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Sunday February 18, 2018
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Dartmouth show coming up 02/11

Our next show will be at Dartmouth HS on February 24th. Congratulations to all the groups who performed at the New England Guard Regional.

WGI weekend coming up 02/04

We want to thank the Tewksbury guard and parents for hosting this weekends show. Next weekend the WGI New England Regional takes place Saturday at Salem MA HS. Have a great week and good luck to all the units performing.

Scholarships... 02/02

NESBA offers TWO scholarships at Guard Finals and TWO scholarships at percussion finals. Please click on the scholarship tab (located on the web site) to submit your information. This year, one of the two guard scholarships will be in memory of Frank Morris. Frank was an active judge and member of the NESBA community for many, many years. Applications are due by March 15th.

Winter Guard Finals Start Time Change 01/29

The start time for winter guard finals has been moved to 10AM. The number of guards in the show made the night end much later than we anticipated. Announcements about the time change will take place all season. Thank you.

Thank you!! 01/28

Thanks to the Blessed Sacrament organization for hosting our first show of the year. Next week we head to Tewksbury HS. Have a good week everyone.

Evaluation Show Reminders 01/22

Good luck to everyone attending the Evaluation Show this weekend. Please remember that if you are in the second half of the show you MUST sign up for critique at the Unit Check In door. If you do not sign up we will not have a time established for you to attend critique. Please remember to have your unit director pick up staff badges at Unit Check In. Thanks.

Finals Tickets and Contracts 01/18

Finals Tickets and Contracts will be available for all groups to pick up at the 1/27/18 Guard Eval Show in Salem MA, The Tewksbury Show 2/3/18 and at the Dartmouth Show 2/24/18. Please make sure your representative is able to pick up tickets for all groups guard and percussion. For those of you attending the percussion visual clinic on 1/20/18 tickets and contracts will be available there as well. Badges will be available at the shows.

Winter Meeting Cancelled 01/16

We have decided to cancel the winter meeting due to the weather. Please note that all badges can be picked up at the Evaluation show and at the next few shows for those groups not there. Finals tickets and ticket contracts will be done at check in at the Evaluation show and at the Tewksbury and Dartmouth shows. If you have any questions please let us know. Thank you.

Competition Suite 01/09

A reminder that all units need to update staff, emails and cell numbers on your CSuite accounts before the first show. Thank you

January Updates 01/01

January reminders. Wednesday January 17th Winter General Body Meeting Wakefield HS (Band Room) 6PM start. Topics include 2018 winter season tickets and badges, review of winter season, 2017 Fall recap. Saturday January 20th Winter Percussion Visual Clinic at Salem MA HS. Noon start time. Clinician Austin Greene. We are asking all marching percussion units to send at least one staff person. Clinic ends at 3PM.

WGI Regional deadlines.. 12/15

The deadline for registering for the WGI Guard Regional in Salem MA on February 10th is 1/5/18. The Percussion Regional in CT being held March 3rd is 1/26/18 Go to for more information.

Percussion Visual Clinic 11/29

On Saturday, January 20th NESBA and MJA will be hosting a visual percussion education session with host clinician Austin Greene. Austin is a current WGI visual percussion judge and will focus on both visual percussion sheets. We are asking all percussion units to send at least ONE REPRESENTATIVE to the meeting. The meeting will be held at Salem MA HS starting at Noon.

Winter Meeting 11/20

The general body winter meeting will take place on Wednesday night January 17th at Wakefield HS 60 Farm St.(Band Room) The meeting will start at 6PM. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

2017 Fall Scholarship Winners 11/06

Congratulations to Lily Walsh from Mansfield HS and Rebekah Gernert from Reading HS. Our next round of scholarships will be presented at the winter guard and winter percussion finals.

Congratulations 11/06

The 2017 NESBA Champions are- Billerica HS, Shepherd Hill Regional HS, Norwood HS, Everett HS and Dartmouth HS. Special thank you to all of our fans for making this championship show, so exciting. A great 2017 Fall season is now complete. Moving on to the 2018 winter shows.

Turn your clocks back 11/01

Just a reminder for everyone to turn their clocks back one hour Saturday night!

Championship Week 10/29

Congratulations on such a great season. We are getting ready for Finals and will have all information posted and finalized by Monday afternoon. Special thanks to the Reading Band Parents for running a great show this past Saturday.

Last show of the season before Finals 10/23

Next weekend brings us to the last fall season show of the year before championships. The show will be held in Reading MA starting at 3PM. Thank you to the Billerica and New Bedford organizations for running two great shows this past weekend. Have an amazing week!!!

Heading into the stretch 10/15

Thank you to the Melrose and North Andover Band and Parents Assoc for two great shows this weekend. We have TWO shows next weekend... Saturday in Billerica 4PM Start and Sunday in New Bedford 1PM start. Have a good week.

Fall Scholarships 10/10

NESBA offers two $500.00 scholarships at each championship event. The deadline for this years band finals is October 15th. Please click on the Scholarship Link on the web site to apply.

Two shows next week 10/08

Thank you to the Wakefield Music Parents for their great work this past weekend. Next Saturday we are at Melrose and North Andover HS. Make it a great week!

The Presidents Own US Marine Band 10/03

The Presidents Own US Marine Band will be at Everett HS Monday, October 16th. For tickets please go to Tickets are free, but must be purchased via the marine band web site.

Wakefield show this weekend 10/02

We head to Wakefield MA for another great show. Start time is 3PM on Saturday. There are also two award ceremonies. Thank you to the Medford BPO and all the bands for making this past weekend happen with the rain delay. Have a great week everyone.

Medford show start time change 09/29

The Medford show start time will be changed to 5:30. We will update any other changes due to the weather the morning of the event. The performance schedule is adjusted in the EVENTS section. Thank you.

Medford HS up next! 09/25

Great show at Methuen and thank you to the Methuen Band Parents. This weekend we are in Medford MA. The show starts at 4PM. Hope to see you there. Please remember the show is at Hormel Stadium not the high school. Directors are reminded to review the show packet for parking information.

In Memory of Paul Cain 09/22

On behalf of the entire NESBA organization we would like to take a moment and extend our best wishes to the family and friends of our dear friend Paul Cain. Paul was a huge influence on many of our NESBA events over the past 40 years. Let this band season be a tribute to his contributions to our activity and for us having the opportunity to call him a friend. Thanks for the memories PC!

Band has Begun!! 09/17

Thank you to the Randolph Music Boosters for hosting the first show of the season. Next week we move to Methuen MA. Have a great week everyone.

Medford Winter Show Update 09/14

The Medford winter show will be a GUARD only event. Please take note when making plans for the winter season. Thank you.

Scholarships are due! 09/11

Please remind all students that we offer scholarships at each championship event. Fall Band, Winter Guard and Winter Percussion. Please click the Scholarship tab for more information.

September 1 Winter Registration Begins.. 08/31

Starting on September 1, on line registration for the 2018 NESBA winter season will be open.

Everett Home Coming Parade and US Marine Band 08/25

Bands interested in the Everett Homecoming Parade can contact Gene OBrien at The parade is Sept 9, 2017. Also, the US Marine Band will be at Everett HS on Monday October 17, 2017 if interested please contact Gene OBrien.

September General Body Meeting 07/24

The September meeting will be held at Medford HS on Monday, September 11th 6PM start. Agenda items will include fall show details, badge pick up and review of the 2018 winter season. Thank you.

Winter Date Requests Closed 06/19

The request for winter show dates is now closed. Thank you to all who sent in show date forms. The schedule will be solidified by the September All Member Meeting.

Summer DCI Events 06/16

DCI at the movies Thursday June 22nd. Summer Music Preview Cranston RI July 3rd. Beanpot Invitational Lynn MA July 4th. East Coast Classic Lawrence MA August 3rd. Go to for more information.

June Meeting Updates 06/06

Two proposal changes from the meeting... 1) Awards will be given to all units at all finals. 2) The NESBA/Local norm will be followed for all classes winter guard, percussion and fall band. Units traveling to national competitions will need to be aware of the national scoring structure as they travel. All positions on the executive board remain the same as last year, except for secretary which is now being held by Haley Rello from Medford HS. Have a great summer everyone!

Congratulations 05/25

Congratulations to Dartmouth HS Winter Guard for being promoted to Scholastic Open Class.

Policy requests for June 5 meeting 05/23

Two policy requests were approved to be discussed at the June 5th All Member meeting at Everett HS. 1) A plaque be awarded to all units attending NESBA championship events. Not just 1st 2nd and 3rd. 2) All color guard classes be evaluated on a local norm. No longer use a WGI national norm for the upper classes. The June meeting starts at 6PM. Thank you.

Congratulations... 05/15

Charlie Poole has been inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. Congratulations Charlie!

Spring/Summer Information 04/25

Reminders that any by law proposals are due by May 1. The June All Member Meeting will be held at Everett HS on Monday June 5th 6pm. Each June we hold elections for the Executive Board. Any one interested in running for a board position should submit a request before June 1st. Fall band season registration is still open. Register your band today!

April News 04/18

Thank you to all of our performers, staff and fans for a great two weekends. We want to wish all of the percussion groups going to Dayton for WGI the best of luck. More updates regarding the 2017 Fall Season will be posted soon. Enjoy the Spring and Summer seasons.

Welcome to Winter Guard Finals... 04/14

Looks like a great day for Guard Finals. The show starts at 11AM tomorrow, 4/15/17 at Salem MA HS. Guard Tickets from DCU are valid for entry. This is a cash only event and tickets at the door are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for high school students and senior citizens. Please come and support these great performers as we wrap up the 2017 winter season!

MJA/Movement Class 04/14

On June 10th 8:00AM to 12:30PM (Location TBA) MJA will sponsor a movement clinic with WGI/MJA judge Hieu Nguyen. The costs is $15.00 per person. All band, winter percussion and guard participants and staff are welcome to attend. Proceeds will benefit the MJA scholarship fund. Contact for detailed information.

June Meetings and Proposals 04/12

The June All Member Meeting will be held at Everett HS on Monday June 5th. 6PM start. Any rules proposals must be submitted to NESBA by May 1st. The form and policy can be found under the resources tab/forms and documents. Elections to the Executive Board take place at this meeting as well. Anyone interested in running for a position on the board can contact Thanks

Guard Finals Week!!! 04/10

Schedules are set for this Saturday as we celebrate the end of the 2017 winter season and the 40th anniversary of NESBA. On top of watching all our guards.. we are now home to the WGI Silver Medalist Dartmouth HS Winter Guard and to the Bronze Medalist Blessed Sacrament World Guard. We look forward to seeing everyone celebrate a year of great accomplishments!!

Good Luck in Dayton!! 04/06

We want to wish all the groups participating at Winter Guard World Championships this weekend the best of luck!

Tickets for Finals... 04/06

DCU Tickets are valid at the finals events. Percussion tickets only for 4/8/17 and Guard tickets only for 4/15/17. Please note that all admission sales the day of both events are cash only. Debit and Credit cards are not accepted. Thank you.

Percussion Packet Updated 04/02

The show information packet, for Percussion Finals to be held April 8th in Salem MA is now on line. Please make sure you review the file dated 4/3/17 update. Thank you!

Weather and DCU (Note Percussion Location Change) 03/30

Due to weather concerns and the safety of students, busses, trucks and fans.. the DCU event has been cancelled. Percussion finals will be held Saturday, April 8th in Salem MA and Guard Finals Saturday April 15th in Salem MA. More information will be posted on the events page later today. Thank you all.

Championship Week Is Here 03/27

newsimage Doors open on Saturday April 1 at 730AM for a day of exciting percussion and guard. Percussion show starts at 8:30AM and the guard show starts at 2:40PM. Tickets for each show are $22.00 each and all seating is general admission. 40 years of history celebrated in one great day. Please come and join us and cheer our awesome students on!

Welcome Ian Hale to the NESBA Executive Board 03/22

Ian Hale, of Spirit Winter Percussion, has agreed to sit on the executive board to fill out the vacated term of Winter Percussion At Large until elections in June 2017. We are very grateful that Ian has accepted to be a part of the team.

Last weekend of shows coming up 03/20

Thanks to the Triton and Somerset organizations for hosting this weekend. Next week we host our last series of shows before our 40th anniversary celebration. Saturday we have a full day at Mansfield and on Sunday we head to Shepherd Hill. There will be meetings at each show next weekend to talk about the DCU Center. More information will be posted mid week.

Somerset show update.. 03/18

Looks like the chance of heavy snow has diminished for Sunday. The show will go on as scheduled. We look forward to seeing you there. Thank you.

Triton and Somerset up next 03/13

We head to the north shore and visit Triton HS this upcoming Saturday and then on Sunday we are on the south shore at Somerset Berkley Regional HS. Thanks to the Medford, Dartmouth and Cranston East associations for hosting this past week. We are weeks away from championships. Please make sure you read up on the DCU Center and the finals info packet under Finals event. Thank you.

Spring ahead.... 03/10

Reminder.. turn your clocks ahead one hour this weekend. Keep Sunday in Cranston on time!

Fall show change 03/09

The Melrose show has been moved to October 14th and Medford has moved to September 30th. Bands do not have to register again. All bands should be at shows on the same date.. just different locations. Thank you

Scholarship Applications are due 03/09

Just a reminder that NESBA scholarship applications are due by March 15th. Thank you.

DCU Ticket Info 03/06

All seats for the Winter Championships are General Admission. Tickets can only be purchased the day of the event. Please remember that there are two different tickets for the days events. One for percussion finals and one for guard. Tickets are $22.00 each. If you plan on staying for both shows you will need to purchase one ticket for each event.

Mass Drum Corps and Music Educators Hall of Fame: 03/06

The 2017 class to be inducted into the Mass Drum Corps and Music Educators Hall of Fame:

Busy weekend coming up 03/06

Thanks to the KP and Dover Parent Assoc for their work this past weekend. This upcoming weekend we have three shows going on. Saturday, Medford HS for guard and Dartmouth HS for percussion. Then on Sunday we head to Cranston East for a guard and percussion show. Good luck everyone and have an awesome week.

MJA Scholarships available 03/03

The Massachusetts Judges Assoc will be offering scholarships this season. Please see the link below for more details. (Click READ MORE)

Marching Band Sign Up 02/28

The 2017 Marching Band Season registration starts on March 1st. Be sure to check out the shows we have available and be a part of another exciting band season.

