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 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.

2019 Calgary AIBF Festival Dates

Concert Bands (Grades 2- 6) - February 20th - 26th, 2019 | Rozsa Centre (University of Calgary) EMERGENCY CONTACT PHONE DURING FESTIVAL: Cathy MacRae 403-619-0528 (If I don't answer, I may be in the theatre. Please leave a voicemail or text message at that number.)

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

Concert Bands (Grade 1) - April 24th - 26th, 2019 | Calgary Arts Academy and TransAlta Performing Arts Studios (next door to one another)

Registration is closed now for all categories. However, applicants can request to go on a waiting list. All submissions should go to Ryan Hancock at [email protected].

Band Schedules

The Band Schedule for Concert Bands (Gr. 2-6) and Jazz Ensembles has been posted. Please click HERE to see them under the Festival Information. We expect the Grade 1 Schedule to be available sometime during the week of January 21st - 25th, 2019.


Did you know that the AIBF sponsors scholarships for both students and band directors. The deadline is coming up on February 8th, 2019 so be sure to take and look and encourage both your students (and yourself) to apply. For more information, click HERE.


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 Coordinators - Cathy MacRae, Trish Howe 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].