State Wind Bands

The State Wind Bands provide an opportunity for talented music students in NSW public schools to perform in a state ensemble under the direction of professional conductors. State bands perform repertoire chosen to challenge and extend students' musical skills. Up to 65 students from across New South Wales will be selected for each ensemble.

In 2021, one band will be formed through online audition process. Students from Years 5 to Year 12 are eligible to apply. A minimum standard of Grade 5 is required.

State Senior Band 2018


All applications in 2021 are required to submit a video audition. You must submit 2 contrasting pieces (maximum 2 minutes each), one fast tempo, one slow tempo.

Applications for 2021 are now closed. If you would like to enquire about a late application please contact Di Hall at


  • Student participation fee - $110 (incl GST)
  • Students from rural & remote schools- $35.00 (incl GST)

Event dates

Rehearsals - Sunday 5 and Monday 6 September 2021

Venue - The Arts Unit, Lewisham

Rehearsal and performance at the Festival of Instrumental Music - Tuesday 7 September 2021

Venue - Sydney Town Hall

Once an applicant is accepted, participation in all sessions is mandatory and no variation to this schedule is possible. Please ensure full commitment to the entire program before applying.

Important dates

Closing date for video audition applications – 21 July 2021
Notification to successful applicants – 30 July 2021
Music distributed to successful applicants – by 6 August 2021


Students will experience an intensive rehearsal schedule working with professional conductors and tutors in ensemble and small sectional sessions to prepare for the performance. Music will be chosen to challenge the students technique and musical experience. Music will be sent to students prior to the rehearsals. 

students playing in band


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


    Students will be supervised by Department of Education teachers during rehearsals and performances.


    For further information please contact Di Hall on or 0439 472 448


    Please note that the operation of this program is contingent on advice provided by the NSW Department of Education in consultation with NSW Health. All activities will adhere to the DoE COVID-19 guidelines.