Scholarships are due 02/28

Reminder that NESBA provides 4 scholarships at the winter championships. Click on the Scholarship Link to apply today. Application deadline is Mid March 2017. Good luck!

More shows and thanks 02/27

Thank you to Dartmouth and Tewksbury High Schools for hosting this past weeeknd. Next two shows are King Philip on Saturday and Dover on Sunday. Have a good week!

Congratulations St Ann's 02/23

St Ann's guard was promoted to the Independent A Class at WGI this week. We want to wish them the best of luck as they take this next step in their 2017 season!

Dartmouth and Tewksbury this weekend 02/21

Two great shows this weekend. Dartmouth HS starts at 1PM with winter guard and continues with the first full percussion show of the season. Then on Sunday we head to Tewksbury HS and a day of percussion and guard starting at Noon! Good luck to all of our performers and staff. Have a great week.

Lots going on... 02/12

Thanks to the Melrose Guard for hosting this past weekend. We want to send best wishes to all the groups performing at the WGI Salem Regional next weekend. Then we head into Dartmouth on Saturday, February 25th and Tewksbury on Sunday, February 26th. Have a great two weeks everyone.

Weather updates.. Melrose 02/10

The show in Melrose is still on and the performance times have not changed. If there are any updates to events throughout the winter season, they will be posted on the web as soon as possible. Thank you.

DCU Center... get to know the area 02/08

Here is the link to the DCU Center for championships Take a look at the building, the arena and local parking garages.

Scholarship Time 01/31

The scholarship link is open and applications can now be sent in for the winter season. We would like to receive all applicants by Mid March. Thank you.

Next show.. Melrose MA 01/30

Our next percussion/guard event will be held at Melrose HS on Saturday, February 11th. A special thank you to Blessed Sacrament for hosting this seasons Evaluation Show.

Judge sheets for the winter season 01/11

Please click READ MORE to locate the 2017 WGI judge sheets for the season.

First show of the year.... 01/09

Show information is listed on the web set for the Evaluation Show. We are just a few short weeks away from the beginning of another exciting winter season. Best of luck to all units!

Happy Holidays! 12/19

We would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season! Please remember that the winter meeting will take place on January 9th at 6PM in Medford HS. Tickets for championships will be handed out at this meeting. Many winter shows (including championships) are now closed. Our winter weekends are very busy!!!

Show updates 11/26

Just a reminder to please register for winter finals before December 1st.There are not many spaces available. The Mansfield show is now closed. Many other shows are close to capacity. Please take a look at events that have space available to add performance opportunities. Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving 11/21

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our NESBA groups, fans and volunteers who make each event we host a great experience.

Winter show registration 11/04

We are asking all guard and percussion units to be registered for the winter season shows by December 1st. Registration for the DCU Center needs to be confirmed as soon as possible. Please take a moment and register your winter units today. Thank you

Scholarship Winners 10/31

The 2016 Fall Championship scholarship winners are Tim Corvene from Melrose High School and Thomas Gray from Reading High School. Great job.

Congratulations and Thank You!! 10/31

Congratulations to all of the students, staff and volunteers who made the 2016 band finals possible. A huge shout out to the last group of bands who pulled off fantastic performances in the rain last night. A gigantic thank you to the Medford Band Parents for their assistance and especially band director Haley Rello and show coordinator Dave Crowley. On to the winter season! Thank you all.

Finals Week! 10/23

Finals information will be posted with any updates on Monday evening. Thanks to the Somerset and Reading bands and parents for running the last two shows of the season. Have a great practice week!

Reading and Somerset Updates 10/22

TWO UPDATES Somerset show is a go as is on the event page. Reading show will start at 5:30PM. This is a change to help make sure rain showers are hopefully out of the area in time for all the bands to have an outdoor performance before finals weekend. Thank you.

Reading and Somerset Shows Up Next 10/16

The last weekend of shows is here.. Saturday we are in Reading and Somerset to close out the regular season of shows. Special thanks to Billerica and New Bedford HS for hosting shows this past weekend.

Two shows next weekend! 10/09

Thanks to the Wakefield Band and parents for a great event. Next weekend we head to Billerica on Saturday and Sunday in New Bedford.

Finals location changed 10/06

The 2016 Fall Finals will take place at Hormel Stadium in Medford MA. We want to thank Haley Rello and the Medford Band Parent Association for stepping forward in helping us with this event. To all our member schools who reached out to us and offered your help.. we THANK YOU for being a part of the team. Have a great weekend everyone.

Next show.. Wakefield 10/02

We have a great line up of bands ready to go at the next show in Wakefield MA on Saturday, October 8th. Thank you to the North Andover Music Assoc. for their great work this past weekend.

North Andover show to move inside. 09/30

This weekends show in North Andover will be held inside. Concessions will be open all evening. Scores will not be announced but medal ratings will be announced. Awards for best music, percussion and guard will be presented as well. Thank you for your continued support.

Winter Registration to begin October 1st 09/27

This winter season we will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the New England Scholastic Band Association. Winter season registration begins on October 1st.

Up Next North Andover Show 09/26

We are moving to North Andover this weekend for another great show. Thanks to the Melrose band for hosting this past weekend. Make it a great week!

January Meeting 09/23

The January All Member Meeting will take place at Medford HS on Monday evening, January 9th 6PM.

Scholarship Time 09/22

The NESBA Fall Scholarship form is available under the Scholarship Link on this page. The form is due to NESBA by October 15th. There are TWO $500.00 scholarships available. Each scholarship will be announced at the Fall Marching Band Championships.

Next show Melrose Ma! 09/18

Next weekend we head to Melrose MA for the next NESBA Fall show. Special thanks to the Medford Band and Parents for a great kick off to the season. Have a great week everyone.

Fall Season Begins 09/15

Good luck to all the band starting the season this weekend in Medford. Please remember to check your Competition Suite Accounts, always check in with the show coordinator to confirm performance times and if there are any issues with travel or delays to the show please make sure you get word to the show host and NESBA as soon as possible. Have a great season!

Scholarships for the Fall 09/13

A reminder that the Fall scholarship applications are available at the scholarship tab on the web site. To be eligible for the award ceremony at Fall finals, you must have your application in by October 15th. Thank you.

All Member Meeting Reminder 09/12

Mansfield HS 6PM. Light refreshments will be served. This meeting will review the Fall season, badges distributed, review of the 2017 winter season and a look ahead at the 40th anniversary show at DCU on Saturday, April 1st.

Blessed Sacrament Open and World Guard Auditions. 09/12

Blessed Sacrament Auditions! Sac World and Open Guard will be having auditions: Come be part of this legendary organization! Saturday, September 24 9:30 AM to 6 PM Sunday, September 25 9 AM to 3 PM Lynn Middle School 90 OCallaghan Way Lynn, MA 01905 Cost: $50.00 For more information contact Ed Devlin:

Blessed Sacrament Spin Day- 9/18/16 08/31

Spin with Sac. Sunday September 18th 10AM to 4PM Lynn Middle School 90 OCallaghan Way Lynn Ma. Cost is $15.00 Group rates available! For more info contact

Upate your web profile please 08/30

Just a reminder to all marching bands, that you must update your online profile with the correct number of marching members and PLEASE update your show title for the season. Show hosts use the web as a guide to build their program books. You want the correct information listed. Thank you!

Full time help needed for Fall Finals.. 08/18

We are seeking 4 to 6 adults to help us work the Fall Marching Band Finals. If you know of a parent or student who has graduated and think they would like to become a part of our work team, please have them email Thank you for your help!

September All Member Meeting 08/15

A reminder that the September meeting will be held at Mansfield HS on Monday September 12th at 6PM. The agenda covers the Fall season, badges and a look ahead to the 2017 Winter season with a detailed discussion on the winter finals at DCU. We look forward to seeing you there.

DCA Show Everett Stadium Saturday, August 20th 07/14

DCA is coming to the area. Click Read More .. for details...

Arbella Spin Day 7/30/16 07/14

Arbella Independent Spin Day. (Click READ MORE for details)

Fall General Body Meeting 07/07

The Fall General Body Meeting will be held on Monday, September 12th at Mansfield High School. The meeting will begin at 6:15PM. Have a great remainder of the summer season!

Parade Info. 06/13

Everett MA Homecoming Parade. Parade date is Saturday, September 24th at Noon. Please contact for more information or contact Gene OBrien, Coordinator of Music for the City of Everett.

Many Fall Shows are Full 06/07

Many of our Fall shows are full. If you are looking to add into an event please try to attend one of the events that has open slots available. Thank you.

June 13th Meeting.. Elections and Proposals. 05/24

The June All Member meeting will take place at 6PM at Medford HS on Monday, June 13th. Elections for the executive board will take place at this meeting. If you are interested in running for a position on the board please email before June 1st. Click READ MORE to take a look at the policies that are being discussed at this meeting.

Spring news 04/20

The June General Body Meeting will be held at Medford HS (6PM) on Monday, June 13th. The 2017 NESBA winter finals will be held on Saturday April 1st at the DCU Center in Worcester MA. More details will follow in the upcoming months. Registration for fall band shows is currently underway and we are looking for bands to participate in as many of our shows as possible. The Fall Band Finals will be held Sunday October 30th at Lawrence Stadium.

Arbella Winter Guard 2017 04/14

New Independent Guard trying to set up on the north shore.. click READ MORE for detailed information.

Good Luck in Dayton 04/04

We want to extend best wishes and safe travels to all of the NESBA units attending WGI in Dayton over the next two weeks. Good Luck!

Percussion Champions!! 04/03

Congratulations to all of our winter percussion champions. We also want to thank the DSMA for their continuous support of the percussion championship event. For a complete look at scores from our two weekends of championship shows, please click on the EVENTS tab and click on scores. Thank you everyone for making the 2016 winter season a great success. On to the summer and getting ready for next Fall Marching Band season!

Jolesch Photos On Line 03/30

Photos from the 2016 Guard Championship are on line.

Percussion Championships Week!! 03/27

This Saturday, starting at 1PM the NESBA Winter Percussion Championships will take place at Dartmouth HS. This year, we have many exciting shows and of course, some really great groups getting ready to head to Dayton Ohio for World Championships. Best of luck to all of our units! See you at the show!!!!

Scholarship Winners 03/27

Congratulations to Victoria Smith (Wakefield HS) and Casey Saitow (St Brendans) for winning the NESBA guard scholarships this past weekend. Two more scholarship winners will be announced at the percussion finals this upcoming Saturday at the percussion awards in Dartmouth MA. NESBA now provides six scholarships (two at each championship) The link to apply is located on the front page of this web site.

Champions for 2016 Winter Guard Season 03/27

Thank you to all of the units and performers for providing such a great day of exciting performances and wonderful friendships. We want to acknowledge our winter guard champions: Salem MA JHS, Methuen Guard, St Ann's Cadets and Independent Regional A, All Saints, Melrose HS, Wakefield HS, Triton Regional, King Philip Regional, Dennis Yarmouth, Dover NH HS, Salem Blue, St Brendan's and Blessed Sacrament.

Guard Finals This Saturday Salem MA Noon Start Time 03/23

Welcome to the 2016 Winter Guard Finals. There will be two award ceremonies and presentation of scholarships throughout the day. We want to extend best wishes and safe travels to all the units attending the show. All unit directors are reminded that you and your students MUST enter through the back of the school to register for the event. Wrist band pick up and check in will take place at this location.

Heading into Finals... 03/21

Order of appearance and all other information will be posted later on Monday for both championship shows. If you have not finalized making your final payments of the season please do so as soon as possible. We want to thank the Mansfield and Shepherd Hill parent organizations for hosting the last set of shows of the season. Good luck this week at practice. Stay tuned for more updates during the week.

Fall Band Registration is open.. 03/15

Fall band on line registration is now open. If you are a new band to the fall season and do not have a profile yet.. please sign up as a new unit and request a user name and password. For those of you who have registered on line in the past, please continue to use your current log in information.

Mansfield and Shepherd Hill Shows are up next 03/13

Thanks to Triton and Somerset schools for providing their schools to host this past weekend. The final shows of the year are here. Saturday we are in Mansfield and on Sunday we wrap up the show season at Shepherd Hill. Reminder that finals information will not be posted until the Monday of finals week. Best of luck to everyone.

2016 Fall Marching Band Schedule 03/11

The 2016 Fall Band Schedule is on line. On line registration begins on March 15th. Take a look and be a part of our great Fall Season line up.

Spring Ahead.. Clock Change 03/10

Don't forget to move clock ahead on Sunday!! Show in Somerset starts at Noon!!!

Scholarship forms are due 03/08

Just a reminder that the winter scholarships forms are due soon. The scholarship program is open to all graduating seniors and college students participating in a NESBA organization. Click on the scholarship tab for more information.

Great shows and lots of fans.. 03/07

The shows this weekend were very busy and a lot of fun! Thank you to the King Philip, Dover and Cranston East parent associations. Next weekend we have shows at Triton Regional HS on Saturday and in Somerset on Sunday. Best of luck!

Triple Show Weekend Ahead.. 02/29

Next weekend we travel to King Philip on Saturday and Dover and Cranston East on Sunday. Thanks to Blackstone and Plymouth for hosting this past weekend. Keep up the great work everyone.

Double weekend coming up 02/21

Next weekends shows bring us to Blackstone on Saturday and Plymouth on Sunday. Thank you to the Dartmouth schools for hosting this past weekends show. Please remind your students to download the scholarship form on the web site. We will be announcing four scholarship winners at this years winter finals.

Percussion season kicks into gear.. 02/15

This upcoming Saturday we head to Dartmouth HS for a day of percussion and guard. Thank you to the Salem Music Boosters for hosting this past weekend. Good luck everyone.

MJA Education Sessions for Guard/Visual Instructors 02/11

Please click READ MORE to learn about the February 23rd education session regarding indoor guard. This event is being sponsored by the Mass Judges Assoc. Thank you.

Thanks Melrose HS and on to Salem MA 02/08

Thank you to the Melrose Music Program for hosting the show this past weekend. We have two major events upcoming this weekend. Saturday, February 13th is the Salem MA WGI Guard Regional. For more information please go to Then on Sunday we will be holding an event at Salem MA HS sponsored by the Salem Band Boosters. Start time is 12:00 PM. Good luck this weekend everyone. (Reminder to all units attending the regional YOU MUST BRING A COPY OF YOUR MUSIC TO THE REGIONAL)

Weather Update 02/06

The show in Melrose is on and will follow the schedule as posted. Thank you.

