2023 AIBF Calgary Festival


Welcome to the Calgary Alberta International Band Festival 2023 - "Where young Albertans learn to play, and play to learn." We're excited to announce that we are celebrating our 52nd year!

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 platform 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 in a non-competitive atmosphere.

All bands are adjudicated against a standard performance rubric established by the Festival Committee. Bands receive "Superior", "Excellent" or "Satisfactory" 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 SCHEDULES FOR THE CONCERT BAND FESTIVAL AND THE JAZZ BAND FESTIVAL HAVE BEEN POSTED. Please refer to the Schedule section to download the PDF version of the Concert Band or Jazz Band schedules. (Click HERE)

The schedule for the Concert Band/Jazz Band Workshops happening later in March will be posted separately in early February.


2023 Calgary Festival Dates

Concert Bands Grades (All Levels): Wednesday, February 22nd through Tuesday, February 28th, 2023 at the Eckhardt-Grammatte Hall, Rozsa Centre (University of Calgary) [SOLD OUT!]

  • 2 adjudicators providing feedback (1 written evaluation with comments; 1 recording of the performance session with feedback)
  • 1 archival recording of your performance
  • a clinic session immediately following your performance with one of the adjudicators

Jazz Band & Combos (All Levels): Monday, March 6th through Thursday, March 9th, 2023 at the Ironwood Stage & Grill (1229 9 Ave SE) and the TransAlta Performing Arts Studio (1302 - 6th Street SE) [ SOLD OUT!]

  • 2 adjudicators providing feedback (1 written evaluation with comments; 1 recording of the session with feedback)
  • 1 archival recording of your performance
  • a clinic session immediately following your performance with one of the adjudicators

Band Workshops (All Levels - Concert Band or Jazz): Monday, March 20th - Friday, March 24th (Clinicians will come to your schools/rehearsal facility to work with your group in 60 minute clinic sessions.)

Registrations will open late September. Watch for postings on our social media accounts to announce when registration is open (or check back here).


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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 Coordinators - Cathy MacRae and Ryan Hancock 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].




2023 Calgary Band Guest Conductor Workshops

March 20 to March 23
Adjudicator Comes to You

2021 Concert Bands 2-6

Feb 18 - 24. 2020
Rozsa

2023 Calgary Jazz Ensembles & Combos WAITLIST

March 6th - 9th, 2023
The Ironwood Grill (1229 9 Ave SE)

2023 Calgary Concert Bands Gr. 1-6 WAITLIST

February 22nd - 28th, 2023
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall | Rozsa Centre