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ASBOF 2021 Online and In-venue Events

Due to changes in the venue conditions we are pleased to announce a weekend of Secondary School events for the weekend of the 17th and 18th July and Sunday August 29th. Log in now to secure your place.

As we hear about more changes to in-venue conditions we will open up more dates. Meanwhile, don’t forget ASBOF ONLINE 2021

In-venue Events

Saturday 17th July – Sydney Conservatorium of Music

  • Percy Grainger Premier Concert Band Event
  • Blackshaw, Stanhope, and Lloyd Concert Band Events

Sunday 18th July – Sydney Conservatorium of Music

  • All Secondary School Concert Band Events
  • All Secondary School String Ensemble Events
  • Richard Gill Secondary School Orchestra Event

Please note: due to staffing and venue constraints there are no Big Band events on this weekend

Sunday 29th August – Sydney Conservatorium of Music

  • All secondary school concert band, string ensemble, and orchestra events
  • Limited primary school events

In-venue Entry Cut off Dates

  • Earlybird – Friday 28th May
  • General Entry Friday 11th June

Online Events

We will be running a full range of:

  • Primary school
    • concert band events
    • big band events
    • string ensemble events
    • orchestral events
  • Secondary school
    • concert band events
    • big band events
    • string ensemble events
    • orchestral events

Online Entry Cut off Dates

  • Earlybird – Friday 18th June
  • General Entry – Friday 16th July

Video Upload Date – Friday 3rd September

  • These dates are 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 confidental 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 recieve the confidential audio feedback from a member of our highly acclaimed panel of adjudicators. No award will be presented and no public annoucncement 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.

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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

- 2.1746149162861 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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- 2.2199675925926 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

- 2.2677952181634 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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- 2.2678955479452 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

- 2.2817577371892 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

- 2.3263341577879 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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