Lynn Lindstrom..founding executive director of WGI 02/01

The entire NESBA community would like to send its best wishes to the family of Lynn Lindstrom and to the entire WGI community for the loss of one of the most influential people in the indoor activity. As the first executive director of WGI, Lynn helped form our winter activities into what they are today. Thank you Lynn!

Scholarships 02/01

NESBA will be presenting two scholarships at each of the winter finals this season. Students preparing for college are encouraged to apply. The link can be found on this web site. Left side of the page under the Scholarship Tab. The Mass Judge Assoc. is also presenting scholarship opportunities this season. Please click read more to follow the link.

Next show is in Melrose MA 01/31

Congratulations to everyone who attended the first show of the season. Our next show will be held at Melrose HS on Saturday starting at 4PM. Scores will be announced from this show on. We look forward to seeing many of you there!

Getting ready for the first show 01/19

A few reminders. Please make sure you have your show fees ready per show. These fees are payable to the show host. Do you have your badges? If not, see the show coordinator at your first event. Remember floors are to OPEN and CLOSE back to front. We want to keep the back side line as clear as possible for the next group coming on. Here we go!

Scholarship applications opening on February 1 01/12

Students and parents are encouraged to send in their scholarship applications for announcement at the winter guard and percussion finals starting February 1st. The deadline for entries is March 15th. The application form can be found as a tab on the left side of this web site. Thank you.

Evaluation Show Registration Closed 01/11

Registration for the first show of the season (Evaluation Show) is now closed. Please remember that shows close for registration 21 days before each event. Some shows, at the hosts request, close earlier. If you have not registered for events, please do so as soon as possible. Thank you!

WGI Guard Regional Hotel Rooms 01/05

Hilton Garden Inn East Boston is the preferred WGI hotel for the Boston WGI Guard Regional being held the weekend of February 13th. Use this link to make a reservation. Click read more for further details.

WGI regional registration closing 01/04

Any guards wanting to register via WGI for the Salem MA regional must do so by January 8th. The percussion regional registration will be closing on January 22nd.

Happy New Year! 12/31

We would like to thank all of our member organizations, students and friends for a great 2015. Here is to a fantastic 2016 and many new friendships and memorable performances along the way.

Shows are filling up and closing 12/18

Many of our shows are closing and will not allow any more units due to size of the venues and maintaining traffic flow. If you have not signed up for your shows yet, please take a look at the events that have more than one opening available and see if they can fit into your schedule. Thanks

Winter General Body Meeting 12/07

A reminder that the winter meeting will take place at Medford HS on Monday January 11th 6:15PM. Tickets for finals, badges, review of the winter season and recognition of fall champions will take place at the meeting. There will be a light buffet of food available before the meeting. We look forward to seeing many of you there. Have a great holiday season and Happy New Year!

Clinic Reminders. 12/02

Please remember to enter the school through the front doors. Student/Staff registration will begin at 9AM. Lunch will be served to all registered participants only at Noon. Percussion staff and judges be reminded that Tim Fairbanks clinic will begin with lunch at Noon and we welcome you to come early and meet Karl Lowe. For students, this is a movement and performance based clinic. You can bring your equipment, but please remember this is a movement/dance clinic. Our clinicians for the day are Carol Abohatab from Santa Clara Vanguard, Karl Lowe WGI Education Director and Tim Fairbanks Percussion Education Team.

December 5th Clinic Information 11/28

Clinic emails have been sent to all those who registered for the 2015 WGI/NESBA Clinic. Check in will begin at 9AM and the first class session will begin at 10AM. Box lunches will be provided for all registered participants at noon and the day will conclude at 4PM. MJA members are reminded that the MJA annual meeting will take place at 9AM in the school library. We look forward to seeing everyone!!!

Clinic Registration Closing 11/24

On line registration, is closing this weekend. If you want to be included in the clinic and have lunch provided YOU MUST register on line. The student fee of $10.00 will be collected at the door at time of registration. if you need an invoice ahead of time please let us know. Thank you!

Important Dates to Remember 11/12

The winter clinic will be held at Salem MA HS December 5th. Please register using the Clinic Link on the home page. The Winter General Body Meeting will take place Monday, January 11th at Medford HS at 6:15PM. Badges, tickets for finals and a review of the winter season will be our main topics.

First Night Boston- Looking for Marching Bands 11/10

First Night Boston is looking for at least three marching bands to participate in First Night Boston on New Years Eve. Please contact David Balfour with Conventures Inc. for more information.

WGI Clinic and SpinFest Sign Up Reminder 11/03

Registration for the December 5th WGI clinic will be closing on November 22nd. Please take a moment and check with your students to see if they can come and be a part of this great educational event. Percussion staff and judges are also invited to come and talk with Karl Lowe and Tim Fairbanks from WGI. Click on the SPIN FEST link on the web for more information.

And in First Place.. 11/02

Congratulations to our Division Champions. Case and Billerica HS Division 1. North Middlesex Division 2. Norwood HS Division 3. Plymouth HS Division 4. Dartmouth HS Division 5. And thank you to our fans for making 2015 a great season for the organization. Our next show is the Winter Guard Evaluation Show, Saturday January 30 hosted by Blessed Sacrament at Salem MA HS.

Good Luck to all of our Bands 11/01

Here is to a great championship event and the best of luck to all of the students, staff and parents who have worked so hard to make the 2015 season a great one. The show starts at 10AM today and we look forward to seeing many of our fans at Lawrence Stadium. For a detailed order of appearance please go to the EVENTS tab on this page.

On Line Registration Back Up 10/29

The on line registration issue has been resolved. Please log in to register for your events. Thank you.

NEW Drum Major Award 10/28

newsimage At NESBA Finals, each Division will be awarded "Best Drum Majors" Selected by Judge Michael Woodall, Former Drum Major of the Boston Crusaders. Read more about Michaels Bio below.

Server error message 10/28

If you are registering for any winter shows, you may be getting an error message. The web developer is aware. Once the error is corrected, we will post an update. Thank you and we apologize for any delays. (10/28/15)

Fall Finals Is Here 10/26

Welcome to championships. Information on the 2015 show is posted under the events tab. All directors are reminded to pick up your show packet at the main entrance when you arrive. The concessions and gates will open at 9AM Sunday morning. DO NOT FORGET TO CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS!!! Good luck everyone and lets have a great weekend!

End of season 10/25

Thanks to the Reading Music Program for hosting the final show of the season. Finals information will be updated by Monday morning. Please remember directors will need to pick up wrist bands for all students and staff at the main gate next Sunday in Lawrence. NO NESBA BADGES are valid for entry. Have a great practice week.

Start time for Saturday in Reading 10/22

The Reading show starts at 3PM on Saturday. There will be two award ceremonies as well. Please check out the schedule on the EVENTS tab. Thanks

WGI Education Clinic December 5th at Salem MA HS Register Soon! 10/21

A reminder to all of our instructors and students that NESBA is hosting an educational clinic for staff, students and judges on December 5th. There will be a full day of movement and dance for students with Carol Abohatab from Santa Clara, judge/staff clinics featuring Karl Lowe WGI Education Director and Tim Fairbanks WGI Percussion Education Team. Please click on the link located on the side of this web page to register today.

Championships Information. 10/19

The info packet for championships will be posted later this week. The order of appearance will not be updated until Monday October 26th. Please note, that bands DO NOT have to provide volunteers for this years show. Championships will begin at 10AM on Sunday November 1st at Lawrence Stadium.

Last show of the season coming up. 10/19

Thanks to the Somerset-Berkley and Billerica Music Assoc. for sponsoring shows this past weekend. This Saturday is the last regular show of the season before championships. The show is at Reading HS and starts at 3PM. PLEASE NOTE THE EARLY START TIME!!

Critiques for Billerica and Reading Shows 10/12

There are two award ceremonies at the Billerica and Reading shows. However, there will only be ONE CRITIQUE at the end of the show. The critiques will only be one hour long. Please plan accordingly. Thank you.

Another big weekend ahead 10/12

This week we are in Billerica on Saturday and then to Somerset MA on Sunday for two fantastic events. Thanks to the Wakefield and Plymouth organizations for running great shows this past week. Finals is almost here! Good luck everyone!

Salem MA show added 2/14/16 10/08

A winter show for percussion and guard has been added to the schedule for 2/14/16. Registration is available on line.

Band Season Moves Forward 10/04

The weekend was a hit with three shows and cool temperatures. Thanks to the North Andover, New Bedford and Methuen Bands! Next weekend we are in Wakefield on Saturday and Plymouth MA on Sunday. Keep up the great work everyone.

October 3rd show updates 10/03

Todays shows will be a go and held outside. Best of luck to all the bands competing today!

Weekend Weather... 10/01

All shows are being held as scheduled this weekend. If there are any changes, information will be posted on the web site as soon as possible. Thank you.

Great shows in Melrose and Randolph. Next week North Andover, New Bedford and Methuen 09/27

After a weekend of shows in Melrose and Randolph we head to two shows on Saturday North Andover and New Bedford. And then on Sunday we move to Methuen HS. Thanks to the Melrose and Randolph schools and parents for running events this weekend. Great work everyone!!!

Thank you Medford on to Melrose and Randolph 09/20

Thanks to the Medford Band for hosting the first show of the Fall Season. Next weekend we are in Melrose on Saturday and Randolph on Sunday. Hope to see many of you there.

Fall Season Ready To Go! 09/15

This weekend we start the 2015 season at Medford High School. Please check out the schedule for all upcoming shows over the course of the season. Also… the winter schedule is posted and online registration will begin October 1st.

St Brendans Open House September 18th and 26th 09/11

St Brendans is hosting an open house for our A and Open Guards at the Braintree Armory on Friday, 9/18 6-10PM and Saturday, 9/26 10AM -4PM. The armory is located at 275 Union St Braintree. We have exciting plans for our 2016 season. For more information please go to

Info for Mondays Meeting 09/11

The All Member Meeting will be held at Medford HS 489 Winthrop St Medford MA. Please enter through the main school doors and signs will direct you to the meeting room. There will be light refreshments available at 6PM and the meeting will start at 6:15PM. This is a non voting meeting and will focus on the Fall season and take a quick look at the 2016 winter schedule. Thank you.

Blessed Sacrament News 09/09

Blessed Sacrament will be hosting a Spin With Sac Day on Sunday September 13th from 10AM to 4PM at the Breed Middle School in Lynn. Then on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 at the Breed Middle School in Lynn.. the guard will have auditions for its 2016 season. For more information on these events please visit

Fall All Member Meeting Monday September 14th 09/08

Reminder of the Fall Meeting to be held at Medford HS on Monday September 14th 6:15PM. The Medford Band Parents will have refreshments available starting at 6PM. Agenda items include: Badges, Fall season review, look ahead to Winter 2016 and an update on our Spinfest and judge and staff training sessions to be held Saturday, December 5th at Salem MA HS. We look forward to seeing you.

WGI Clinic and NESBA 08/28

We are very excited to announce that we will be hosting a dance and choreography clinic with WGI clinicians on Saturday December 5th at Salem MA HS. Guard staff and judges will also have a chance to sit and meet with members of the WGI education team. There will also be a percussion clinic featuring Tim Fairbanks from WGI for all percussion staff and judges the same day. More details will follow soon after Labor Day weekend. Registration will be required and costs for students attending will be $10.00 a piece which will include the clinic and lunch.

Quincy Parade Application and Prize Money 08/26

Quincy Holiday Parade Application is here! Chance to win 1K as a division winner and up to 2k if awarded best overall. Contact the Quincy Parade officials for more details.
Download: 549_2015 Band Application.pdf

Medford Parade Application 08/10

The City of Medford is hosting a parade on Sunday September 27th. If your band program is interested in attending please fill out the application attached. Thank you.
Download: 548_385THPARADEREGFORM15.pdf

We are heartbroken to share the news with you that Vic has passed away. 07/28

newsimage Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Firth family and company on this very sad loss, on behalf of everyone in NESBA. Thank you for all the support over the years!

Methuen Stadium Update.. New Field! 07/22

The Methuen Music Boosters are proud to announce a brand new turf field has been installed and the stadium looks great. If you have not registered for a show yet… the Methuen show would love to welcome you! Show date is Sunday October 4th!

Fall General Body Meeting 07/21

The Fall General Body Meeting will take place at Medford HS on Monday, September 14th. The meeting will begin at 6:15PM. This is an informational meeting for the Fall season and a preview of the winter schedule. Badges will be available for all Fall Bands at this meeting. Have a great summer everyone!

Sept 27 Show Moved to Randolph HS 07/06

The Sept 27 show will be hosted by the Randolph HS Band. Please take a moment and review your schedules and register for one of our Sunday shows! Thanks

In Memory of Jack Hahn 06/24

We would like to take a moment and thank our dear friend Jack Hahn who passed away this past weekend. Jack was the Treasurer for NESBA over many years and was instrumental in helping us be the organization we have become today. Jack was also a great musician and band director in the local area. Our best wishes to Jack's family.

Some Fall Shows Filling Up 06/24

Many of our shows are at capacity or close to filling all performance times. If you have not registered your band for an event yet, please do so as soon as possible. The Melrose, N. Andover, Billerica and Reading shows are now closed and at capacity. If you have any questions please let us know. Thank you.

Welcome to the Executive Board 06/16

We would like to welcome Matt McGuire (Mansfield HS) Charlie Poole (Everett HS) and Lennie Machado (Guard at large) as new members to the executive board. Thank you to everyone who attended this months meeting and a special thank you to all those who took the time to be a part of our election process. The next General Body Meeting will be Monday September 14th at Medford HS.

Scholarship Winners! 06/16

Congratulations to Eric Swanson (Billerica HS) Brenna McCarthy (St Brendans) Abraham Zimmerman (Melrose HS) Bethany Faria (Case HS) These four students(and their families) will be invited to the NESBA Fall Championships for a formal presentation of this years scholarships.

June 15 General Body Meeting Reminder 06/03

The June meeting will take place at Weymouth HS (6PM) (Resource Room) enter through doors located across from tennis courts. There are three by law/rule policies to be voted on: 1) Addition of Executive Board Removal Clause to By Laws 2) Amendment to At large positions to include one guard, one percussion and two band directors (effective June 2015 if passed) 3) Request to have NSA class be evaluated on national norm not class norm. Elections for offices will also take place. We look forward to everyones participation. Thanks!

