Audience Top

All performances are open to the public and admission is free (with the exception of the Showcase Concert). Parents, friends, etc. are encouraged to attend the Festival and watch the daily festival performances.

Parents and friends are advised to park in the Arts Parkade at the University of Calgary and in public parking at Polaris Centre for the Performing Arts. Please be advised that parking fees may apply.

Bussing Top

National Motorcoach has been SIGNIFICANT sponsor of the Alberta International Band Festivals since 1990 - that 32 years folks! We are grateful for their generous support over the past few year. They are able to provide transportation for a number of bands each day during the festival at a preferred rate.

As our main bussing sponsor, National Motorcoach has generously reduced their Band Festival transfer rates to help makes things easier for our participating bands.

To book buses for your upcoming performance(s) at festival, please contact National Motorcoach directly.

Phone: 403-240-1992

E-mail: [email protected]

Equipment Top

The Alberta International Band Festival provides provides a limited amount of equipment on stage and in clinic room. Please read through Equipment List Provided By The Festival to confirm what you will have access to.

AIBF Calgary Equipment List 2023 - Please read through carefully ahead of time to avoid problems on performance day.

Equipment NOT provided by the Festival:

  • suspended cymbals
  • crash cymbals (this is NEW!)
  • hammer or mallets for gong, chimes or bass drum
  • keyboard instruments

PLEASE LABEL ANY EQUIPMENT THAT YOU BRING TO THE FESTIVAL. Any lost and found items will be available at the Showcase concert at the end of the event. You may also contact Ryan Hancock directly at [email protected].

PLEASE ENSURE THAT ALL EQUIPMENT PROVIDED BY THE FESTIVAL REMAINS IN THE VENUE AS PROVIDED. If there is a problem with any festival equipment, please advise a Festival representative immediately so the situation can be rectified as soon as possible.

Forms Top

Band directors are asked to complete the following forms and be ready to submit them when you arrive at the festival and check in. You will also be asked to submit scores of your musical selections - one set for each adjudicator. (TWO sets for Concert Bands 1 - 6 festival; TWO sets for the Jazz festival at Inglewood and THREE sets for the Jazz Festival at TransAlta Performing Arts Studio). While E-[print is acceptable, photocopies of scores will not be accepted due to copyright infringement.

Background Information Form - You need TWO copies for Concert Bands 1 - 6; TWO copies for Jazz (Ironwood); THREE copes for Jazz at TransAlta Performing Arts Studio. Please attach to the front page of each set of your scores.

MC Form - You need ONE copy.

Band Set-Up Form - You only need to complete the form IF your ensemble is larger than 90 members. Please ensure it is completed and emailed in advance to [email protected] BEFORE Wednesday, February 15th, 2023 for the Grades 1-6 Band Festival.

If your band requires the piano on stage, please email [email protected] BEFORE Wednesday, February 15th, 2023 so we can let the stage technicians know.

Honour Bands Top

The Alberta International Band Festival - South provides two Honour Band enrichment programs for the most accomplished high school musicians. Each registered high school has the opportunity to nominate at least three students per registered Concert Band performing ensemble.

Our honour band committee members will be reaching out to the participating high school directors in regards to getting nominations. Further information will be sent out through them.

The rehearsal schedule and performance details are included on each of the nomination forms. We encourage our high school band directors to please discuss the rehearsal dates and times, and the level of commitment required with your students before nomination them to be part of the ensemble so they know what to expect.

Please DO NOT tell students that they are automatically in the ensemble just because they have been nominated.The Honour Band Committee members will go through the nominations and put together the ensembles. Each student selected will receive an emailed letter inviting them to participate, along with the music and information regarding the rehearsals and performance date. Students selected will be required to respond to this invitation on their own to Andrew Morrow at [email protected] and are expected to attend all rehearsals in order to be eligible to participate.


