Welcome to the Calgary Alberta International Band Festival 2020 - "Where young Albertans learn to play, and play to learn." We're excited to announce that we are celebrating our 50th 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.

2020 Festival Dates

Grades 2 - 6 Concert Bands (Rozsa Centre - University of Calgary) - February 19th - 25th, 2020

Jazz Bands (TransAlta Performing Arts Studio) [POD system] - March 3rd - 6th, 2020

Grade 1 Concert Bands (Stampede Park) [POD system] - April 9th (Catholic Schools only), 15 - 16, 2020 (Please note that Stampede Park worked well for our Grade 1 Festival, but its availability conflicts with the Calgary Catholic School District's Spring Break. To accommodate this, we will run one separate full day for our Catholic Schools on April 9th, 2020. Please register early to guarantee your space.)

*** Online registration is open now. Priority is given on a first come, first-served basis. Payment by cheque must be received within two weeks of online registration.

Cheques should be made payable to "Alberta International Band Festival." Our mailing address is:

ATTN: Ryan Hancock

Box 1060, Station M

Calgary, AB T2P 2K8

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].

2020 Calgary Concert Bands Grades 2-6

February 19th - 25th, 2020
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall | Rozsa Centre (University of Calgary)
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall | Rozsa Centre

2020 Calgary Jazz Bands

March 3rd - 6th, 2020
TransAlta Performing Arts Studios (just north of Calgary Stampede Park)
TransAlta Performing Arts Studios (just north of Stampede Park)

2020 Calgary Concert Band Grade 1

April 9th (Catholic Schools Only), 15th & 16th, 2020
Calgary Arts Academy
Calgary Arts Academy