If the weather forecast is true, there won’t be a better place to take cover on Stampede Park tomorrow than in the Saddledome watching some of the best marching show bands from around the world compete at Showbands Live!
This premiere musical and marching showcase will feature marching bands from around the world (like Australia and the U.S.) and around the corner (like the winner of Best Junior Band in this year’s Stampede Parade, Calgary’s own Round Up Band).
All competing bands will perform in the afternoon preliminary competition beginning at 1:00 p.m. The slate is wiped clean and the afternoon finalists compete during the evening round starting at 6:00 p.m.
These talented youth combine musical elements from marching, pop, jazz and classical styles – adding dance, creativity, colour and choreography – to present world-class musical and visual performances. An international panel will judge the field of competitors who will vie for top honours and a share of $18,000 in prize money.
Watch for exhibition performances from the crowd pleasing Band of Outriders and one of the largest visiting bands we’ve ever seen here in Calgary – the Second Time Arounders from Arizona, a group almost 300 strong. A new champion of Showbands Live will collect their title at the Awards Ceremony at 9 p.m.
Admission to the Pengrowth Saddledome is free with Park entry.
Marching bands can be enjoyed daily during the 10 days of Stampede in non-competitive performances at Stampede Park, Fluor Rope Square and Stampede breakfasts and events throughout the city. Check out the Calgary Stampede Visiting Bands page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @Showbandslive for complete daily schedules.