During the 2012 Centennial celebration, the  the Visiting Bands committee of the Calgary Stampede had the distinct honour of hosting 17 of the world's best marching show bands as part of the World Association of Marching Show Bands (WAMSB) World Championships.

WAMSB is an international band association dedicated to promoting global communication and interaction between marching show bands.  It also aims to encourage active participation in marching show bands universally, to strengthen the movement internationally, and to stimulate the staging of world class band events.

The Marching Show Bands World Championships is considered to be the largest and most well respected competition of its type in the world.  It represents not only a great way to showcase the hard work and dedication required to build a world class show band, but also provides an excellent opportunity for leading marching corps from around the world to take part in learning, cultural exchange, and fellowship.

The Calgary Stampede previously hosted this event in 1996 and 2000.

For more information regarding WAMSB, including the preliminary results, please visit the VBC website, www.csmarchingbands.calgarystampede.com.