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Were you looking for the NSW School Band Festival? You have come to the right place, however, we  are now the AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL BAND AND ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL. 

The NSW SBF has merged with the Australian School Orchestral Festival, allowing us to streamline the management of the two events and bring you a better Festival experience.

All the regular band events of the NSW SBF  have been combined with the ASOF string ensemble and orchestra events on the new site to allow schools a one-stop shop for entering their various ensembles. 

When entering the site for the first time you will be required to re-create the bands/string ensembles/orchestras as we had to clear the data to upgrade to this more flexible site. This should only take you a minute or two but, hey, think of it a chance to give your school ensembles a bit of a rebrand with a catchy new name!

Please contact Pat at admin@asbof.org.au if you have any issues with the new site.

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.

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 News, Views and Events

Festival Background

Festival Background

The Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival began life as the NSW School Band Festival and 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

In 2018 Australia lost one of its national treasures with the passing of Richard Gill. Richard was the SBF Patron and was one of Australia’s most well known and respected musicians. ‘Music making is a wonderful gift that has the capacity to stimulate your mind and imagination’

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The Venue

The Venue

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.The Sir John Clancy Auditorium.

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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.

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Our Patron

Our Patron

SBF Patron, Richard Gill AO, is one of Australia’s most well known and respected musicians. ‘Music making is a wonderful gift that has the capacity to stimulate your mind and imagination’

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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The NSW School Band Festival Ltd is company limited by guarantee with the following legal structure. Paul Goodchild (Director): as Associate Principal Trumpet, Sydney Symphony…

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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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Festival Supporters

Can’t find the venue?

Click on the links below and Google Maps will direct you from your current location.

AIM – John Painter Hall
Clancy Auditorium UNSW
Conservatorium of Music

What’s Happening

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- 2 days ago

Heads up to all our band committees and MDs https://t.co/Rvpd1Mbpjz
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- 11 days ago

Any parents out there looking to get a layabout saxophonist out of the house? https://t.co/YL14rt9bVc
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- 13 days ago

This is not new information to the 10,000 plus young musicians who perform at the ASBOF each year. https://t.co/j5kPI72zFF
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- 15 days ago

We encourage all MDs to engage in this research being undertaken by Fiona Lucas. https://t.co/xzUtfjewsA
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- 15 days ago

Well known wind band composer, JODIE BLACKSHAW, is being celebrated by the ASBOF as we name our new event in her ho… https://t.co/zHj18eFoU1
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