June Meeting and Elections 05/04

The June All Member Meeting will take place Monday June 15th at Weymouth HS. The meeting will start at 6PM. This is our by laws/rules meeting as well as elections for the board. Anyone interested in running for an executive board position is asked to send an email to by June 1st. Thank you!

Scholarship Forms are due 04/30

Just a reminder that scholarship forms are due. Please take a moment and download the application from the RESOURCES tab then hit Forms and Documents. Thank you

By Laws and Rules Proposals 04/23

Member organizations are reminded that the rules proposal change form is located on this web site under the ABOUT tab. Click the link to Rules and Policy and the form and dates for submission can be found there. Thank you!

St Ann's takes the Gold! 04/18

We have a World Champion..Independent A St Ann's! Congratulations!!!

World Champions!! 04/11

We have THREE World Champions .. Mansfield HS Concert Open, Pure Fusion Independent Marching A Champions and Spirit of America Independent Marching Open Class. Congratulations to everyone for a job well done!!!

Getting WGI Updates ... 04/09

Be sure to check out the scores at WGI championships in Dayton, over the next two weekends. This weekend is percussion and next weekend is guard. Also, some of the guards heading to Dayton will be doing an exhibition performance at Salem MA on Saturday night April 11th. If you can, stop by and wish them good luck. Safe travels to all our local groups heading to World Championships!!!

Championship Photos 04/07

Jolesch Photos will be available on line soon. Here is the link to their web site.

NESBA Scholarship Form Available 04/06

NESBA provides scholarships for members of our organization. Deadlines are approaching so please fill out the form and get it back to us. Click READ MORE to find the link/application. Thank you!

Champions!!!! 04/05

Congratulations to Salem JHS Novice Class, St Anns Cadets, Plymouth HS LSRA, North Middlesex LSRAA, Pentucket HS SRA, St Anns IRA, Acton Boxborough SchAA, Shepherd Hill LSA, Dover HS NSA, St Anns Ind A, St Brendans Ind Open, Blessed Sacrament World. And a final thank you to all of our performers for a great championship weekend.

Welcome to Guard Finals 04/04

Just a reminder that all guards need to enter the school from the rear entrance for registration today. Parking for busses and trucks will be in the back lot. No spectator parking in the back of the school. Video taping is not allowed unless you have permission from the unit you are working with. We want to wish everyone a great day!

Saturday show schedule is set. 03/31

The schedule for Saturdays Winter Guard Finals is set and can be located under the EVENTS tab. Detailed warm up and photo information will be posted Wednesday morning. Please remember that group photos take place before you start the warm up process in the library of the school. Thank you and have a great week!

Percussion Champions!! 03/29

Concert A- Shepherd Hill, Concert AA- Bishop Feehan, Scholastic Marching A- DY, Scholastic Marching AA- Cranston East, Independent Marching A- Pure Fusion, Scholastic Concert Open- Portsmouth NH, Scholastic Marching Open- Blackstone, Independent Marching Open- Spirit, Scholastic Concert World- Mansfield, Scholastic Marching World- Dartmouth

Flowers at Guard Finals 03/27

Sue's Flowers will be available the day of guard finals. If you want to pre arrange orders from Sue, please contact her. The pricing and contact information is available when you click the READ MORE link. Thank you!!!
Download: 526_WINTER GUARD FLYER.pdf

Percussion Finals Info Now On Line 03/24

Information regarding percussion finals is now on line and the order of appearance is set. Please remember that awards for all classes are at the end of the event. Group photos will be taken after your unit performs. Thank you for a great year. We look forward to celebrating the end of our percussion season with a fantastic show in Dartmouth on Saturday.

Big weekend coming up.. 03/23

On Saturday March 28th starting at 1PM The New England Percussion Finals in Dartmouth MA. Then on Sunday, March 29th we head to Everett MA for the final guard show of the season. Special thanks to Reading, Mansfield and Shepherd Hill for running shows this past weekend.

WGI in NJ this weekend 03/22

On top of great local shows this weekend.. lets not forget to keep track of the Eastern Regional in NJ were some of our local guards are making their best effort to get ready for WGI Championships!

Dennis Yarmouth School Music Position Open 03/20

Dennis Yarmouth School District, 4th-5th grade full time position available. Click READ MORE to see job description and contact information.
Download: 522_Instrumental Music Teacher DY.pdf

MASSHOF 2015 class of inductees 03/18

2015 class of inductees into the Mass Drum Corps and Music Educators Hall of Fame: Wayne Boyd, Jerry Corradino, Barbara DiRusso, Michael Dorangrichia, Dan Dwan, Ed Ferguson (deceased), James Gallo, Bruce Leo (deceased), Michael Merritt, Mike Meyer, Chet Pagliuca (deceased), Dale Powers and Jeffrey Stewart.

Three shows next weekend as well.. 03/15

Next weekend we head into the final triple weekend of the season. Reading and Mansfield on Saturday then Shepherd Hill on Sunday. Thanks to Blessed Sacrament, Salem NH and Somerset Berkley for hosting this past weekend.

Finals tickets and all fees now due 03/11

A reminder to all of our winter units that fees for finals tickets is now past due. Please make sure you see any of our show staff over the weekend and take care of this end of the season business. If you have any questions, please let us know.

LSRA Class Changes 03/09

With such a large LSRA Class, we have broken the class up into two segments. LSRA and LSRAA. Schedule changes reflecting these adjustments will take place Monday morning and will impact schedules for all shows from this point forward. We would like to thank all of our LSRA and LSRAA guards for your great work this season.

Thanks to St Anns and Dover HS 03/09

Great shows this weekend hosted by St Ann's and Dover HS. We would also like to thank mother nature for a great weekend of weather!!!! Three shows next weekend.. Salem NH, Blessed Sacrament Cambridge (at Salem MA) and Sunday at Somerset Berkley.

2015 Fall Marching Band Registration to open March 9th 03/06

On Line Registration for the 2015 Fall Band Season will begin Monday, March 9th. Please take a moment to review the schedule under the EVENTS tab. Thank you for your continued support! The order of appearance within the division are decided by your registration date and time.

Spring Time Clock Change... 03/03

Lets not forget to Spring ahead this weekend. Time change starts this Sunday!!! Check your clocks.

St Anns show.. entry info.. 03/02

For units attending the St Ann's show.. please note that because of the large number of percussion groups, guard units MAY NOT bring equipment into the building before 5PM unless you are one of the first few guards on in the show. After 5PM there will be better access to allow all units to move equipment into the building. Thank you for your assistance!

The month of March begins.. 03/01

Next shows are to be held on Saturday March 7th in Salem MA hosted by St Ann's and then we head to Dover on Sunday, March 8th. Thanks to the King Philip and Plymouth organizations for running events this past weekend.

Good Luck WGI Percussion Units 02/25

Many of our local percussion units are heading to the WGI Percussion Regional this weekend in CT. We want to wish them the best of luck!

Next weekend KP and Plymouth 02/22

Next Saturday we head to King Philip and then on Sunday we are in Plymouth MA. Good luck everyone.

Blackstone Show Cancelled 02/20

Due to possible weather and safety concerns, the show on Sunday will be cancelled. Thank you.

Floors and Props 02/18

Just a reminder- that we would appreciate everyone using the Horizontal Time Line for bringing floors and props on to the performance area. Floors should open from the back of the floor and unfold forward. As you exit the floor, we ask that you move your props and floors forward to the front to make room on the back side line for the next unit. Each show has different door configurations. Please make sure you have enough help at each event.

Fall Show Requests Closed! 02/17

Requests for Fall 2015 shows are now closed. It is our plan to try to have the complete schedule posted by mid March. The Fall Finals will take place on Sunday November 1st at Lawrence Stadium with a 10AM start time. Thank you.

Dartmouth Percussion Clinic Info 02/17

For percussion units registered in the Dartmouth show and attending the clinic, the clinic will start at 9AM and end by 11AM. The percussion portion of the show will start at Noon.. followed by the guard portion. Please remember that the cafe will be open all morning and afternoon and that parents may unload eqpt for the first classes of percussion in the early morning. Thank you!

Guard Regional Cancelled 02/13

For those of you planning on going to the WGI Regional at Salem HS, the show has been cancelled due to weather conditions predicted for the weekend.

Fall dates request to close this week. 02/11

The request for Fall Marching Band dates will close on Friday of this week. With such an incredible amount of requests we are asking anyone else interested, to please send your date(s) to us by weeks end. Thank you!

WGI Regional Weekend .. 02/08

We want to wish all of our local units the best of luck at the upcoming WGI Regional this upcoming Saturday. The event is held at Salem MA HS. If you are interested in ordering tickets for your group to go and watch please contact Ed Devlin at

Melrose Show Cancelled 02/08

The Melrose show will not take place on Sunday. The chance of heavy snow and any chances of driving concerns are the reason for the show not to take place. We want to thank the Triton parent organization for hosting on Saturday and wish everyone a safe next few days in the storm.

Double weekend of shows 02/03

This weekend we head to Triton Regional HS on Saturday and Melrose HS on Sunday. We want to thank everyone who came out to the Evaluation show this past Saturday. Congratulations to all of our performers and continued good luck!

Eval show at Salem MA 01/29

The guard evaluation show Saturday is still on. If there are any changes we will post them here and on our Facebook page Saturday morning. Please be prepared for some parking limitations with all the snow in the area. Thank you.

2015 Winter Season 01/28

Welcome to the 2015 winter guard and percussion season! The winter guard evaluation show will take place this Saturday at 3PM in Salem MA. Doors will open at 2PM. Please come and cheer on all of our scholastic and independent organizations as they get ready for the WGI Boston Regional and the remainder of the NESBA season. Goof Luck Everyone!!!!

Power and Extension Cords at shows.. 01/16

As a follow up to the questions asked at the General Body Meeting. All show hosts are reminded to have electrical power and at least 50 foot heavy duty power cords at the front and back side line of all events. All percussion can use electronics as well as World Guards. A and Open guards are reminded that use of electrical power is not allowed. Units must always remember to bring extra extension cords if needed as show host and NESBA are not always aware of a units need for length of power cords or number of secure plug ins. Please refer to the 2015 WGI manuals for more details under your sign in account information.

Entering Somerset Berkley HS 01/14

The entrance into SBRHS is located off of Rte 138 in Somerset. Take a left onto Clifford Holland Rd and second right adjacent to the athletic fields to enter the parking area for the school. Thank you.

January General Body Meeting and Guard Eval Show.. 01/07

A reminder that we start the winter performance season in a few short weeks. On January 14th at Somerset Berkely HS, we will be hosting our Winter General Body Meeting. Then on Saturday January 31st we will be at Salem MA HS for the opening of the winter guard season. We want to wish everyone a great few weeks of practice. Happy New Year!

Dover show closed to Percussion Sign Ups.. still room for a few more guards 12/18

The Dover show is now closed to any new percussion sign ups. There is room for a few more guards. If you are a percussion ensemble and are looking for an event to perform at, please look at the schedule and pick any of our open events to register. Thank you.

Charlie Poole DCI Hall of Fame Member.. guest clinician at Triton and Melrose events 12/16

We are excited to announce that DCI Hall of Fame member, Charlie Poole will be evaluating the percussion units at our first weekend of events in Triton and Melrose. Charlie will evaluate each unit and then spend time with the staff and members talking about their 2015 productions. Special thanks to Charlie for making this happen.

Some events closed for registration.. 12/09

The Dartmouth and St Ann's shows are now closed for any new entries. We have plenty of open shows left in the schedule. Thank you.

January Winter Meeting 12/08

The January All Member Meeting will take place at Somerset Berkley Regional High School in Somerset MA on Wednesday, January 14th. The meeting will start at 6:15PM. Light refreshments will be served. The meeting will recap the Fall season and move us forward into the 2015 Winter Season. Badges, tickets for finals and show information for show hosts will be reviewed.

WGI Educational Info from Shirlee Whitcomb and Karl Lowe.. 11/18

Please click on READ MORE to see the link from WGI for guard units and some changes to the WGI system.

Thanksgiving Season... 11/15

We would like to take this time to thank all of the students, staff, workers, committee members and school administrators who have made this year a great year for NESBA. We want to wish everyone a happy thanksgiving season.

And Band Season is a Wrap! 11/10

Congratulations to all of our band members for providing such a great day of entertainment. To our champions..we honor you.. Division One- Billerica HS, Division Two- N. Middlesex, Division Three- Oakmont Regional, Division Four- Everett HS, Division 5- Dartmouth HS

Quincy Parade Application 11/06

Member organizations interested in participating in the Quincy Parade can download the attached file for participant information. Click READ MORE for the file. Thank you.
Download: 489_2014 Band Application.pdf

Good luck to all bands! 11/05

Best wishes to all of the bands attending the 2014 championships. Lets make it a great day.

Finals updates.. still being worked on 11/03

The schedule for Sunday is still being adjusted and will not be finalized until Tuesday afternoon. As soon as it is detailed we will let you all know. As a thank you to the band parents and schools for helping make the show happen.. we will NOT be asking schools to provide volunteers for the day.

Finals Postponed until next Sunday 11/02

Due to weather and safety concerns we will delay the show until next weekend. The show will take place at Lawrence Stadium and more information will be sent to bands on Monday morning. Thank you.

Nov 2 Finals Start Time- NOON 11/01

The start time for the band finals has been changed to Noon. All volunteers are asked to show up for work times one hour later than listed. Band directors will receive and updated warm up schedule when you check in at the main gate. We hope this time change will allow the rain/snow flurries to move out in time for our Division One and Two bands. The performance times are updated on line under EVENTS.
Download: 485_~12PM(13 and 14) start.xlsx

Reminder.. set your clocks back 10/31

A reminder to set your clocks back this weekend. One more hour to get ready for a great finals day!!

Finals update! 10/31

The championship show will be held as scheduled on Sunday, November 2nd. Please make sure that all band members dress appropriately for the weather and that all of our fans be prepared for an exciting but cold event!!!! Good luck everyone!!

Andover show to be held inside 10/31

The Andover show on Saturday evening will be held inside at the high school. Performance times will remain the same. Thank you.

