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.



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.



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.

Dr Peter Boonshaft is looking forward to working with our fantastic Aussie Music Directors in July. Click through for more info and to register. Earlybird rates available until Fri 5/5 and ABODA, AMADEUS Program, student, and other discounts available. 

Overview of In-venue Events

Sunday 18 June (Term 2) – Secondary School Events

Saturday 22 July (Term 3) – Percy Grainger Premier Secondary Event (plus limited secondary events)
Venue: NSW Conservatorium of Music

Sunday 23 July – All Secondary School Events
Venues: NSW Conservatorium of Music and the Clancy Auditorium (University of NSW)

Sunday 30 July – All Primary School Events (excluding Lithgow)
Venues: Clancy Auditorium (University of NSW)

Sunday 6 August – Alex Lithgow Premier Primary Event (plus limited other events)
Venue: Clancy Auditorium (University of NSW)

Sunday 13 August – All Primary School Events
Venue: Clancy Auditorium (University of NSW)

Sunday 20 August – Primary School Concert Band and Big Band Events
Venue: Knox Grammar School

Sunday 27 August – All Secondary School Events (plus limited primary events)
Venue: NSW Conservatorium of Music

Sunday 3 September – Primary School Concert Band and Big Band Events (other events upon request)
Venue: Clancy Auditorium (University of NSW)  Please note: this is Fathers Day

Sunday 17 September – All Primary School Events (plus limited secondary events)
Venue: Clancy Auditorium (University of NSW)

Important Dates

Earlybird Cut-off: Friday 17th March
General Entry Cut-off: Friday 28th April

If you don’t see a suitable date her for your ensemble, contact the GM to see how we might assist. We want everyone to be involved.

Online Events

We will continue to run a full range of events for:

  • Primary school
    • Concert Bands/Wind Bands
    • Big Bands
    • String Ensembles 
    • Orchestras
  • Secondary school

    • Concert Bands/Wind Bands
    • Big Bands
    • String Ensembles 
    • Orchestras

Online Entry Cut off Dates

  • General Entry – Friday 11th August

Video Upload Date – Friday 11th August

  • This date is negotiable for international ensembles


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.

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 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

Schools Working to Support Music Educators

As schools around the country prepare for inevitable closures, ASBOF General Manager, Pat Devery, takes a look at what schools are currently doing to support their Music Directors and tutors and explores some practical advice for when we do enter the remote teaching space.

March 22nd, 2020|

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Festival Supporters

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What’s Happening


- 4.6227028158295 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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- 4.668055492136 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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- 4.7158831177067 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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- 4.7159834474886 year ago

Don’t forget to join us, even tho it’s St Paddy’s Day! https://t.co/b5xq63nlBX
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- 4.7298456367326 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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- 4.7744220573313 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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