Welcome to our 26th Affiliate – Panama!


Welcome to our newest affiliate – Panama!

Some background information from our newest affiliate:

Panamarching507 is a non-profit organization that seeks to positively encourage the musical development of school’s marching bands and professional marching bands who compete internationally, as well as promoting percussion skills and educational musical projects in Panama.

We welcome Virgilio Escala Sandoval, Fermin Aguilar, Erick De León and the rest of the Panama Board to the WAMSB family!

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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. 


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 17-24, 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 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.