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USBands and the BAND Mobile App hosted a reception to kick-off the Texas Bandmaster Association Conference at the Grand Hyatt of Thursday evening to welcome music educators to the 2019 TBA Conference as well as the new USBands season.

Eric Kitchenman, Eric James, Jason Howard and Steve Hankins headed up the USBands team onsite as the organization continues to expand its offerings throughout the fall marching band season in Texas. Eric Kitchenman was able to provide insight into nearly a half dozen new events for the USBands schedule, plus information on the all-new USBands Salute to Veterans Championships scheduled for Veterans Day in AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington.

Peter Hensch from the BAND Mobile App was on-hand with Chris Roberts, Assistant Director of the Vanguard Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps who is one of the leading innovators in the use of BAND for marching band and drum and bugle corps nationally.

Peter and Chris will be on-hand throughout the TBA Conference at the USBands booth to provide 1:1 sessions for music educators to learn more on how to save time and improve communications between students, staff and parents.

USBands is thrilled to welcome three new members to the team with Jim Sheeley joining us as the USBands Director, Matt Chamberlin as Event Staff Manager and Consultant, and Judy Ulchinsky as Adjudication Education Manager. All three are welcome additions to the team as we seek to provide the best service for the best events in the marching arts. 

"The breadth of experience in the marching arts that Jim, Matt, and Judy possess is expansive," said Vicki Ferrence Ray, Executive Director of USBands' parent organization Youth Education in the Arts. "They each bring a fresh perspective to USBands along with their combined decades of experience. We truly couldn't ask for better people on the team."

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Jim Sheeley (left), Judy Ulchinski (top right), 
and Matt Chamberlin (bottom right)

Jim Sheeley - USBands Director

Jim Sheeley graduated from Mansfield State College with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education with an Instrumental Music concentration. He received a Master of Science in Music with an Instrumental Conducting emphasis from Mansfield University and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey.

In celebration of the 85th Anniversary of The Cadets and the 50th Anniversary of the women of The Cadets, the Cadets Alumni Association is inviting all fans, friends and alumni to The Cadets Homecoming Weekend full of memories on October 12-13 in and around Garfield, New Jersey, the birthplace of The Cadets.

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The Celebration begins on Saturday, October 12 from 1-4 pm with The Cadets Bowling and Social Spectacular. The Bowling and Social Spectacular will be a free event with all Cadet families and friends encouraged to attend. The event will be held at the Lodi Lanes, 58 Terhune Ave, Lodi, NJ with 20 bowling lanes to choose from between 1-4pm. Lodi Lanes will provide free bowling shoes to all of our guests with snacks and beverages available at the venue.

Meanwhile, in nearby Monclair, NJ, The Cadets will be hosting the Platinum Leadership Gourmet Luncheon and Fundraiser at Fascino's in Montclair. Facino's is currently ranked in the Top 10 of high-end gourmet restaurants in New Jersey and will feature a four-course meal paired with high-end white and red wines. Reservations are $500 per person and will go directly to supporting The Cadets.

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Seven years ago USBands offered a separate approach for adjudicating A Class. At the time, this was a big step forward in addressing the need to recognize variances in bands’ programming. In the spirit of evolution and refining what we do, we are proud to announce another important step forward. In 2019 we are offering universal number application throughout the entire system along with a simple weighting system that will be used on all captions. Every band director, staff, performer and adjudicator will know the meaning of a tenth and how it’s applied to their score.

2014_ATTStadium_west_globe02229.jpgUSBands is excited to announce a brand new title and date for the 2019 edition of the Championship event at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys, scheduled for Veteran's Day, Monday, November 11, 2019.

In a first-of-its-kind event for USBands, the organization has worked with the leadership at AT&T Stadium to create this extra special Monday event featuring high school marching bands from throughout the state of Texas and beyond.

Eric Kitchenman, USBands Texas Relations Manager, said in announcing the event, "Due to an NFL scheduling anomaly with the Cowboys, the previously announced date was no longer available. The teams at the Cowboys and USBands have worked for the better part of two months since the NFL schedule was announced to secure a unique and interesting opportunity for bands to cap off their 2019 season. We are proud to celebrate the veterans of our military who play such an important role in protecting our freedoms and acknowledging the roots from where marching bands originally began."

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