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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.

Sydney Music Education Conference 2018

The SBF and ABODA NSW presents the 2018 Sydney Music Education Conference specifically designed for Band Directors.

Designed specifically for Music Directors working with schools or community bands course participants will cover a range of topics including:

  • Conducting and rehearsal techniques from beginner to advanced
  • The latest in music technology
  • How to sessions covering how to teach:
    • How to teach Brass for the non-brass player
    • How to teach Reeds for the non-reed player
    • How to teach Percussion for the non-percussionist
  • Big band improvisation sessions
  • Repertoire choice and selecting ‘music that teaches’

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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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Read about Monte, one of the clinicians at our Music Education Conference and an adjudicator at this year’s SBF. https://t.co/WJOTjXNY1Y
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- 47 days ago

World Premier of Endless Harbour by Denis DiBlasio at Big Band Blast #Bigbandblast2018 https://t.co/iS7i1y2Ej5
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- 48 days ago

Congratulations to Steven Capaldo. Great to see another Aussie making a name for themselves on the world stage. https://t.co/k7HGkT75iS
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- 53 days ago

Kirrawee High School Jazz Orchestra (Kerri Lacey MD) at the Frank Coughlan Premier Big Band Event https://t.co/rnQXNETbok
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- 53 days ago

Kirrawee High School Jazz Orchestra (Kerri Lacey MD) with Denis DiBlasio https://t.co/N2YIGWAuNu
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