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.
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)
Jazz Band & Combos (All Levels): Monday, March 6th through Thursday, March 9th, 2023 at the Ironwood Stage & Grill (1229 9 Ave SE) [This section has completely SOLD OUT!]
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).
There are some pretty exciting changes happening at the Calgary AIBF Festival this year!
CONCERT BANDS: First of all, please note our concert band festival is for all levels of concert band. This includes our grade 1 bands. We acknowledge that our school music programs are still in "covid recovery". We want to create an opportunity for our concert bands to perform in a great performance space for a series of quality adjudicators and receive immediate feedback in the form of an educational clinic. Please note that we encourage all band directors to choose the performance level (grade) for their group at the level that best suits their group. This does not need to match where your groups have performed in past years or what you might regularly expect a group at that level to perform at. (Grade 1 Band Programs: Yes, it is okay for you to choose music at the 1/2 level versus full grade 1 repertoire.)
Second of all, this year we are going back to all sessions being 30 minute time slots (25 minutes on stage for your performance with 5 minutes to move on and off the stage). A reminder when you are programming music you need to allow time for introductions and for the adjudicators to finish their comments before moving on to the next piece. You may be best to target for 20 minutes worth of music.
JAZZ BANDS: In regards to Jazz, we have a new venue! The Ironwood is infamous in Calgary for its great live band performances. Having them host our jazz bands this year simply makes sense!
BAND WORKSHOPS: Last year we have to change the format of our festival to accommodate a pandemic. However, due to the success of what was offered we had multiple requests to do something similar. The AIBF Band Workshops is the result! These are 60 minute clinics where we will send a clinician to your school (or rehearsal facility) to work with your group. This could be related to concert or tour preparation or simply to give your group the experience of working with a guest conductor.
HONOUR BANDS: We're proud to announce that our AIBF Honour Band is back! However, in addition to our senior high honour band experience, this year we will be doing a junior high version as well. Both groups will be featured during our Gala Concert on February 28th, 2023 in the Eckhardt-Grammatte Hall, Rozsa Centre (University of Calgary). [Please note that only schools who register for the main concert band (Feb. 22-28) or jazz band (March 6-9) part of the festival will be able to submit students for the honour bands.]
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].