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National convention band contest canceled

During American Legion Spring Meetings in Indianapolis in May, the National Convention Commission approved to suspend the 2014 American Legion National Convention Band Contest in Charlotte due to only one band stating they would participate.

The commission placed into effect for 2015 a rule that there must be a minimum of two participating bands in each class by June 1 of each year in order to conduct the contest at the national convention. The contest will resume at the 2015 convention in Baltimore if there are at least two participating bands in each class.

The 2013 competition in Houston featured only one band: the American Legion Band of Greater Kansas City (Mo.), making its 63rd consecutive appearance.

Note: In the June issue of The American Legion's monthly print newsletter Dispatch, it stated that the color guard contest for the Legion’s 96th national convention in Charlotte had been canceled when in fact it’s the band contest that has been canceled.


  1. At the Senate hearing on the VA health care organizations such as the American Legion, VFW and others seem to be echoing the attitude that there was an access problem but not a quality of care problem at the VA. On that same day, there was a town hall meeting at the Phoenix American Legion that certainly did not support this contention. It was clear that there are both, and even if it was only an access problem, that is a key part of the quality. Having almost been killed myself by two botched surgeries at the VA in Durham, NC in 2011, I would have to agree that those that say that "care" is an issue. You do your members a disservice by not speaking out loudly on this issue.
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