After great discussion and looking at the recommendations by the Province of Alberta in regards to the COVID-19 virus, the Grade 1 Band Festival schedule for April 9th, 15th and 16th, 2020, has been cancelled. Festival organizers will send out an email to band directors early next week with further information including detail on refunds. Please check your Inboxes for further communication. We advise teachers to please go ahead and cancel any bussing arrangements that were made. We appreciate your patience with us as we work through the most effective way to proceed and handle this unprecedented situation.

An email was sent out to all band directors (those who provided us with your email) on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 with instructions on how to request a refund (or have your registration fees rolled over to next year). Please check your Junkmail folder if you didn't receive anything. You can also click here to see the email - https://mailchi.mp/b64edbf1e4af/aibf-grade-one-festival-cancellation?e=8b9b6ac88d.


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 Calgary 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

*** Please note for musicians and guests attending performances that dedicated parking is available in Lot 15 along 6th Street SE. There are Flames Games on Wednesday evening and Friday evening meaning parking will be scarce, but this lot is dedicated to our guests, however, you will have to pay for parking (but at least you won’t have to walk for blocks)

Grade 1 Concert Bands (Stampede Park) [CANCELLED] - April 9th, 15 & 16, 2020

*** We request that all questions in regards to event registrations (and cancellations) please be directed to Ryan Hancock at [email protected].

The schedules for the 2020 Calgary Alberta International Band Festivals have been posted under "Festival Information." Click HERE to go to that section now.

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].