2021 Championships Cancelled


We are saddened to announce that the 2021 WAMSB World Championships for Marching Show and Concert Bands has been cancelled due to COVID-19.  We thank the host committee for all their hard work and preparations and for taking this important action to keep everyone safe.

We look forward to being back in Rastede, Germany in the future. 

2023 World Championships


January 1, 2021

Robert Eklund, President & CEO  of the World Association of Marching Showbands (WAMSB) is pleased to announce the 2023 World Championships will be held in Buckhannon, West Virginia July 18-24, 2023. More information will be released very soon on the event and how to be involved.

For more information, please contact Chris Herard, Director of Communications, WAMSB International.



COVID-19 Response – 2020 World Championships

Official Press Release 

2020 WC Thailand Covid Announcement


In response to the global pandemic, WAMSB International, and Music and Marching Arts International Association (Thailand) have decided to postpone the 2020 WAMSB World Championships until further notice.

Bangkok, Thailand: WAMSB International together with Music and Marching Arts International Association are saddened to announce the disruption of the 2020 WAMSB World Championships for Marching Show Bands set to take place in Thailand this July. With the World Health Organization declaring a global pandemic with the COVID-19 virus, WAMSB International and Music and Marching Arts International Association have decided to postpone the 2020 WAMSB World Championships until further notice. The health and safety of our members, participants, judges, volunteers and staff are our first priority.

This situation will continue to be closely monitored by both WAMSB and Music and Marching Arts International to ensure the safest environment for all performing groups and audience members. 

Updates will be provided as they become available. 

We wish all of our friends around the world good health and safe living.

2020 Sanctioned Events update

*** COVID-19 UPDATE *** All events cancelled or postponed until further notice. Check back here for updates. 

2020 promises to be a very exciting year for WAMSB around the world.  Here are some of the sanctioned events occurring in 2020.  More to come!

WAMSB Judges ClinicFeb 1-2, 2020Radom, Poland
Color Gaurd CompetitionMarch 21, 2020Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
Gorzow Wielkopolski Band FestivalMay 16-17, 2020Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland
Sarawak Concert & Marching Band FestivalJune 27-28, 2020Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Rasteder MusiktageJuly 3-5, 2020Rastede, Germany
Polish ChampionshipsJuly 9-12, 2020Radom, Poland
International Directors of Marching Bands CongressJuly 10-12, 2020Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
Malaysia International Marching Arts ChampionshipsJuly 23- 25, 2020Selangor, Malaysia
Celtic Band FestivalJuly 24-26, 2020Limerick, Ireland
World ChampionshipsJuly 29-August 2, 2020Bangkok, Thailand
2nd Annual Latin American CupNovember 6-8, 2020Puebla, Puebla, Mexico

2020 Rasteder Musiktage – 2021 World Championship Qualifying information…

March, Marchingparade, Show und Concert Contest

Qualifying to the World Championship 2021 Rastede – Germany

65 Years International „Rasteder Musiktage!

Drum Corps Europe Contest (DCE)

World Associaton of Marching Show Band (WAMSB)
European Open Championship

Dear Musicans,
In this letter we will make the International Days of Music accessible for you. 65 Years we as the association of Rasteder Musiktage e. V. organizing one of the famous music festivals all over Europe. We made it our business to bring the people together, sharing the music out in a friendly way. Every Year more than 3.000 musicians with 10 nationalities will come to Rastede. They challenge each other in 100 assessments. The bands are competing in different categories against each other. You can take a part in this festival presenting your music to an audience of more than 8.000 people.  We are looking forward to seeing you and your band next year at one of the oldest music festivals in one of the beautifulness countryside in the north-western of Germany.

If youre interested in further information about us and the International
Days of Music please visit or webpage www.rastedermusiktage.de / www.facebook.com/rastedermusiktage or Contact us per Mail.

