There are no set works or test pieces required at the ASBOF. All ensembles are required to present a varied program which should include a slow melody/chorale/hymn/lyric piece. For more advanced groups this might be a slow movement of a multi-movement piece.
Since 2015 it has been mandatory for all ensembles participating in the ASBOF to perform an Australian music item. The rationale behind this decision is to promote a home grown Australian music culture and to support the many Australian artists who are currently composing and arranging for the wind band, big band and string/orchestra mediums. All ensembles must include a piece that has been:
- Composed by an Australian or a resident whose work has largely been completed in Australia OR
- Arranged by an Australian or a resident whose work has largely been completed in Australia.
Please note: this does not include works which have only had parts re-scored for alternative instrumentation.