The World Association of Marching Show Bands (WAMSB), an international association dedicated to the fostering and growth of the worldwide marching band community, will be hosting its world championship in the City of Buckhannon, West Virginia, USA on July 17- July 24, 2023. This is the first event held in the U.S. in six years and the first time it has been hosted on the East Coast.

WAMSB is comprised of members from 32 nations from around the globe, representing 24 band associations, their bands and visitors. Buckhannon, Upshur County, and West Virginia welcome the opportunity to be viewed on a world stage and we look forward to highlighting the Mountain State. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to come together to experience the sounds and visual talent of other cultures and be immersed in the unique art, music, and culture of Appalachia.

The theme of this year’s competition is Uniting the World Through Music. The theme rings true by having nearly all corners of the world united in one place for a week-long extravaganza.


July 19, 2023
Grammy Award Winner Lee Greenwood
at the World Association of Marching Show Bands Opening Ceremonies
WVWC Ross Field, Buckhannon, WV
July 20, 2023
Field Parade Competition
WVWC Ross Field
July 20, 2023
Drumline Competition
WVWC Ross Field
July 20, 2023
Concert Band Competition
WVWC Virginia Thomas Law Performing Arts Center
July 23, 2023
The United States Marines Drum and Bugle Corps
at the World Association of Marching Show Bands Closing Ceremonies
WVWC Ross Field, Buckhannon, WV


For the thousands who will be joining us, we will have an array of activities throughout the town. Some activities are unique to our area and all will be enjoyable.


The WAMSB 2023 Buckhannon Host Committee is in need of volunteers to help make next year’s competition a success. Click below if you or someone you know would like to volunteer.


  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • El Salvador
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Nigeria
  • Poland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United States
  • Venezuela
Clear Bags ONLY will be permitted at ALL WAMSB events held at WVWC Ross Field. NO exceptions!
We have some available for purchase at the WAMSB Gift Shop (MIB Gallery on Main Street, Buckhannon)