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Fanfare history

Since its inception in 1985, Fanfare has fostered the development of thousands of young Queensland musicians and highlighted the achievements of the music teachers of school-based ensembles participating in the Department of Education's instrumental music program. The program has been held on a biennial basis since 1986.

More than 30,000 students from 515 state schools participated in this year's program. Read about the best performing ensembles at the Fanfare 2018 grand final concerts.

Details of previous years Fanfare award recipients:

2016
2014

2012
2002 - 2010
1990 - 2000
1985 - 1988

2016

There were 982 ensembles from 421 schools performing in Fanfare 2016. More than 27,500 participated in the regional festivals and finals held in May and June.


The grand finalists were:

Primary

Banksia Beach State School Stage Band - Conductor: Martin O'Callaghan

Edge Hill State School Concert Band - Conductor: Jon Christodoulides

Ironside State School Chamber Strings - Conductor: Trudy Weekes

Middle Ridge State School Senior Concert Band - Conductor: Antoinette Warfield

Varsity College Junior Concert Band - Conductor: Mathew Caulton


Secondary

Brisbane State High School Symphonic Band - Conductor: Bradley Ruben

Cairns State High School Symphony Orchestra - Conductor: Jon Christodoulides

Kedron State High School Percussion Ensemble - Conductor: Sam Mitchell

Kenmore State High School Symphonic Band - Conductor: Edward Kennedy

Pimlico State High School Orpheus Chamber Strings - Music Director: Richard Newell


Ironside State School Chamber Strings, conducted by Trudy Weekes was awarded the most outstanding primary performance at the Fanfare 2016 Primary Grand Final Concert.

The Erica Brindley Memorial Trophy was presented to the Cairns State High School Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jon Christodoulides for their outstanding performance at the Secondary Grand Final concert.

2014

833 instrumental music ensembles from 400 schools performed in Fanfare 2014. More than 22,000 state school students participated in the regional festivals which were held in May and June in 48 regional centres across Queensland.

The state finalists were:

  • Pimlico State High School Orpheus Chamber Strings - Conductor: Richard Newell
  • Cairns State High School Orchestra - Conductor: Jon Christodoulides
  • Varsity College Chamber Strings - Conductor: Michelle Wilson
  • Benowa State High School Senior Strings - Conductor: Vincent Chingchang Kwan
  • Gladstone State High School Symphonic Band - Conductor: Angie Clifton
  • Kingaroy State High School Concert Band - Conductor: Matthew Phillips
  • Narangba Valley State High School Symphonic Winds - Conductor: Elisha Edwards
  • Banksia Beach State School Concert Band - Conductor: Martin O'Callaghan
  • Brisbane State High School Symphony Orchestra - Conductor: Meg Robson
  • Mansfield State High School Camerata - Conductor: Lisa Stevenson
  • Brisbane State High School Symphonic Band - Conductor: Brad Ruben

The grand finalists were:

  • Brisbane State High School Symphony Orchestra - Conductor: Meg Robson
  • Mansfield State High School Camerata - Conductor: Lisa Stevenson
  • Pimlico State High School Orpheus Chamber Strings - Conductor: Richard Newell
  • Brisbane State High School Symphonic Band - Conductor: Brad Ruben
  • Cairns State High School Orchestra - Conductor: Jon Christodoulides

The Erica Brindley Memorial Trophy was presented to the Brisbane State High School Symphonic Band, conducted by Brad Ruben.

2012

738 state school bands and orchestras, involving over 19,800 instrumental music students, performed in Fanfare 2012 regional festivals in May and June 2012.

