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Instrumental Music

​​​​​​​​​​Brisbane State High School has one of the most comprehensive extra-curricular instrumental music programs in Queensland.

The program encompasses orchestral string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.

Every year, students audition and are placed in a compulsory ensemble, orchestra or concert band. Students may also be invited to participate in a non-compulsory jazz or chamber ensemble. Our school currently facilitates over 20 performing ensembles in a variety of genres.

The proficiency level of the musical groups ranges from beginner to advanced. Public performance is an integral part of the program and all members are expected to attend performances. Student learning and equipment is supported by an active sub-committee of the  P&C Association.

Register your details to ensure the Instrumental Music Sub-committee can contact you about the latest news and events.

​Instrumental​ Music Handbook

​​For more information, please view the Instrumental Music Handbook (PDF, 319 KB).

Lessons and rehearsals

Students participate in a weekly group lesson during school time with a qualified instrumental music teacher and a weekly ensemble rehearsal before or after school.

Rehearsal timetable

Timetable of rehearsals for instrumental music classes.
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
P108 Stage Band 7.45am to 8.45amSouthbank Strings
7.30am to 8.45am
Merivale String Orchestra
7.30am to 8.45am (PAC Stage)
River Strings
7.30am to 8.45am
P107Symphonic Band
7.30am to 8.45am
(certain days)
Wind Ensemble
7.45am to 8.45am
Cordelia  String Orchestra
7.45am to 8.45am
Concert Band
7.30am to 8.45am
Symphony Orchestra 7.30am to 8.45am

Brass, Clarinet and Saxophone Ensembles ​2.30pm to 3.30pm​

Big Band
3.00pm to 4.30pm (PAC Stage) 

P107Percussion Ensemble
2.30pm to 3:30pm
Wind Band
3.00pm to 4.00pm 
Wind Orchestra
3.00pm to 4.30pm
Symphonic Band
3.00pm to 4.30pm


Instrumental music events for the year.
Date​ Event Ensemble
​Wednesday 29 March​Chamber Groups Concert​Brass, Percussion, String, Woodwind Chamber Groups
​Friday 28 to Sunday 30 AprilMusic Camp (PDF, 231 KB)​Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band
​Sunday 30 April to Tuesday 2 MayMusic Camp (PDF, 231 KB)​​​Wind Orchestra, Cordelia String Orchestra
Thursday ​4 May​Semester One Concert 1​Strings, Symphony Orchestra, Big Band
Wednesday ​10 May​Semester One Concert 2​Concert Bands, Stage Band
​Wednesday 17 May​GPS Music Day​Year 8 to 12
​Tuesday 1 August​Year 7 GPS Music Day​Year 7
Wednesday ​2 and Thursday 3 August​2018 Music Merit Entry Auditions​Invitation only - Year 7 2018
​Saturday 2 September (proposed date)​State High Rooftop Ball​​​Chamber Orchestras (TBA), Big Band
​Saturday 9 September​Music and International Food Festival (MIFF)​All groups
Saturday ​7 and Sunday 8 October​Junior Ensembles Day Camp​Wind Ensemble, Wind Band, Concert Band, River, Southbank, Merivale String Orchestras
​Wednesday 18 October​Awards Ceremony​Symphonic Band
​To Be Confirmed​Musicfest​All Groups
​Friday 27 October​Music Supper and Farewell Concert​Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Big Band
​Friday 17 NovemberGraduation Ceremony​​Symphony Orchestra, Big Band ​
​Wednesday 29 November​Junior School End of Year Concert ​All Year 7-9 musicians

Music Sub-committee

The Music Sub-committee meets at 7.00pm on the second Monday of the month, in the PAC meeting room.

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