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 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



New Affiliates, Competitions, Training and 2025 World Championship Applications

WAMSB International is pleased to inform our members of many exciting developments, including welcoming our 26th and 27th National Affiliates to the WAMSB family.  Official announcements will be happening soon.  

Many competitions are now being organized and are running post-pandemic.  We are so excited to hear of the events now happening again around the world.  Let us know about yours!

Applications for the 2025 World Championships will open soon.  We are working closely with the host organizing committee and will soon be able to accept applications to participate! Applications for 2024 in Rastede, Germany are open now.  

The 2023 World Championships in Buckhannon, West Virginia, USA are going to be the finest yet – we will be releasing many exciting initiatives and plans very soon.  If you can’t join us in person, stay in touch with our social media pages and this website.



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.”

2022 WAMSB World Championships Results



WAMSB International is pleased to report the 2022 World Championships held in Bangkok, Thailand were a great success.  We would like to congratulate all the participating bands and extend our gratitude to the organizers and supporters of the event, who did a wonderful job in presenting our first Championship after the pandemic. 

You can view all the performances, obtain results and overviews HERE