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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

Sydney Music Educators Conference 2020

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 15 - Fri 17 July. Presenters will also include: Dr Peter Boonshaft, Dr John Lynch, Steve Williams, Paul Vickers, John Morrison, Mandy Boonshaft, and more - REGISTER NOW

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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

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.

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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

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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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- 1.2091640030441 year ago

I’m sure that many of our festival family will want to get behind this great initiative in support of our late patr… https://t.co/Vr6zvRKvfd
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- 1.2545166793506 year ago

Something the 10,000 students who perform annually at the ASBOF, and the parents and teachers who support them, kno… https://t.co/jRCpb8pP4Z
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- 1.3023443049214 year ago

Jodie Blackshaw with some interesting info on bands and some compelling thoughts on their current status in the wor… https://t.co/Z07vE7t2jS
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- 1.3024446347032 year ago

Don’t forget to join us, even tho it’s St Paddy’s Day! https://t.co/b5xq63nlBX
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- 1.3163068239472 year ago

A new work by the latest composer to have a section of the festival named in their honour. Read about Jodie Blacksh… https://t.co/lWxqi0Qkl9
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- 1.3608832445459 year ago

Some parents need the science argument to support it. Politicians demand the ‘evidence’ to fund it. We do it becaus… https://t.co/bt8t3yuWuw
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