Welcome to the Alberta International Band Festival North (Edmonton & Area) - "Where young Albertans learn to play, and play to learn."

John K Nikel Scholarship


We were pleased to announce earlier this year, that we would be offering 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 that these students have been named recipients.




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.

AIBF 2022 (tentative dates)

CONCERT BANDS - March 14-18, 2022

JAZZ BANDS - March 15 & 16, 2022

Thanks to all of who have responded to the many surveys that we have sent you in the last 19 months. We are trying to take your comments, requests and hesitations into account into making the final decision for AIBF North 2022. Your's and your students safety is foremost in our thoughts.

We are currently examining all possibilities of being able to offer a festival in some format this coming Spring. As you are well aware, the pandemic is still creating havoc in the Arts. Regulations that schools must follow along with regulations that Arts venues must follow are both considerations in this decision.

We hope to have an announcement soon regarding AIBF North 2022. Thank you for your patience!

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].