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. As this is a rebuilding year for everyone, here are some of the changes you can expect:

  1. Many band teachers have expressed a concern that their band numbers have dropped. They don't have complete instrumentation, and sometimes the skill level of their ensembles is lower. As a festival committee we've listened. We recognize that this is a building year for everyone. We want you to come to festival with your students and perform simply for the love of performing. Your ensemble will still have the opportunity to perform for quality adjudicators and get constructive feedback that will benefit your ensemble and help all of you grow, but we want you to be able to do it without the stress and pressure of being rated. We want you to make choices that are right for your students, so with that in mind, we are asking groups to register as "general" this year. (No grade levels.) Your groups will still be marked on a rubric and feedback in terms of comments (written and recorded) will be provided, but there will be no ratings. (As well, awards will not be presented this year.)
  2. This tentative dates for the festival are February 23rd - March 1st, 2022. While we've operated three different festivals in Calgary in the past, we're looking at only operating one seven-day festival this year which will be held at the University of Calgary. All ensembles will be performing in the Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall in the Rozsa Centre.
  3. Please note that as we schedule bands, it will start with booking groups on March 1st and working backwards. If we don't end up filling all of the dates, then those "unused" days can and will be dropped from the schedule. (If and when numbers return to "normal" in 2023, we can reexamine the dates and individual festival offerings for each category as in past years - Grades 2-6, Jazz and Grade 1.)
  4. Bands performing at the Grade V and VI level of repertoire will be limited to 30 minutes slots. Perhaps in the future, we can return to the previous model, which allowed for 45 minutes time slots, but for this year, we need to make it the same for everyone.
  5. Registration for the festival will open up in early September. The registration deadline will be October 30th, 2021. (We need to ensure that we don't commit to dates for facilities that we are unable to fill and would ultimately have to pay for.)
  6. Some people have been inquiring about our refund policy. We are waiting to hear back from our facilities in regards to their refund policy before we are able to define ours.
  7. Alberta International Band Festival Covid-19 protocols will be established and communicated to all participating groups 30 days before festival start in alignment with Alberta Health Regulations at the time.
Registration for bands will be open on September 16th, 2021.

If you have questions in the meantime, please reach out to us 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 $450 registration fee this year. (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 $450.)

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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.

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.

2022 Calgary Festival Dates

All Bands (Concert Bands Grades 2-6, Jazz and Grade 1 Concert Bands): Feb 23 - March 1, 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].




2022 Calgary Concert Bands Grades 2-6

February 23rd - March 1st, 2022
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall | Rozsa Centre (University of Calgary)
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall | Rozsa Centre

2022 Calgary Jazz Bands

February 23rd - March 1st, 2022
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall | Rozsa Centre (University of Calgary)
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall | Rozsa Centre

2022 Calgary Concert Bands Grade 1

February 23rd - March 1st, 2022
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall | Rozsa Centre (University of Calgary)
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall | Rozsa Centre