2021 AIBF Calgary Festival

NEW FOR MARCH 2021 - John Nikel Scholarship Application

We are pleased to announce, that although our annual festivals in Calgary and Edmonton are not happening this Spring, we will be offering the John K Nikel Scholarship to two students – one in the North and one in the South.

We would appreciate you notifying any of your current Grade 12 students or those that graduated from your school in 2020, that are thinking of a career in Music Education, of these awards. Information is now posted on both the Edmonton and Calgary AIBF websites. The deadline for application will be April 30, 2021 and the awards will be announced by June 1, 2021.

Applicants must be from high school band programs that have participated in the festival in at least TWO of the last three years – AIBF 2018, 2019 or 2020. They must be attending university in the fall of 2021 with the intention of becoming a band director.

To learn more, please pass along this link to band students who may wish to apply - https://aibfestival.ca/Calgary/scholarships/#schol...

Here’s hoping for a return to normalcy in the band room!

On behalf of the Board, ALL THE BEST & STAY SAFE!

Rob Speers

AIBF President

Note from Rob Speers (President AIBF):

On behalf of the AIBF Board it is with great disappointment that I announce that AIBF 2021 (North & South Festivals) is being cancelled due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. Many of us have seen great changes to our music programs through this unprecedented time and, from your responses to our questionnaire, we have made the decision to cancel this year. We look forward to resuming the festivals in 2022 and hope that you and your music program stay healthy throughout the turbulent times.

Please continue to watch the AIBF website as we update information in the future.

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, which had to be cancelled last April due to Covid-19, your registration fees will be rolled over to the 2022 festival.


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


Concert Bands Feb 23 - March 1, 2022

Jazz Bands Feb 23 - Feb 25, 2022

GR 1 Concert Bands Apr 12-14, 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].