NABBA 2018 Registration

The NABBA Championship season is upon us once again, and I eagerly await joining all of you in Fort Wayne again next spring.

Your NABBA Board of Directors has worked very hard this year to streamline the registration process to make it simpler for you and your band, and we are excited that it will be available on our website,, tonight!

Please be sure to read the contest rules, and observe the registration deadlines of January 19 and 26.

I’ll see you in April!

Randi L. Bulla – President



On behalf of the North American Brass Band Association Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that the 2019, 2020, and 2021 NABBA Championships will be hosted once again in the beautiful city of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The 2018 contest will be our fourth year in Fort Wayne, and the Mayor as well as the Visit Fort Wayne Team have made it very clear that Fort Wayne wants to have a long-term relationship with NABBA. Thank you, Fort Wayne, for your continued support of our organization. We look forward to seeing you in April!

I also want to thank the other cities that submitted proposals for consideration. The new RFP will be open in 2020, and we will welcome all proposals for hosting NABBA at that time.

Randi L. Bulla
North American Brass Band Association

NABBA 2018 Performance Timings

Below you will find an excerpt from the NABBA 2018 rules pertaining to performance timings for each of the different schedules.

IV.B. – The timing for each category shall be as follows:


Section Test Piece Minimum Music Performance Time Maximum Stage Time
Championship As If a Voice Were In Them 30 min 30 min for Set Piece
32 min for Own Choice

1st Section Diversions on a Bass Theme 20 min 42 min
2nd Section Frontier Vision 20 min 42 min
3rd Section Lake of the Moon 18 min 42 min
Open None 18 min 42 min
Youth Impromptu 15 min 35 min
Youth Open None 15 min 35 min


Music performance time is defined to be playing time only.

Stage time is defined to be the time from the first person entering the stage to the time that the last person leaves it.