Calgary Stampede Showband contributes and competes in Brazil
Braganca Paulist, Brazil - Calgary’s very own Stampede Showband will be giving back to the community and competing to defend their world champion title in Brazil this week and weekend. The World Association of Marching Show Bands (WASMB) world championships are hosted in Braganca Paulista, Brazil July 30 through August 3.
With a record four world titles already, they are the world’s most successful showband ever, but their strong sense of community and philanthropy is equally important to this talented group of 124 musicians.
On Tuesday, July 29th, the Stampede Showband will be helping out by donating the materials and the hard work needed to paint, clean and repair a school for underprivileged children of Atibaia City known as Portal do Saber – Portal of Knowledge. This school aims to provide the highest level of education for even poor students, with 70 per cent of students paying little or nothing to attend. The administration and maintenance for the school is 100 per cent volunteer-driven, and all artwork and materials are sourced from reused, donated or refuse materials. The passionate volunteer work of the Showband is matched by the school’s volunteer principal.
"Education is my passion. Education is my life,” says Vivian Rodrigues Maria, volunteer principal of Portal of Knowledge. “I don't think about not being paid, or the hours, or getting on the freeway every day. It's about seeing a student grow and develop a passion for learning. I was born to be an educator."
The school’s upkeep is entirely by volunteer and donation, such as the efforts and materials provided by the Stampede Showband this week. This Brazilian contribution is a continuance of the Showband’s philosophy – well-known in the Calgary region for hundreds of performances benefiting charities, such as “Run for the Cure” and the Children’s Hospital parade. Whether it is here, engaging Calgarians in their own back yard, or abroad, the Stampede and the Showband have a passion for reaching out and becoming part of the local community.
After showcasing their hearts, the Showband begins showcasing its world-class talent, performing their preliminary round in the WASMB world championships at 4 p.m. MST on Friday August 1, with the competitions finals starting at 12 p.m. MST on Sunday August 3. The Calgary Stampede Showband is comprised of 124 musicians and dancers aged 16 to 21 years old, who perform more than 200 times each year in the community and around the world. The Calgary Stampede Foundation supports the program, designed to develop youth excellence and opportunities within the field of performance arts.
For a more complete schedule of the competitions events visit: http://wamsb-events.blogspot.ca/2013/12/2014-braganca-paulista-brasil-july-27.html
The band can also be found on social media using the hashtags #WAMSB2014 and #WAMSB and at:
MEDIA NOTE: For updates and to arrange media/Skype interviews Showband officials in Brazil, contact media relations, below. Video can be provided showing the showband doing volunteer work, via Dropbox, by Wednesday morning.
Calgary Stampede Foundation
Since its inception in 1994, the Calgary Stampede Foundation has worked to preserve and promote western traditions, culture and heritage through charitable giving as well as promoting and advancing character-building youth programs. The Foundation is currently working with community leaders and philanthropists to develop world class programs and facilities that ensure our western legacy is preserved for future generations. The Calgary Stampede is a shareholder of the Foundation, which is responsible for a number of youth-oriented programs including Stampede School, the Calgary Stampede Show Band and The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts.
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