The Stampede Showband provides an unique musical and learning experience - the dynamic, performance oriented educational program offers young musicians and dancers an opportunity to expand their skills and perform for thousands of people.
The Stampede Showband makes over 200 appearances during the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. And, as Calgary's "Musical Ambassadors to the World," the band have presented their unique brand of entertainment to audiences the world over. This international exposure has earned them a reputation as one of the world's finest marching ensembles.
Membership in the Stampede Showband is open students between the ages of 16 and 21 from Calgary and the surrounding area. Students should have past musical or dance experience, however marching experience is not necessary. Members must have a strong desire to further develop their musical skills and showmanship.
Open auditions are held annually in late May or Early June. Auditions require each individual to prepare several short excerpts and exercises in advance, to demonstrate their technique and learning abilities by participating in a marching session, and to complete an interview with two of our evaluators. Successful candidates will be notified prior to the Ten Days of Stampede at the beginning of July, with their membership beginning in late August.
The Stampede Showband program is designed to develop youth within the performance arts. Each member of the organization is committed to seeing members achieve musical, performance and personal excellence.
A high level of commitment and dedication to the group is expected of all staff, members and volunteers; in turn an environment is created where members develop independence and a strong work ethic. Members of the Showband gain a true understanding of commitment and time management skills.