What does the Calgary Stampede Showband do the week before the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth? They go on tour across the Midwestern United States of course! This summer, the Showband will travel to perform in Minnesota and Wisconsin from June 24 to July 5, 2016, coming back to Calgary just in time for the 10-day Calgary Stampede.
Taking their unique brand of western hospitality and performance on the road, the Showband’s tour will include a stop at the Vikingland Band Festival in Alexandria, Minnesota. The Showband will perform in the Vikingland Band Festival parade (which features only marching bands!) and will perform its 2016 field production in exhibition at the what is considered the largest and most prestigious summer marching band competition in the Midwest.
Next, the Showband will travel to Wisconsion to participate in the Mid-American Competing Band Directors’ Association (MACBDA) circuit. The Showband will rehearse at the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater and perform in Appleton, Fort Atkinson, and Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The band will also attend the Rotary Music Festival in Cedarburg, Wisc., a Drum Corps International (DCI) event. Last year, the Showband toured to fairs and festivals across North America and wowed crowds with its fun performances at DCI quarterfinals, the Indiana State Fair, and Drumline Battle and SoundSport competitions in Indianapolis.
“This will be the first time that an ensemble from Alberta will be part of the Vikingland Band Festival,” says Calgary Stampede Director of Bands Aaron Park. “We are so excited to share the Calgary Stampede spirit with the Midwest.” Local audiences will be able to see the Showband’s 2016 production here in Calgary at Music ‘n Motion in May and Showbands Live! during the Stampede.