The following is the press release from USBands regarding the location change for the Yamaha Cup: Northeast:
Yamaha Cup: Northeast Relocates to Rutgers University for 2018
Due to a conflict in scheduling with the National Football League and MetLife Stadium, the 2018 Yamaha Cup: Northeast will relocate to HighPoint Solutions Stadium on the campus of Rutgers University. On Saturday, October 13, Yamaha Cup: Northeast will feature more than 40 high school bands in competition at the region's most prestigious collegiate football stadium.
Jon Swengler, Director of USBands said in making the announcement, "When we learned of the scheduling conflict with MetLife Stadium over the summer, we immediately went to work on solutions that would first, guarantee all students an opportunity to perform at a world-class facility and second, allow for bands to continue their seasons uninterrupted while receiving feedback the highest quality adjudication panels. We worked through numerous options with MetLife and others to provide the best outcome possible for educators, students and parents. We can't thank the great teams enough at Rutgers University for welcoming us to their campus and the team at MetLife enough for working with us, where we are excited to return on November 10 for the USBands Open Class National Championships."
The schedule conflict from the NFL stems from back-to-back New York Jets and New York Giants home games at MetLife Stadium on Oct. 11 and Oct. 14. Turnover at the dual-team facility takes a great deal of time and manpower and as this is the first time such a scheduling challenge like this occurred, the decision to host the Yamaha Cup: Northeast elsewhere was made. The USBands team was able to secure HighPoint Solutions Stadium as the Rutgers football team was scheduled for an away game on Oct. 13. Since then, USBands has been in constant communication with registered bands in order to reschedule performers into a combination of performing at Rutgers University or local events in New Jersey and Connecticut. A number of bands have also joined into the November 10 National Championship at MetLife Stadium as a special USBands 30th Anniversary Celebration event.
"In the end, we have been able to relocate every band into a high-quality event on October 13, and all bands that would like to perform at MetLife Stadium has been accommodated for 2018," concluded Swengler.
Registration for the USBands 30th Anniversary Celebration at MetLife Stadium is currently open to 10 A Class Bands who will have the opportunity to compete or perform during the daylong USBands National Championships. If you are interested in registering your band to participate in this special season-ending event, contact USBands at Marching@usbands.org.
More information about HighPoint.com Stadium at Rutgers can be found here. Directions and parking information are listed.
The calendar has been updated with the new address for directions on your phone.
We are in desperate need of volunteers for Saturday. If you don't have at least one adult from your family signed up for at least one shift at our Grasso Festival, please take 10 minutes and get signed up right now. It's a lot of fun, and we truly can't get it done without you.
Available Volunteer Slots
50/50 Ticket Sales (Julie Mack)
Air/Candygrams (Kelly Hochstetler)
Ambassador Support & Senior Awards (Rashi Ray)
Backfield (Andrew Paley) Manage bus parking & visiting band logistics in the back of the school.
Breakdown (Steve Schmid) Breakdown and storage of tents, tables, chairs, lights, and electrical cords.
Clean Up Crew (TBD) Clean up in stands and at the top of the stadium.
Food Prep & Serve @ Snack Shack (Laura Taylor)
Food Sales @ Snack Shack (Wendy Merrick)
Judges' Food (Alison Kistner) Ensure that our Judges are well fed and taken care of throughout the event!
Monitors & Runners (Carol Ann Davis) Watching aisles during the show and running score sheets and materials back and forth to Judges.
Parking & Pit Control (Todd Keeping & Mark Farrington) Manage the flow of vehicles into and out of the parking areas throughout the event.
Signs (Noreen Menousek) Put up and take down sandwich board signs & all other signs.
We also need everyone to bring bake sale items on Saturday - items should be packaged individual for $1 sale. Timing will be sent out in an email later in the week.
Pit Crew - Paint the Props!
When: Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Where: Newtown High School, 12 Berkshire Rd, Sandy Hook, CT, 06482
We need your help... Please join us if you can!
We need some adults to help us paint the steps so we can CLIMB!
Please wear old clothes, bring a water bottle, a snack, and a paintbrush or two... Let's meet at the containers and get it done!
Please register here: https://nhsbandguard.com/event-3043316
We have one week left before Uniform Distribution happens at the high school and we do not have nearly enough volunteers to get all of our band members their uniforms:
Aug 14 - 4 for Set-up
Aug 15 - ZERO for Final Set-up
Aug 15 - 2 for Sr./Jr. Fitting
Aug 16 - 2 for Soph/Fr/8th/7th Fitting
Aug 16 - ZERO for Breakdown
We can not outfit all of the kids with just a couple of people.
If you can find the time to volunteer to help get the kids outfitted in their uniforms, we would appreciate your signing up through the portal so we have an accurate count. Our goal is to have 10 people per day.
Click below to Sign Up via the Band & Guard Parents Portal:
Thank you all for your help and understanding!
Uniform distribution is during the first week of Band Camp, and I need about 10 volunteers each of the days noted below to set up, tear down, and measure the kids. It’s about a 2-1/2 hour commitment each time, except clean-up. Measuring training will be provided, so no experience needed; plus, it’s easy! It’s also a fun way to volunteer with the band, get to know some of the kids, and have fun with other band parents. We use the NHS Choral Room.
Click below to Sign Up via the Band & Guard Parents Portal:
Visit our Winter Extravaganza page for more info!
Lots of volunteers are still needed!
Attending the banquet? Help us keep Banquet costs down by contributing a dessert (cut-up fruit, store-bought items, or homemade treats ) -- please sign up via Perfect Potluck here!
The Grasso Festival, our annual home show, is this Saturday! We need lots of help, so if you haven't volunteered for anything yet, please consider doing so, even for just a little while. See below for information about volunteering and parking.
Once again, it's that time of year! Our mattress fundraiser is quickly approaching!
Click here for more info: Mattress Fundraiser
The Newtown High School Band Parents Corp maintains this blog. Contact us for more information.