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.
— Chicken Permission (@gillylovesband) 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
15 coach buses
22 bus drivers
84 hours on the highway
5 truck drivers
2 equipment trucks
— DCI's SoundSport (@SoundSport) August 8, 2015
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
1 SoundSport competition performance
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.