Celtic Band Festival

A note from the festival director:

Dear Friends

We’re now only 7 weeks away from our festival in Limerick and I wanted to reach out to all of our judges and VIP guests and give you all an update.

As it’s our inaugural year, we’ve been busy laying the groundwork for the festival. Making sure we have a well-constructed event management plan including all policies and procedures for the wellbeing and safety of our musicians, guests, and volunteers. This set’s us up nicely for future festivals and wins the trust of our both our commercial and local authority partners.

Earlier in the month, we launched a new website which will be added to over the coming weeks with details of the competitions, rules, and news. You can check it out at www.celticbandfest.com. This new website will allow us to start promoting our festival for future years. We’ve opened registration for both our 2020 and 2021 festival and have already received quite a bit of interest. Thanks to everyone for spreading the news of the new festival!

Our Irish bands are excited at the prospect of the new festival and will attend events throughout the two days in good numbers. Our hope is that over the coming years,  this multi-disciplinary festival will encourage bands to participate in events and performances that they previously wouldn’t have considered.

Judges and VIP guests will be contacted over the coming days by Lorna from the festival team to help them make arrangements. If you have any questions at all, please contact me or Lorna over the coming days and weeks.




Keith Kelly | Festival Director

M: +353 86 1683220 | E: director@celticbandfest.com

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Welcome to our 22nd Affiliate – WAMSB India!

We are pleased to welcome India to WAMSB International! We are thrilled to support the marching band activity in India and look forward to many wonderful events.

2019 Sanctioned events include the India National Championships being held August 28-31, 2019 and the Asia Pacific International Schools Marching Band Championship being held in Bengaluru from October 2-5, 2019! More information will follow.

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.

Another New Affliliate Announcement!

WAMSB International is proud to welcome our newest affiliate: Association of Majeediyya Band Alumni (AMBA) : Maldives

We look forward to working together to promote marching band in this beautiful part of the world.

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.

Host flag passed to Canada for 2019

Congratulations to organizer Canon Huang and his team for producing a very fine 2018 World Championship Event. The WAMSB Host City flag was passed to next year’s host city of Calgary, Alberta in a ceremony at the final event in Taipei, Taiwan. Thank you Taipei, and we look forward to welcoming many bands to Calgary, Canada in 2019.

Mr. Huang passes the official host city flag to Ms. Alexandra Burdeyney, representing the host committee from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Poland WAMSB event a great success!

(above) Flag ceremony (below) Jury Members for Alte Kameraden Band Festival in Gorz√≥w Wielkopolski, Poland on May 19/20, 2018: (l-r) Mike Townsend, CA – Pawel Joks, PL – Hans-Dieter Buschau, DE – Konrad Borycki, PL — Hans-Dieter Buschau, WAMSB International Board Member for Germany & Europe, was also the Supervising Judge while Mike Townsend, WAMSB International Vice President also acted in the capacity of WAMSB Event Official. — The Jury was impressed with all of the band performances at the festival. Congratulations Alte Kameraden Band Festival.

Official results are posted on the WAMSB event results webpage.