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 18 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 P&C Association sub-committee.

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 about the Instrumental Music program, please download the Instrumental Music Handbook (PDF, 333 KB).

Lessons and rehearsals

Students participate in a weekly group lesson during school time with a qualified Instrumental Music teacher and a weekly ensemble rehearsals before or after school.

Rehearsal timetable

Please see the Instrumental Music Rehearsal Schedule (PDF, 86.7 KB) document for the 2024 Instrumental Music rehearsal timetable.

Team App

We are using a smartphone app to facilitate easier communication between staff, students and parents. Team App 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. Team App 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 Instrumental Music events.


Instrumental music events for the year.
Date Event Ensemble
Wednesday 7 February
Leadership and Learning Ceremony 
Symphonic Band
Monday 25 March 
Chamber Music Concert
Percussion Ensemble 
Brass Ensembles
Flute Ensemble 
Woodwind Groups
Wednesday 27 March
Chamber Music Concert
Chamber Orchestras
Monday 22 April
Anzac Day

Brass Band 1

Friday 3 May - Sunday 5 May
Music Camp 1

Symphonic Band
Symphony Orchestra 

Sunday 5 May - Tuesday 7 May
Music Camp 2
Wind Orchestra
Kurilpa String Orchestra
Wednesday 15​ May
Semester One Concert 1

All String

Symphony Orchestras

​Wednesday 22 May

Semester One Concert 2
Selected Concert Bands
Big Band
Stage Band
​Monday 3 & Tuesday 4 June
​Fanfare Heats
​All IM ensembles

Saturday 15 June 

Music and international Food Festival
All IM ensembles
Thursday 20 June
Fanfare Regional Final
Succesful ensembles
​July - TBA
​Foundation Day Ceremony
​Chamber Orchestra
​Thursday 25 and Friday 26 July
2025 Music Merit Entry Audtitions

​Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August
Intermediate Ensemble Music Day Camp​
Southbank String Orchestra
Highgate String Orchestra
Merivale String Orchestra
Cordelia String Orchestra​
Wind Ensemble 
Wind Band
Concert Band 
Concert Winds
August - TBA
All Bands
String Orchestras
Symphony Orchestra
Stage Band
Big Band
2024 Extra-Curricular Showcase for 2025 Year 7s
​Instrumental Music Leaders 
Friday 4 October

Music Supper and Farewell Concert 
Year 12s 
Symphony Orchestra
Symphonic Band
​Thursday 14 November
Final rehearsal for Senior Grad
Symphony Orchestra 
Big Band
Friday 15 November
Senior Graduation
Symphony Orchestra 
Big Band

​Friday 22 November

Junior Graduation​Chamber Orchestra​
Year 7 2025 Auditions​
​2025 Orientation Day 
​​Chamber Orchestra
​Wednesday 27 November

Junior School End of Year Band Concert ​​Year 7 Bands
Year 8 Bands
Year 9 Bands

​T​hursday 28 November
Junior School End of Year String Concert​
Southbank String Orchestra
Highgate String Orchestra
Southbank String Orchestra
Merivale String Orchestra
Cordelia String Orchestra ​

Calendar is subject to change - please refer to the Events Calendar on our website. Any changes to these dates will be communicated via Team App.

Instrumental Music Sub-Committee

The P&C Association Instrumental Music Sub-Committee meets at 7:00pm on the second Monday of the month, in the Performing Arts Centre (P Block) meeting room.

The Instrumental Music Sub-Committee is led by:

Last reviewed 07 December 2023
Last updated 07 December 2023