Congratulations to the host city, Buckhannon, WV and all the participants of the 2023 WAMSB World Championships!  It was an incredible week of events, friendships, music, competitions and performances.  From Lee Greenwood performing at the opening ceremonies to the brass bands in the street festival, to the incredible fireworks at the closing ceremonies, it was an enormous success! 

The international panel of judges were thrilled with the diversity and excellence showcased to the sold out audiences each day.  For photos, press articles and more, check out the WAMSB Facebook Page, the 2023 WAMSB World Championships Facebook Page, or Championship Website.  There was also coverage on MARCHING.com

A huge thank you to host chair Randy Sanders and his large team of volunteers who were able to host such a fantastic week of events, celebrating marching band and bringing people from around the world together! 

It’s Championship Week!

We are thrilled to be holding our 2023 World Championships in Buckhannon, West Virginia, USA this week!

The organizers have done an incredible job to ensure this years’ championships are the best ever! The bands from around the world are finihzing their preparations and are ready to show the world their unique performances! 

For tickets, updates and to follow the events – please check our WAMSB Facebook page and the Host organizations WAMSB 2023 Championship webpage.


German WAMSB Qualifying Events announced

We are excited to now see more qualifying WAMSB events happening around the world.  Bands can participate in a sanctioned WAMSB event in order to qualify for future WAMSB World Championship events.

German based WAMSB qualifying rounds for the coming world championships in 2024 and 2025 include:

  • Rastede Music Days – held annually at the end of June/early July in Rastede, Germany
  • Crimmitschau/Saxony state championships 
  • Fanfaronade in Groitzsch September 15/16, 2023



Host City Flag Presentation

2022 World Championship host city, Bangkok, Thailand has officially presented the WAMSB Host City Flag to the 2023 host, Buckhannon, West Virginia,USA.  

The Music & Marching Arts International Association (MAI) would like to express our gratitude to the World Association of Marching Show Bands (WAMSB) for their support and for choosing Thailand to host the 2022 WAMSB World Championships.

We would like to send the “Host Country” flag and all the opportunities for the marching arts community to the next host in 2023 in Buckhannon, West Virginia, USA, with great success and all the smiles we received from participants.”

WAMSB Welcomes our newest Affiliates!


Robert Eklund, President & CEO of WAMSB International is pleased to announce the addition of two new nations to the WAMSB organization, El Salvador and Chile as our newest affiliates.  We look forward to working with these nations in supporting marching show bands, education and world class events in these countries.  They join the 23 other affiliates who continue to provide the very best opportunities for marching shows bands around the world. “It is very exciting to see WAMSB continue to grow as the largest organization in the world dedicated to marching show bands”.


2022 World Championships – Bangkok, Thailand

With the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 World Championships due to COVID-19, Ireland has chosen to move their 2022 championship dates to a later year.

WAMSB International is pleased to  grant official sanction to Bangkok, Thailand as host of the 2022 World Championships. 

“With the challenges of the pandemic, Ireland felt it was prudent to move their event back, which now allows Thailand to host. Thailand was originally planning to host the championships in 2020, so they are  thrilled to be able to host an incredible event in 2022.” said Chris Herard, Communications officer for WAMSB International. “Thailand had done so much planning before the pandemic struck, so this is really the best case scenario to ensure the 2022 Championships are world class” he added.