The state finalists were:
  • Banksia Beach State School Big Band - Conductor: Gary Hooper
  • Benowa State High School Clearwater Wind Orchestra - Conductor: Bill Buchanan
  • Brisbane State High School Symphonic Band - Conductor: Bradley Ruben
  • Brisbane State High School Symphony Orchestra - Conductor: Meg Robson
  • Cairns State High School Symphony Orchestra - Conductor: Jon Christodoulides
  • Kingaroy State High School Concert Band - Conductor: Matt Phillips
  • Narangba Valley State High School String Orchestra - Conductor: Timo Jarvela
  • Pimlico State High School Symphony Orchestra - Conductor: Richard Newell
  • The Gap State High School String Orchestra - Conductor: Jan Stuart-Street
  • Varsity College Chamber Strings - Conductor: David Maddick
  • Yeppoon State High School Concert Band - Conductor: Jeanette Douglas

The grand finalists were:

  • Brisbane State High School Symphonic Band - Conductor: Bradley Ruben
  • Brisbane State High School Symphony Orchestra - Conductor: Meg Robson
  • Pimlico State High School Symphony Orchestra - Conductor: Richard Newell
  • Varsity College Chamber Strings - Conductor: David Maddick
  • Yeppoon State High School Concert Band - Conductor: Jeanette Douglas

The Erica Brindley Memorial Trophy was presented to the Brisbane State High School Symphonic Band, conducted by Brad Ruben.

2002 - 2010

Fanfare 2010

723 state school bands and orchestras, involving over 19,500 instrumental music students, performed in Fanfare 2010.

The state finalists were:

  • Benowa State High School Concert Band - Conductor: Bill Buchanan
  • Brisbane State High School Symphonic Band - Conductor: Brad Ruben
  • Cairns State High School Orchestra - Conductor: Bob Favell
  • Centenary Heights State High School Stage Band - Conductor: Garry Poole
  • Centenary State High School Concert Band - Conductor: Fiona Harvey
  • Kingaroy State High School Stage Band - Conductor: Matt Phillips
  • Mackay North State High School String Orchestra - Conductor: Susan Mora
  • Pimlico State High School Chamber Strings - Conductor: Richard Newell
  • Pine River State High School Stage Band - Conductor: Bruce Hamlin
  • The Gap State High School Orchestra - Conductor: Jeff Jarrott and Keith Sharp
  • Yeppoon State High School Concert Band - Conductor: Jeanette Douglas

The grand finalists were:

  • Yeppoon State High School Concert Band - Conductor: Jeanette Douglas
  • Brisbane State High School Symphonic Band - Conductor: Brad Ruben
  • The Gap State High School Orchestra - Conductor: Jeff Jarrott and Keith Sharp
  • Cairns State High School Orchestra - Conductor: Bob Favell
  • Pimlico State High School Chamber String Orchestra - Conductor: Richard Newell

The Erica Brindley Memorial Trophy was presented to the Pimlico State High School Chamber String Orchestra, conducted by Richard Newell.

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2002 - 2008

Fanfare 2008

715 ensembles, from 360 schools and involving more than 20,909 students, performed in Fanfare 2008.

The state finalists were:

  • Middle Park State School String Orchestra - Conductor: Jonathon Zorzetto
  • Yeppoon State High School Concert Band - Conductor: Jeanette Douglas
  • Cairns State High School Orchestra - Conductor: Bob Favell
  • Helensvale State High School Big Band - Conductor: James Henshaw
  • Kingaroy State High School Concert Band - Conductor: Julieanne Schick
  • Pimlico State High School Symphony Orchestra - Conductor: Richard Newell
  • Mackay North State High School Concert Band - Conductor: David Bayliss
  • Toowoomba State High School String Orchestra - Conductor: Jessica Johansen
  • Pine Rivers State High School String Ensemble - Conductor: Timo Jarvela
  • Brisbane State High School Concert Band - Conductor: Brad Ruben
  • MacGregor State High School Percussion Ensemble - Conductor: David Adelt

The grand finalists were:

  • Pine Rivers State High School String Ensemble - Conductor: Timo Jarvela
  • Cairns State High School Orchestra - Conductor: Bob Favell
  • Brisbane State High School Concert Band - Conductor: Brad Ruben
  • MacGregor State High School Percussion Ensemble - Conductor: David Adelt
  • Pimlico State High School Symphony Orchestra - Conductor: Richard Newell

The Erica Brindley Memorial Trophy was presented to the MacGregor State High School Percussion Ensemble, conducted by David Adelt.

Fanfare 2006

615 ensembles, from 315 schools and involving more than 15,000 students, performed in Fanfare 2006.

