Alberta Band Association

Alberta Band Association


May 7 – 17, 2018 | Red Deer College  Red Deer, AB

Congratulations to the 2018 Award Winners!

Adjudicators Choice Award winners
Superior Band Award winners

**The dates for the 2019 Festival have been confirmed: May 13-16 & May 21-25, 2019**

2018 Festival of Bands Info:

Fees | 2018 Brochure | Director's Package [updated 8 Feb 2018] | Schedule [updated 30 April 2018] | Festival at a Glance | Adjudicators | 2018 ABA Syllabus | Overview | Accommodation | General Regulations | Performance Regulations | Festival Literature | Fundamentals Clinic | Sight-Reading Clinic | Photography Packages | Adjudicator’s Choice Awards | ABA FoB Community Band Day | Festival Ratings



ALBERTA BANDS*: $475 per band

COMMUNITY BAND DAY: $500 per band

OUT-OF-PROVINCE BANDS**: $500 per band
*To participate in the Alberta Band Association Provincial Festival of Bands you must be an ABA member ($80/year).
**Although out-of-province bands do not require membership in Alberta Band Association, we do require membership with your provincial band association.

Please make cheques payable to Alberta Band Association and mail to:

Joyce Howdle
Red Deer College
100 College Blvd.  Box 5005
Red Deer, AB  T4N 5H5

No bands will be scheduled until fees are received.
Refunds will not be issued for cancellations received after April 6, 2018.
For further information contact Joyce Howdle: 403-342-3526 or



Festival Overview

The ABA Festival of Bands offers an opportunity for both band director and student to gain a valuable educational experience. The unique format offers an ideal setting for participants to receive constructive feedback and hear other groups perform.

Each participating band receives:




General Regulations


Performance Regulations


Festival Literature

All bands will prepare THREE selections at their playing level, (i.e. 1 – 6), in one of five categories:

A band may enter only one class. One selection MUST BE performed from each of the following categories (not necessarily in this order). Failure to do so will result in “Comments Only”:

  1. Selection from the 2018 Festival Syllabus listing
  2. Contrasting selection (no ‘pops’music )
  3. March or transcription

Grade One level bands will participate in either a fundamentals clinic OR a sight-reading clinic. Please inform the clinician of your choice upon your arrival at the clinic.


Fundamentals Clinic

(Grade 1)

The Alberta Band Association recognizes that playing, listening, reading, creating and valuing are important considerations in the school music curriculum.

The clinic will proceed as follows:

  1. Perform Abide with Me, conducted by the teacher. The performance of the chorale will be adjudicated using the same evaluation criteria as the main stage performance.

    Abide with Me
    By William Henry Monk   Arranged by Brent Violini Pierce


  2. Play three major scales in concert Bb, Eb and F major, up and down in quarter notes without repeating the top note, M.M. quarter note=120. One scale will be tongued, one scale slurred two – tongued two, one scale slurred. Percussionists are to perform these scales on mallet instruments (the Fundamentals Clinician will determine which articulation patterns will be assigned to each scale).
  3. Echo on instruments a five-note melody. The melody will be a maximum of 2 bars, based on the first five notes of the concert Bb major scale, starting and ending on the tonic in 4/4 time. This melody will be administered by the adjudicator.
  4. Clap a rhythmic pattern, a maximum of 2 measures in length, while counting the beat and subdivision out loud (e.g.: 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &). The pattern will be written in either 4/4 or 3/4, will include combinations of half, quarter and paired eighth notes and quarter rests. Rhythmic patterns will be administered by the adjudicator.


    Sight-Reading Clinic

    The sight-reading portion of the Festival will be adjudicated by a separate clinician. Each band will perform one selection from a list of two possible choices provided, one level below the class entered.

    After the director chooses a selection, Grade 1, 2 and 3 bands will be given five minutes to prepare, while Grade 4 to 6 bands will be given eight minutes to prepare before performing the selection.

    Preparation can include any techniques the director wishes except the actual playing of the instruments.

    The Sight-Reading Clinician will take into account such criteria as rhythmic accuracy, note accuracy, tempi, balance, preparation for the reading, the overall effect of the performance and the general musicianship of the group in this sight-reading environment.

    The director may give visual cues for rehearsal markings and repeats during the performance, but is not allowed to verbally prompt rehearsal markings, measure numbers, or repeats.


    Photography Packages

    Images Unlimited offers three Festival photo packages:

Download promotional info

Please pre-register for photos: or phone 403-253-0200


Adjudicator’s Choice Awards

Adjudicator’s Choice Awards will be presented at the discretion of the adjudication panel.


ABA Festival of Bands Community Band Day

Unfortunately, this has been cancelled due to lack of interest.


Festival Ratings

SUPERIOR < ======== > POOR

Superior (I)
A commendable performance for the event and the class of participants being adjudicated.
Excellent (II)
A commendable performance showing a high standard of musical accomplishments but lacking in one or more of the characteristics of a superior rating.
Good (III)
An average performance but lacking in several major characteristics of a superior rating.
Fair (IV)
A below average performance showing much room for specific improvement in almost all respects.
Poor (V)
A performance showing a lack of sufficient preparation, or other deficiencies, as indicated by the adjudicator’s comments.

The final Rating will be based on the following:

Further information:

Joyce Howdle
Red Deer College