Welcome to the Calgary Alberta International Band Festival 2019 - "Where young Albertans learn to play, and play to learn."

The Alberta International band Festivals (both Edmonton North and Calgary South) are run by a volunteers. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a performance platfrom for outstanding junior high/middle school, high school, and community bands. The Festivals are held each year in Calgary and Edmonton. Organizers are committed to providing participants with a valuable and stimulating educational experience.

2019 Calgary AIBF Festival Dates

Concert Bands (Grades 2- 6) - February 20th - 26th, 2019 | Rozsa Centre (University of Calgary)

Jazz Bands (Novice to Advanced) - February 26th - March 1st, 2019 ***DATE CHANGE *** | Doherty Hall (just north of Calgary Stampede Park at 1302 - 6th Street SE)

The Jazz Band portion of our festival will now operate as pod system so groups attending will get to hear two other bands perform as part of the rotation before all bands go do their clinic and work with one of the adjudicators.

*** Please note that the dates have been moved up to after the Family Day long weekend and will run in conjunction with the Concert Bands (Grades 2-6) Festival.

Concert Bands (Grade 1) - April 24th & 25th, 2019 | Calgary Arts Academy and TransAlta Performing Arts Studios (next door to one another)

*** Please note that the Grade 1 Band Festival is currently full. To be added to the wait list, please email Ryan at [email protected]. ***

As a new element to add to the value of what we are able to offer, the beginner bands will have an additional clinic AFTER their regular adjudication clinic where the bands are split into instrument-like groups and will get to work with an instrument specialist (with the other students in the same pod group) for a 25 minute period. (For example, all of the clarinet players will get to go with a clarinet clinician while all of the trumpets will go work with a trumpet clinician.)

*** Please note that the dates have been pushed back until later in April to give the younger groups more time to get ready.

Registration is open now for all categories. It is based on first-come, first-served with a registration deadline of November 23rd, 2018.

Band Schedules

Band schedules are created over the December holiday break. Once completed, they are shared at a festival meeting to look for conflicts and posted approximately the middle of January, 2019.


The Alberta International Band Festival would not exist without the support of dozens of volunteers. If you, a friend, or a family member has some time to donate during any of the three festival periods (Concert Bands Grades 2-6 Festival, Jazz Band Festival, or Grade 1 Band Festival) please check out our Volunteer Page.

Click HERE for quick access.

All bands are adjudicated against a standard performance rubric established by the Festival Committee. bands receive "Superior", "Excellent" or "Good" ratings from each of two adjudicators. One adjudicator gives a written evaluation, while the other provides recorded comments of the performance. the Festival also makes an archival recording for each band with no adjudicator's comments.

The Festivals are funded by grants, corporate sponsorship, donations, entry fees and ticket sales. We invite organizations, foundations and individuals interested in supporting the Festivals to contact our Sponsorship Coordinator - Fiona Munro at [email protected].

For additional information about or questions concerning the Alberta International Band Festival - Calgary, please contact Director of Operations - Cathy MacRae at: [email protected].

2019 Concert Bands Grades 2-6

February 20th - 26th, 2019
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall | Rozsa Centre (University of Calgary)
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall | Rozsa Centre

2019 Calgary Jazz Bands

February 26th - March 1st, 2019
Doherty Hall (just north of Calgary Stampede Park)
Doherty Hall (just north of Stampede Park)