The state finalist ensembles were:

  • Bray Park State High School String Orchestra - Conductor: Michelle Jones
  • Centenary State High School Stage Band - Conductor: Damon Lougheed
  • Harristown State High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble - Conductor: Nick Williams
  • Helensvale State High School Wind Symphony - Conductor: Renee Dent
  • Mackay North State High School Concert Band - Conductor: David Bayliss
  • Pimlico State High School String Orchestra - Conductor: Richard Newell

The grand finalist ensembles were:

  • Cairns State High School Orchestra - Conductor: Bob Favell
  • Yeppoon State High School Concert Band - Conductor: Jeanette Douglas
  • Brisbane State High School Big Band - Conductor: David Adelt
  • Mansfield State High School Concert Band - Conductor: Marg Overs
  • Kingaroy State High School Stage Band - Conductor: Matt Phillips

The Erica Brindley Memorial Trophy was presented to the Brisbane State High School Big Band, conducted by David Adelt.

Fanfare 2004

Almost 600 ensembles, from 325 schools and involving more than 15,000 students, performed in Fanfare 2004.

The state finalist ensembles were Bray Park State High School Wind Ensemble, Bremer State High School Stage Band, Brisbane State High School Symphony Orchestra, Kirwan State High School Senior String Orchestra, Mansfield State High School Big Band and Nerang State High School Senior Concert Band.

The grand finalist ensembles were Cairns State High School Orchestra, Harristown State High School Stage Band, Kenmore State High School Symphonic Band, Kingaroy State High School Concert Band and Yeppoon State High School Concert Band.

The Erica Brindley Memorial Trophy was presented to the Cairns State High School Orchestra, conducted by Bob Favell.

Fanfare 2002

560 ensembles, from more than 300 schools and involving 15,000 students, performed in Fanfare 2002.

The state finalist ensembles were Benowa State High School Stage Band, Dakabin State High School Stage Band, Harristown State High School Stage Band, Kingaroy State High School Stage Band, Pimlico State High School String Orchestra and Redbank Plains State High School Stage Band.

The grand finalist ensembles were Blackwater State High School Symphonic Band, Brisbane State High School Percussion Ensemble, Cairns State High School Orchestra, MacGregor State High School Big Band and Mansfield State High School Concert Band.

The Lin Powell Perpetual Trophy was presented to the Cairns State High School Orchestra, conducted by Bob Favell.

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1990 - 2000

Fanfare 2000

514 ensembles, from 270 schools and involving almost 15,000 students performed in Fanfare 2000.

The state finalist ensembles were Bowen State High School Concert Band, Charters Towers State High School Concert Band, Coorparoo Secondary College Concert Band, Ipswich State High School Concert Band, Kingaroy State High School Concert Band, MacGregor State High School Big Band and Pine Rivers State High School Stage Band.

The grand finalist ensembles were Brisbane State High School Big Band, Cairns State High School Orchestra, Marsden State High School Concert Band, Toowoomba State High School Stage Band and Yeppoon State High School Symphonic Band.

The Lin Powell Perpetual Trophy was presented to the Brisbane State High School Big Band, conducted by Paul Meneely.

Fanfare 1998

508 ensembles performed in Fanfare 1998.

The state finalist ensembles were Tullawong State High School Concert Band, Benowa State High School Concert Band and Charters Towers State High School Stage Band.

The grand finalist ensembles were Yeppoon State High School Concert Band, Cleveland District State High School Concert Band, Cairns State High School Orchestra and Brisbane State High School Stage Band.

The Lin Powell Perpetual Trophy was presented to the Bundaberg State High School String Ensemble, conducted by Christine Buwalda.

Fanfare 1996

336 ensembles involving 10,500 students performed in Fanfare 1996.

The state finalist ensembles were Brisbane State High School Stage Band, Marsden State High School Concert Band, Pine Rivers State High School Concert Band, Kirwan State High School Concert Band, Mt Isa State High School Concert Band and Chinchilla State High School Concert Band.

