USBands

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USBands
Type Public
Founded 1988
Headquarters Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S
Parent Independent (1988-1990)
YEA (1990-present)

USBands (formally United States Scholastic Band Association[1] or USSBA) was formed in the Fall of 1988 to provide high school band programs with a competitive circuit featuring top judges from across the continent and a venue for the US Scholastic Band Championship. It is currently owned by Youth Education in the Arts.

USBands membership consists of over 700 participating high school marching bands. Annually, bands are offered 150 festival opportunities and invitations to compete at major Regional Championships and the US Scholastic Band Championship. Bands are classified by size, with Group 1 being the smallest and Group 6 being the largest, and by skill level. The A Class is for inexperienced bands, new bands, and bands that have recently moved to a larger size group. The Open class for established programs. This results in eighteen groups ranging from Group I A to Group VI Open, performing and competing with other bands of like size and talent. USBands has started to support competitive indoor events as well as cooperative fundraising opportunities. In the winter of 2012, USSBA changed their name to USBands.

Classifications[edit]

The USBands allows their bands to classify themselves into two groups:
A Class - Defined as inexperienced bands, new bands, and bands that have recently moved to a larger size group.
Open Class - Established programs

Group Size[edit]

Bands are grouped by the number of members on the field. This includes playing members, colorguard, and drum majors. Group sizes are as follows:
Group I 1 to 40 members
Group II 41 to 55 members (Texas:46-80)
Group III 56 to 75 members (Texas:81-115)
Group IV 76 to 100 members (Texas:116-160)
Group V 101 to 135 members (Texas:161-200)
Group VI 136 and more members (Texas:201+)[2]

Past USBands National Champions (with scores)[edit]

Year Group 1-A Group 1-Open Group 2-A Group 2-Open Group 3-A Group 3-Open Group 4-A Group 4-Open Group 5-A Group 5-Open Group 6-A Group 6-Open Grand Champion
2014 Joseph Case High School 96.600 Haddon Heights High School 94.450 Wayne Valley High School 93.663 Lenape High School 96.425 Union High School 91.213 Edison High School 98.300 Northern Highlands Regional High School 97.400 Nazareth Area High School 97.975 Cherokee High School 92.188 North Penn High School 97.95 Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School 92.875 Norwalk High School 97.375 Edison High School
2013 Weehawken High School 96.163 Haddon Heights High School 90.25 Monroe Township High School 95.613 Edison High School 95.738 North Warren Regional High School 96.425 King Philip Regional High School 96.138 Absegami High School 95.163 Smithfield-Selma High School 96.875 Elizabeth High School 95.987 Dartmouth High School 96.6 Jackson Memorial High School 96.3 West Genesee High School 95.687 Smithfield-Selma High School
2012 Joseph Case High School 94.975 Cedar Cliff High School 92.288 Chopticon High School 97.088 Susquehanna Township High School 96.8 Northern Highlands High School 96.125 Old Bridge High School 96.375 Passaic High School 96.263 King Philip Regional High School 97.075 Elizabeth High School 97.1 Immaculata High School 96.587 New Providence High School 96.3 Wagner High School 97.288 Wagner High School
2011 Joseph Case High School 94.163 Monsignor Farrell High School 93.650 Lenape High School 96.413 Frank W. Cox High School 95.738 Perkiomen Valley High School 96.588 Montville Township High School 97.588 Madison County High School 95.35 North Penn High School 96.938 Elizabeth High School 97.413 Dartmouth High School 98.225 New Providence High School 96.438 Munford High School 98.013 Dartmouth High School
2010 Perkiomen Valley High School 96.063 Williamstown High School 97.063 Rancocas Valley Regional High School 97.875 Nazareth Area High School 97.400 Dartmouth High School 98.55 George Walton High School 97.650 Dartmouth High School
2009 Perkiomen Valley High School 97.35 Timber Creek Regional High School 97.163 Rancocas Valley Regional High School 97.2 King Philip Regional High School 97.45 Dartmouth High School 97.813 Roxbury High School 98.188 Roxbury High School
2008 Biglerville High School 93.92 River Hill High School 98.25 Cedar Cliff High School 96.9 Nazareth Area High School 98.575 Dartmouth High School 98.275 Immaculata 96.05 Nazareth Area High School
2007 Deptford Township High School 96 Century High School 96.3 River Hill High School 95.55 Nazareth Area High School 97.5 Upper Darby High School 96.425 Nazareth Area High School

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