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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. Read about the best performing ensembles at the Fanfare 2018 grand final concerts.

View the details of previous years Fanfare award recipients.

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Fanfare 2016

There were 982 ensembles from 421 schools performing in Fanfare 2016. More than 27,500 participated in the regional festivals and finals held in May and June.

The grand finalists were:

Primary

  • Banksia Beach State School Stage Band — Conductor: Martin Callaghan
  • Edge Hill State School Concert Band — Conductor: Jon Christodoulides
  • Ironside State School Chamber Strings — Conductor: Trudy Weekes
  • Middle Ridge State School Senior Concert Band — Conductor: Antoinette Warfield
  • Varsity College Junior Concert Band — Conductor: Mathew Caulton

Secondary

  • Brisbane State High School Symphonic Band — Conductor: Bradley Ruben
  • Cairns State High School Symphony Orchestra — Conductor: Jon Christodoulides
  • Kedron State High School Percussion Ensemble — Conductor: Sam Mitchell
  • Kenmore State High School Symphonic Band — Conductor: Edward Kennedy
  • Pimlico State High School Orpheus Chamber Strings — Music Director: Richard Newell

Ironside State School Chamber Strings, conducted by Trudy Weekes was awarded the most outstanding primary performance at the Fanfare 2016 Primary Grand Final Concert.

The Erica Brindley Memorial Trophy was presented to the Cairns State High School Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jon Christodoulides for their outstanding performance at the Secondary Grand Final concert.

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Last updated 01 March 2019