ABA PROVINCIAL FESTIVAL OF BANDS
May 7 – 17, 2018 | Red Deer College Red Deer, AB
Congratulations to the 2017 Award Winners!
2017 Festival of Bands Info:
Fees | 2017 Brochure | Registration Form only | Director’s Package | Schedule [as of 8 May 2017] | 2017 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
COMMUNITY BAND DAY: $500 per band
OUT-OF-PROVINCE BANDS*: $500 per band
*Although out-of-province bands do not require membership in Alberta Band Association, we do require membership with your provincial band association.
The ABA Provincial 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 townhouses contain kitchens, living rooms, single bedrooms and private bathrooms.
Our Residence units are four-bedroom apartment or townhouse 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 townhouses 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 Deer.
- 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. No exceptions will be granted.
- Exceptions and clarifications to class level should be addressed to:
- 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 Deer.
- 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 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):
- Selection from the 2017 Festival Syllabus listing
- Contrasting selection (no ‘pops’)
- 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 one prepared chorale, chosen and conducted by the teacher. The performance of the chorale will be adjudicated using the same evaluation criteria as the main stage performance.
- Play three major scales chosen by the director, from concert Bb, Eb, Ab, F and C with the adjudicator conducting at M.M. = 92, quarter note. The director should indicate to the adjudicator which three scales the students will perform. One scale will be all tongued; one scale slur two – tongue two; one scale slurred. Percussionists should perform these scales on keyboard percussion instruments.
- Echo on instruments a five-note melody. The melody will be a maximum of 2 bars, based on concert Bb diatonic, under a perfect 5th and in either 4/4 or 3/4. This melody will be provided and administered by the adjudicator.
- Read and execute a rhythmic pattern, a maximum of 2 measures in length using a counting system identified by the teacher as the system most familiar to the students, (i.e. counting out loud and clapping). The pattern written in either 4/4, 3/4 or 2/4 will include combinations of half, quarter and eighth notes and quarter rests. Rhythmic patterns will be provided and administered by the adjudicator.
Directors are asked to choose and prepare only ONE chorale for evaluation. The chosen chorale should be taken from chorales you do regularly in class. Please bring a score for 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 “new music” 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.
It is recommended that the director not verbally prompt the rehearsal letters or numbers during the actual sight-reading performance.
Images Unlimited offers three Festival photo packages:
- PACKAGE A | $275 [plus GST & shipping]
Fifty 8 x 10 photos
USB flash drive with over 100 action photos of your performance
Additional copies available for $1.25 each
- PACKAGE B | $150 [plus GST & shipping]
Over 100 high res action shots of performance
- PACKAGE C | $180 [plus GST & shipping]
Group photos only
Minimun order: 9 @ $20
Bands that book by April 15, 2017 will save the cost [$25] of shipping and handling.
Download promotional info
Note to directors: Book by April 15, 2017 and your pictures will be printed at the Festival.
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
- Clinic time with nationally/internationally recognized adjudicators/clinicians.
- Musical and social interaction with other community bands
- Warm-up in private rehearsal room; basic percussion and music stands provided
- Adjudicated performance time; maximum 20 minutes of repertoire of your choice; no “pops”
- Private off-stage clinic on performance repertoire
- Each band listens to at least one other community band perform, with the option to attend several other bands’ on-stage performances.
- Lunch/social time with other community bands in RDC cafeteria
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.
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