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, 333KB).

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, 189 KB) document for the 2022 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
Friday 22 April
ANZAC Day Assemblies Brass Band
Friday 29 April - Sunday 1 May Music Camp
Symphonic Band
Symphony Orchestra
Sunday 1 May - Tuesday 3 May Music CampWind Orchestra
Kurilpa String Orchestra
Thursday 12 MaySemester One Concerts - Concert 1  

Concert Band
Concert Winds
Wind Band
Wind Ensemble
Flute Ensemble
Brass Band 1 & 2
Stage Band
Symphonic Band
Wind Orchestra
Big Band
Fracatlia Percussion Ensemble

Thursday 19 MaySemester One Concerts - Concert 2

Cordelia String Orchestra
Merivale String Orchestra
Highgate String Orchestra
Southbank String Orchestra
Kurilpa String Orchestra
Symphony Orchestra 

Monday 6 June
Fanfare Heats 
All Ensembles 
Saturday 18 June
Music and International Food Festival (MIFF) 

ALl Ensembles ​

​Monday 25 July 
​Foundation Day Ceremony 
​Senior Chamber String Orchestra - TBC

Thursday 28 - Friday 29 July

2023 Music Merit Entry Auditions (TBC)All Ensembles
Saturday 13 - Sunday 14 August
Intermediate Ensembles Day Camp
Wind Ensemble
Wind Band
Concert Band
Concert Winds
​Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 August 
​Intermediate Ensembles Day Camp
​Southbank String Orchestra
Highgate String Orchestra 
Merivale String Orchestra 
Cordelia String Orchestra ​
Monday 22 August - Friday 2 September 
​All Bands
All Orchestras
Friday 7 October 

​​Music Supper and Farewell Concert
​Symphonic Band
Symphony Orchestra 

​Junior Ensembles Commence 
Friday 25 November 
Year 9 Graduation
​Year 9 Chamber Orchestra - TBC
Monday 28 November - Friday 2 December Year 7 2023 Auditions
Wednesday 30 November 

Junior End of Year Band Concert Year 7 Band
Year 8 Band
Year 9 Band
​Thursday 1 December 
​Junior End of Year String Concert​
​Year 7 String
Year 8 String
Year 9 String

Friday 2 December 
Year 7 2023 Orintation Day
​Year 8 Chamber Orchestra - TBC

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 09 May 2022
Last updated 09 May 2022