2022 AIBF Calgary Festival

Welcome back! Let's just say it's been a year, just as it has for many of you. There's definitely still some uncertainty about what the next few months will look like, but we're moving forward with plans for the 51st Alberta International Band Festival here in Calgary.

We know your school and community programs might look a little different, and the festival will as well. Please know that our first commitment is to you, your students, and the educational experience they will have by participating in the festival.

Alberta Public Health has implemented some restrictions that prevent us from running the festival in person as we've done in previous years. However, our committee has decided to move forward with an option that will bring an adjudicator (double-vaccinated) to you and your ensemble right in your school. There will be 4-5 time slots available each day - 2 morning spots, 1 or 2 in afternoon spot s and 1 evening spot. Each session will be 60 minutes in length.

Groups can register as a Grades 2-6 Concert Band, a Grade 1 Concert Band, a Jazz Ensemble, or a Jazz Combo.

Each ensemble will have the choice of:

A) performing for the adjudicator and then using any of their remaining time in a workshop clinic


B) treating their time as a workshop with their students with the adjudicator as a guest conductor for the full time slot.

The cost per ensemble has been reduced to reflect the different type of experience. This year, the cost per ensemble for the adjudicator to come visit you in your school is $250.00.

The new 2022 Festival Dates are Monday, March 7th - Friday, March 11th, 2022.

Registered schools will be grouped into city quadrants. Teachers will be emailed a link and date to sign-up for their choice of timeslots. Schedule sign-up will be open to all registered ensembles on Tuesday, December 14th, 2021. (E.g. The adjudicator will be assigned to schools in the SE on a certain day and schools in the NW on a different day.) We are trying to make every effort to include some of our neighboring schools as well in areas such as Cochrane, Airdrie, Strathmore, Okotoks, as well. Our community bands as well are welcome to apply and we have are leaving the evening time slots primarily available to you.

For those who have already ready registered this year, Ryan Hancock will be reaching out to you to see if they still wish to participate with the new format. Those that have not registered yet but who are interested in the adjusted format will be able to sign-up beginning Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021. Thank you for your understanding during this "challenging" times!

Deadline for registration is Friday, December 10th, 2021.

Any registration questions should be directed to Ryan Hancock at [email protected].

Questions regarding sponsorship or the festival itself may be directed to Cathy MacRae at [email protected].

*** For those of you who signed up for the Grade 1 Festival in Calgary in 2020, which had to be cancelled last April due to Covid-19, your registration fees were rolled over to the 2022 festival unless you specified a refund within the allotted time. When you register this year, please be sure to choose the option acknowledging that your fees ($350) are on file and those will be credited towards the $250 registration fee this year with $100 remaining to be carried over. (Grade 1 Ensembles that chose to get a refund in 2020 or are new to the festival this year will choose the option to pay the full $250.) If you have further questions on this, please email Ryan Hancock at [email protected].


Welcome to the Calgary Alberta International Band Festival 2021 - "Where young Albertans learn to play, and play to learn." We're excited to announce that we are celebrating our 51st 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.

2022 Calgary Festival Dates

All Bands (Concert Bands Grades 2-6, Jazz and Grade 1 Concert Bands): March 7th - 11th, 2022

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].