The Cranbrook Bugle Band is pictured taking shelter from  a sudden hail storm during the Calgary Stampede.

The Cranbrook Bugle Band is pictured taking shelter from a sudden hail storm during the Calgary Stampede.

Bugle Band takes 2nd place at Stampede

Band took the inclement weather in stride and took a second place performance in the junior band category at the Calgary Stampede

Trevor Crawley

Despite getting caught in a downpour, the Cranbrook Bugle Band took the inclement weather in stride and took a second place performance in the junior band category at the Calgary Stampede’s opening weekend.

Showing off their new uniforms, the band performed selections of their own choosing for a half hour while braving a sudden hail storm.

In addition to the performance of the Cranbrook Girls Bugle Band, many other groups in a half a dozen other categories competed for six titles and prize money.

Show bands merge musical elements, dance and choreography, and present world-class musical and visual performances.

They are judged, out of a possible score of 100, on a number of elements including: what is heard (music), what is seen (visual), and the overall impact of the program’s visual and musical design.

“Bands are evaluated based on a number of different criteria,” explains Mayne Root, Chair, Parade Committee.  “Judges pay attention to very minute aspects, which the casual listener may not pick-up, such as tone, intonation, rhythm, and tempo,” he adds.

Bands that present a compelling performance and visual design, as well as bands that carefully synchronize their movements, achieve top marks.