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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

Timetable of rehearsals for instrumental music classes.
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
P108 Stage Band 7:30am 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


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 28 March​Chamber Music Concert​Brass, Percussion, String, Woodwind Chamber Groups
​Friday 4 to Sunday 6 May​Music Camp​Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band
​Sunday 6 April to Tuesday 8 May​Music Camp​Wind Orchestra, Cordelia String Orchestra
Thursday ​10 May​Semester One Concert 1​Strings, Symphony Orchestra, Big Band
Thursday ​17 May​Semester One Concert 2​Concert Bands, Stage Band
​Monday 25 June​Fanfare Regional Finals​​TBA
Wednesday ​2 and Thursday 3 August​2018 Music Merit Entry Auditions​Invitation only - Year 7 2019
​Saturday 4 August​State High Day & Rooftop Gala​​TBA
​Tuesday 7 August
​Year 7 GPS Music Day
​Year 7
​Saturday 15 September​Music and International Food Festival (MIFF)​All groups
Saturday ​13 and Sunday 14 October​Junior Ensembles Day Camp​Wind Ensemble, Wind Band, Concert Band, River, Southbank, Merivale String Orchestras
​Friday 26 October​Awards Ceremony​Symphonic Band
​Friday 2 November​Music Supper and Farewell Concert​Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Big Band
​Friday 16 November Graduation Ceremony​​Symphony Orchestra, Big Band ​
​Wednesday 5 December ​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.

For further information, please contact: