State Wind Bands

Applications for 2017 are now closed.

The State Wind Band ensembles provide an opportunity for talented students in NSW Public Schools to perform in a state ensemble under the direction of professional conductors to perform a repertoire which challenges their musical skills.

Two symphonic wind bands will be formed:  

  • Senior State Wind Band for Years 8 – 12 students
  • Junior State Wind Band for Years 5 – 8 students

Between 55 and 65 students from across New South Wales will be selected for each ensemble. Students are provided with the music to practice before attending two days of rehearsals in Sydney. Each year the bands perform at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Festival of Instrumental Music.

Minimum Standards

Junior Ensemble: Students should be a minimum of AMEB Grade 4 (or equivalent)

Senior Ensemble: Students should be a minimum of AMEB Grade 6 (or equivalent)

Dates for 2017:

7 April 2017 - Closing Date for applications

27 April 2017 - Notification will be sent to applicants via email

12 May 2017 - Deadline for acceptance of position

mid June 2017 - Senior Wind Band music will be sent out via Dropbox link

Mid July 2017 - Junior Wind Band music will be sent out via Dropbox link

Successful applicants will commit to:

Senior Students (Year 8-12):  

29 & 30 July 2017 - Rehearsals in Sydney (all day)

31 July & 1 August 2017 - Rehearsal & Performances at the Sydney Opera House

Junior Students (Year 5 - 8):  

3 & 4 September 2017 - Rehearsals in Sydney (all day)

5 & 6 September 2017 - Rehearsals & Performances at the Sydney Opera House

Participation is mandatory in all sessions. There will be no variation to this schedule. Please do not apply if you are unable to commit to the above schedule. 

students playing in band

Cost for 2017: (Invoice to be paid upon acceptance of a successful application)

Metropolitan Students - $100

Non Metropolitan Students - $75

Rural & Remote Students - $35 (includes subsidy)

As part of The Arts Unit's support of the Department of Education and Communities' Rural and Remote Education blueprint for action, we are excited to be able to offer a Participation Subsidy of $40 to students from rural and remote schools to attend the State Band.

Please note: If interest exceeds available funds, allocation of the Participation Subsidy will be prioritised based on remoteness. Subsidies will be confirmed with acceptance notification.

Accommodation (for non-metropolitan students)
Billeting can be organised for Non-Metropolitan students if required. Metropolitan students who are able to host a country student will receive a financial subsidy.

Students will organise their own travel to and from rehearsals and performances.

Students will be supervised by DoE teachers during rehearsals and performances.

For further information please contact Di Hall on or (02) 67 555 063, 0411 704 654