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USBands (formally United States Scholastic Band Association 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.
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
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+)
Past USBands National Champions (with scores)
- "USSBA revises group sizes for the 2011 marching band season". YEA. Retrieved 2011-01-27.