**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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- Two recorded adjudications
- A clinic session
- A sight-reading or fundamentals clinic
- A certificate of participation
- Red Deer College offers accommodation to groups or individuals within the Residences from May to August. These reasonably priced apartments or rowhouses contain kitchens, living rooms, single bedrooms and private bathrooms.
Our Residence units are four-bedroom apartment or rowhouse-style of accommodations. All guests will have their own bedroom with a locking door. Each bedroom contains a single bed, desk and chair. Linens and towels can be provided or your group may choose to bring their own sleeping bags. The living rooms have couches, chairs, coffee tables and end tables. The kitchens have a refrigerator and stove, although dishes and cooking utensils are not provided. The apartments have one bathroom to be shared by the roommates while the rowhouses have two bathrooms.
- Please contact the Residence Office at 403-342-3257 to make a reservation or for information on cost and availability.
- An accommodation list is also available from Tourism Red Deeror the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce.
- The ABA Provincial Festival of Bands gratefully acknowledges the support of the Black Knight Inn.
- Participation in the Festival by Alberta bands requires the band director or ensemble to be a member of the Alberta Band Association. In the case of out-of-province ensembles, the band director or ensemble must be a current member of their respective provincial organization. No exceptions will be granted.
- Exceptions and clarifications to class level should be
- Joyce Howdle, Festival Coordinator
Red Deer College
- Joyce Howdle, Festival Coordinator
- Each band program may enter more than one band, provided that the membership of each is different.
- Directors are not permitted to approach the adjudication table for the duration of the Festival.
- Bands are required to participate in all three facets of
the festival, which include:
- the on-stage performance (60%)
- the performance clinic (20%)
- the sight-reading or fundamentals clinic (20%)
- Directors must accompany their band(s) to all three sessions. All bands must participate in all Festival adjudications. Failure to do so will result in “Comments only.”
- A Senior Community Band will be defined as a band with an aggregate playing experience of 3 years or more.
- The quality and contrasts of the music chosen will be taken into consideration in determining the final marks.
- The band director (or rep.) must register with a designated member of the technical crew upon arrival.
- A warm-up room will be made available one half-hour prior to performance time.
- The Festival will provide timpani (4), bass drum, orchestra bells, xylophone, vibraphone, chimes, gong, acoustic piano, bass amp, chairs, stands and podium.
- Each band is to provide its own snare drum, cymbals, beaters, mallets and sticks, and auxiliary percussion.
- Bands interfering with a performance by practicing, noise-making, etc., are subject to disqualification.
- Festival coordinators are not responsible for accommodation. An accommodation list is available from Tourism Red Deeror the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce.
- Each band is encouraged to play an unadjudicated warm-up.
- Total stage time for a Week 1 band must not exceed 30 minutes.
- Total stage time for a Week 2 (Tues. Thurs.) band must not exceed 40 minutes.
- Each participating band must provide the
adjudicators with THREE original conductors’ scores
for each own choice selection being performed.
These must be supplied prior to the performance.
- Please ensure that all measures are numbered.
- Conductors’ scores for all syllabus selections will be
supplied by the Alberta Band Association.
PLEASE NOTE: It is against copyright laws to photocopy music.
- The Sight-Reading/Fundamentals portion of the Festival will not be open to public viewing, but open to the band’s entourage at the discretion of the band director.
- All bands are encouraged to attend the performances of other participants.
All bands will prepare THREE selections at their playing level, (i.e. 1 – 6), in one of five categories:
- ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (school Grade 1 – 6)
- JUNIOR SCHOOL (school Grade 7 – 9)
- SENIOR SCHOOL (school Grade 10 – 12)
- JUNIOR COMMUNITY (less than 3 years playing experience)
- SENIOR COMMUNITY (3 years playing experience or higher)
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”:
- Selection from the 2018 Festival Syllabus listing
- Contrasting selection (no ‘pops’music )
- 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.
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:
- 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
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Images Unlimited offers three Festival photo packages:
- PACKAGE A | $275 [plus GST & shipping]
Fifty 8 x 10 photos
USB flash drive with over 125 action photos of your performance
Additional copies available for $1.25 each
- PACKAGE B | $150 [plus GST & shipping]
Over 125 high res action shots of performance
- PACKAGE C | $180 [plus GST & shipping]
Group photos only
Minimum order: 9 @ $20
- $190 All Digital Group Photo
USB flash drive with 100 or more high res action photos of your performance
Please pre-register for photos: email@example.com 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.
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:
- Onstage performance: 60%
- Clinic session: 20%
- Sight-reading/fundamentals clinic: 20%
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