A Marching Band Tour by the Numbers

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.

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

15 coach buses

22 bus drivers

84 hours on the highway

5 truck drivers

2 equipment trucks

600 theatres showing a live broadcast of the Showband’s Lucas Oil Stadium performance on Aug. 6.

50,000 Aug. 6 Big, Loud & Live theatre viewers

20,000 audience members in Lucas Oil Stadium on Aug. 6

45 minutes of memorized music

3 drumline battles against McMaster University, the Diplomats, and the Academy

1 SoundSport competition performance

18 SoundSport ensembles performing the SoundSport anthem

42 hours spent altering uniforms

950 uniform pieces


While the Showband loves to travel, the Calgary Stampede also hosts visiting bands during the 10 days of Stampede each summer. Information about opportunities for visiting bands is available on the Visiting Bands website.

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