Weather Update- Saturday Andover MA 10/29

The Andover show on Saturday, November 1st will be a go. The parent association has already made plans to move the show inside if weather conditions are not favorable for an outside event. A final decision will be made Friday night/Saturday morning and will be posted on the front page of the website. Thank you.

Championship week is here and it is busy!! 10/26

Thanks to the Reading HS Band and Parents for a great night of marching and music. We now head to Andover MA for our last show of the season on Saturday November 1st. Then on Sunday it is Championships. All information for championships will be updated on Monday evening. We look forward to seeing everyone in Andover on Saturday and Lawrence MA on Sunday. Have a fantastic week.

Thank you Billerica.. Here we go Reading 10/19

Once again we want to thank the Billerica Band for a great night of entertainment and hospitality. Next week we head to Reading HS for another fantastic weekend of band. Please don't forget, the night before finals, November 1st, we will be hosting a preview of bands at Andover HS sponsored by the Andover Band Parents. This is the first time we have had a show in Andover in many years. We look forward to your support of the event.

Upcoming show.. Billerica HS 10/12

Next weekend we head to Billerica MA. Please note that the show is held at the Billerica Middle School Field 15 Floyd St. Thank you to the Medford and New Bedford bands for running great events this past weekend.

Medford Show Is On. 10/11

The show in Medford will take place at the stadium as scheduled. Once you arrive, please check in with the show coordinator to make sure there are no delays. Thank you.

2015 Winter Updates 10/10

The General Body Meeting for the winter season will be held Wednesday, January 14th at Somerset Berkley HS in Somerset MA. On February 21st the Dartmouth percussion staff and ensemble, under the direction of Tom Aungst, will host a 2 hour clinic for all percussion students in the event that day. More information will follow. Registration for all winter shows is now open.

Spirit presents A Day of Percussion 10/07

Please see the attached flyer for a great percussion event hosted by Spirit of America. To be held on November 23rd at Barnstable High School. (Click Read More for further information)
Download: 475_~DOP flyer WP2014_final_4email.pdf

On to Medford High School and New Bedford... 10/05

Thank you to the North Andover and Framingham Parent Associations for being such great hosts this past weekend. Next weekend we head to Medford HS on Saturday and New Bedford High School on Sunday. Keep up the great work everyone!!!!

North Andover show to be held inside.. 10/04

The North Andover show will become and indoor event today. Performance times will stay as they are. Please be prepared for limited warm up and PLEASE make sure you have all of your equipment protected as to not scratch floors inside the school. Scores/Recaps will not be announced. Medal Ratings only. High caption awards will be announced for Guard, Percussion and Music.

Weather and North Andover 10/03

A decision will be made by 10AM tomorrow morning if the show will move inside at North Andover. A reminder that the indoor policy is no scores/placements are announced but tapes for music and guard are offered. There will be a best percussion, music and guard award for each class. Medal ratings will be announced for overall score.

Winter Sign Ups On Line Starting October 1st 10/01

Winter show registration is now available on line. Click on the EVENTS tab for a list of shows.

Thanks to Melrose and Plymouth 09/28

A great weekend of band! Much appreciation to the Melrose and Plymouth band organizations for running events this weekend. Next week we head to North Andover on Saturday and Framingham on Sunday. Keep up the great work everyone!!

Drum Majors @ the 2014 NESBA Marching Band Season Opening Day 09/24

Drum Majors @ the 2014 NESBA Marching Band Season Opening Day - BFDTV Some footage from the first NESBA Band Show.

Nov 1st Show now in Andover MA 09/23

The November 1st show will be held at Andover High School. Special thanks to the Andover parents and band for helping make this event happen. If interested in attending, please let us know, as soon as possible.

Pure Fusion Open House 09/22

Pure Fusion Percussion Ensemble will be hosting their open house the weekend on November 15 and 16. 10AM to 4PM each day at the Cambridge Armory 450 Concord Ave Cambridge MA. For more information please go to

Thank you Weymouth HS... 09/21

The next Fall Marching Band events will be held at Melrose HS on Saturday Sept 27 and on Sunday, September 28th at Plymouth HS. Thank you to the Weymouth Band Organization for hosting our first show of the year.

Faces of Friday Night 09/18

The band director David Bunten Reading High

September Meeting Notes 09/16

Thank you to those who attended the September General Body Meeting. As a reminder, please check your Competition Suite accounts to make sure you have the correct staff listed for the fall. Also.. the winter schedule and on line registration process will begin on October 1st. Best of luck to all of our band programs this weekend!

Boston Concert Panel Announced for 2015 09/05

newsimage On Sunday, February 22, 2015, USBands and NESBA Concert brings the best in scholastic concert adjudication to the Boston Symphony Hall.

Blessed Sacrament Spin Day! 09/05

Students and staff are invited to spend the day with Blessed Sacrament on SPIN DAY! Sunday, September 14th from 10AM to 4PM at the Lynn Vocational and Technical Institute 80 Neptune Blvd Lynn MA. Admission is $10.00 If you have any questions you can email

Parade Opportunity- Everett MA 08/15

The Everett homecoming parade will be held Saturday, September 27th. Noon step off. Please contact Gene O'Brien for more information. The parade will end in plenty of time to prepare for the NESBA show that evening. Gene can be reached at

Fall NESBA Meeting 08/10

The 2014 Fall NESBA meeting will be held at Salem HS in Salem MA on Monday, September 15th starting at 6:15PM. The meeting will address the fall season and take a quick look forward at the 2015 Winter Season schedule. Thanks everyone and have a great band camp season!!!

June Meeting Follow Up 07/07

The membership voted to make two adjustments to the organization. The first is the elimination of the 100.00 winter show host fee. The second is a change to the order of how percussion ensembles perform during the winter season. All A classes will perform first, Concert and Marching. To be followed by all Open Class Concert and Marching. Then World classes. Thank you to everyone who attended the June Meeting.

Thank you and have a great summer! 06/19

Thank you to the organizations who attended last evenings General Body Meeting. We would like to welcome to the Executive Board Wes Sullivan from Somerset Berkeley High School. We also want to thank Dave Bunten for his years of service to the organization. Information regarding the 2014 Fall Season as well as information on the 2015 Winter Season will be emailed to directors soon.

DCI at the Movies 06/18

Monday, June 23rd DCI Showcase will take place at local movie theaters. Please go to for more information. The show starts at 6:30PM.

June 18th General Body Meeting 05/29

We would like to welcome the CEO of WGI- Ron Nankervis to our June Meeting. Ron will be here to discuss WGI Winds and the status of the region and WGI. The meeting will begin at 6:15PM at the Fours in Quincy MA 15 Cottage Ave. Appetizers will be available starting at 6PM. Directors will receive further meeting information via email next week.

Parade Opportunity 04/29

The Town of Wareham is looking for bands to perform in their 275th anniversary celebration on July 12th. Please contact Heather Ware if interested at

WGI Percussion. 04/13

Congratulations to Dartmouth HS Percussion for winning the GOLD MEDAL at world championships! Special congratulations to Mansfield HS for winning the Silver Medal in Concert Percussion. Spirit of America also made it into finals as well after being promoted mid season! Pure Fusion A Class Finalist! Great work everyone. A final thank you to all the NESBA groups who represented the area at WGI this year.

June Meeting and By Laws 04/10

A reminder that our June General Body Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 18th at the Fours Function Hall in Quincy MA. The meeting will start at 6PM. By Law requests are to be submitted by May 1st. Please go to the RESOURCES tab on the web site then Forms and Documents to locate the By Law form. Thank you.

WGI Winter Guard 04/07

Congratulations to all the units from NESBA who participated in this past weekends WGI Championships. Blessed Sacrament World Guard, St Brendans Open Guard, St Anns Ind. A and Dartmouth HS Scholastic A all made it into finals. Good luck to all of our percussion units heading to Dayton this week.

WGI / NESBA Winds 03/31

Dont miss the inaugural season of what is sure to be another exciting addition to WGI and NESBA - WGI/NESBA WINDS. FAQ - Rule Book and Sheets now posted!

Photos from 2014 Finals 03/31

Photos are available for the 2014 Winter Finals. Please click on read more for the link. More photos will be added to the web site over the course of the week.

Percussion Rocks The House!!! 03/30

Fantastic levels of excellence and performances from all of our percussion units today. Thank you to the North Andover Parent Organization!! Good luck to all of our units headed to Dayton for WGI. Great work this weekend to all of the NESBA performers and staff members. See you all in the Fall!!!! That is a wrap!!!!

Champions and Heros. 03/29

What a fantastic afternoon and evening of winter guard. To all of our champions CONGRATULATIONS. To all of our performers you are OUR heroes. Dedication and commitment was the name of the game today in Salem MA. On we go to Percussion championships. Please be sure to come and watch some of the countries best percussion ensembles reach their performance goals. See you there!

Welcome to Championships Weekend 03/28

We are pleased to welcome everyone to the 2014 NESBA Winter Championships. Saturdays guard event will be held in Salem MA and start at Noon. Sundays percussion show will be held in North Andover MA and also starts at Noon. Reminder that there is no video taping allowed at finals and that NESBA 2014 badges are not valid for these events. We look forward to seeing you at the shows!!!!

Finals Information On Line 03/24

Download packets and confirmed orders of appearance are on line and available under the EVENTS side tab on this website. Please note that each packet contains, show information, warm up times and a map of the inside and outside of each venue. Please note that parking of trucks and busses etc.. is detailed in each packet. Inform your drivers they may have to move their vehicles after your unit performs.

Flowers at Guard Finals.. 03/24

Flowers will be on sale the day of guard finals. Please see Sue in the lobby. Attached to this news article is pricing and pre order information. NO CREDIT OR DEBIT Cards can be used at championships. Cash only purchases for flowers the day of the event. Pre orders must be placed early this week.

Finals... Here We Go. 03/23

Thank you to the Melrose and Shepherd Hill winter programs for running our last weekend of events. As we head into finals, please remember that the complete finals packet of information will be on line (under each event as a download document) by Monday evening. Have a great week and we look forward to seeing everyone next weekend as we wrap up the 2014 winter season.

Welcome National Music! 03/19

We would like to take a moment and welcome National Music to our list of sponsors. National Music is a very important part of the NESBA community and we are very pleased to welcome them to the organization. Thank you Connie and staff of National Music.

Championships Information 03/19

The initial information for championships is on line. Please remember that the order of appearance will not be solidified until after this weekends shows. A complete finals document for both shows will be available as early as late Monday evening. Please remind staff, parents etc that at both finals events 2014 Staff Badges are NOT VALID for entry and that there is no video taping allowed. All unit directors need to pick up staff and member wrist bands at the unit check in door for each event.

Great weekend past and another one coming up! 03/16

Three shows in two days! Great hosts in Blessed Sacrament, Mansfield HS and Somerset Berkley HS. Now we head into the final season of the year. Melrose on Saturday and Shepherd Hill on Sunday. Lets go NESBA keep pushing to finals!!!!!!!!

On Line Registration for Fall Band to begin 3/14/14 03/13

On line registration for the Fall 2014 season will begin on Friday, March 14th. Please take a moment to review the schedule and support our local marching band association. Thank you for your support!

NESBA to Present WGI Winds in 2015 03/13

NESBA to Present WGI Winds marching wind ensembles in the same performance environment as indoor color guard and percussion ensembles to showcase their musicianship with any kind of instrumentation in 2015. More information will be forthcoming and a discussion will take place at our June meeting.

Arbella Drum & Bugle Corps - Adding to it's ranks 03/11

The Arbella Drum & Bugle Corps of the North Shore are recruiting members for the 2014 season in all sections. This is a great opportunity for current High School students, graduates, & Drum Corps Alumni. No dues-Co-Ed-All Ages. We have a light rehearsal & performance schedule. For more information please view our website at or follow us on Facebook, or look for our information table at the Saturday 3/15/14 colorguard show hosted by Blessed Sacrament in Salem, MA.

Another great weekend coming up.. 03/09

Next weekend.. three more shows.. Saturday Blessed Sacrament show at Salem MA and Mansfield HS show. Then on Sunday we head to the south shore in Somerset MA. Thank you to the Salem NH, King Philip and Dover programs for hosting this past weekend.

Salem NH Warm Up Details 03/07

Attached to this memo is the warm up schedule for the Salem NH show. Please click on the link for more information. Thank you.

SPRING AHEAD this weekend.. 03/06

A reminder. Move your clocks ahead one hour this Saturday evening!!!!

Fall show schedules 03/03

The 2014 Fall schedule is on line. Registration will begin on March 15th. Please note that units who register early will perform later in their class at all events except Finals. At Finals, bands that participate in the most NESBA shows throughout the year, get to perform later in their class.

Triple Show Weekend Ahead.. 03/02

Lets take a moment and thank the Reading and Everett schools for hosting this past weekend. Next weekend we head to King Philip and Salem NH on Saturday and then to Dover NH on Sunday.

2014 Fall Season.. 02/25

It may be a few months away, but the Fall Marching Band schedule will be posted March 1st and on line registration will begin March 15th. The 2014 Marching Band Finals will take place Sunday, November 2nd at Lawrence Stadium.

Percussion Kicks Into Gear.. 02/24

Thank you to the Dartmouth and Blackstone organizations for a great weekend of guard and a huge welcome to some fantastic percussion ensembles! This weekend we head to Reading MA on Saturday and then to Everett HS on Sunday. We look forward to seeing many of you there! Great shows and great crowds.. lets keep it going. Have a fantastic practice week.

Two shows this weekend.. 02/18

Two great events to attend this weekend. On Saturday guard and percussion units will be be at Dartmouth HS for our first show on the south shore. Start time is 2PM with Guards on first. Then on Sunday, Blackstone Millville will host some of the finest percussion ensembles in the country starting at Noon. We hope to see there!

Weather update St Anns Show 02/15

The show today, to be held at Salem MA hosted by St Anns will NOT take place. The weather conditions do not allow for safe travel especially at the end of the event. Thank you and be safe today! See you next weekend.

Weather and Winter Shows 02/14

A reminder to all of our members and fans. In case of inclement weather, announcements will be made early morning of each event. The official announcement for any show cancellation or delays will take place on this web site. Any decisions to cancel shows will be made in order to protect the safety of students and fans traveling to events and to respect the wishes of the local show host.

Here we go and welcome Percussion! 02/09

After a great weekend of guard at the WGI Regional, we are heading back to Salem MA for the St Anns home show. Percussion ensembles enter the stage next weekend as well. We look forward to seeing everyone!!!

