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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) (2017 version, 2018 version forthcoming).

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

Please see the Instrumental Music Rehearsal Schedule and Room Allocations (PDF, 132 KB) document for the 2019 Instrumental Music rehearsal timetable.


We are using a smartphone app to facilitate easier communication between staff, students and parents. TeamApp is designed for use on smartphones (android and iPhone), iPads and iPods, and can also be viewed online. It is free to download and does not incur a membership fee.

TeamApp keeps member contact details private and students cannot communicate with each other through the app.

To download, go to Team App:

1.       Sign-up using your name, date of birth and email address. You'll be sent an email to confirm your registration.

2.       Search for BSHS Instrumental Music and request access to the group students, teachers, or parents (whichever applies to you), and any relevant ensembles.

3.       Once your request is approved you will be able to see news and upcoming BSHS Instrumental Music​ events.​​


Instrumental music events for the year.
Date​ Event Ensemble
Wednesday 3 April
Chamber Groups Concert 
Brass, Percussion, String and Woodwind Chamber Groups
Wednesday 17 and Friday 19 April
National Band Championships rehearsals 
Symphonic Band, Wind Orchestra and Brass Ensemble
Saturday April 20
National Band Championships performances 
Symphonic Band and Wind Orchestra
Sunday April 21
National Band Championships performance 
Brass Ensemble
Friday 3 – Sunday 5 May
​Music Camp
Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band
Sunday 5 – Tuesday 7 May
​Music Camp
Wind Orchestra and Cordelia String Orchestra
Thursday 9 May
Semester 1 Concert 1 
Strings, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Orchestra
Thursday 16 May
Semester 1 Concert 2 
Concert Bands, Stage Band and Big Band
Saturday 1 June
State High Day 
Clarinet Ensemble, Stage Band and Big Band (TBC)
Thursday 1 and Friday 2 August  
2020 Music Merit Entry Auditions
Friday 2 – Monday 5 August
Australian Percussion Eisteddfod
Tuesday 27 August
Extra-Curricular Showcase 
Chamber String Orchestra (TBC)
Saturday 14 September
Music and International Food Festival (MIFF) 
​All groups
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October
Junior Ensembles Day 
Wind Ensemble, Wind Band, Concert Band and River, Southbank and Merivale String orchestras
​All groups
Friday 25 October
Awards Ceremony 
Symphonic Band
Friday 1 November
Music Supper and Farewell Concert 
Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band
Friday 15 November
Graduation Ceremony 
Symphony Orchestra and Big Band
Monday 2 – Friday 6 December
Year 7 2020 Auditions
Wednesday 4 December
Junior School End of Year Concert 
​All Year 7, 8 and 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.

For further information, please contact: