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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 2020/21 Dates

NCBF FestivalsWind Band Slots
Big Band Slots
1st NOVEMBER 2020

LONDON - Watford Grammar School for Boys, Watford

7th NOVEMBER 2020
NORTHERN IRELAND - Antrim Board Centre
15th NOVEMBER 2020

BATH - Hayesfield Girls School

22nd NOVEMBER 2020
OLDHAM - Newman College
TELFORD - Haberdashers Abraham Darby Academy
29th NOVEMBER 2020
- Nottingham High School
24th JANUARY 2021
SCOTLAND - Garnock Community College, Glengarnock

The 2021 National Festival will take place at:

RNCM NCBF National Festival 2019

Royal Northern College of Music
10th & 11th April 2021

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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.

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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.

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Show Terms

A Festival, Not a Competition

What Students Get Out of NCBF

Why Band Leaders Get Involved

Regional Festival Results

NCBF National Concert Band Festival Awards

National Festival Results