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About the Festival

The School Band Festival is open to all school wind, brass and big bands from across the planet and is held annually at the University of NSW, Kensington (Sydney), Australia, throughout July and August.

We cater for bands 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 band 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.

About the Festival

The School Band Festival is open to all school wind, brass and big bands from across the planet and is held annually at the University of NSW, Kensington (Sydney), Australia, throughout July and August.

We cater for bands 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 band 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.

The Frank Coughlan Premier Big Band Event

Come and see Sydney’s hottest Big Bands with guest soloist and world-renowned jazz educator, Denis DiBlasio.

Denis DiBlasio was former Music Director for Maynard Ferguson’s band and currently serves as the Executive Director of The Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz and is Director of Jazz and Composition at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J..

DiBlasio will perform as guest soloist with each of the bands and then conduct an on-stage clinic, a must-see for any aspiring or experienced Big Band Director.

Saturday 26th July: commencing 1.00pm
Sunday 27th July: commencing 1.00pm
Venue: John Painter Hall, AIM Studios (Foveaux St, Surry Hills)
Cost: $10/$5 online; $15/$10 at the door

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Festival News, Views and Events

Festival News, Views and Events

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

SBF Patron, Richard Gill AO, is one of Australia’s most well known and respected musicians. ‘Music making is a wonderful gift that has the capacity to stimulate your mind and imagination’

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The Venue

The Venue

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.The Sir John Clancy Auditorium.

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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.

READ MORE

Our Patron

Our Patron

SBF Patron, Richard Gill AO, is one of Australia’s most well known and respected musicians. ‘Music making is a wonderful gift that has the capacity to stimulate your mind and imagination’

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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The NSW School Band Festival Ltd is company limited by guarantee with the following legal structure. Paul Goodchild (Director): as Associate Principal Trumpet, Sydney Symphony…

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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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AIM – John Painter Hall
Clancy Auditorium UNSW
Conservatorium of Music

What’s Happening

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- 5 days ago

A view of the past - Nana Glen Public School Band from 1936. Somehow the drummer looks as though he'd fit right in… https://t.co/3pdSVykiVY
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- 18 days ago

SBF Entries close TODAY! Last chance to join over 300 Bands in this great event. https://t.co/v2lsqMWkIY https://t.co/H0mJCuOivo
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- 18 days ago

This may be of interest for some of your budding jazz students. https://t.co/qqFc1Cn6te
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- 21 days ago

ENTRIES CLOSING FRIDAY 4th May. There are still positions available for all event levels (except Premier Events) as… https://t.co/y1gQjyLgBn
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- 21 days ago

One of the regular SBF schools with a strong band program currently has a vacancy for their intermediate band. Chec… https://t.co/FIWygQboh1
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- 33 days ago

A great opportunity to see some of the best young musicians from the US and Australia - click on the link for ticke… https://t.co/o64ua6W5Xg
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