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 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, 465KB).

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 and Room Allocations (PDF, 132 KB) document for the 2019 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 1 April 2020

Chamber Groups Concert 

Brass, Percussion, String and Woodwind Chamber Groups

Thursday 30 – Friday 31 July 2020

2021 Music Merit Entry Auditions 

Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 August 2020

Instrumental Music Junior Day Camp


Monday 14 September 2020
Advanced Ensembles ConcertBig Band

Tuesday 15 September 2020

Extra-Curricular Showcase

Chamber Orchestra

Wednesday 16 September 2020
Advanced Ensembles Concert

Cordelia String Orchestra
Flute Ensemble
Wind Orchestra

Thursday 17 September 2020
Advanced Ensembles Concert

Symphonic Band
Symphony Orchestra

Friday 25 October 2020

Awards Ceremony

Symphonic Band

Wednesday 7 October 2020

Music Supper and Farewell Concert 

Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band

Monday 19 October 2020
Advanced Ensemble ConcertPercussion Ensemble

Friday 20 November 2020

Graduation Ceremony 

Symphony Orchestra and Big Band

Monday 30 November – Friday 4 December 2020

Year 7, 2021 auditions

Tuesday 1 December 2020
End of Year Concert 1TBA
Wednesday 2 December 2020
End of Year Concert 2 - Junior School ConcertAll Year 7, 8 and 9 musicians
Thursday 3 December 2020
End of Year Concert 3 TBA

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.

For further information, please contact:

Last reviewed 11 September 2020
Last updated 11 September 2020