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

AIBF 2020

A festival to remember! Between labor struggles for the Saskatchewan bands and CODIV-19 issues for the rest of us, it was truly something we do not ever want to repeat. A hearty thank-you for all the bands that were able to participate and we hope the experience was a good one for you and your students.

A list of GOLD AWARD recipients and ADJUDICATOR CHOICE awards is posted HERE

We are looking forward to seeing and hearing all of you again in Edmonton March 15-19, 2021.

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.

The Edmonton portion of the festival for 2021 will be as follows:

  • Concert Bands (Grades 1 - 6) - March 15th - 19th, 2021 | ATB Financial Arts Barn
  • Jazz Bands (Novice to Advanced) - March 16th & 17th, 2021 | Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre

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].