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, 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
Cancelled - Wednesday 31 MarchSeniors Retun to State High String Quartet
Cancelled - Wednesday 31 MarchChamber Music Concert Saxophone Quartet
Wind Quartet
Clarinet Ensemble
Flute Ensemble
Brass Band
Percussion Ensembles
Year 7 Chamber, Year 8 Chamber, Year 9 Chamber, Year 10 Chamber, Year 11 Chamber, Year 12 Chamber Orchestra
Friday 23 AprilANZAC Day Assemblies Brass Band
Friday 30 April - Sunday 2 May Music CampSymphonic Band
Symphony Orchestra
Sunday 2 May - Tuesday 4 May Music CampWind Orchestra
Cordelia String Orchestra
Thursday 13 MaySemester One Concerts - Concert 1  

Merivale String Orchestra
Symphony Orchestra
River String Orchestra

Thursday 13 MaySemester One Concerts - Concert 2

Cordelia String Orchestra
Highgate String Orchestra
Southbank String Orchestra

Thursday 20 MaySemester One Concerts - Concert 3Concert Winds
Symphonic Band
Wind Ensemble
Thursday 20 MaySemester One Concerts - Concert 4Concert Band
Wind Band
Wind Orchestra
Wednesday 16 June Rescheduled - Chamber Music Concert

Saxophone Quartet
Wind Quintet
Clairnet & Flute Ensemble
French Horn Ensemble
Percussion Ensemble
All Chamber Orchestras

Thursday 29 - Friday 30 July

2022 Music Merit Entry Auditions (TBC)All Ensembles
Tuesday 17 August Army Band WorkshopBig Band
Wednesday 6 OctoberSemester Two Concerts

Cordelia String
Highhate String
Concert Winds

Thursday 7 October Semester Two Concerts

Clarinet Ensemble
Flute Ensemble
Merivale String

​Friday 8 October ​Semester Two Concerts ​River String
Southbank String
​Friday 8 October ​Music Supper and Farewell Concert ​Symphonic Band
Symphony Orchestra
​Monday 11 October ​Australian Percussion Eisteddfod Recording ​Percussion Ensemble
​Monday 11 Octobr ​Semester Two Concerts​Wind Band
Concert Band
Monday 29 November - Friday 3 December Year 7 2022 Auditions
Wednesday 1 Decemeber Junior End of Year Band Concert Year 7 Band
Year 8 Band
Year 9 Band
Thursday 2 December Junior End of Year String Concert Merivale String
River String
Southbank String
Highgate String
Cordelia String

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.

For further information, please contact:

Last reviewed 16 September 2021
Last updated 16 September 2021