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About Fanfare

Fanfare is the biennial statewide festival of bands and orchestras from Queensland state schools. It showcases the exciting music making that occurs in school-based ensembles across the state. The emphasis for Fanfare is on improving the quality of ensembles, promoting the highest possible standard of performance, striving for excellence and encouraging participation.

Fanfare was initiated in 1985 to foster the development and highlight the achievements of school-based ensembles in the Instrumental Music program. Since then over 160,000 instrumental music students from across Queensland have participated in the program.

Fanfare provides an opportunity for the school community to celebrate their young musicians and instrumental teachers by encouraging and promoting musical excellence through performance.

It aims to:

  • promote excellence in ensemble performance
  • highlight school-based ensemble performance
  • offer students and teachers of ensembles the experience of expert adjudication
  • provide students and teachers with the opportunity to perform in a music festival with ensembles from other state schools.

Participation guidelines

To assist schools with their participation in Fanfare 2018 including nomination and regional festival information, coordinating teachers should read the Participation guidelines for schools Fanfare 2018 Participation guidelines for schools (PDF, 949KB).

Project consent

All students and conductors participating in Fanfare 2018 State Grand Finals are required to complete the project consent form.

All individuals required to sign the project consent form must read the terms and conditions of this form. The use of the project consent form is part of the department's consent procedure for the use of photos and/or images from Fanfare 2018.

School ensembles selected for the primary and secondary grand finals will be required to submit the completed forms to the Fanfare program manager prior to the state finals. Any questions about the project consent form should be directed to the Fanfare program manager.


Last updated 17 May 2018