Department of Education

WA Schools' Senior Concert Band Festival

6 August 2021
WA Schools' Senior Concert Band Festival

This event is run in partnership with the Australian Band and Orchestra Director's Association (WA). The 41st WA Schools' Senior Concert Band Festival will be held from 6th - 7th August, 2021 at Churchlands Senior High School.

Performance times and Director's information are now available.

All enquiries relating to the festival should be directed to Tanya Chapman (Program Coordinator- Festivals & Events, Instrumental Music School Services) or Steven Harmer (President- ABODA (WA) Inc.).


The aims of the Senior Concert Band Festival are:


  • To give ensembles a performance opportunity at an international standard venue.
  • To give ensemble members an opportunity to hear other ensembles perform.
  • To provide each ensemble with constructive comments from a panel of informed adjudicators.
  • To provide ensembles with the opportunity to work with top level directors in a workshop format.
  • To present each ensemble with an adjudication and certificate which recognises its participation and recognised standard of performance.

The festival is open to any independent or public school ensemble, with divisions catering for young/middle school or unbalanced ensembles to experienced senior ensembles.

Ensembles perform within a division with a panel of adjudicators providing written and spoken feedback.

Directors will receive two recordings of their ensemble, including one with spoken adjudicator’s comments superimposed over the music.

Music selections list

Ensembles 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.

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 ensemble 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 Steven Harmer

Please note:

  • Adjudications and certificates can be collected or posted (country schools only) at the end of the festival at Instrumental Music School Services, 150 Guildford Rd, Maylands. Individual ensemble results will no longer be posted online or announced. It is entirely at the discretion of each ensemble whether or not they wish to make public their results.
  • Disadvantaged ensembles can apply for up to two extra players (students/ex-students/or teachers in special circumstances) when submitting their application.

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.

New initiatives for 2017 and onwards

Ensembles can opt into a direct conductor feedback session directly after their performance given by one of the two adjudicators who have just listened to their ensemble. This allows students direct contact with the adjudicators and offers a greater amount of educational value to the students' involvement in the festival.

Conductors' feedback

During each performance, conductors will be videoed if requested 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.

One-to-one conducting professional development can be applied for in 2021.

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.


Tickets can be purchased at the event only (no presales). Performers and directors will be admitted without charge. Ticket prices for other audience members (cash and card facilities available) are:

$7.00 Adults

$5.00 Concession

$3.00 Programs

Festival photographs

Group and on-stage performance photographs of participating ensembles from the 2019 festival are available for viewing and purchase at prophotobooth. Use the password 'aboda19'.

Helpers needed!

One of the reasons for the outstanding success of the ABODA (WA) festivals over the last four 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, IMSS staff members please use the online database to register your preferred session/s. Non IMSS staff members please contact Tanya Chapman for a link to log in.

WA Schools' Senior Concert Band Festival

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