This year, the Calgary Stampede challenged Calgarians by asking them, “What kind of champion are you?” For Calgary Stampede Showband members, the answer was easy: We’re WORLD champions. The Showband is currently the only marching showband in the world to ever win the World Association of Marching Show Bands (WAMSB) world championship title four times and next week they’ll compete in Brazil with the aim to bring the total to five with their 2014 field show, “Aurora”.After a year of hard work (over 200 performances and nearly 800 hours of rehearsal!) Showband members travel to Bragança Paulista this weekend, an area just outside of Sao Paulo, where they’ll spend more time rehearsing to perfect their performance and compete in the WAMSB Brazil world championships from July 30 to August 3. Other marching show bands competing next week include ensembles from Germany, Poland, Guatemala, Venezuela, Colombia, Uruguay and Brazil.The Showband is also the only marching ensemble to ever win back-to-back WAMSB titles. In 2012, they won at home in Calgary with a field show called, “The Legend Continues”, which paid homage to the Calgary Stampede’s centennial. Last year, the Showband won in Japan with their field show titled “Momentum”, earning a score of 94.4 – the standard of distinction for marching show bands.“Aurora”, a stellar production inspired by the Roman goddess of dawn and the lights of the northern sky, is designed by the Showband’s local staff and elite show designers from around North America. The Showband’s Director, Aaron Park, says that tours and competitions like WAMSB are an amazing experience for Showband members. “”I am so proud of the band’s hard work. We are excited to take the Calgary Stampede’s western hospitality to Brazil and share our passion for music with fans from around the world.”
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