The grand finalist ensembles were Toowoomba State High School Concert Band, Yeppoon State High School Concert Band, Kingaroy State High School Concert Band and Ferny Grove State High School Stage Band.

The Lin Powell Perpetual Trophy was presented to the Cairns State High School Orchestra, conducted by Bob Favell.

Fanfare 1994

312 ensembles involving 9993 students performed in Fanfare 1994.

The state finalist ensembles were Mt Isa State High School Orchestral Band, Chinchilla State High School Concert Band, Kepnock State High School String Orchestra, North Rockhampton State High School String Orchestra, Springwood State High School Stage Band and Pine Rivers State High School Concert Band.

The grand finalist ensembles were Kirwan State High School Concert Band, Brisbane State High School Concert Band, Toowoomba State High School Stage Band and Ferny Grove State High School String Orchestra.

The Lin Powell Perpetual Trophy was presented to the Cairns State High School Orchestra, conducted by Bob Favell.

Fanfare 1992

213 ensembles involving 7765 students performed in Fanfare 1992.

The state finalist ensembles were Corinda State High School Concert Band, Charleville State High School Concert Band, Wavell State High School Stage Band, Pimlico State High School String Orchestra, Mount Isa State High School Orchestral Band and Ashmore State School Concert Band.

The grand finalist ensembles were Gladstone State High School Concert Band, Pine Rivers State High School Concert Band, Toowoomba State High School Stage Band and Kingaroy State High School Concert Band.

The Lin Powell Perpetual Trophy was presented to the Cairns State High School Orchestra, conducted by Bob Favell.

Fanfare 1990

188 ensembles involving 6200 students performed in Fanfare 1990.

The state finalist ensembles were Mt Isa State High School Concert Band, North Rockhampton State High School Concert Band, Roma Middle School Concert Band, Caloundra State High School Concert Band, Springwood State High School Concert Band, Toowoomba State High School Stage Band and Kenmore State High School Concert Band.

The grand finalist ensembles were Wavell State High School Concert Band, Kingaroy State High School Stage Band, Pimlico State High School String Orchestra and Trinity Bay State High School Orchestral Band.

The Lin Powell Perpetual Trophy was presented to the Brisbane State High School Concert Band, conducted by Vin Fryer.

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1985 - 1988

Fanfare 1988

159 ensembles involving 5069 students performed in Fanfare 1988.

The state finalist ensembles were Wavell State High School Stage Band, Kenmore State High School Concert Band, Roma Middle School Concert Band, Pimlico State High School Concert Band Mt Isa State High School Orchestral Band, Caloundra State High School Concert Band and Springwood State High School Concert Band.

The grand finalist ensembles were Brisbane State High School Concert Band, Trinity Bay State High School Orchestral Band, Kepnock State High School Orchestra, Toowoomba State High School Orchestra and North Rockhampton State High School Concert Band.

The Lin Powell Perpetual Trophy was presented to the Trinity Bay State High School Orchestral Band, conducted by Halina Blurton.

Fanfare 1986

110 ensembles performed in Fanfare 1986.

The state finalist ensembles were Kedron State High School Concert Band, Bremer State High School Concert Band, Brisbane State High School Concert Band, Walkervale State School Orchestra, Mt Isa State High School Concert Band and Roma State High School Concert Band.

The grand finalist ensembles were Mackay North State High School Concert Band, Trinity Bay State High School Orchestral Band, North Rockhampton State High School Concert Band and Wilsonton State School Stage Band.

The Lin Powell Perpetual Trophy was presented to the Brisbane State High School Concert Band, conducted by Vin Fryer.

Fanfare 1985

106 ensembles performed in Fanfare 1985.

The state finalist ensembles were Toowoomba State High School Concert Band, Mount Isa State High School Concert Band, Gladstone West State School Concert Band and Bremer State High School Stage Band.

The grand finalist ensembles were Kepnock State High School Concert Orchestra, Brisbane State High School Concert Band, Mackay North State High School Concert Band and Trinity Bay State High School Orchestral Band.

The Lin Powell Perpetual Trophy was presented to the Kedron State High School Concert Band, conducted by David Lewis.

 
Last updated 24 August 2018