This year our Senior High Honour Concert Band participants will have the opportunity to work with one of our amazing adjudicators. Each of the conductors will work with the ensemble on one piece of music, giving the student performers a diverse and rich ensemble experience. They will be performing at the Showcase Concert on Tuesday, February 28th, 2023 at the Rozsa Centre at the University of Calgary.

Specific questions in regards to the honour band should be directed to Andrew Morrow at [email protected].

Music Selection Top

The Alberta International Band Festival encourages you to select musical literature that you believe will best showcase your ensemble at the grade level you have registered them for. Unlike other music festivals, we don't have a set performance list. (As our Grade 1 bands are having to perform earlier than in past years, they may choose to play pieces at the 1/2 level rather than a full Grade 1.)

For both concert band and jazz ensemble performances, you should consider the overall performance. You have a set performance time that you must stay within (including allowing time for your band to get on and off the stage, and time for adjudicators to provide comments between pieces.)

We recommend you play two musical selections, but many groups opt to perform a warm-up piece or march that you have the option of including as part of your adjudication or not. The pieces selected should be in contrasting styles. For example, a good concert band program might include a traditional march and then a more contemporary original concert band work. A jazz program might include a swing tune, a ballad, and a funk tune.

The total number of pieces you choose to perform should be based on the following time allocations:

  • Total stage time for Grade 1 to 6 Concert Bands is limited to a maximum of 30 minutes including set-up, performance, and departure.

If you are looking for ideas for performance pieces, there are a variety of resources you can access:

  • Talk to more experienced teachers in your community including other teachers within your own area. they are often more than willing to share ideas and experience.
  • Talk to your music store representative. Both St. John's Music and Long & McQuade have music specialists who stay up to date on the new repertoire that is out there, as well as some of the tried and true "classics". they might have some great suggestions that would be ideal for your ensemble.
  • The Alberta Band Association has put together a syllabus for their festival. You can find the one for 2017 and past years at ABA Syllabus.
  • Teaching Through Performance books (available at most music stores). However, be aware that these are American books and the performance level they indicate a piece is at may not always be accurate.

Pieces selected should be original works for concert band and/or jazz and. While there is a definitely place for pop music, movie music and Broadway musical selections in the musical world, they are often not the best choices for festival performance literature.

Concert Band Festival: A reminder that you are required to submit two conductor's scores for each piece you perform for adjudication (not including the one that you will be using yourself).

Jazz Band Festival: A reminder that you are required to submit three conductor's scores for each piece you perform for adjudication (not including the one that you will be using yourself).

AIBF does not condone the use of photocopied scores. Please order your scores early to avoid problems at Festival time.

Payments and Mailing Address Top

If you are trying to mail in cheques for registrations, please ensure they are made out to the "Alberta International Band Festival".

Our mailing address is:

Alberta International Band Festival

169 Copperstone Circle SE

Calgary, AB T2Z 0G8

Payments may also be made directly online by credit card. Please log-in to your account, click on the group registration that you're looking for, and select the Pay Now option at the bottom of the page.

Procedures - Concert Bands Grades 1-6 Top

Arrival and Unloading:

Before you leave your school, please review the Equipment List to ensure your percussionists and bass players know what is being provided and what isn't. All items you bring to festival should be labelled clearly with your school's name.

All buses should enter the University of Calgary campus via University Gate (from 24th Street) and proceed to the towards the Physical Education Building, where they should turn right onto University Court NW. Buses should drop-off on the north side of the Rozsa Centre along University Court NW (not in the actual loop.) [PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A NEW PICK-UP LOCATION THIS YEAR - GROUPS SHOULD BE PICKED UP ON THE NORTH SIDE OF UNIVERSITY WAY NW (ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THE ARTS PARKADE). PERFORMERS WILL BE EXITING OUT THE BACK OF THE ROZSA CENTRE. Buses can wait or park in the parking lot at McMahon Stadium for free.]

