As part of its 2015 “Fairs and Festivals” tour, the Calgary Stampede Showband is travelling to Indianapolis next week. Hitting the road with western hospitality and catchy music straight from the Saddledome Steps, the Showband will compete in SoundSport and DrumLine Battle competitions, entertain crowds at the Indiana State Fair, and learn by watching world class drum corps in action. Announced this week, the Showband will also be performing its SoundSport set at the Drum Corps International (DCI) quarterfinals on Thursday, August 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium while the audience waits for the judges’ scores. This performance will be broadcast LIVE to theatres across the USA as part of DCI’s 12th annual “Big, Loud & Live” event which will be viewed by over 50,000 DCI fans in 600 theatres.

The Showband entertains crowds twice daily with a 45-minute set at the Saddledome Steps during the Calgary Stampede. Photo credit: Pat Johnston
The Showband entertains crowds twice daily with a 45-minute set at the Saddledome Steps during the Calgary Stampede. Photo credit: Pat Johnston

The annual DCI Tour for drum and bugle corps hits 17 North American cities and culminates with the World Championships in Indianapolis every August. 22 World Class Corps and 29 Open Class Corps will compete this year. In 2013, DCI launched DrumLine Battle and SoundSport, two new categories for competition designed to provide performance opportunities for other types of performance ensembles. The Showband will be one of 19 SoundSport teams on August 8, competing against groups from the United States, Canada, China, and Taiwan.

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“We are so excited to share a part of the Calgary Stampede with drum corps fans and be part of the entertainment for such an important event in the marching arts community”, says Aaron Park, the Calgary Stampede’s Director of Bands. “A performance at Lucas Oil Stadium that will be broadcast live across the USA is an incredibly unique and special opportunity for Showband members.”

The Showband will be broadcasting live throughout the tour on Periscope. Fans can sign up to receive notifications whenever the Showband is broadcasting content, including behind-the-scenes footage and live performances!