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Sharyland USBands Austin 2018-9751 copy.jpgThe 2019 Fall Marching season continues to gain momentum as membership numbers increase across the country. With more bands signing up earlier, many of our most popular events are filling up and bands are encouraged to register now to secure their spots.

"We're thrilled to see so many bands signing up so early in the year," said Vicki Ferrence Ray, Executive Director of Youth Education in the Arts. "We had a great 30th Anniversary season last year and our team has really tried to keep that momentum going. During the winter months, we've really worked to create a structure that provides the maximum value for band programs."

20181030-055A3439 copy.jpgSince the announcement of the new Bands-First Membership Program for USBands schools, there has been a good deal of excitement and enthusiasm for the packages based on the activity of the participating schools.

Beyond the discounted participation rates, there are also several extra special benefits for those schools who select the Basic Level and even more who choose the Prime Level. Here is a brief explanation of some of the additional benefits you’ll receive as a 2019 Member School at the corresponding level.

Votes on Policy Changes & Participant Guidebook on Annual Basis – These votes are important components of the Guidelines and Policies that govern USBands events excluding the competitive rules by which USBands events are adjudicated.

20181020-DSC_1042.jpgUSBands is proud to announce its partnership with Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore as the site for the 2019 Maryland State Championships on Saturday, October 26.

The decision to return to a high-quality high school location came after several weeks of evaluating locations and researching how to best address the needs of the music programs in Maryland. As of May 6, over 20 bands have registered for the 2019 Maryland States Championship and events in Maryland this fall.

With the return to a high school venue, USBands is able to remain consistent with its renewed commitment to high-quality performance opportunities while remaining affordable for the participating schools.

The Adjudication assignments for the Maryland State Championships, as well as the complete Maryland schedule of events,  have been recently completed, while a few modifications are in the process of being made to the USBands adjudication system for 2019 by the Advisory Council comprised of Directors and Adjudicators.

For Maryland high school bands who still want to perform in large venues, USBands offers performance slots at Navy & Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown and MetLife Stadium in E. Rutherford, NJ.

Maroon & Gold Day is The Cadets first-ever giving day, a day where we ask the entire Cadets family - alumni, members, instructors, parents, and fans - to support The Cadets and to celebrate The Cadets of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Every gift, no matter the size, will make a big difference to The Cadets this summer.

Our goal is to have at least 250 individual donors to The Cadets on Maroon & Gold Day. Along the way, as we reach new donor milestones, we’ll unlock video recordings of The Cadets and details of The Cadets’ 2019 show.

We are happy to announce that The Cadets' probation status has been lifted and the corps is currently in good standing with DCI as a Member Organization.

"It was a team effort involving a lot of people to make this happen," said Vicki Ferrence Ray, Executive Director of YEA! "The organization has worked tirelessly to ensure we have put into place the appropriate policies and procedures and instill a positive culture that reinforces them. To see that being recognized in having the probation lifted is a wonderful feeling. More than ever we're committed to providing excellent programming in a safe environment for our students both in Allentown and across the country. We would also like to pass along our thanks to the folks at DCI who have helped support us and continued to work with us over the last year. Onwards and upwards!"

"The changes at YEA! have been at every level of the organization," Doug Rutherford, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said. "From the Board of Directors to the office staff to the educational teams that travel with the corps, we've worked to ensure that we have created the safest and healthiest environment possible for our participants. In addition to our three-step background check for staff, we have readily available resources for reporting compliance violations. We've made tremendous strides in the last year."


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