Calgary Stampede to host show band World Championship
Calgary – This year, in honour of the Calgary Stampede’s Centennial theme - We’re Greatest Together - the Stampede Visiting Bands committee is pleased to welcome competitors from around the world to compete in the 2012 World Association of Marching Show Bands (WAMSB) World Championship. Bands will compete in what is considered to be the largest and most well respected competition of its type in the world during the Calgary Stampede, July 6-15.
“We are thrilled to be hosting such a prestigious event, especially during our Centennial,” says Tim Neis, chair of the Calgary Stampede Visiting Bands committee. “What better way to celebrate than with visiting bands from North and South America, Europe and Asia.”
Calgary has previously hosted the World Championship in 1996 and 2000. On both occasions, the Calgary Stampede Showband won the event. In 2012, it hopes to win a third World Championship on home turf. The Calgary Stampede Showband has played for audiences the world over, including the 2012 Pasadena Tournament of Roses, private performances for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Buckingham Palace and Live! with Kelly. This international exposure has earned them a reputation as one the world’s finest marching ensembles.
Show band performances are a feast for the ears and eyes – bands use an entire football field to create entertaining and captivating formations. This year, the Calgary Stampede Showband will present their 2012 production The Legend Continues inspired by the sights and sounds of the Calgary Stampede from past to present. The Showband will take you on a musical and visual journey that mimics chuckwagon races, a cowboy getting ready to compete and the daily excitement of the Midway.
Competition dates and locations for the World Championships:
- July 6 – Calgary Stampede Parade (not an official WAMSB event though many competitors will participate)
- July 7 – Opening Ceremonies (McMahon Stadium) at 11:30 a.m.
- July 7, 8 – Show Band Competition (McMahon Stadium) at 12 p.m. and 10 a.m. respectively
- July 9 – Parade Competition (McMahon Stadium) at 10 a.m.
- July 10 – Finals & Awards Ceremony (Scotiabank Saddledome) at 6:00 p.m. (free with Park admission)
The Calgary Stampede Showband is one of the ways in which the Calgary Stampede continues to preserve western heritage and values and is designed to develop youth within the performing arts. It is funded in part by the Calgary Stampede Foundation and the Calgary Marching Show Band Association, both of whom receive part of the proceeds from the Calgary Stampede Lotteries. For more information, visit: csmarchingbands.calgarystampede.com or wamsb.org.
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