WGI Boston Regional Info... 02/03

This upcoming weekend the Blessed Sacrament Color Guard will be hosting the 2014 Boston Regional at Salem HS in Salem MA. ALL UNITS PERFORMING are reminded to bring your music with you to the event!!!! For more information on the regional please go to Good luck everyone!

Thank you Norwood and here we go St Anns... 02/03

Thanks to the Norwood Band Parents for running the show this past weekend. Our next show will be held on Saturday February 15th hosted by St Ann' at Salem MA High School. Please come and help support this great organization as it takes the big step of raising funds to get back to Dayton Ohio for WGI this season!!!

The season has begun. 01/26

Congratulations to all of the guards who performed yesterday. Great start to the season. Stay tuned to the web site for any show updates. Have a great practice week. See you in Norwood next weekend! Special thanks to the Salem MA music boosters for their support!

Best of luck today!!!! 01/25

Good luck today everyone! Show starts at 3PM at Salem HS Salem MA. Please come and cheer on all of the units at their first show! See you there!!!!!

Floors, Props and Equipment.. 01/22

As we begin the season.. lets please remember to open all floors and bring equipment on to the floor at all shows from back to front. We ask that you close your floors from back to front as well. All props, drum stands etc must have protection on the bottom of them to prevent any issues with hallways and floors. And as always please be sure to have proper wheels on your floor carts. Thanks again!

Evaluation show information on line... 01/08

The start of the 2014 season will take place on Saturday January 25th at Salem High School in Salem MA. Many of the areas finest guards will perform their shows for the first time this year. Show performance times are listed under the EVENT tab. Good luck to all of our units and stay tuned for more exciting winter season news.

Percussion Championships Location Change.. 12/20

The 2014 NESBA Percussion Championships will be held at North Andover High School. A very special thank you to the North Andover Band Parents for assisting in making this happen. More information regarding the winter season can be found under the EVENTS tab. Happy Holidays.

January All Member Meeting January 13th Weymouth HS 6:15PM 12/16

Reminder that the winter General Body Meeting will take place at Weymouth HS on Monday, January 13th at 6:15PM. This meeting will be a voting meeting as the By Laws of the organization have been updated. At this meeting, we will also review the 2014 winter season, hand out badges and tickets for each championship event. A copy of the By Law form will be emailed to each director for review prior to the meeting. Have a great holiday season!!!!

Finals Videos!! 11/21

On demand videos from band finals. Click Read More!


The Beanpot Invitational Saturday, July 5, 2014 Manning Bowl Lynn, MA

Action Photos from Band Finals 11/13

Action photos from Band Finals can be found at the following link. Place an order and have your pictures sent to you!

Winter General Body Meeting. 11/12

The Winter Season General Body meeting will take place at Weymouth HS on Monday, January 13h starting at 6:30PM. Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

Division Five Champions- Blackstone Millville 11/08

BMRHS has been a member of the organization for many years and we are very proud of the programs accomplishments as a member. Always a a crowd favorite and always entertaining! Congratulations to the members and staff of the BMRHS band!!

Division 4 Champions- Stoughton High School 11/07

Congratulations to the Stoughton students and staff on a great victory this past fall. The Stoughton High School Band is a long time member of the organization and has always provided the audience with exciting and entertaining shows.

Division Three Champion- N. Middlesex High School 11/06

The N. Middlesex Band has become a powerhouse in the organization as it has won yet another championship this year and become very involved in the winter season. Thank you N. Middlesex for bringing your level of excellence to the field!

Division Two Champions- Somerset Berkley Regional High School 11/05

The SBRHS Band has become a solid member of the organization. This years championship marks its first since the band became a member of NESBA. Somerset Berkley is also a very active member in our winter programs. Great Job SBRHS!

Division One Champions- Case High School 11/04

Division One Champions- Case High School Marching Band. Case High School is one of the founding members of the organization and a multi year champion of the organization. Congratulations to the Case students and staff.

Congratulations to our Champions!! 11/02

Division One- Case HS, Division Two- Somerset Berkley HS, Division Three- North Middlesex HS, Division Four- Stoughton HS, Division Five- Blackstone Millville.. A great day of band!!! Thank you everyone!!!!

Happy Finals Week! 10/29

All information for this weekends Fall Championship show is now on line. This has been a great season for our bands and show hosts. We want to wish everyone the best of luck! Lets make it a great weekend.

Finals Week..... 10/26

Time to get ready for the NESBA Fall Finals. Show information will be updated by Noon on Monday. Reminder... each school must provide 2 workers for a portion of the day (see download info on the event page) Thanks goes to the Wakefield Band for hosting the last show of the season! Best of luck to everyone for a great week and fantastic finals run!!!!

One more weekend to go to finals.. 10/20

The next show for the Fall Season is at Wakefield High school on Saturday, October 26th. Thanks go out to the Reading and Plymouth bands for hosting this past weekend. Reminder.. finals is on Saturday, November 2nd at Lawrence Veterans Stadium in Lawrence MA. The show will start at 1PM. Updated information for finals will be posted on Monday, October 28th. Have a great week everyone!

Plymouth show revised times.. 10/17

Please note that the Plymouth show will have revised start times. The show will start at 1:30PM. Here is the new order of appearance: 1:30 Wareham. 1:45 Weymouth. 2:00 Case. 2:15 Dighton-Rehoboth. 2:40 Plymouth. 2:55Dartmouth.

Half way through the season... 10/13

As we head into the final few weeks of the season, lets send a huge thank you to the Medford and Framingham bands for having run their first NESBA Fall events. Great job to both bands!!! Next weekend we head to Reading MA on Saturday and then to Plymouth MA on Sunday. We hope to see many of you there.

Next shows are in Medford and Framingham! 10/06

Thank you to the North Andover and New Bedford schools for hosting two great events this past weekend. Columbus Day weekend brings us two brand new schools hosting shows.. Medford MA on Saturday and Framingham MA on Sunday. If you can, take the time to get to one of these events and support these two new event hosts. As always, have a great week.

New Bedford Show is on today! 10/06

The New Bedford show will run as scheduled today. Please make sure you check in with the show coordinator when you arrive. Have a great day.

North Andover and New Bedford shows are next. 09/29

Thanks to the Malden HS Band Parents for a great event at the newly refurbished MacDonald Stadium in Malden. On Saturday of this week we head to North Andover for another great line up of bands. Then on Sunday we are in New Bedford for another fantastic show. Happy practice everyone!

Thanks we go Malden! 09/22

The season is now underway! Thanks to the Weymouth Band Parents for a great event. Next weekend we head to Malden MA for another fantastic event run by the Malden Parents Assoc. We hope to see you there. Have a great practice week everyone!

Oct 12th show now in Medford MA 09/17

The October 12th show will now be held in Medford MA at the newly designed Hormel Stadium. The show will start at 6PM. Thank you to the Medford band program for taking on this show date.

Fall Meeting Recap.. 09/17

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2013 Fall Membership Meeting. The season is about to begin and we are looking forward to another great year. Please note that winter online show sign ups will begin on October 1st. Have a great practice week and fun day at the Weymouth show!!!!

General Body Meeting Reminder 09/09

Fall General Body Meeting Monday, September 16th 6:30PM Salem MA high school. The meeting will take place in the school auditorium. The winter schedule is now posted on line. However, on line registration will not take place until October 1st.

Competition Suite for the Fall Season 09/03

A reminder to all band directors to check your email for information on registering for the new judge commentary system we are using this Fall season. If you have any questions please contact Tony at This is the same system we use for the winter. We will no longer be using flash drives at any of our events for judges comments. Thank you!!!

Weymouth show start time adjusted! 08/27

Due to a request by the Town of Weymouth, outside activities must end by 6:15PM. This of course is due to the EEE threat that many cities and towns are now facing. Please note that the show will begin at 1:30PM. If you have any questions please let us know.


Event Details Southers Marsh Golf Club, 30 Southers Marsh Lane, Plymouth, MA 02360 Date Friday, September 13, 2103 Time 11:30 a.m. Registration 1:00 p.m. Shot Gun Start. Following golf, Hellicopter Ball Drop, Ponderosa BBQ, Prizes, Raffles and FUN!!

Summer Update...8/10/13 08/10

Many of our shows are at or near capacity. The following shows are now full and WILL NOT take any more bands... Malden, N Andover and Wakefield. The following shows are open for registration.. Plymouth, Framingham and New Bedford. The marching band finals is still available for registration. Thank you!!!!!

September General Body Meeting and Elections 06/26

Monday, September 16th will be the Fall Meeting of the General Body. The meeting will take place at Salem HS in Salem MA at 6PM. This is also an election meeting for new officers. Anyone interested in running for any of the board positions is asked to contact NESBA by September 1st. Badges, review of the season and details on the upcoming winter season will also be addressed. Have a great summer!

Scholarship Winners: 06/11

Congratulations to: Molly McKinnon from St Brendans, Alexis MacTaylor from Salem MA, Justin DeJoy from North Andover and Patrick Montville from Shepherd Hill.

Arbella Drum & Bugle Corps 06/10

Arbella Drum & Bugle Corps of the North Shore are recruiting members for the 2013 Season in all sections. A great opportunity for current High School students and graduates. No dues-Co-Ed-All Ages. We have a light rehearsal & performance schedule. For more information please view our website at

The 27th Lancers Foundation is now accepting Scholarship applications 05/21

The 27th Lancers Foundation is now accepting Scholarship applications which will be awarded at DCI World Championships in Indianapolis, IN. Founded by the Bonfiglio Family, the 27th Lancers Foundation was established as a vehicle to provide scholarships to deserving individuals who are pursuing a career in Education and Performing Arts. The Foundation will award two scholarships each year, one to a person involved in Performance Arts (i.e., Drum & Bugle Corps, Winter Guard, High School or College Band, Percussion, Piano, Dance, Theatre, etc.) and one to a person who aspires to become an Educator. The establishment of the 27th Lancers Foundation honors George and Patsy Bonfiglio who founded the 27th Lancers Drum & Bugle Corps. Their commitment, drive and enthusiasm lives in this Foundation.

June 10 General Body Meeting 05/20

The organization will host its June By Laws meeting on Monday June 10th at the Holiday Inn in Dedham at 6PM. Light refreshments will be served. The agenda will include review of the past winter season and promotions. Review of the upcoming fall season. By law review and voting. Naming of scholarship winners. This meeting is available to all organizations to help move NESBA forward. Your participation is appreciated.

June General Body By Law Meeting... 04/09

Our June General Body and By Laws meeting will take place on Monday June 10th at 6PM in the Terrace Room at the Holiday Inn in Dedham MA. By law proposal information will be sent out soon. Thanks.

Good Luck in Dayton... 04/08

We want to wish all of our guard and percussion units heading to Dayton for WGI Championships, over the next two weekends, the best of luck!

Photos on Line!! Welcome Snapshot Sports Photography 04/07

To order photos of this weekends events please go to..

Percussion Champions!! 04/07

Concert A Class- Case HS Concert Open Class- Mansfield HS Sch Marching A Class- Dennis Yarmouth Sch Marching AA Class- Blackstone Ind Marching A- Spirit of America Sch Marching Open- Everett HS Ind Marching Open- Boston University Sch Marching World- Dartmouth HS

Time for Percussion! 04/06

Percussion Sunday coming up.. 1:30 PM Start Time at Dartmouth HS. Hope to see you there!!!!!

Congratulations to our Guard Champions 04/06

Novice Class- Mansifield Cadet Class- St Ann's LSRA- Everett SRA- Somerset Berkley IRA- St Ann's Sch AA- Mansfield LSA- Case NSA- Dover IA- Salem Bue IO- St Brendan's IW- Blessed Sacrament

Finals Weekend Is Here! 04/05

Welcome to the 2013 New England Winter Finals! Saturday's Guard Championships starts at Noon at Reading HS. Then on Sunday, Percussion Championships start at 1:30PM at Dartmouth HS. Great shows, great friends, great food and of course.. a chance to watch some of the activities best units perform at home.. before they head to WGI World Championships!! Best of luck to everyone!

Finals Updates are On Line! 04/01

All finals information is now updated on line and completed. PLEASE USE THE DOWNLOAD PACKET under the EVENTS tab for all official information for each event.

What a Fantastic Day!!!! 03/30

Thank you to our performers, fans, staff and the Melrose Band Aiders for a great day!!! Schedules and details are being prepared for championships. All information will be posted Monday evening. Please remember to check your volunteer schedule, have all fees paid in full and to have a great practice week. Thanks again for a great season!

Last weekend coming up... then Finals!!! 03/24

A great weekend of performances. Thanks to the Mansfield and Shepherd Hill programs for their hospitality this weekend. Melrose is up next.. one of the biggest shows of the season. Have a fantastic practice week everyone!!!!

Flowers at Guard Finals.. 03/21

Flamingo Flowers will once again be at the Winter Guard Finals. Flowers will be available for sale the day of the event.. while supplies last. If you want to do any pre ordering... the order information has been sent to your unit director via email.

Schedule for Mansfield and Shepherd Hill 03/18

Please review the performance times for the events this weekend. We added a unit or two to each show. These units have been impacted by the weather issues over the previous weekends. MAKE SURE YOU CHECK YOUR TIMES with the show coordinator at each event. Warm up schedules may be adjusted so again.. be sure to clarify your times with the show host when you arrive. Thanks You!

Getting ready for Mansfield and Shepherd Hill weekend! 03/17

Thanks to the Salem NH and Somerset Berkley Regional HS for hosting our shows this weekend. Next weekend we head to Mansfield MA on Saturday and Shepherd Hill Regional HS on Sunday. Best of luck everyone....

Thanks to a friend.. 03/14

We would like to extend our sympathies to the Rogan family. Patti Rogan passed away unexpectedly this week. Patti, her husband Ed and son James have been a part of the NESBA organization for a number of years and always a help at each of our shows. There will be a memorial service for Patti at the Immaculate Conception Church in Stoughton MA this Saturday at 10:30AM.

Moving on....we head to Salem NH and Somerset Berkley MA 03/10

Next up on the NESBA tour is Saturday's show in Salem NH and Sunday we head to Somerset MA for two more great events. Thanks to the King Philip and Dover organizations for their hard work this past weekend. Remember everyone.. start to prepare for Finals weekend.. ticket money and fees are due as well asking for your 2 volunteers to work Finals. Good luck and keep up the great work!

