The Wind Bands’ Association of Singapore (WBAS) presents the 8th Singapore International Band Festival (SIBF), which will take place between 26 – 31 July 2022 with the following programmes:

  • Competition for Wind Bands
  • Competition for Ensembles
  • Workshops with Adjudicators
  • Winners’ Concert & Award Ceremony at Esplanade Concert Hall

For the past two years, the pandemic has disrupted the wind bands activities in Singapore and Asia in particular. Hence, it is important that WBAS leads the resumption of wind band development while providing the opportunity for all to make music in a safe way.

The SIBF 2022 will have competition categories in both live and virtual formats, namely Band (Live), Band (Virtual) ,Ensemble (Live), and Ensemble (Virtual).

Revised Rules for Competition

Unless otherwise specified, all rules are applicable for both LIVE and VIRTUAL competitions. 

  • The term “musician” when mentioned does not include the conductor of the participating group.
  • Each musician may perform with up to a maximum of two groups – one in the Band Category and the other in the Ensemble Category. Musician is not allowed to participate in more than one division in either the Band or Ensemble Categories.
  • Every musician will be deemed as representative of participating group’s organisation. Participating groups will be required to take responsibility for the behaviour of their musicians.
  • A professional musician is defined as one who has received tertiary education in music performance, and/or has performed, conducted or taught music as a profession, on a full-time or part-time basis in the past one year from date of competition.
  • Participating groups are advised to perform contrasting works that have a significant level of technical difficulty and musical depth, which can best display their group’s performance ability.
  • The grade of choice music will be as stated by the publisher. The grade of unpublished work or manuscript must be indicated by the composer.
  • Participating groups are required to own the original sheet music, or owns the performance rights of the music performed at SIBF (in cases of rented music or manuscript).
  • [For Live Competition Only] Participating groups must bring along the original set of sheet music to competition venue for verifications.
  • The stage time will start when the first musician steps onto stage and continues until the last person leaves the stage. Performing bands may tune or warm-up on stage within stipulated stage time.
  • The music duration timing will start on the first beat of the music and continues till the end of performance.

Instruments Allowed

  • [For Live Competition Only] Basic percussion instruments are provided for Competition and will be set on stage. Participating groups are allowed to use their own percussion instruments without removing large instruments from their original stage position. Space constraints on stage must be taken into consideration should the group decide to use their own instrument(s).
  • Participating groups may use any of the following instruments: Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Horn, Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba, Cello, Double Bass, Timpani, Percussion, Harp, Piano, Electric Bass, Synthesizer (only for replacement of instruments, e.g. Celesta, Harp or when indicated by composer).​

Marking Scheme

  • Each participating band will be assessed according to the following criteria based on their performance:
  • Sound: Intonation, Tone Quality, Balance
  • Technique: Articulation, Ensemble Musicianship, Rhythm
  • Musical Performance: Phrasing, Dynamics, Interpretation
  • Blend*: Timbre, Blend, Contrast
  • Repertoire Choice*: Suitability of work for the ensemble to showcase substantial technical abilities and musical depth. [* applicable for Ensemble Category only].
  • The final result will be the averaged mark given by all adjudicators, rounded up to 2 decimal places, totaled at 100 marks. In the case of a draw between two or more bands, the Division winner will be decided by the adjudicators’ vote.
  • [For Live Competition Only] Only top 3 groups of each Division will be announced at the end of each Division Competition. The results of all other bands will be announced at the Award Ceremony on Sunday, 31 July 2022.
  • Virtual Divisions results will be announced on 31 July 2022 through our official website.
  • Each participating group will receive a written appraisal from the panel of international adjudicators and a certificate based on the following: ​
  • Gold                                 80.00 – 89.99
  • Silver                               70.00 – 79.99
  • Bronze                             60.00 – 69.99
  • Certificate                       Below 60.00
  • Groups that score 90.00 marks and above will be awarded Gold with Distinction.
  • Participating groups that exceed the stipulated performance time or perform below minimum time shall result in 5% deduction of the final marks. This is an administrative, non-artistic penalty and will be made known via announcements when enforced. The results after enforcement of penalty will be final and non-negotiable.
  • Participating groups that violate any rule(s) of the Competition will have their award and benefits revoked.
  • All decisions made by the adjudicators are final. No appeal will be entertained.

For more information on SIBF 2022, please visit their website here!

Registration closes: 15 May 2022


Written By Editor

A contributing editor at TBP.