Australian Music Requirements and Resources

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Since 2015 it has been mandatory for every band participating in the NSW School Band Festival to perform an Australian music item in all Festival event levels. The rationale behind this is to promote a home grown Australian music culture and to support the many Australian artists who are currently composing and arranging for the wind band and big band mediums.


All bands MUST include a piece that has been:


  • Composed by an Australian or a resident whose work has largely been completed in Australia 




  • Arranged by an Australian or a resident whose work has largely been completed in Australia. Please note: this does not include works which have only had parts re-scored for alternative instrumentation.



Australian Music Resources


Garry Clark Article for Primary School MDs: Please find attached a very useful article by GARRY CLARK, one of Sydney's most highly regarded music educators and a member of the SBF Advisory Panel, listing a number of Australian composers/publishers and works which would be suitable for inclusion in your program. 


(DOWNLOAD Garry Clark's Article)


The Band Down UnderMichael Burch-Pesses (Director of Bands, Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon, USA). Info on works from grade 1 to Grade 6, and an appendix listing all 107 works by grade so you can find those that will be ideally suited for your band. Now available on Amazon as an ebook and in hard copy, this one-of-a-kind resource provides information on more than 100 high quality and varied band works by 38 Australian composers. Each entry includes a biography on the composer and a program note with the difficulty level, duration, and availability of each composition. A brief overview of Australian history helps you place the historical works in context, and an appendix by theme helps you find works inspired by history, geography, and art.


Australian Music Publishers

(Click on the Publishers name to take you to their website or to download their current Australian content)


Bilby Music


Brolga Music


Graham Lloyd Publishing


JozzBeat Music Publishing


Middle C Associates


Thorp Music


Wilson Publishing





Please advise if you wish your company or publication to be added to this list.