Fanfare begins with schools nominating to participate in the program. Schools can nominate as primary or secondary according to the highest year level of students in the ensemble.
Primary and secondary state school ensembles are nominated to participate for Fanfare by their conductor, school teacher or principal.
The ensemble types listed below provide a guide to the instrumental make-up of groups that can participate in Fanfare.
A balanced ensemble of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, usually a large group.
A full string section plus a proportional number of woodwinds, brass and percussion instruments.
An ensemble consisting of strings. This ensemble may include percussion.
A small group of saxophones, trumpets, trombones and a rhythm section. The rhythm section may include any keyboard, an electric or an acoustic guitar, an electric or an acoustic bass and a drum kit. Vocalists may be included in the group.
A balanced ensemble of brass instruments with or without percussion.
A combination of tuned/untuned percussion instruments.
All ensembles are welcome to participate in Fanfare regional festivals. However, please note, to be selected to progress to the regional final, ensembles must meet the program eligibility criteria.