Everyone loves watching the Calgary Stampede Showband perform in the Calgary Stampede Parade and on the Saddledome Steps during the 10-day festival, but many don’t know that the Showband rehearses and performs in the community year round. During these cold winter months there are still many opportunities to appreciate the hard work that these 120 students invest in music and performance excellence. Below, learn about the Showband’s winter guard, indoor percussion and concert band activities and show your support at one of their upcoming performances!

Winter Guard 2013Winter guard is an indoor colour guard activity performed to recorded music. The Showband’s colour guard performs at judged competitions throughout Alberta, showcasing their precision and creativity through choreographed dance performance using equipment including the traditional flags, rifles, sabres, and other props. This year, the Showband’s winter guard show is called “A Woman’s World” and takes a humorous twist on this 1955 Good Housekeeping article. Featuring music from strong female artists, the winter guard show pokes fun at antiquated ideas about a woman’s place.

Indoor percussion (also called winter drumline) is an indoor percussion and marching activity featuring the Showband’s marching percussion section (called the battery) and front ensemble (called the pit) which combine music, marching and theatre to capture their audiences’ attention. The Showband’s winter drumline also travels throughout Alberta to compete in judged competitions. This year’s show is called “Storm” and evokes wind, rain, thunder, lightning and destruction.

Drumline 2013Concert band is the one time that you’ll find the Showband sitting still! In concert band, the Showband woodwind, brass and percussion sections perform challenging and diverse music that pushes the envelope of what a marching band traditionally does. In addition to showcasing the multifaceted nature of the Showband, participation in concert band activities contributes to the further education of its members. Over the past decade, the Showband has won the Gold Award for Community Concert Bands from the Alberta International Band Festival (AIBF) eight times and has won the award for Most Outstanding Community Concert Band seven times. This year, the Showband’s concert band repertoire includes “To Tame the Perilous Skies” by David Holsinger, “Giligia” by Alfred Reed, and “The Soul Has Many Motions” by John Mackey.

Concert band 2013

Upcoming performances include:

February 1 – Winter Guard and Drumline Performance in Magrath, AB

Feb. 2 – Concert Band Performance (Community Celebration) at the Rosza Centre

Feb. 8 & 9 – Winter Guard and Indoor Percussion Competition hosted by Bishop Grandin High School

Feb. 22 – Winter Guard performance in Edmonton

Feb. 16 – Arts in Motion (hosted by CS Showband) at Henry Wisewood High School

Feb. 23 – AIBF Performance at the Rosza Centre

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