Watching my Daughter March in the Parade

Over 8 years my two daughters were members of the Red Deer Royals Marching Band. The Band still participates in the Calgary Stampede every year.  The band spends about five days in Calgary, usually bunking at a school, and participates in pancake breakfasts, in the parade, on the grounds and culminates with the Showband Championships in the Saddledome.  It is a very busy time for the band and their chaperones.

Every year those parents who weren’t able to chaperone made the trip to the Stampede to watch their kids and all the other bands that participate.  First it was the parade, for rookie band members a true test of their stamina, and then lots of performances and rehearsals to prepare for the Showband Championships.  It was always an exciting show, with lots of different bands each year.  There’s great anticipation, especially with the judging, with hopes of doing well and taking home some cash for the band at the end of the day.

It’s been many years since my girls were in the Royals, but we still go regularly to the Showband Championships to cheer on the bands, marvel in their field shows and reminisce about our days at the Stampede.

The second photo appeared in the Calgary Herald after the parade, it was exciting to see my daughter front and center on the Stampede page!

Noreen Odell
Red Deer