On September 26 and 27, come get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the Calgary Stampede’s most unique areas. The Stampede tour was among Doors Open YYC’s most popular last year, and we are thrilled to be participating once again. This year, check out the Young Canadians’ costumes, enjoy the view from the Eye in the Sky, get an up-close look at the chutes, and new this year, tour the Infield suites.
Under bright blue skies, dozens of Calgary Stampede horses enjoy some rest and relaxation after a night at the rodeo. It’s life on the road. And judging by the recent run of success at rodeos south of the border, it’s a lifestyle that definitely agrees with them.
Fascinating. Beautiful. Incredible.
Those are just a few of the words visitors used to describe their experience at the Calgary Stampede OH Ranch for Alberta Open Farm Days! The Calgary Stampede is proud to have welcomed more than 500 people on Sunday, August 23. This is the first time, since the historic property was gifted to the Calgary Stampede Foundation in 2012, that the OH Ranch has opened its gates to the public.
This month, the Calgary Stampede Showband took the Calgary Stampede’s western spirit and hospitality to fairs and festivals across North America including Red Deer Westerner Days, K Days in Edmonton, the Saskatoon Ex, and the Indiana State Fair. Along the way, the Showband entertained huge crowds, competed in international DrumLine Battle and SoundSport competitions, and learned by watching other elite performance ensembles in action at the Drum Corps International (DCI) Finals.
— Gilly Savard (@zebrakissez76) August 11, 2015
Here’s a breakdown of what’s involved with taking a marching band on tour:
119 talented and hardworking performers
19 tour staff and instructors
7 tour volunteers and chaperones
800 hours of rehearsal throughout the year
4 fairs and exhibitions
54 appearances and performances
The Calgary Stampede Showband was in Indianapolis, Ind. last week for the Drum Corps International’s (DCI) SoundSport and DrumLine Battle competitions. After facing off against the best of the best in the Marching Music’s Major League, we are proud to report that the Stampede Showband achieved a gold rating in the SoundSport competition for the all-age, more than 50 members category! The Showband also won Best in Show for SoundSport!
A front row seat at the rodeo is always worth a little dirt in my lip gloss, and the Calgary Stampede’s top bucking horses and bulls were definitely kicking up the dust at the Strathmore Stampede this past weekend. Unable to make the finals on Monday, I knew I could still catch some great rides during the first performance on Friday. Lynx Mountain is one of our horses that cowboys can count on for a top score, and she did not disappoint. Josh Harden cashed in on her strength and consistency for an 85, putting him in a tie for first in Saddle Bronc and earning him trip to the finals on Monday.
Most fans of the marching arts know that the 2015 drum corps season comes to a close next weekend at the Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championships, which are going to be bigger than ever. There are a record number of 19 teams competing in SoundSport on Aug. 8, including several Canadian teams (our own Calgary Stampede Showband, the Diplomats (Ontario), and the McMaster Marching Band), two teams from China, and one from Taiwan! If you can’t make it to Indianapolis to see the drum and bugle corps, SoundSport, and DrumLine Battle teams in action, we’ve put together a list of Periscope accounts to follow for behind-the-scenes and in-front-of-the-action content from groups and individuals that will be there.
Know of other groups and individuals that are broadcasting fantastic content about the marching arts and music education? Let us know in the comments!
1. Drum Corps International (@DCI)
This one goes without saying. The official Periscope of Marching Music’s Major League has been posting scores and other fantastic content all season long from their events across the United States. Continue reading