STUDENTS SHOULD REMAIN ON BUSES, while the Band Director checks in at the Festival Office (located inside the Main Doors of the Rozsa Centre). At the Registration Desk, band directors will need to provide:

Once the director has registered, a guide will return with him/her to the bus(es) to unload students. Early arrival is encouraged in order to ensure that you and your group are not rushed for time.

Storage Room:

A volunteer guide will assist the band director and students in finding an assigned storage room. This room is for students to store instrument cases and coats/jackets. It is possible that you may have to share the space with another group so PLEASE USE AS LITTLE SPACE AS POSSIBLE. This is not a warm-up room - ABSOLUTELY NO PLAYING.

Storage rooms will not be locked, so students are encouraged to leave valuables back at their school. Neither the Festival nor the University of Calgary will be responsible for lost, stolen or damaged articles. As their is a limited amount of storage space available, groups will not be able to access their storage room until 15 - 30 minutes before their warm-up time. Items must be removed within 15 - 30 minutes of the end of their clinic.

Warm-Up Room:

A volunteer guide will meet your group in your storage area approximately five minutes before your warm-up time and lead you to the warm-up room. This room will be equipped with chairs and stands only. Directors are responsible for bringing their own tuners. The volunteer will give you a five minute warning before you have to move your group to the performance stage.


The guides will lead bands to the performance area at the appropriate time. The Emcee will introduce each group before its performance. Please wait for a signal from the adjudicators between each piece indicating that they are ready for you to continue.

Total stage time for Grade 1 to 6 Concert Bands is limited to a maximum of 30 minutes including set-up, introductions, performance and departure. Please remember that adjudicators will also require a few minutes to complete their thoughts and comments before you proceed to the next piece so plan accordingly.


Band directors are reminded to submit an MC Form at check-in. Please do not change the stage setup unless this is critical to your success. If you do change it, it is your responsibility to return the stage to its original setup. This MUST occur within your time allotment.


Following your performance, a volunteer guide will lead each band to the clinic room for a 25 minute clinic session with an adjudicator. Scores and adjudication sheets will be retrieved by the volunteer guides during this session and returned to the director at the end. You will receive an email link within 48 hours to your recordings - archival and adjudications.

Please note that if your ensemble did not use all of their performance time on stage, they may be asked to remain on stage or in the hallway until the clinic room is available.

Storage Room:

Following your clinic, a volunteer guide will lead your ensemble back to their storage room. At this point, students will be asked to put away their instruments and collect their belongings.

NEW CHANGE: Performers will exit out the back of the Rozsa Centre through the loading dock to meet their buses along the north side of University Way NW.

Groups who are staying to listen to other ensembles perform will need to make alternate arrangements for storing equipment, as our space is extremely limited.

Procedures - Jazz Ensembles Top

The Jazz Bands portion of the Alberta International Band Festival will be taking place in two separate venues in order to accommodate all of the registrants.

Venue 1: Ironwood Grill (March 6th - 8th, 2023) at the Ironwood Grill. Family and friends will be able to attend the performances during the festival.

The address is 1229 9 Ave SE. Information will be provided later on in regards to the best place for drop-off and pick-up.

Buses will be able to drop off groups off in front of the Ironwood Grill.

There is no real space for students to eat lunch or purchase food. We encourage bands to eat either before they arrive at the festival or afterwards.

Venue 2: TransAlta Performing Arts Studio (March 8th & 9th, 2023). Family and friends will be able to attend the performances during the festival.

The address is 1302 - 6th Street SE. Information will be provided later on in regards to the best place for drop-off and pick-up.

There is no real space for students to eat lunch or purchase food. We encourage bands to eat either before they arrive at the festival or afterwards.

To double-check what equipment is provided in the Warm-Up space, the Performance Area, and the Clinic Room, please refer to our Equipment List.


While students unload, band directors can enter the building and register their ensemble at the Registration Desk.

