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Announcing ASBOF ONLINE 2020

Australia’s premier school music festival is going online for 2020 and school bands, string ensembles, and orchestras from across the planet are invited to enter.

Why Enter ASBOF ONLINE 2020?

  • Give the students an authentic performance opportunity
  • Each ensemble receives an audio recording of the adjudication/feedback on their performance from our panel of internationally renowned music educators
  • Take the opportunity to benchmark your ensemble against similar music programs from schools across Australia and international schools
  • An option to receive a Gold, Silver, or Bronze award plaque from the prestigious Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival
  • Take the opportunity to have your performance included in the official streaming of the ASBOF Online 2020 event
  • Check out what other schools are doing from around Australia and across the globe
  • Have fun while you learn!

The ASBOF is a non-competitive event which has education as its focus.


Festival Participation Only: $75.00

Upload your recording on our secure site and will will present the performances grouped by event level in an online streamed event. Your performance will also be available for other school groups to view. All schools wishing to do so can request official Festival Participation certificates for the performers which we will post to the school.

Recorded Adjudication: Starts from $140.00

In addition to being a part of our curated online streamed event your ensemble will receive an audio adjudication of your performance from a member of our internationally acclaimed adjudication panel. This adjudication recording will be uploaded to our secure site for the Music Director to access via their school login.

Adjudication and Gold, Silver, or Bronze Award Plaque: Starts from $165.00

In addition to receiving the adjudication your ensemble can request to be awarded a GOLD, SILVER, or BRONZE rating. A PARTICIPATION plaque can also be requested for ensembles which simply want to commemorate their participation in the event. An ASBOF official plaque will be posted to your school for presentation and display.


About the Festival

The Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival is open to all school wind, brass, and big bands, string ensembles and orchestras from across the planet and is held annually throughout July and August.

We cater for ensembles of all ability levels and, with over 10,000 students performing at our event each year, we are one of the most significant music education events in Australia.

So, whether your ensemble is newly formed or has been playing for years, get on board and join the fun of the Festival. Read about us on this site or contact us for further information to find out how you can be involved in the most inspirational event on the Australian school music calendar.

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Festival Background

Festival Background

The first School Band Festival was organised by the Band Association of NSW in 1962. Held at Chatswood Oval, eight brass bands initially took part and marching was compulsory.


Our Patron

Our Patron

Dr Anita Collins is an award-winning educator and researcher in music education and its impact on brain development and is known for her role as onscreen expert in the ABC documentary Don’t Stop the Music.


Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival (NSW School Band Festival Ltd) is company limited by guarantee and is registered as a tax deductible entity on the Register of Cultural Organisations


Festival Venues

The Conservatorium of Music

Close to the Sydney Opera House and surrounded by the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music is located at the heart of Sydney’s cultural precinct.


Sir John Clancy Auditorium

The Sir John Clancy Auditorium is the eastern suburbs’ largest public auditorium and is ideally suited for our Festival. Click to find all you need to know about the Clancy.


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What’s Happening


- 1.8705300608828 year ago

I’m sure that many of our festival family will want to get behind this great initiative in support of our late patron and friend. https://t.co/mL79IEG8dx
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- 1.9158827371892 year ago

Something the 10,000 students who perform annually at the ASBOF, and the parents and teachers who support them, know intuitively. https://t.co/WNJlEBAG6S
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- 1.96371036276 year ago

Jodie Blackshaw with some interesting info on bands and some compelling thoughts on their current status in the world of music https://t.co/rq8NL22piA
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- 1.9638106925419 year ago

Don’t forget to join us, even tho it’s St Paddy’s Day! https://t.co/b5xq63nlBX
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- 1.9776728817859 year ago

A new work by the latest composer to have a section of the festival named in their honour. Read about Jodie Blackshaw’s new wind symphony in Limelight. https://t.co/Tn1zrzrD0V
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- 2.0222493023846 year ago

Some parents need the science argument to support it. Politicians demand the ‘evidence’ to fund it. We do it because it’s just bloody good fun - and it makes people happy. KEEP MUSIC LIVE! https://t.co/BUhzPNS4Do
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