OBA Provincial band festival



Registration deadline: Friday April 15th 2022

Please see below for event details.


The OBA Provincial Band Festival has long provided band students across southern Ontario an enriching, educational festival of the highest quality. Last year, the Provincial Band Festival combined with the UTSC/OBA Small Ensemble Festival to offer a single, virtual event. This year, these two events will once again operate as separate festivals.

It is our distinct pleasure to present the 20th Annual OBA Provincial Band Festival. Given the incredibly challenging circumstances band directors are all facing again this year, we feel it is crucial to offer a rich an exciting festival experience for music students across the province.

To continue meeting this year's challenges, the OBA Provincial Band Festival will offer a very flexible music experience that provides the opportunity for any combination of instruments or style of music for groups of nine students or more. Open to all levels and types of ensembles, this special format allows participants to choose their preferred experience and receive a performance adjudication safely, under current health directives. Such combinations might include, but are not limited to: chamber groups of nine or more students including bucket drumming, world or folk musics, concert bands, string groups, rock/pop, and jazz ensembles or any instrumentation.

We are aware the quality of your ensemble's performance may be impacted by the quality of recording technology used, audio and or video editing process, software, and expertise. The mission of this festival is to support musicians making music. Our team of adjudicators will provide your students with a positive, enriching clinic, with focus on supporting and encouraging your musicians during this unusual time. The adjudicator will offer positive feedback, and engage your student musicians within your desired mode of festival participation. 

See above for registration link.


OPTION A – Pre-Recorded Ensemble Submission with Recorded Feedback


Ensembles (9+ participants) submit a pre-recorded audio and/or video (digitally-combined parts accepted) for recorded adjudication. Submission can be made any time between May 6th and May 27th 2022. Your adjudication will be provided within two weeks of submission.


We ask that your recording be no longer than 15 minutes (with no minimum). You will receive approximately 15 minutes recorded adjudicator feedback (total adjudicator time commitment – 30 minutes)



 $60 entry fee (must be a current member to participate)

  • I am currently a member

  • I need to renew my membership (The button below will take you to our member registration link)

OPTION B – Pre-Recorded Ensemble Submission with Real-Time Adjudication


An opportunity for ensembles (9+ participants) to share a pre-recorded audio and/or video (digitally-combined parts accepted) with an adjudicator, followed by an adjudication, in real time. Participants will attend a 30-minute online session where they will play their audio and/or video for the adjudicator and receive feedback. All members of the ensemble should be present. The date and time of the online session event to be mutually arranged between the ensemble and adjudicator. This option may take any time between May 16th and June 10th 2022. The video submission deadline is May 27.

We will arrange for your pre-recorded audio and/or video and clinic to be approximately 30 minutes in total.



$70 entry fee (must be a current member)

  • I am currently a member

  • I need to renew my membership (the button below will take you to our member registration link)


  • Additional $40 workshop fee (members) – total adjudicator time commitment – 60 minutes

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Further details regarding audio and or video submissions, formatting options, and other logistics will be provided by the end of April, 2022.

Please note - registration closes on FRIDAY APRIL 15TH, 2022.


All recordings submitted for the festival will be held secure by the Ontario Band Association, and shared only with adjudicators for the purposes of evaluation.  No components of any recording will be shared outside of the festival committee and adjudicators, nor will any components of any recording be used for promotional purposes.  All submitted recordings will be deleted from the OBA’s storage once the festival is completed. Finally, the OBA will only hire adjudicators who have completed a Confidentiality Agreement that is consistent with school board policy regarding online guests.




Digital, legal versions of scores are welcome if available. If a conductor’s score is unavailable our adjudication team will be fine to accommodate.





Traditionally, the Concert Band festival requires ensembles to choose one selection from our festival syllabus. This year, we will not require a syllabus selection. 


Similarly, there will be no festival ratings this year. We are excited to celebrate the music-making your students have been engaged in. All ensembles will receive a beautiful festival certificate reflecting their participation. These certificates will be available in digital form. 


We encourage pieces by Canadian composers as well as composers from historically-excluded groups in your repertoire selections.




If you have any questions, please do not hestitate to contact festival director Mark Caswell at pbf@onband.ca