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History

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Since its inception in 1985, Fanfare has fostered the development of thousands of young Queensland musicians and highlighted the achievements of the music teachers of school-based ensembles participating in the Department of Education's instrumental music program. The program has been held on a biennial basis since 1986.

More than 30,000 students from 515 state schools participated in this year's program.

View the details of previous years Fanfare award recipients.

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Fanfare 2018

There were 1,143 ensembles from 515 state schools that performed in Fanfare 2018. More than 30,000 participated in the regional festivals and finals.

The 2018 grand finalists were:

Primary finalists

  • Ashgrove State School—Ashgrove State School Senior Strings—Ensemble conductor: Keith Sharp
  • Banksia Beach State School—Banksia Beach State School Advanced Concert Band—Ensemble conductor: Martin O'Callaghan
  • Ironside State School—Ironside State School Chamber Strings—Ensemble conductor: Trudy Weekes
  • Varsity College—Varsity College Acacia String Ensemble—Ensemble conductor: Michelle Wilson
  • The Willows State School—The Willows State School Senior Concert Band—Ensemble conductor: Ruby Johnson

Secondary finalists

  • Brisbane State High School—Brisbane State High School Symphonic Band—Ensemble conductor: Bradley Ruben
  • Cairns State High School—Cairns State High School Symphony Orchestra—Ensemble conductor: Jon Christodoulides
  • Centenary Heights State High School—Centenary Heights State High School String Orchestra—Ensemble conductor: Jessica Johansen
  • Stretton State College—Stretton State College Symphonic Band—Ensemble conductor: Adam Hornagold
  • The Gap State High School—The Gap State High School Asymmetry—Ensemble conductor: Jeff Jarrott

Banksia Beach State School's Advanced Concert Band was selected as the most outstanding ensemble during the primary concert and given the honour of opening the secondary grand final.

The Gap State High School's Asymmetry percussion ensemble was the most impressive secondary school, taking out the Erica Brindley Memorial trophy.

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Last updated 05 December 2019