Many summer events in 2024!

WAMSB International is proud of the many sanctioned events occurring around the world, including many regional and international competitions, festivals and workshops.

The World Championships of Marching Show Bands will be held in Rastede, Germany in late June, followed by events in Poland and in Denmark, Malaysia and throughout Mexico, Central and South America.  

For more information, updates, photos and videos, please check our official social media page.


2026 WAMSB World Championships to be held in Mexico

-For Immediate Release-

WAMSB International is thrilled to announce the 2026 WAMSB World Championships are to be held in Oaxtepec, Mexico from July 9-12, 2026. The delegation from Mexico was present to hear the announcement at the WAMSB International Annual General Meeting held December 17, 2023. Registration will open later in 2024 and more information will be posted on the WAMSB website soon. Congratulations to the organizing committee on their successful bid to host.  It will be a very exciting event as it is the first time the World Championships will be held in Mexico.

The WAMSB World Championships are held each year in a different location around the world.  These Championships bring together bands from around the world in competition and in a spirit of connecting, sharing and celebrating.  The 2024 World Championships will be held this coming June in Rastede, Germany and the 2025 WAMSB World Championships will be held in late July 2025 in Indonesia.

For furthur information, please contact WAMSB International.





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

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”.