WELCOME TO THE 2023 ASBOF
REGULAR FESTIVAL PARTICIPANT?
If you are a regular participant and have forgotten your login details you can recover them through the FORGOT PASSWORD facility in the MEMBERS AREA.
NEW TO THE FESTIVAL?
If you are new to the Festival we will need to set you up with a login profile. Go to the REGISTER A NEW SCHOOL page, complete all details, and we will contact you shortly.
MUSIC EDUCATORS CONFERENCE
Dr Anita Collins and Dr Peter Boonshaft headline a stellar cast of presenters at the PD event you won’t want to miss this year. Go to the Conference page (CLICK HERE) to register.
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 website. There is an additional cost to the entry fee for the award which will be included at the checkout stage of entry.
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.
Festival News, Views and Events
Sydney Music Educators Conference 2023
Dr Anita Collins heads a stellar lineup of presenters at this year's SYDNEY MUSIC EDUCATORS CONFERENCE. ASBOF, in association with ABODA NSW, present the most practical PD program a Music Director could hope to attend. DATES: WED 12 - Fri 14 July. Presenters will also include: Dr Peter Boonshaft, Jason Isaac, Jacki Cooper, John Morrison, Mandy Fara Boonshaft, and more - REGISTER NOW
Sydney Catholic Schools Now Hiring
SCS are getting serious about ensemble music education and are looking for quality educators.
2021 ASBOF Entries Open: In-venue & Online
Due to recent changes to venue conditions we are able to offer limited in-venue events for 2021.
School Music Programs Start Back Up
The NSW Dept of Education updated its health advice to schools. Pat Devery looks at what this means for school instrumental music programs.
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.
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