Marsch, Marschparade, Show und Konzert Wettbewerb

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,
wir sind Veranstalter eines der größten und schönsten Musikveranstaltungen dieser Art in Europa und möchten Ihnen die Internationalen Rasteder Musiktage vorstellen. Seit 65zig Jahren veranstalten wir unsere Rasteder Musiktage. Der Verein, Rasteder Musiktage e.V. hat sich insbesondere die Aufgabe gestellt, interessierte Musikvereine zusammenzuführen und in freundschaftlicher Weise die Musik zu pflegen, zu fördern und zu verbreiten. 3000 Musiker und Musikerinnen aus 10 Nationen musizieren vor ca. 8000 Zuschauern und stellen sich bei 100 Wertungskämpfen der internationalen Jury.
Zur Ausspielung gelangen die 15. Offene Europameisterschaft.
Die Internationalen Rasteder Musiktage sind stets darum bemüht, Musikvereine und Kapellen aus der ganzen Welt, nach Rastede zu bekommen. Es handelt sich hier um Spielmannszüge, Fanfarenzüge, Showbands, Drum Corps, Orchester, Tanzgruppen und Schuhplattlern. In den vergangenen 64zig Jahren waren schon 33 Nationen in Rastede zu Gast. Schon vor dem Fall der Mauer waren z.B. Vereine und Gruppen aus Polen und der DDR in Rastede. In den letzten Jahren wurden auch die Anfragen aus Ost und Süd Europa immer mehr.
Wir würden uns freuen, Ihren Verein in 2020 bei einem der ältesten Musikfestivals im Norden von Deutschland begrüßen zu können. Weitere
Informationen finden Sie auch auf unserer Homepage www.rastedermusiktage.de / www.facebook.com/rastedermusiktage.

Mit musikalischen Grüßen/ Best Regards
Rasteder Musiktage e.V.
Stefan Scheffler

Tel. +49-4402-82822
Fax +49-4402-986634

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2020 WAMSB Annual General Meeting

The 2020 WAMSB Annual General Meeting will be held December 18, 2019 at 1:00 PM (Central Standard Time) at the Hilton and Towers in Chicago, IL,  USA during the Midwest Clinic. The room will be posted in the Midwest Clinic program and on the notice board of the Hilton.   

All are welcome to attend.

If you would like to attend online, contact us and we will send you instructions of how to join the meeting. 

2019 Sanctioned event updates

In addition to the World Championships, the following events have been Sanctioned by WAMSB in 2019. We know the organizers and participants are working hard towards these dates and will have fantastic events. This page will be updated as new events are announced.

March 24, 2019 – 1st technical workshop and training in the one world judging system WAMSB. Bogotá – Colombia

May 30 – June 2nd, 2019 – German Championship – Osnabruck, Germany

June 14 – 16, 2019 – Brazil Music Contest – Piracaia, Brazil

June 28-30, 2019 – Rasteder Musiktage – Rasede, Germany

July 19-24, 2019 – Brazil Music Contest – Maripra, Brazil

July 24-27, 2019 Asia Junior Marching Band Championships 2019 – Malaysia

July 26-28, 2019 – Celtic Band Festival, Limerick, Ireland

August 28- September 3, 2019 – India Nationals

October 2-5, 2019 Asia Pacific International Schools Marching Band Championships – Bengaluru

October 24 – 26, 2019 Copa Latinoamericana. Puebla, Mexico

November 10, 2019 Wamsb Colombia regional’s competitions. Bogotá – Villavicencio – Cúcuta

November 29 – 30, 2019 Cartagena de Indias Open Championship, Cartagena – Colombia.

December 1, 2019 WAMSB National Congress 2019. Cartagena – Colombia

2020 World Championship in Thailand Information released!

2020– WAMSB World Championships

  • 29 July – 2 August : WAMSB World Championship 2020
    Tentative schedule:
    29 July : Opening Ceremony and reception. (Main Hall, Thailand Cultural Center)
    30 July : All Concert Band categories (Main Hall, Thailand Cultural Center)
    31 July : Concert Band categories cont. or marching related categories.
    1 – 2 August : All marching-related categories. (Indoor Stadium Huamark – tentative venue.)
  • All events will be held indoors due to Thailand’s weather at that time. (Hot and rainy season.) Indoor stadium performance area will be 40 x 30 yards. (Similar to world championship in Jeju, South Korea and in Japan.)
  • Accommodations, transportation and sightseeing packages can be arranged for interested participants.

WAMSB World Championships 2020 & 2021 Announced

At the 2018 AGM held December 19th in Chicago, World Championship hosting applications were accepted and granted for 2020 and 2021. Congratulations to the host affiliates!

2020: Bangkok, Thailand
2021: Rastede, Germany

Applications for 2022 and beyond are currently being accepted.

Watch this website for application information for these championship events.