Band Directors at the Ironwood location will need to provide:

Band Directors at the TransAlta Performing Arts Studio (TAPAS) location will need to provide:

A volunteer will then take you and your ensemble to a storage area where you may leave your coats, belongings, and instruments cases. These areas will not be locked, so please encourage band members to leave valuables at home.


A volunteer will move your ensemble to the stage. You will have approximately 15 minutes in this space before beginning your performance.

Performance Area:

You will have up to 30 minutes on stage to perform.

Once you take the stage and get settled, an Emcee will introduce your group. Afterwards you can begin your performance. Please note that you should pause briefly between pieces to allow adjudicators to finish with their comments. They will acknowledge when you may begin the next piece. Your entire performance, including getting on and off the stage should fit within the 30 minute timeslot.


After your performance, you will stay on stage for your clinic. This is where one of the adjudicators will come and work with your group. If your group finishes performing early, this means you will have more opportunity to work with your adjudicator in clinic. Your scores will be returned to you at the end of this session and an email will be sent to within 48 hours containing Dropbox links to your recordings (one archival file and one with adjudicator's comments).

Refund Policy (Effective October 1st, 2023) Top

No bands will be scheduled until payment has been received.

A schedule of the performance times for each ensemble will be shared on our website and with directors by email on December 15th, 2023.

There will be a non-refundable administration fee of $50.00. Bands that cancel on or before December 22nd, 2023 in writing with an email sent to [email protected] (a confirmation email will be sent back to confirm receipt of cancellation) will be eligible to receive a complete refund minus the $50 administration fee. After this date, no refunds (or carry over of fees) will be issued for bands withdrawing from the Alberta International Festival.

Registration Costs Top

Registration is an online process. Access for all three components of the festival can be found on the home page in the right hand column. It is based on a first come, first served basis. Once categories are full, registration will be closed for that component. Our goal is to close registration by November 30, 2023 for the 2024 year.

Schedules will be released by December 15th, 2023 so band directors can begin making arrangements. Any groups wishing to cancel and be eligible for refund (minus a $50 administration fee) must inform the festival in writing by an email sent to [email protected] on or before December 22nd, 2023.

Costs per ensemble are as follows:

Concert Bands (Grades 1-6) - $625.00

Jazz Bands & Combos - $625.00

Band Guest Conductor Workshops - $400.00

Schedule Top

Festival schedules will be available to band directors on December 15th, 2023.

Please note that we have had to implement a stricter refund policy. To be eligible for a complete refund (minus a $50 administration fee), the band director must send an email in writing to [email protected] on or before December 22nd, 2023. (A written email confirmation will be sent back to confirm receipt.) After this date, no refunds or carry over of fees will be issued for bands withdrawing from the Alberta International Band Festival.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your scheduled time, please contact Ryan Hancock at [email protected].

When booking transportation for your ensemble, we encourage you to use our bussing sponsor, National Motorcoach, who have proudly supported the Alberta International Band Festival for over 32 years now. They offer a preferred rate to our festival participants. Please ensure to identify yourself as an Alberta International Band Festival participant when making your travel arrangements. The phone number for National Motorcoach is 403-240-1992 and their email is [email protected].

Showcase Concerts & Receptions Top

In addition to the regular festival schedule happening each day, the Alberta International Band Festival will be holding a Showcase Concert and Awards Evenings to recognize some of our outstanding musicians in the Calgary community and surrounding area. These concerts feature guest performing ensembles, as well as one of our AIBF Honour Band ensemble.

AIBF Calgary Showcase Concert

Tuesday, February 27th, 2024 | 7:00 PM

Eckhardt-Grammatte Hall, Rozsa Centre | University of Calgary

Admission: $15.00 (Seating is limited)

President's Reception: A reception will be held in The Hub (Rozsa Centre) for band directors, sponsors and committee members at 6:00 PM. Light appetizers and drinks will be served.