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ASBOF 2022 Events Update

Welcome back to all our regular participants and anyone joining us for the first time in 2022. 

ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN!

Go to your school login section and register for the event of your choice.

If you beleive you still have funds with us from previous entries, please contact us before finalising your entry.

If you are new to the Festival, send an email to admin@asbof.org.au and we will set up a profile for your school to get you started.

It’s great to be back!

In-venue Events

We have now confirmed a range of dates for our in-venue events.

Please download the Full List of In-venue Events from the tab below.

 

Important Dates (please note info updated 27/4/22)

Earlybird Cut-off: Friday 20th May

General Entry Cut-off: Friday 27th May (changed)

 

Please note, due to potential overcrowding issues we won’t be running the third hall for big bands at the Conservatorium. We are looking at alternative options for the big band events.

 

Online Events

We are running a full range of events for:

  • Primary school
    • Concert Bands/Wind Bands
    • Big Bands
    • String Ensembles 
    • Orchestras
  • Secondary school

    • Concert Bands/Wind Bands
    • Big Bands
    • String Ensembles 
    • Orchestras

Online Entry Cut off Dates

  • General Entry – Friday 12th August

Video Upload Date – Friday 12th August

  • This date is negotiable for international ensembles

ENTRY OPTIONS

Adjudication Plus Trophy – Gold, Silver, or Bronze Award Plaque

All ensembles entering the Adjudication Plus Trophy section of the Festival will receive the confidential audio adjudication comments from a member of our highly acclaimed panel of adjudicators. In addition to receiving the adjudication, these ensembles will be awarded a GOLD, SILVER, or BRONZE rating which will be publicly announced and displayed on our webiste. There is an additional cost to the entry fee for the award which will be included at the checkout stage of entry.

Adjudication Only

All ensembles will have the opportunity to enter the Festival as an educational experience only and receive the confidential audio feedback from a member of our highly acclaimed panel of adjudicators. No award will be presented and no public announcement as to the level of performance will be made. Adjudication Only ensembles entering the Online section of the Festival will still be eligible for participation in the online streaming event.  A PARTICIPATION plaque can also be requested for ensembles which would like to commemorate their participation in the event. Please contact the Festival GM for more information.

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 News, Views and Events

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

@sbfnsw

- 3.0948717656012 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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- 3.1402244419077 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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@sbfnsw

- 3.1880520674784 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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@sbfnsw

- 3.1881523972603 year ago

Don’t forget to join us, even tho it’s St Paddy’s Day! https://t.co/b5xq63nlBX
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@sbfnsw

- 3.2020145865043 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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@sbfnsw

- 3.246591007103 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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