Over the past week and a half, the Calgary Stampede Showband has been travelling through the Midwest USA sharing the Calgary Stampede’s unique brand of western hospitality with American marching band and drum corps fans. Arriving back in town just in time for Stampede 2016, the Showband has been hard at work preparing for Showband’s Live! and showcasing what they can do for some new audiences. Here’s a look at where they’ve been and what they accomplished!
5 Five Fan Favourite Awards at the Vikingland Band Festival
If marching bands are your favourite part of a parade, you would LOVE this three day event in Alexandria, Minnesota. Showband performed in exhibition and took home fan favourite awards for drum feature, horn soloist, prop design and the Cardinal Spirit Award.
Two Clean Sweeps at MACBDA
They were rained out on the first night, but the Showband gave exceptional performances at the Mid American Band Director’s Association (MACBDA) events in Fort Atkinson and Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Showband won first place in the open class for both events, as well as awards for outstanding music, auxiliary, percussion, colour guard, and visual presentation.
50+ Hours of Rehearsal
The Showband got to work rehearsing at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks field to prepare for the 2016 Calgary Stampede. With only one day to rest between their tour and the first day of the Stampede, they wasted no time making sure everything will be perfect in time for Sneak-a-Peek, the Stampede Parade and Showbands Live!
2 Two Parades
The Vikingland Band Festival Parade in Alexandria on June 26 featured 24 marching bands with over 2,000 members! Just before heading home, the Showband got to participate in 4th of July festivities in Whitewater, Wisconsin.
One Special DCI Performance
Showband, the Calgary Round-Up Band, and the Calgary Stetson Show Band had the very unique opportunity to perform at the Rotary Music Festival, a Drum Corps International (DCI) event in Cedarburg, Wisconsin on July 3. Showband earned a standing ovation with its 2016 production “In Pursuit” and then members had the chance to watch and learn from nine of the USA’s best marching arts ensembles including The Cavaliers and Carolina Crown.