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Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2 2024

at Memorial Park, Ladner, BC



The 17th Annual Ladner Bandfest is will be OPEN for registration on Monday November 20, 2023 and CLOSES on Dec 15, 2023.  We hope all adult-oriented community bands are ready to return for another joyous weekend of outstanding music! 

Ladner Bandfest #18 takes place June 1&2, 2024, at Ladner’s Memorial Park, rain or shine.


Family Weekend!

Be sure to encourage all your members to bring their families, lawn chairs and picnic baskets, and prepare to spend the entire day in Ladner!  Burgers (beef and vegetarian), hotdogs, smokies, snacks, and drinks are available from the service club TOOB, as usual.  Meals are also available in Ladner Village which is within walking distance.  Again, TOOB’s famous curly fries will be on the menu! Restaurant meals are also available in Ladner Village which is within walking distance.



Check the website periodically for latest information, volunteer form, registration form, photos of previous groups, advertising opportunities, etc.


Registration Steps

1. Fill out Form:

Bands must send the completed paper Registration Form by mail or email ( OR fill out the Online Registration Form. 

2. Send Payment:

A payment in the amount of $245 CAD in the form of cheque made payable to "Delta Music Makers" and mailed/couriered/hand delivered to the address below OR by sending an eTransfer to  


BOTH a complete Registration Form AND Payment must be received by end of day Dec. 15, 2023 in order to secure a spot in the random draw for scheduling of time slots for which 6 places have already been filled - 4 wait-listed bands from 2023, the host band, Delta Music Makers, and lastly the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy. We can accommodate only 18 bands this year and to be fair for ALL bands applying for registration, a random draw will be held for the remaining 12 time slots. The results of the draw will be sent out prior to Christmas.  Should a band not be drawn in one year, it will automatically receive a placement for the following Bandfest.

Registration packages will be emailed to bands on current mailing list on November 20, 2023. 

If a band needs to cancel, no refund can be given after Feb. 15, 2024.  A band withdrawing before Feb.15, 2024 will receive a 50% refund.  

Mailed registration forms and/or cheque payments can be addressed to:

Delta Music Makers

1007 Skana Drive

Delta, BC

V4M 2L2


Site and Equipment

The Ladner Bandfest will provide two stages, with volunteer stage crew to assist with your setup. Any desired changes in stage setup must be made with the stage crew within the group’s stage time as per the schedule.  Both stages are covered, so the festival goes ahead, rain or shine. 

Each stage contains:

  • Adequate music stands and chairs to accommodate our largest groups.

  • A drum set provided by a sponsor,

  • A sponsor-provided keyboard amp which also can be used for bass guitar or electronics,

  • A PA system with one microphone for announcer or vocalist,

  • Timpani provided on both stages. 


Bands should bring all other items needed, such as melodic percussion, chimes, etc.  Feel free to contact other bands to share additional equipment.



  • Bands will alternate on the two stages – Showstage (up to 40) and Gazebo (up to 70).

  • There is a designated time-slot (2:20 to 2:40 pm on both days) for presentations and a welcome by a Special Guest. 

  • Please time your program to 40 minutes, including introductions! You will receive a warning at 35 minutes and a cut-off at 40 minutes. A festival that runs on time is pleasing to participants and audience alike, and encourages return visits by all. 


Suggested Preparation Schedule For Each Band:

  1. Arrive early to enjoy the other bands.  There is ample parking south and west of the site in various Delta Secondary School lots.  There will be a drop off for loading and unloading large instruments.  As well, handicapped attendees may also be dropped off at the same site.  A map will be sent out to the registrants with the Second Mailing.

  2. 60 minutes prior to performance: musicians meet and warm up in the green room.

  3. 40 minutes prior to performance: speak to our volunteer stage-hands regarding number of chairs and stands in each row, percussion movement, etc.

  4. 30 minutes prior to performance: enter stage, begin setup BUT please respect performing band by being as QUIET as possible.

  5. Start time: MC will introduce the group and turn the microphone over to the group’s conductor/announcer.

  6. The group’s program must end in 40 minutes as per schedule.  The MC will endeavour to give a 5-minute warning, but do not rely on this – time your program!

  7. Musicians return to green room to pack up, then rejoin the audience outdoors when possible to support the other bands.


The Schedule of Bands will be emailed in February to each band contact.  Watch for a larger package of handouts that will be sent in April/May, containing maps, instructions, schedule, and advertising poster – you are strongly requested to hand these out to all your members as soon as received.


The members of the Ladner Bandfest Committee look forward to seeing and hearing all our fellow band enthusiasts at Ladner Bandfest #18!




Ladner Bandfest Committee

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