Full weekend of shows ahead! 03/08

Both shows are set to go this weekend. Good luck everyone and have a great time!!

2013 Marching Band Schedule on line 03/05

The 2013 marching band schedule is on line. Registration for all events will open on March 15th. A reminder to all schools that to qualify for finals bands have to perform in at least one regular season marching band show and be a full dues paying member. Keep NESBA in mind as you set your fall performance schedules.

Fantastic NESBA Weekend! 03/03

Such a fun weekend! Thank you to the Everett and Plainfield CT schools for hosting our events this weekend. Next two shows are in King Philip on Saturday and Dover NH on Sunday. Keep up the great work everyone!!!

Everett Show Warm Up Detials 03/01

Everett show warm up details attached.. click READ MORE for the link. Thank you

Performing member clinic this Saturday for groups in the CT show.. 02/25

Just a reminder to all units in the Plainfield CT show that the clinic for all performers will start at 3PM. All percussion groups should have their eqpt unloaded by 2:30PM to be ready to start at 3PM. Guard members are reminded to wear dance clothes for your clinic time. Have a great time everyone.

Great weekend.. more to come... 02/24

A gigantic thank you to all of our performers for a great weekend of guard and percussion. Of course we must thank the Dartmouth and Blackstone organizations for their hospitality. On to Plainfield CT for a clinic and show this upcoming Saturday and then to Everett MA for a guard only event. Lots of excitement!!

Blackstone show ready to go.. 02/23

The show on Sunday is set to go. See you there.

Weather update for Saturday.. 02/22

The Dartmouth show will go on as planned. If a unit decides to perform and leave before awards that is fine. Just let us know. Holding critique for the event will be decided based on the weather conditions during the event. For Sunday, a decision will be made Saturday evening and posted on the web. Lets hope the rain and warm weather continue to push the snow away!!!! Thanks everyone and travel safe!

Weather Updates...for the weekend 02/21

We will be watching the weather over the next 24 hours. As of today, schedules are set to go. Check back here for more information as we watch the development of this weekends storm. Thanks.

Dartmouth and Blackstone Weekend Up Next! 02/17

Heading to the south shore and Blackstone Valley for two great guard/percussion shows next weekend. Thank you to the St Ann's organization for their efforts this past weekend in Salem MA. Continued best wishes to all of our member units!

Revised Guard Warm Up Schedule for St Ann's Show 02/10

Here is a new revised schedule for the guard portion of the St Ann's show next Saturday. (Click Read More to see schedule) The percussion times have NOT changed. Guard units are asked to check in with the coordinator to confirm step off times. Thank you! Happy Blizzard 2013!!!!

Mass Judge Assoc Scholarships 02/07

MJA will be offering two $1000.00 scholarships to active members of NESBA groups in 2013. Application deadline is Friday, March 15, 2013. Please distribute this information to your membership and post on your websites if possible. The link to the application is on the MJA website at

Thanks to Norwood and on to St Anns Show.. 02/02

A great day of guard at Norwood HS and a big thank you to the Norwood Parents Assoc for your hard work. Next show is February 16th at Salem MA hosted by St Ann's. We welcome our percussion units on to the stage at this show! See you there!!!!

Great first weekend!!! 01/27

Congratulations to all of our organizations for stepping up and being so great this Saturday evening. Special thank you to the Blessed Sacrament organization for a great first show. Next week we head to Norwood MA for a Guard Only event. Stay tuned to the EVENTS tab for show information. Have a fantastic week everyone!

CompetitionSuite 01/24

Need to get your CompetitionSuite Commentary? There's an app for that! iPhone and iPod Touch users can download the new CompetitionSuite app.

Winter season ready to begin. 01/18

The 2013 winter season is about to begin. We want to wish all the staff and members of each organization the best of luck! Lets have a great time!

Winter Meeting January 16th 6PM Start! 01/16

Tonight's meeting will be held at Weymouth HS at 6PM. Please park near the tennis courts to the back side of the school and enter the building through the doors across from the tennis courts. The agenda will include: Tickets, badges, Fall wrap up, review of winter shows, new sheets for guard classes, use of Competition Suite and a look ahead to Fall 2013.

Floors and Props.. set up! 01/11

A reminder to all units that the organization uses the same flow of floors and equipment entering the stage at all events. All floors etc MUST enter from the back side line then move forward. When your show is completed we ask that all floors and equipment fold forward to the front side line to maintain flow of the show. Always check with the Coord. or Timing person when you arrive.

COMPETITIONSUITE How to review your commentary 01/10

Coaches, Directors & Staff - How to listen to your commentary files. Check out this Youtube Video

Meetings and Getting Ready for 2013 01/08

The MJA clinic is going to be held this Saturday, January 12th. Go to to register. This clinic is for local judges and staff. On Wednesday, January 16th at 6PM in Weymouth HS we will be hosting our Winter General Body Meeting. We look forward to seeing many of you at these events.

Welcome Field and Floor FX 01/02

We are excited to announce the addition of Field and Floor FX as a strategic sponsor for NESBA. Field and Floor FX is the premier provider of digital flags, digital floors, props, custom uniform fabrics and all things unique to the marching arts. Feel free to visit them on on their website at

CompetitionSuite is ready for set up! 12/20

The change to CompetitionSuite (The new judges commentary system for use with smart phones and text messages) for the 2013 winter season is now available for units to register. An email has been sent to all directors on our data base explaining how to set up your unit. It is important for each group to complete a profile in the system! Flash drives and emailing judges comments will not be taking place this season.

MJA Clinic for Local Area.. January 12th 12/06

The Massachusetts Judges Association will be holding its Winter 2013 judge/instructor clinic on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at the MGH Institute in Boston. We ask that all units have a staff representative present at this clinic as we will be engaging in discussions that will require the input of the units that we serve in our local area. Click READ MORE to register!!!!

Winter Show Updates 12/04

We now have a number of shows that are already full (St Ann's, King Philip and Melrose) in addition there are several shows that still have availability. Please go to EVENTS and check out the schedule.

Winter Show Sign Ups and Information 11/19

Registration for winter shows is still ongoing. Please note that the St Ann's show on February 16th is now closed and will not be adding any more units.

Winter General Body Meeting. 11/02

The 2013 winter meeting will be held at Weymouth HS on Wednesday, January 16th. The meeting will start at 6PM. We look forward to seeing you there.

Congratulations and Thank You!! 10/27

Congratulations to Division One Champion Case HS, Division Two Champion Shepherd Hill Reg HS, Division Three North Middlesex HS, Division Four Wakefield HS and Division Five Dartmouth HS. A fantastic day of band. Thank you everyone for being a part of the 2012 Fall Season.

GOOD LUCK!!!!! 10/25

Best wishes to all of our performing members this weekend. Lets make the 2012 NESBA Championships a great one. Safe travels and lots of fun.

Alliance Media... 10/22

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And now we head into Finals!!! 10/21

Thanks to the New Bedford Parents and Band for a great way to end the season on their brand new field. Nice job! We are preparing all the information for finals. The final show packet will be posted later on Monday. Please remember each band provides 2 workers, NESBA badges are not valid at Finals.. and video taping is not allowed. Have a great week everyone!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank You Reading HS!!! 10/20

Great show at Reading High School this Saturday evening. Great bands, performances and a cafe that can't be beat!!! On to New Bedford HS and our last show before finals! All finals warm up, performance times and other important end of the season information will be posted by Monday evening. Good luck everyone!!!!!

Welcome Fine Design Clothing to the Finals!!! 10/16

FINE Design will be at the marching band finals selling tshirts and sweat shirts for the event. Attached to this file is a $3.00 off coupon for sales. Cash, debit and credit sales are available the day of the event!

Thanks North Andover! 10/14

A huge thank you to the wonderful North Andover Band Parents for making our Sunday event so great! Thank you also to the bands and their fans for being with us. Now we head into the last weekend of shows before finals. On to Reading and New Bedford !!!!! Have a fantastic week everyone.

Billerica show complete and now North Andover! 10/13

Thanks to the Billerica Band and Friends of Music for a great night of band. Next stop this weekend is North Andover!!! Good luck!!!

Welcome Medford HS Band! 10/07

Special welcome to band director Haley Horgan and the Medford HS band. The band had their first performance in Wakefield this past weekend. Great job!!

Wakefield Show Beats the Rain! 10/06

Great job to the Wakefield Band and Parents for once again being great hosts this weekend. Next week we head to Billerica MA on Saturday and North Andover on Sunday. Two shows next weekend!!!!! We look forward to seeing you.

Competition Suite for 2013 Winter Shows 10/05

The organization has joined with WGI and become a partner in the use of the new tabulation and judge MP3 evaluation system. The new system will send your judges comments to your Iphones or other cellular devices. Each unit will need to set up an account with Competition Suite. More information will be emailed to unit managers in December. The winter meeting will be held on Wednesday January 16th at Weymouth HS. Speaking at the winter meeting will be Dale Powers from Winter Guard International. Reminder that all winter shows are now available for on line registration!

Thanks to Melrose and Malden Bands! 09/29

Great show tonight in Melrose. Fantastic crowd and wonderful performances. We now head to Wakefield for the next weekend of shows. Thanks to all of our fans and performers for another night of supporting our bands!!!!!!!

Thank you Weymouth!!!! 09/22

Congratulations to all the bands who attended the first show of the year!!!! A special thanks to the Weymouth Band Parents and school system for their support of the NESBA organization. On to the Melrose/Malden show next week.. in Melrose.. and a brand new stadium!!!!! Hope to see you there!!!!!!!

Weymouth show this Saturday... 09/17

The first show of the season will take place this weekend. Saturday, September 22nd at Weymouth High School. We want to wish all the bands the best of luck!!!! Hope to see you there!

1000 Votes for the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps.. 09/13

As one of our sponsors the Spartans need our help so they can secure 1000 votes by Saturday morning to get closer to taking home a grant from Chase Community Giving.. Please click the link and share with your band mates and lets help the corps! If we can help the Spartans get those thousand votes. The Spartans will in turn make a $1000.00 donation to our scholarship fund! Ready, Set, Go and VOTE!!!! See link below...

Band needed for school performance... 09/13

Saturday, October 13th, Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School, in Cambridge, is holding their Homecoming. Events begin at 10 AM, with the football game kick off at Noon. The school is trying to book a marching band to play during half time, around 1:30 PM. There is compensation for the performance. If interested please contact Kate O'Kelly Kate is the event coordinator.

Elections and Thank You! 09/12

The organization would like to thank the Everett Band Parents for a great meal. Well done and thanks again! We would also like to congratulate Jim Vitagliano and Dave Bunten for being elected to the executive board. We want to thank Joe Taylor for his years of service to the organization. The Fall season is now officially under way!!!!! Good luck everyone!!!

Blessed Sacrament Spin Day- 9/16/12 09/12

Blessed Sacrament Color Guards will be hosting a Spin Day on Sunday, September 16 from 10 to 4 at the Americal Civic Center, 467 Main Street, Wakefield, MA. This is open to everyone and is an opportunity to experience a Blessed Sacrament rehearsal. It is free to all. Come and have fun! Blessed Sacrament will have four color guards performing in NESBA in 2013, World, Open, A and Cadet. The World Guard auditions are Saturday, September 22. The Open guard will start rehearsal on Wednesday, September 19 in Stoneham. The A guard will start on September 20, in Wakefield and the Cadet guard will start on Tuesday, September 18 in Stoneham. For more information contact Ed Devlin:

Everett MA Homecoming Parade... needs some bands! 08/27

The City of Everett MA is looking for bands to participate in its homecoming parade on Saturday, September 22nd. Please contact Gene OBrien for details...

September Meeting and Executive Board Elections 07/17

The September All Member Meeting will be held at Everett High School on Wednesday, September 12th at 6:00PM. This meeting also serves as our annual election for the Executive Board. If anyone is interested in running for any of our board positions please send an email to before September 1st. Thank you!

Summer Updates.... 07/05

Happy summer everyone! The Fall schedule is posted on line and events are being planned for the winter season. Bands not registered for shows are asked to please do so as soon as possible. All winter show date requests are now due. The first round of confirmed winter show dates will be posted by July 15th. Promotions for winter guards and re classification of our winter percussion ensembles has been updated on the member page. The September meeting will be announced soon.

NESBA Scholarship Winners are: 06/14

Ed Denon Scholarship- Devin Vaillancourt North Middlesex Marching Band. Bill Elwell Scholarship- Hayley Gundlach Norwood High School. Jack Hahn Scholarship- Joseph Dunning Salem MA High School. Norman Gaudet Scholarship- Elaina Druid Reading High School.

NESBA June General Body Meeting and Fall Show Sign Ups 05/07

A reminder that the NESBA June General Body Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening June 13th at 6PM at Buca di Beppos in Dedham MA. Fall marching band registration is now open. Please support our local shows and register now for the fall season.

27th Lancers Foundation Scholarship 04/23

It is the goal of the Foundation to award two scholarships each year. One to be awarded to a person who is actively involved in Performing Arts, i.e., Drum & Bugle Corps, Winter Color Guard, College Band, High School Band, Percussion, Piano, etc. and one to be awarded to a person who is pursuing a career in higher education, i.e., School Teacher. APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BETWEEN MAY 1, 2012 - JULY 1, 2012

Congratulations to.... 04/22

Many NESBA percussion units had a great run at world championships.. congratulations to the following finalist: Dartmouth HS (Silver Medal). Mansfield HS Marching and Concert Percussion (Silver Medal) - GREAT JOB two ensembles from one school!!!!! Salem NH Percussion Ensemble, Salem MA Concert Percussion and the King Philip Percussion Ensemble.

Congratulations to Spirit of America 04/21

We are very proud of the Spirit of America Percussion Ensemble for being crowned the 2012 Independent Marching A World Champions. Stay tuned to for more percussion scores.

Congratulations to: 04/17

Blessed Sacrament World Guard and Salem Blue Independent A Class.. for making finals at the WGI championships this past weekend in Dayton Ohio.

It is Dayton Time!!!! 04/10

Best of luck to all of our member units attending the WGI Guard and Percussion championships over the next two weeks. Safe travels and have a great time!

