Calgary Stampede Visiting Bands Committee Home >

Calgary Stampede to host the World's Best Marching Show Bands

The call is now going out to show bands around the world to attend this prestigious event in 2012 which also marks the 100th anniversary of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

The World Association of Marching Show Bands (WAMSB) World Championships is considered to be the largest and most well respected competition of its type in the world. The Visiting Bands committee will host between 30 and 50 marching show bands from around the world during the Calgary Stampede, July 6-15, 2012.

"We're thrilled to host a prestigious event like this during our 100th anniversary," says Roderick Tate, Calgary Stampede entertainment manager. "Not only will they participate in the competition, but they'll also take part in other events, including the Stampede Parade, Caravan breakfasts, Rope Square and other functions on and off Park."

The competition dates for the World Championships have been identified:

July 6, 2012 - Calgary Stampede Parade (Downtown Calgary)
- not an official WAMSB event, limited space available

July 7, 2012 - Opening Ceremonies (McMahon Stadium)

July 7, 8, 9, 2012 - Show Band Competition (McMahon Stadium)

July 9, 2012 - Parade Competition (McMahon Stadium)

July 9, 2012 - Drum Battle (Downtown Calgary, Olympic Plaza)

July 10, 2012 - Finals & Awards Ceremony (Scotiabank Saddledome)

WAMSB Prelims Schedule

prelimScores finalScores

Tickets on sale now!
Order Tickets Now
Click on the parade button below to view information regarding the Parade Competition.


Competing Bands
Berittener Fanfarenzug Freckenhorst e.V. Bishop Grandin Marching Ghosts Calgary Round Up Band
Calgary Stampede Show Band Calgary Stetson Show Band Chien Kuo H.S. Marching Band
Fanfarenzug Potsdam Helsingør Pigegarde Linkoping Youth Concert & M.B
Mission Viejo H.S Marching Band Phitsanulok Drum & Bugle Corps Red Deer Royals Marching Band

The Calgary Stampede continues to host its annual "Showbands Live" and previously hosted the World Association of Marching Show Band Championships in 1996 and 2000. The 2013 World Championships is being held in Chiba, Japan and the 2014 event is taking place in Atibaia, Brazil.

Download the information package for 2012 WAMSB Championships in either PDF or Word Format.
Refer to the Judging document for information regarding Rules, Scoring, and Timings.

©2012-2013 Calgary Stampede Visiting Bands Committee - All Rights Reserved. Home | Applications | Parade | Showband | Results | Contact
TWITTER Facebook RSS Feed