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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.

 

 

 

 

 

The intent of USBands is to provide a full-scale marching band season as originally presented on March 4, 2020. Given the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, each state and each school will have different guidelines to follow regarding marching band participation this fall, therefore USBands will abide by all state and local authorities, as well as observe all applicable CDC guidelines in the hosting or sanctioning of high school marching band competitions.

However, in the event schools are prohibited from travel, participating in mass gatherings or 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.

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
https://drive.google.com/…/1vqF_PRRU-RKybJngCKlLNgtzI…/view…

*College Band Directors National Association Covid-19 Response Committee Report
https://www.cbdna.org/

While our hearts and minds are with everyone in this time of crisis and uncertainty, USBands understands there will be a light at the end of the tunnel and believes that light will bring with it the joy of music played by young people across our communities and around our nation. When we are once again able to assemble, many things will be different, but USBands will stand ready with new ideas and new ways for us for share in the spirit of music made by many, as one.

With the input of many directors, adjudicators and advisors, the USBands team will be announcing various new band-friendly policies and guidelines for individual programs. These policies will allow programs to act in their best interest, provide for the safety of the students, staff and parents as well as adhere to federal, state, municipal, school district and individual school criteria for the coming fall.

The first of these announcements is the adoption of the all-new “USBands Performance Class” for bands in the 2020-2021 school year. USBands understands music programs will be impacted in many ways including fundraising, recruiting, rehearsal time and band camp.

01 May 2020

USBands remains committed to providing an outstanding marching season for all participants.  Our ability to provide multiple scenarios for bands in 2020 - 2021 is the mainstay of our organization.  All of what we do will be based on the guidance of health professionals, state leadership, and individual school districts. With those things in mind, the timeline remains fluid. 

As mentioned in our Director Connector session on April 8th, the USBands team wanted to provide a brief update on the status of the upcoming 2020 marching band season as of the beginning of May.

We are hoping to have guidance from state officials and local administrations by July 1st or August 1st at the very latest. This will allow us to proceed with the full schedule as planned, taking into consideration an expanded Performance Class.

USBands recently announced the Performance Class for bands in the 2020-2021 school year after receiving feedback from schools around the nation which have been impacted by lost fundraising, recruiting, rehearsal time, and potential band camp changes.

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