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Buckhannon to host world marching band competition in July 2023


​This time next year, thousands of visitors from across the globe will travel to Upshur County to attend the World Association of Marching Show Bands 2023 competition.

Buckhannon has been selected to host the event July 17-24, 2023 on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Cities throughout the state placed bids to hold what is known as the “Superbowl of Marching Bands,” and Buckhannon was the winner.

“The bands can come from high schools, colleges or, in most cases, community bands. I like to compare it to New Orleans. There’s always a street party. There’s always a great band that you stop whatever you’re doing when the band goes by,” said Randy Sanders, president of the WAMSB 2023 Buckhannon Host Committee.

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