FAQs for Parents2018-09-06T16:17:09+00:00
How do I find out what time my child is performing?2017-05-23T12:51:40+00:00

Please contact your school Music Director in the first instance. Your school Music Director will have been given a band arrival time which is advised by the SBF. This arrival time is set approximately 1 hour before the band is due to play. This allows for an adequate time in the warm-up rooms.

There is no guarantee the band will have a full hour after their scheduled arrival time. If there are withdrawals on the day we will require bands to go on stage in any order which allows the Festival to continue to run smoothly. If you arrive after your band’s scheduled arrival time you risk missing your child’s performance.

Updated information can be obtained from the Information Desk in the foyer and from the compere in the auditorium.

Please note: under no circumstances does the SBF provide performance times. Attempting to second-guess when your child’s band will be playing may lead to disappointment.

Where should I take my child on the day?2017-07-27T14:16:40+00:00

Parents/students should meet outside the venue at which they are scheduled to play. All venues have their own Warmup room facilities and photographers.

The members of your school band should gather out the front of the Auditorium and remain together with parents and/or the School Music Director. Parents and students arriving early are encouraged to enter the auditorium (tickets required for adults) to listen to other participating bands.

A School Band Festival Marshal will take the band to the warm-up room when one becomes available. Parents should consult your school Music Director before accompanying the band to the warm-up room.

Please note: students will leave their instrument cases in a designated area. Please ensure your child does not leave any valuables in their instrument case.

What happens once my child is taken to the warm-up room?2017-05-23T12:53:50+00:00

Bands usually have between 15-30 minutes in the warm up room. They are then ushered straight on to the stage. Bands are permitted to have 1 parent helper to assist them back stage.

Watching other bands perform prior to your school going on stage adds to the sense of occasion and makes the event a more rewarding experience for all performers.

Admission tickets are required to enter the auditorium and the doors will only open in between band performances.

Please note: trying to second-guess when your child’s band will be performing might lead to disappointment. To ensure you do not miss your child’s performance you are strongly advised to enter the auditorium as soon as the band is taken to the warm-up room.

What happens once my child has finished performing?2017-05-23T12:54:31+00:00

The band will move directly off-stage to have an official photograph taken. This photograph is available for purchase (see below).

Students are free to leave once the Music Director has dismissed them.

When does the adjudication take place?2017-05-23T12:55:21+00:00

Typically, we will have an adjudication at the end of each section.

If there are a large number of bands in a section we might have an adjudication halfway through the event. The compere will announce the adjudication times during the course of the event.

What is the Admission cost for the audience at the Festival?2017-05-23T12:56:33+00:00

If paying ONLINE, the entry fee is:

  • $10 Adult
  • $5 Concession


If paying AT THE DOOR, the entry fee is:

  • $15 Adult
  • $10 Concession

The NSW School Band Festival is a not-for-profit organisation. All proceeds from ticket sales go towards running the Festival and its associated Professional Development programs.