USBands 2020-2021 School Year Plan
About USBands Adjudication
You have come from this activity and in some very special way it has given something deeply important to you. You were either an educator, instructor or performer. Undoubtedly at some point you may have encountered the indifference of an adjudicator who seemed not to care or was not sincere and you vowed never to be like that. On the other hand, you likely experienced the nurturing of some special adjudicator who went beyond his or her duty and helped you grow. This is your opportunity to give something back to the activity that is unique and special to you. An opportunity to make a positive difference to performers at a USBands event. Our community is counting on your passion and we need your professionalism and skill sets.
USBands events calls for excellence from performers and adjudicators alike. With the long-held point of view that any band can win at any given event, the adjudicators’ training and expertise ensure that competitive decisions are based on the performances they observe and not on a bands’ reputation or past performances.
Philosophy of Education
USBands views the role of the adjudicator as one of service. We ask each adjudicator to begin every performance with a mindset of humility and grace, as it is truly an honor to share with directors, staffs and especially students the insight of their experience through the adjudication system. We believe this quality of service must be conveyed in every recording, in every number and in every critique discussion.
We respect and acknowledge that each ensemble comes from a unique circumstance and has a different story. The great equalizer in the marching band activity is that every single performer can perform on the same field, regardless of budget, parent support, director experience, geography, or other circumstances outside the control of the students.
USBands is passionately committed to supporting our adjudicators and our adjudication system with integrity, respect, and a pervading sense of community amongst all its constituents. We do our very best to place our adjudicators in various regions from week to week, and from year to year; our ultimate goal is to provide fresh, unbiased, supportive and relevant feedback for each and every program.
USBands and eAdjudicate have partnered to provide the highest quality adjudication education. Becoming an adjudicator for USBands is easier than ever with an easy to use platform and continuing education in the marching arts.
e-Adjudicate Academy has gathered some of the top subject matter experts in their field to develop an extensive curriculum that explores a variety of pageantry activities. e-Adjudicate courses are designed to give you a solid foundation of skills and an in-depth look into your field of study. We are excited to partner with e-Adjudicate to produce their first online series of courses specifically for marching band, ULearn.
USBands ULearn is a three-level series of courses designed to guide you through the process of becoming an adjudicator or focusing on sharpening your current skills to enhance. In Course 100, you will develop a fundamental understanding of the role, ethics and professional expectations of the adjudicator, along with the judging process as a whole. Course 200 will explore the tools of number management and scoring significant commentary.
How-To Series for Marching Band
Some of the finest composers, designers, teachers and musicians will share their expertise in creating every aspect of a marching band program. From music and visual design, to guard and percussion design, we will set you up for success in designing your own shows. Each subject has three levels of instruction that starts with the fundamentals and ends with the making of a champion. Rounding out the series is a complete student leadership program that will prepare your leadership team for the upcoming school year. Whether you have a brand new leader or a returning senior, they have all your bases covered.
Our online management system allows adjudicators to manage their profile information, availability and accept or decline assignments. Once you are logged in, you will have several options but two are specific to adjudicators.
- My Information – Edit details about your personal account and contact information.
- Adjudicators – Input your availability, caption preference (first entered being the caption you are most comfortable adjudicating), preferences, biography and references. This will also be the tab to accept or decline assignments once they are sent.