WA Schools' Concert Band Festival

This event is run in partnership with the Australian Band and Orchestra Director's Association (WA). The 37th WA Schools' Concert Band Festival was held from Thursday, 11 August to Sunday, 14 August, 2016.

The aims of the Concert Band Festival are:

  • To give bands a performance opportunity at an outstanding venue.
  • To give band members an opportunity to hear other bands perform.
  • To provide each band with constructive comments from a panel of informed adjudicators.
  • To present to each band a certificate which recognises its participation and standard of performance.

The festival is open to any independent or government school concert band, with divisions catering for young, unbalanced, bands to experienced senior bands. The festival is not suitable for brass bands.

Bands perform within a division with a panel of adjudicators providing written and spoken comments. At the conclusion of the Festival, bands receive a certificate with a grading of Outstanding, Excellent, Merit or Certificate of Participation. Novice bands will not be graded, but will receive adjudication comments and a Certificate of Participation. Directors also receive two recordings of their band, including one with spoken adjudicator’s comments superimposed over the music.

Music Selections List 2016

Download the Music Selections List for 2016:

Bands from Premier, A, B and C Divisions are expected to present an appropriate program of up to three pieces, which must include two pieces from the Music Selections List. Bands in Novice Division present a program entirely of their own choice.

Music Selections Lists conform to the following standards:

  • C Division = Grades 1.5 and below
  • B Division = Grades 2 and 2.5
  • A Division = Grades 3 and 3.5
  • Premier Division = Grades 4 and above

Own-choice items must be of at least equal difficulty to those listed for the division the band is performing in. Directors are advised to observe the published grade levels appropriate to each division in making additional selections. For more information or advice on repertoire selection email Neil Coy.

Please note:

  • Bands not presenting the required number of pieces from the Music Selections List, or an own-choice item of too low a grade difficulty, will only be eligible to receive a Certificate of Participation.
  • While teachers or other adults are permitted to play in participating bands, the band will only be eligible to receive a Certificate of Participation.

Many of the scores and parts of the music of each division can be perused at the Instrumental Music School Services Resource Centre. For further information contact Tanya Chapman at Instrumental Music School Services.

Festival Photographs

Group and on-stage performance photographs of participating ensembles from the 2016 Festival are available for viewing and purchase at prophotobooth. Use the password 'aboda16'.

Conductors' Feedback

During each performance, conductors are videotaped and given constructive and confidential feedback on their conducting by an adjudicator using a separate conducting form.

This has proved to be very popular with many directors and the positive feedback that they have received, has been an extremely valuable tool in their professional development. Feedback is provided by default. If, however, you do not wish to be included, please check the box on the entry form.

Observation of the feedback process can also provide a valuable experience for tertiary education students. If you do not wish for this to occur, please check the box on the entry form.

Helpers Needed!

One of the reasons for the outstanding success of the ABODA (WA) festivals over the last three decades is the contribution made by volunteer staff. Helpers are needed in every session with such tasks as stage management, ticket selling and marshalling.

This is a great way to meet other directors and hear bands from other schools and divisions.

Most helpers from previous years have found the experience so rewarding that they come back year after year.

If you are interested in helping in one or more sessions at the Festival, please check the box on the entry form and we will contact you early in Term 3.