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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.

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AIM – John Painter Hall
Clancy Auditorium UNSW
Conservatorium of Music

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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.

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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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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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Festival Supporters

What’s Happening

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- 3 days ago

A recent question posted to the ABC's Curious Sydney page is "How many band rotundas were there around Sydney and... https://t.co/krkWosMhrj
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- 17 days ago

If you're wondering what the purpose is of the person in front of the band waving their hands around, this video... https://t.co/oYB5BNU6k1
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- 18 days ago

For those of you looking to put more music into your students' lives (see an earlier post today), take a look at... https://t.co/N1NzftJiWE
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- 18 days ago

Needless to say, music should be valued and included as an integral component of the curriculum in its own right.... https://t.co/tWYyenjn4m
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- 27 days ago

A message from Dr John Lynch to Yr 12 Music Students https://t.co/1UpXlxzDFU
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- 32 days ago

This TEDx talk by SBF patron Richard Gill is from 2011 but it should be required watching for anyone involved in... https://t.co/5TI6EkRISj
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