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Regional festivals and finals

Fanfare is the statewide festival of bands and orchestras from Queensland state schools.

Fanfare consists of regional festivals held between May and June, and the regional finals in late June. In 2018, the state grand final concerts were held on 13 and 14 August.

Through the regional finals, up to five primary ensembles and five secondary ensembles are selected to come to Brisbane to take part in the primary and secondary state grand finals.

84 ensembles were selected as regional finalists (PDF, 266KB).

The following ensembles received the best performing ensembles at Fanfare 2018 regional finals:

School Name

Ensemble Name

Ensemble Conductor

Mackay West State School

Mackay West State School Concert Band

Mathew Johnston

Mackay North State High School

Mackay North State High School Senior Concert Band

David Bayliss

Banksia Beach State School

Banksia Beach State School Advanced Concert Band

Martin O'Callaghan

Banksia Beach State School

Banksia Beach State School Intermediate Concert Band

Helen Dan-Brittingham

Sunshine Beach State High School

Sunshine Beach State High School String Orchestra

David Allan

Narangba Valley State High School

Narangba Valley State High School Stage Band

Jonathan Adams

Edge Hill State School

Edge Hill State School Concert Band

Jon Christodoulides

Cairns State High School

Cairns State High School Symphony Orchestra

Jon Christodoulides

Varsity College

Varsity College Acacia String Ensemble

Michelle Wilson

Merrimac State School

Merrimac State School Senior Strings

Jemma Lasoda

Varsity College

Varsity College Chamber String Ensemble

Michelle Wilson

Benowa State High School

Benowa State High School Clearwater Wind Ensemble 

Matthew Armstrong

Rangeville State School

Rangeville State School String Orchestra

Jessica Johansen

Centenary Heights State High School

Centenary Heights State High School String Orchestra

Jessica Johansen

Pimlico State High School

Pimlico Big Band

Rianta Belford

Willows State School

Willows State School Senior Concert Band

Ruby Johnson

Ashgrove State School

Ashgrove State School Senior Strings

Keith Sharp

Ironside State School

Ironside State School Chamber Strings

Trudy Weekes

Stretton State College

Stretton State College Symphonic Band

Adam Hornagold

Ferny Grove State High School

Ferny Grove State High School Brass Ensemble

Dale Hosking

Brisbane State High School

Brisbane State High School Symphonic Band

Brad Ruben

The Gap State High School

The Gap State High School Asymmetry

Jeff Jarrott

Last updated 24 August 2018