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ASBOF 2021

We previously announced that the 2021 Festival would be held exclusively online, however, recent changes to in-venue conditions have opened up the possibility of a live event.

We are currently in discussions with our regular venues to see if conditions have eased enough for us to begin scheduling a live event.

Why Enter ASBOF ONLINE 2021?

  • Give the students an authentic performance opportunity
  • Each ensemble receives an audio recording of the adjudication/feedback on their performance from our panel of internationally renowned music educators
  • Take the opportunity to benchmark your ensemble against similar music programs from schools across Australia and international schools
  • An option to receive a Gold, Silver, or Bronze award plaque from the prestigious Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival
  • Take the opportunity to have your performance included in the official streaming of the ASBOF Online 2021 event
  • Check out what other schools are doing from around Australia and across the globe
  • Have fun while you learn!

The ASBOF is a non-competitive event which has education as its focus.


Adjudication Only: Starts from $140.00

In addition to being a part of our curated online streamed event your ensemble will receive an audio adjudication of your performance from a member of our internationally acclaimed adjudication panel. This adjudication recording will be uploaded to our secure site for the Music Director to access via their school login.

Adjudication PLus Trophy – Gold, Silver, or Bronze Award Plaque: Starts from $165.00

In addition to receiving the adjudication your ensemble can request to be awarded a GOLD, SILVER, or BRONZE rating. A PARTICIPATION plaque can also be requested for ensembles which simply want to commemorate their participation in the event. An ASBOF official plaque will be posted to your school for presentation and display.


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

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|

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

January 15th, 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.


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What’s Happening


- 1.9887149923896 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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- 2.0340676686961 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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- 2.0818952942669 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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- 2.0819956240487 year ago

Don’t forget to join us, even tho it’s St Paddy’s Day! https://t.co/b5xq63nlBX
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- 2.0958578132927 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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- 2.1404342338914 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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