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As the school year came to an end earlier this Spring, the USBands Team was full of cautious optimism for the Fall and a return to normalcy. We spent months working on plans for a full fall marching band season with the hopes that we would be able to once again return to the band rooms, practice fields and football stadiums to enjoy the rituals of Fall.

All throughout the planning process, we have been monitoring the health concerns in the 17 states in which we serve to determine the best way forward given the unique circumstances in each region, state and in some cases, areas within specific states.

After this period of exploration, research and conversations, USBands has agreed with the majority of educators for music programs to participate exclusively on the virtual v-USBands platform for the 2020 fall marching band season in lieu of in-person competitions.

Initial results of a performing arts aerosol study commissioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and more than 125 performing arts organizations have yielded preliminary data and considerations that could help prevent the cancellation of performing arts activities in the future amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

This is the first of three stages of results for the study, which was launched in May behind lead funding from the NFHS, CBDNA, the National Association of Music Merchants and the D’Addario Foundation. More findings incorporating a wider range of activities are expected to be released later this month and again with the completion of the study in December.           

“This study is the first of its kind and will be able to supply scientific data to allow us to find ways to return to the performing arts classrooms and performance halls,” said Dr. James Weaver, NFHS Director of Performing Arts and Sports, who co-chairs the study with Mark Spede, CBDNA President and Clemson University director of bands. “We have brilliant researchers and a global coalition that are working hard to find science-based solutions to return to activities during a global pandemic.”

FloMarching Will Stream Live Coverage Of Competition Events and v-USBands Starting With The 2020 Season



AUSTIN, Texas FloSports, the innovator in live sports streaming and original content, announced today an exclusive 4-year deal with USBands, one of the leading marching arts organizations in the country, to stream its competitive marching arts season starting in 2020.  FloMarching, FloSports’ platform dedicated to marching arts, will stream up to 25 USBands competitions annually and provide dedicated editorial coverage throughout each season. With the addition of USBands competition events to its offering, FloMarching continues to position itself as the premier destination for marching arts and has seen 115% subscriber growth since it launched in 2016.






Given the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, each state and each school may have different guidelines to follow regarding marching band participation this fall and many schools are prohibited from travel, participating in mass gatherings or have been affected by budgetary or other restrictions imposed upon scholastic music programs. USBands has developed a creative and structured alternative to present an accredited solution to the participatory challenges music programs are facing.

In response to these requests for safe and meaningful options and opportunities for the traditional high school marching band activities in the upcoming 2020 fall season, USBands announces the launch of v-USBands, an alternative digital competition platform for students to remain engaged with their music programs and providing those programs the structure and accountability needed from school administrations for ongoing assessment and continuity.

As music educators, band directors, administrators and parents plan for an eventual return to school, unsure of what music classes and rehearsal spaces will look like, USBands wanted to share some resources we think will be helpful as you prepare for the summer and fall.

While at this time it appears as if music education will return on a state by state, if not a district by district basis, we hope these resources will provide some guidance in preparing your music program for the eventual return to music making.

We will be updating these resources as we receive them from the leading advocates for musc education in the nation.

*American Bandmasters Association Student Safety & Music Program Continuation Ideas for Consideration…/1vqF_PRRU-RKybJngCKlLNgtzI…/view…

*College Band Directors National Association Covid-19 Response Committee Report


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