Passing of one of our Founders.. Jim Guter 04/09

A memorial service will be held in Gloucester MA for one of the founding members of the NESBA organization, Jim Guter. Jim's family has asked that anyone wishing to attend contact them at The service will be held on Saturday, May 5th in Gloucester at the Elks at Bass Rocks on Atlantic Rd at 2:00PM. Jim was the band director at Gloucester HS in the 1970's and was instrumental in the development of the NESBA philosophy that all students deserve a chance to be great performers!! Our best wishes to the Guter family.

And that is the 2012 Winter Season!! 04/08

Congratulations to all of our percussion champions!!! A very gracious thank you to the Dartmouth Band Parents for once again, being great hosts. Have a great Spring season everyone and thank you for a very exciting 2012!

Percussion Finals Info On Line and Updated! 04/02

The percussion packet is on line and available for download under EVENTS and then New England Percussion Finals. In the file you will find your warm up times and list of TWO volunteers required from each group listed. Have a great week and we look forward to seeing everyone there.

Volunteer and Warm Up Information to be posted Monday.. 04/01

The final volunteer list and warm up schedules will be posted Monday afternoon. Please stay tuned.

Thanks New Bedford and Getting Ready for Percussion Finals 04/01

Thank you to the New Bedford Band Parents for hosting todays percussion event. Information for the New England Percussion Finals will be posted later on Monday of this week. Final order of appearance and any adjustments to the finals download will also be updated at that time.

Color Guard Dominates the Day! 04/01

Congratulations to all of our championship guards today. A special thank you to the wonderful people at Reading High School for their hospitality!!!!! Percussion finals information will be updated later on Monday. Have a fantastic week everyone.. and again thank you for being a part of the NESBA organization.

Reminders for Guard Championships 03/29

The show starts at 1PM and the doors will open to the public at 11:30AM. There is a full service kitchen available all day (The Reading Cafe). Please remind your two volunteers to sign in at the main lobby. There is no smoking on the school grounds and there is NO VIDEO TAPING allowed at this event. We look forward to seeing you there!!!

Congratulations to... 03/27

Blessed Sacrament World Guard for winning the WGI Regional this past weekend! Great work!!!!

Guard Finals Info Packet Updated. 03/26

Unit directors can obtain the Finals information download under the events tab. This download includes volunteer times, photo estimated times, warm up schedule and room assignments for when you arrive. Please note that some units do share rooms and we ask that each unit be supervised at all times. Have a great week and see you on Saturday.

Heading into Guard Championships....and another busy weekend ahead 03/25

Thank you to Melrose and Shepherd Hill High Schools for their amazing work and dedication to the last regular season of the year. Next up is guard championships and the New Bedford Percussion Showcase... Championship information will be posted by Monday evening. Sundays New Bedford Percussion show info is on line now.

Pre Order DVD's for Finals... 03/23

The Pre-Sale Discounted DVD's of the NESBA Championships are available now, for 1 week only. As a previous customer, you are given this opportunity before the last contests have occurred, to save 35%-60% on individual and event packages. This price will only be good until March 23, then the next tier pricing goes into effect through event, then day of event and later post-event pricing.

Triple weekend complete! 03/18

Ready for more guard and percussion? A great weekend ahead.. 1) Thank you Somerset for a wonderful day! 2) Melrose show on Saturday and Shepherd Hill Show on Sunday. 3) Best wishes to all of the units going to the NJ WGI Regional. We have a lot going on and finals weekends are almost here! Have a fantastic week and enjoy the great weather!!!!

Somerset High School Up Next! 03/17

Two shows down and Somerset left to go!!! Thank you Salem NH and Mansfield HS for your hospitality. Scores for the full weekend will be updated later on Sunday. Safe Travels!

Salem NH show music reminder.. 03/15

For all guards at the Salem NH show please remember to bring an extra copy of your music with you. With a double show day Gerard will be in Mansfield and Scott Hiser will be with us in Salem NH. Please make sure you check in at the sound table at the Salem show and confirm your music is set. Thanks.

Mass Judge Scholarships Available.. 03/14

MJA is offering TWO $1000.00 scholarships to a participating student performer. Please see the attached application form for details. Applications are due by March 23rd. Please do not miss out on this exciting opportunity. There are also FOUR $500.00 scholarships available from NESBA. This form is on line at and is due in May 2012.

Moving into a very busy weekend ahead... 03/11

First of all thank you to the Dover Band Parents for running a great show on Sunday. Special congratulations to Reading HS, Maine Attraction, Salem Blue and Blessed Sacrament World for being crowned the WGI New England Regional Champions. Next weekend we have three shows.. two on Saturday Mansfield and Salem NH and then on Sunday we head to Somerset MA. Good luck to everyone.

Dover Winter Guard featured on WMUR s NH Chronicle 03/06

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New England Guard Regional and Dover NH show up next 03/04

Thank you to King Philip and St Breandan's for their great work in hosting their events this past weekend. Next weekend is the Boston WGI guard regional in Salem Ma and then on Sunday we head to Dover NH for another great day of NESBA action. Have a great week and continued success to all!

Congratulations to.... 03/04

Spirit, Everett HS, Mansfield Concert Open and Dartmouth HS for their regional championship wins at the WGI Trumbull Percussion Regional. Great Job!!!!

MJA Scholarships available.. 03/02

The MJA scholarship is available to members of the organization. Please click on the link and return to MJA before March 23, 2012.

Marching Band Season Sign Ups On Line 03/01

On line registration for the 2012 Marching Band Season is now open. Remember, units who sign up early go on later in their division. Each band is required to perform at one regular season show to qualify for championships. Set your schedule now and lets make the 2012 Championships on Saturday, October 27th the best championship event yet!

WGI Percussion this weekend... 02/28

Good luck to all of our percussion units traveling to the Trumbull Percussion Regional this weekend.

Up next.. King Philip and St Brendans Home Shows!!! 02/26

After a very busy weekend in Dartmouth and Blackstone.. we are now off to Saturdays show at King Philip and then Sunday off to Reading HS for a show hosted by St Brendans. The season is kicking into high gear as we get all of our WGI Regional groups ready for the Boston Guard and Trumbull Percussion Regional(s). Can you believe we are headng into mid season already!! Good luck everyone!!!

Thank you St Ann's and off to South Shore and Blackstone Valley! 02/19

Thank you to all the units and fans who attended this weeks show. The next two events bring us to the south shore on Saturday in Dartmouth MA for a great percussion show down.. and then on Sunday to Blackstone Millville HS for another great guard and percussion event. Schedules for both events are on line. Lets make it another great weekend!

Another great event planned for this Saturday!!!! 02/13

The schedule is set for this Saturdays show in Salem MA hosted by St Ann's. Come on down and cheer on the first viewing of some of our great percussion talent and then.. come and support the WGI Trumbull Regional Champions.. Billerica HS, St Brendan's and Maine Attraction! See you there!!!!!!!!

Good luck! 02/08

To all of the units from NESBA attending the CT WGI Regional this weekend .. we wish you the best of luck!

Great first show... Thanks to Blessed Sacrament 02/05

The first show of the year is complete and we want to thank everyone for being a part of such a great day. Special congratulations to St Brendan's C Guard for their promotion to the Independent Regional A Class and to Norwood HS for their move to the Local Scholastic A Class. Thanks to the parents, friends and volunteers of Blessed Sacrament for hosting the show. See you on February 18th!!

Videos available on Saturday! 02/02

BFDTV will have videos available of your unit, shortly after you perform. Costs will be $15.00 a video. See the video crew in the stands when you arrive for more information.

Music Information... 01/19

For units who would like to send their music to Gerard here is his email.... Thanks and see you all soon!

Thank you and here we go.... 01/11

Thank you to all of the organizations who attended tonights winter meeting. As always, your support of the organization only helps the students have a great time at all of the events we host. Good luck to everyone and please stay tuned to the events section for show details and updated performance orders.

Congratulations!!!! 11/06

2011 New England Scholastic Band Association Champions are: Div. 1- Case HS Div. 2- Bishop Feehan HS Div 3- Melrose HS Div 4- Wakefield HS Div 5- Dartmouth HS. Great job everyone and thank you for a fantastic fall season!

Marching Band Finals Day Has Arrived! 11/05

Lawrence Veterans Stadium 240 Osgood St. Show starts at 11AM. Bus and Truck parking are located at Lawrence HS parking lots. Volunteers and Band Directors must check in at the main entrance gate. Gates open at 10AM for all fans. Good luck everyone and have a great day!

Marching Band Championships! 10/31

Sunday, November 6th at Lawrence Stadium. Start time is 11AM. Band parent volunteer information, warm up details and a map of the area will be posted Tuesday morning under the events tab. Good luck everyone!

What a great night of band! 10/22

WOW!!! Thank you Reading HS for a great night of marching band. Next weekend is a double header. Billerica on Saturday starting at 4PM.. a preview to championships.. and then NESBA FINALS next Sunday. More information will be posted this week regarding finals information. Good luck everyone and have a fantastic week!

New Scholarship Sponsor.... 09/28

We would like to welcome the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps as a new sponsor of our scholarship program. The Spartans along with Vic Firth help promote the educational goals of our organization and provide valuable resources to our students. Scholarship information is available on line and at all of our NESBA events.

NESBA season set to begin.. 09/19

The first show of the Fall Season will be held at Weymouth HS this Saturday evening. Click on the EVENTS tab for more show information. Don't forget to "friend us" on Facebook before the season starts. Good luck to all the bands!!!!

September General Body Meeting. 08/16

The Fall Season General Body Meeting will take place at Weymouth HS on Monday September 12th at 6PM. This meeting will include a review of the fall season, details for finals, a preview of the winter 2012 season and distribution of passes for the fall shows. See you there!

2012 Winter Schedule On Line 07/27

The 2012 winter schedule is available for VIEW ONLY on line. Registration will begin on October 1st. When reviewing the schedule please remember that some shows are guard only and some are percussion only. We do offer many combined shows as well. With so many requests for shows the opportunities to perform are many. Please do all you can to support as many shows as possible. Best Wishes!!!

Scholarship Winners!! 06/14

Norman Gaudet Scholarship- Liz Nadeau Melrose HS, Jack Hahn Scholarship- Lynette McLaughlin Bishop Feehan, Ed Denon Scholarship- Maria Franciosa Blackstone Millville HS, Bill Elwell Scholarship- Craig Simonetti Salem MA. Congratulations and best wishes in the future!

Have a great summer!! 06/14

Thank you to everyone who attended the June General Body Meeting. To all of our graduating seniors we wish you good luck! Stay tuned for September Fall Meeting details.

Debbie Torchia, New Judge Administrator for the organization! 05/16

We are pleased to announce that Debbie Torchia has accepted the Judge Administrator position for the organization. A very special thank you to Kathy Kerrins for her many years of service to NESBA. Debbie will be attending our June 13th General Body Meeting.. please be sure to say hi. Welcome Debbie!!

Rules Proposal Form 04/20

Rules proposals are due by May 15th. Proposals may only be submitted by active members in the organization. Please make sure all information is filled out before submitting. The By Law form can be found when you click on READ MORE. All forms should be sent to

Percussion WGI Finalists 04/17

Congratulations to Boston University, Salem NH, King Philip, Dartmouth HS, Portsmouth HS for their finalists placements at WGI Percussion Champions.

Portsmouth NH takes home the GOLD! 04/16

Congratulations to the members and staff of the Portsmouth Percussion Ensemble as they are the 2011 World Champions in Concert Percussion!!! Great Job!!!!

WGI Congratulations. 04/11

Congratulations to Blessed Sacrament World and A Guard, Salem Blue, King Philip and St Brendan's for a great week at WGI. Best of luck to our percussion units as they travel to Dayton this upcoming weekend.

NESBA Scholarship Form.. 04/05

The NESBA scholarship form can be located here. Click READ MORE to download the form. All applications should be mailed to Mr Joe Brogan by May 1st.

MJA Scholarships available.. 03/23

The Mass. Judges Assoc. (MJA) will be awarding TWO scholarships to members of the NESBA organization at the DCI Beanpot Invitational on July 2nd in Lynn MA. Please download the attached form. Thank you to MJA for taking the time to recognize the great students in our organization!!! Click on READ MORE ..

June By Laws Meeting Date 03/08

The June By Laws Meeting will take place in Dedham MA at Buca di Beppo (formerly Vinny T's) on Monday June 13th at 6PM. Details will be posted after the winter finals weekend.

2011 Fall Marching Band ON LINE NOW! 03/01

The 2011 marching band schedule is live and open for on line registration. Early registration means later performance times. Sign up today!

Massachusetts Drum Corps and Music Educators Hall of Fame 02/24

The Hall of Fame Welcomes the 2011 Inductees:

2011 Fall Schedule 02/07

The 2011 Fall Marching Band Championships will be held at Lawrence Memorial Stadium on Sunday October 30th. The full Fall Schedule can be found under events. On line registration will begin in the upcoming weeks. Plan your schedule now and be sure to include NESBA in your plans. Lawrence Stadium is a great venue!!!!

Scholarship Form Updated On Line.. 02/01

NESBA awards four $500.00 scholarships each year. The scholarship form has been updated and is now located under the FORMS section in the tool bar of the web site. Scholarship forms are to be submitted by May 1st of each year. Special thank you to Vic Firth for participating in our scholarship fund.

Help Musicians Hear For a Liftime! 01/24

Educate musicians about the importance of wearing hearing protection during practice and performance. Try the; ETY Plugs High-Fidelity Earplugs and cord

For 2011 Paperless Judging System 12/29

For the 2011 winter season, NESBA will be moving away from handing out the judges sheets and only distributing recaps at the end of each event. The paperless judging system has been used in many areas of the country and WGI is now going paperless as well. The topics of digital judging and paperless systems will be discussed at the January General Body Meeting.

2010 Fall DVD's! Great Deal! 11/02

The marching band championships DVD is now available at: The show day discount has been extended for just a few more days, so get it now!.

2010 Band Champions Are: 10/30

Division 1- Case HS, Division 2- Billerica HS, Division 3- Shepherd Hill Reg HS, Division 4- Malden HS, Division 5- Dartmouth HS, Great Job Everyone. Thank you for a fantastic season!!

Congratulations 2010 Scholarship winners.! 06/17


June 2010 By Laws Meeting Recap. 06/09

Thank you to all organizations who attended this years by-laws meeting. Please remember to sign up for your fall shows before the school year comes to an end. Have a great summer and we will see all of you in September at our Fall meeting!

Letter from a friend and supporter of NESBA.. 06/04