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.


Trinity College London is proud to support the work of the NCBF and share in its belief of the power of performance. Learn more in our video about how Trinity’s approach to graded music qualifications provides candidates with the opportunity to personalise their performance, play to their strengths and demonstrate real achievement and progress.

To further support teachers and students, Trinity have also created some free resources including a newly composed piece for concert band titled ‘The Monarch of Keodale’ with a downloadable PDF score and parts, plus handy guides for teachers and students on how best to prepare for a digital exam.

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 2020/21 Dates

NCBF FestivalsWind Band Slots
Big Band Slots
31st OCTOBER 2021

LONDON - Watford Grammar School for Boys, Watford

7th NOVEMBER 2021

BATH - Hayesfield Girls School

13th NOVEMBER 2021
NORTHERN IRELAND - Antrim Board Centre
21st NOVEMBER 2021
OLDHAM - Newman College
TELFORD - Haberdashers Abraham Darby Academy
28th NOVEMBER 2021
- Nottingham High School
23rd JANUARY 2022
SCOTLAND - Garnock Community College, Glengarnock

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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.

Festival Classes

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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