2017 South Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival is here!

August 23 - 25 will see Westminster School's Michael Murray Performing Arts Centre  as the centre of activity for the 2016 Band and Orchestra Festival once again. Graded sections for Percussion Ensembles, String Orchestras, Concert Bands and Stage Bands will again be adjudicated by some of Australia's most well respected musicians and conductors.

Further details on this great event can be found in the following links:


ABODA SA presents the South Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival 2017



Michael Murray Performing Arts Centre, 
Westminster School, Alison avenue Marion, SA


Wednesday, 23rd August to Friday, 25th August, 2017


Adjudicators consider the merits of the various Bands and Orchestras and award Gold , Silver and Bronze Awards to all ensembles participating. In addition to the Gold/Silver/Bronze awards, an overall Section winner is announced.

Adjudicators 2017:

Negotiations are proceeding with adjudicators at present. Presently confirmed as adjudicators for 2017:

- Dr. Rob McWilliams - Conductors mentor

- Mr. Bob Hower - Concert Band adjudicator

- Mr Peter Foley - Big Band adjudicator

others tbc

Wednesday (likely program)
Percussion Ensembles: tba
String Ensembles and Orchestras: tba

Concert Bands – Intermediate and Advanced

Concert Bands: Novice and Junior
Big Bands: Mr Peter Foley

Percussion Equipment Provided

Major Sponsors

The following Percussion equipment will be available for both the Percussion Ensemble and Concert Band Sections:

  • 4 1/3 Octave Marimba
  • Vibraphone
  • 4 Oct Xylophone
  • Concert Bass Drum
  • 3 x Snare Drums
  • Drumkit (additional Snare Drum and suspended Cymbal on stand) 
  • Wind Chimes
  • Orchestral Bells
  • Congas
  • Timbales
  • Bongos
  • Tam Tam
  • Roto Toms
  • Orchestral Crash Cymbals
  • 4 Adams Timpani
  • Grand Piano
  • Electric Piano

Please Note: Any additional percussion instruments beyond those listed above (Inc. all sticks/leads) will need to be provided by the performing ensemble/school. Cymbals/Snare Drums must not be removed or changed from the Drumkit setup.