Welcome to the Alberta International Band Festival North (Edmonton & Area)

"Where young Albertans learn to play, and play to learn."


THANK YOU for participating in AIBF 2022


Thank you for your ongoing support of AIBF and your participation in a virtual festival this year. I know that you and your students will appreciate the uplifting and positive approach that adjudicators used this year and that everyone has received some great ideas to inspire your students to even greater heights in the remainder of this school year.

We are planning on a return to an in-person festival next year and know that many of you are already making plans to attend.

Festival dates for AIBF 2023 are:

    CONCERT BANDS - March 13 - 17, 2023
    JAZZ BANDS - March 14 & 15, 2023

    Have a fantastic remainder to the 2021-22 school year and a rejuvenating summer...you all deserve it!

    John K Nikel Scholarship

    This past year we were pleased to be able to offer the John K Nikel Scholarship to two students – one in the North and one in the South. We had many outstanding applicants from both North and South and are pleased to announce these recipients.

    2021 JOHN K NIKEL SCHOLARSHIPS

    NORTH - SOPHIA DE BORJA

    SOUTH - LUCAS ZAHARICHUK

    Congratulations to both of these future band directors!

    We wish them well in the pursuit of their post-secondary music education and look forward to seeing them conducting their own bands in future AIBF festivals.

    We will again be offering these scholarships for 2022 - details will be posted towards the end of December.

    What is AIBF in a "normal 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 in a non-competitive atmosphere.

    All bands are adjudicated against a standard performance rubric established by the Festival Committee. bands receive "Superior", "Excellent" or "Satisfactory" 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.

    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 Director, Cathy MacRae at [email protected].

    For additional information about or questions concerning the Alberta International Band Festival - North, please contact ROB SPEERS: [email protected].