About NCBF

Since its modest beginnings over 30 years ago, NCBF - National Concert Band Festival has developed and grown in size and prestige until now it is recognised as the largest, most active, enterprising Festival for wind instrument musicians who play in wind bands or big bands throughout the UK.

The ncbf celebrates and promotes the music and activities of wind bands / jazz bands by holding regional festivals across the UK and a National Festival. The organisation aims to provide unique performing opportunities in a friendly, welcoming and musically enriching environment.

New To NCBF?

Find out more about who we are, what we do and how you can get involved by taking a look at this special NCBF introductory video.

Find an NCBF Festival

Bands enter into their local ncbf regional festival where they perform in front of their peers, parents, audience, and ncbf adjudicators who offer feedback based on the ncbf Award Criteria. Bands are not competing against each other but are critiqued against the various aspects of performance and are awarded a certificate signifying their success: Platinum, Gold Silver or Bronze. Read more about the ncbf festival here

Regional/National Festival 2018/19 Dates

NCBF FestivalsWind Band Slots
Big Band Slots
20th January 2018
Garnock Community Campus7Included in Wind Band Slots
13th/14th APRIL 2019
NCBF National Festival
RNCM Manchester
By Invitation OnlyBy Invitation Only

The 2019 National Festival will take place at:
Royal Northern College of Music
April 13th & 14th 2019

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Deadline: Monday 21st Jan 2019

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Show Terms

A Festival, Not a Competition

What Students Get Out of NCBF

Why Band Leaders Get Involved

NCBF National Concert Band Festival Awards

National Festival Results

National Festival | All Results

Manchester 2018 • Warwick 2017

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NCBF Notices

Tony Veal (1938 – 2018)
It is with great sadness that we record the death of Tony Veal who passed away on Thursday 13 September. Tony was the Chairman of NCBF until May this year, when he stepped down because of ill health to become Life President.

Tony was by nature a quiet gentleman who gave his time and skill over many decades to music education (he was Head of the Music Service for Solihull Borough Council) and in particular to the organisation of both BASBWE and NCBF. He conducted many community bands in the Midlands and will be remembered for his supportive manner and love of discovering new music for bands. Read the article written by Tony just prior to the 30th anniversary of NCBF in 2015.