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HMKG among Europe's finest marching units
Norway has a strong tradition of marching, and one of the finest examples is "His Majesty The King's Guard" which serves as an ambassador for the King of Norway. This video features HMKG performing with incredible precision at the Norwegian Military Tattoo. (Don't miss the rifle segment at 2:45.) This band and drill team will perform near Oslo on June 21 during the Smagardistene/Stabekk School Band 100th Anniversary celebration, which will also feature bands from Minnesota and Norway.

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National Association of Music Parents (AMP) gains momentum
The National Association of Music Parents (AMP) is pleased to announce the addition of Paige's Music as a new sponsor, as well as the establishment of a new strategic partnership with Drum Corps International. Full story >> joins the national SupportMusic coalition to strengthen music education in schools
Support Music logo has joined the SupportMusic Coalition, a public service led by U.S.-based NAMM and MENC, that seeks to strengthen community commitment and support for quality music education in schools. Full story >>
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Vikingland Band FestivalJUNE 28: Minnesota Brass and band from Norway performed at Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship. Results >>

WAMSB World ChampionshipsJULY 1-6: Denmark hosts 50 bands from 12 nations for the 2015 WAMSB World Championships.

National Independence Day Parade JULY 4: Bands from 14 states will march in in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, DC.

Philadelphia Independence Day Parade JULY 4: The historic Philadelphia Independence Day Parade marches in front of Independence Hall.

Calgary Stampede Parade and Showbands LiveJULY 3-7: Calgary Stampede Parade and Showbands Live feature bands from around the world.

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PHOTO GALLERIES: WGI Color Guard Photos, WGI Percussion Photos and WGI Winds Photos
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2015 DCI Tour Premiere DCI Tour Premiere in theaters June 17
Fans will get an early-season look at top drum & bugle corps performing LIVE during the fifth-annual DCI Tour Premiere on Wednesday, June 17. Full story >>

2015 Calgary Music N Motion Photos Calgary area bands make outdoor debut at Music 'N Motion
Bands in the Calgary area got a jump start on the summer field show season at the annual Music 'N Motion exhibition. Images by contributing photographer Pat Johnston. View gallery >>

2015 Tournament of Roses Parade Photos Photo Feature: 2015 WGI World Championships
View photos of more than 220 units from the 2015 WGI Percussion, Winds and Color Guard World Championships. View galleries >>

Chesapeake H.S. Band (Ohio) Double Thumbs Up for the Mighty
The 45-member marching band from Chesapeake, Ohio, wasn't the loudest and didn't make semi-finals at the BOA Grand National Championships, but the band did make an impression. The 13th Chair author DJ Corchin offers his unique observations.
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2015 Nice Carnival Flower Parade Photos Creative floats and costumes delight crowds at 2015 Nice Carnival flower parade
Contributing photographer Hans Kloppert traveled to the French Riviera to capture the color and creativity of the 2015 Carnaval de Nice. View gallery >>

Cavalcade of Bands Honor Band Cavalcade of Bands Honor Band ready to bloom in Rose Parade spotlight
The Cavalcade of Bands Honor Band will be fully decorated in the Tournament of Roses Parade, with band members wearing 2,400 roses on their specially designed uniforms.
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Peer Leadership Lead by example: How to be a "leader" without the title
Strong student leadership is a necessity to achieve success in the marching arts. But you may be surprised to know who the 'leaders' are. Full story >>

Traveling Efficiently Traveling Efficiently
Traveling with hundreds of marching band students can sometimes be a headache, but with preparation and communication, your trip can go smoothly. Full story >>

From The 13th Chair Trombone Player Seen and Heard at BOA 2014
Columnist DJ Corchin shares his annual Top 20 Most Hilarious Things Seen or Overheard at the 2014 Bands of America Grand National Championships! Full story >>

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