (Charles Town, W.V.) and the Northern Virginia Regional at Herndon HS (Herndon).

Kempsville HS will return to host on October 4, and October 11 will include two local contests in the state of Va. James Wood HS (Winchester) will return to the schedule, and Frank W. Cox (Virginia Beach) has been added to the calendar for 2014.

While schools from Virginia Beach will be heading to Bayside HS on Oct. 18, bands from Northern Va. will want to check out the Marine Corps Invitational on the same day, as this showcase returns to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis before the State Championships the following week on Oct. 25 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.

The all-new Marching Band Series heads to Annapolis and Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Nov. 1 for a prelim/final competition that will serve as a finale for some Va.  bands, while others use it as a final run before the National Championships in Allentown on Nov. 8-9 (Class A) or MetLife Stadium on Nov. 15 (Open Class).

To see the complete schedule of 2014 USBands events, please visit www.usbands.org.


SOUTHEAST

Rounding out the local event calendar is the return of great local events in Tenn. and Ga.

The first local Tennessee event of the season will be held on Sept. 27 in Arlington for the bands in the western part of the state and surrounding communities.

Woodstock HS in Woodstock, Ga. has been added to the schedule on Oct. 4 as one of the 2014 Georgia Regionals, which will feature bands from Ga., Tenn. and S.C. The other, Habersham Central HS in Mount Airy, Ga., will take place Oct. 11.

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.

Cordova HS in Western Tenn. will welcome bands from the Tenn., Miss. and Ark. region to a showcase that has grown each of the past three years.

On Oct. 11, USBands proudly returns to Alabama, as we bring the Alabama Regional to the University of North Alabama in Florence.

Tennessee will also host the first Marching Band Series event in the region on Oct. 18, bringing bands from throughout the Southeast to a prelim/final competition that will feature some of the top adjudicators in the country.

The southern USBands season comes to a close on Nov. 1 when the Southern States Championships return to Finley Stadium on the campus of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. For the very first time, championship titles will be awarded to bands by group size, class size and state.

To see the complete schedule of 2014 USBands events, please visit www.usbands.org.


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The Texas schedule has grown by a few more events this fall, and it all begins witt the Texas Step-off Series 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. Then, 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 on Nov. 1.

Nov. 8 is the date, as the most prolific Texas schedule in USBands history comes to an exciting conclusion at 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.

To see the complete schedule of 2014 USBands events, please visit www.usbands.org.


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.

To see the complete schedule of 2014 USBands events, please visit www.usbands.org.


2014 looks to be a remarkable season of events across the country, as USBands serves programs of all sizes and performance abilities with a line-up of over 140 events.

Watch for more news and updates on the 2014 season and for your opportunity to register on National Sign-up Day, March 4, 2014 at www.usbands.org.

 

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