Who can enter this Festival?


The Festival is open to all school concert, brass, and big bands, string ensembles and orchestras from across the planet. We have events for concert bands/wind bands, brass bands, big bands, string ensembles and orchestras of all ability levels - from those just starting out to the most accomplished ensembles. While most of our [...]

Is this event a competition?


No, the Festival is not competitive. Our primary aim is to provide an educational and inspirational event allowing the students to showcase their musical talents. Music Directors are free to choose the event level they believe will best suit their ensemble, based on the difficulty of music they are currently playing. All ensembles will [...]

Adjudication Only or Adjudication Plus Trophy – what’s the difference?


Since 2021 all ensembles entering the ASBOF have the opportunity to enter: 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 [...]

What is the entry cost?


We have an EARLY BIRD entry rate and a GENERAL ENTRY rate. Since 2016 the ASBOF has implemented a sliding scale of entry fees for the EARLYBIRD RATE, calculated on the proportion of time an ensemble has to perform (i.e. the longer the performance time, the higher the entry fee). All General Entry rates [...]

What percussion equipment is supplied?


A full range of large percussion equipment is supplied and all ensembles are expected to use the equipment unless they seek exemption from the Festival administration prior to the event. The link below takes you to a full list of the equipment supplied and the stage plan for how the gear will be set [...]