Festival Information

Please read carefully. By entering the ANOFOB, you agree to comply with the information below.  


Events in each Band Grade are as follows:

    • Sacred Item (Time Limit 6 mins),
    • On Stage March (As per the existing NBCA Approved March List),
    • Own Choice Concert Item (Time Limit 8 Mins), and
    • Single Own Choice Major Work (Time limit 25 mins).

Each band may choose to enter one or more events in their grade.

Each band recordings will be live-streamed by Brassbanned and also published on the BANSW YouTube channel.

Band Grades

Bands will compete in Grades based on the grades used in the National Band Championships and by the State Associations as follows:

    • Open A, B, C & D Brass
    • Open A, B, C & D Concert
    • Junior A, B & C Brass
    • Junior A, B, C & D Concert

For all Australian and New Zealand bands entering, the Grading by the relevant State Association as at the date of the close of entries will apply.

An international band (outside of New Zealand), wishing to enter is asked to provide their recent festival or championship results. A recent recording (not less than 12 months old) of the band should accompany their entry so the ANOFOB can grade them appropriately.


Expected Grade Levels

Open A Grade Brass & Concert Music Grade:  5+
Open B Grade Brass & Concert Music Grade:  4+
Open C Grade Brass & Concert Music Grade:  3+
Open D Grade Brass & Concert Music Grade:  1.5+
Junior A Grade Brass & Concert Music Grade:  4.5+
Junior B Grade Brass & Concert Music Grade:  3.5+
Junior C Grade Brass Music Grade:  1.5+
Junior C Grade Concert Music Grade:  2.5+
Junior D Grade Concert Music Grade: 1.5+

Grade levels apply to the “Own Choice Major Works” and at  State and National Band Championships to the “Test Piece”.

Player Registration

All bands and band members appearing in recorded videos for bands must be registered members of their relevant State Association.

Registration with the relevant State Association must be by the close off date for submission of recordings (so by Mar 12, 2021).

Bands are required to verify upon submission of their recordings that all members appearing in their video/s are regular members of their band, and that they have registered with their relevant State Association. Further upon closing of registrations, all State Associations will be provided with a list of their participating bands and will be required to confirm their current registration status. 

This greater flexibility provides an individual who regularly plays with multiple bands; the opportunity to play with as many of those bands that enter the ANOFOB, provided they have registered with their relevant State Association.

Therefore, applications for Permit Players is not required.

Furthermore, the same members of a band are not required to play for all events entered by that band. A band may use this provision to split the band into different groups for each event entered.

Maximum and Minimum Numbers of Members Performing

The minimum number of players in a band performing in any video recording is 16 (including percussion) plus a conductor for all bands. There are no maximum numbers.

Copyright, Synchronisation and Sheet Music.

All competitors in the ANOFOB must comply with Australian laws regarding copyright. The NBCA and the State Governing Bodies (including the BANSW) do not accept responsibility for any breaches by bands, soloists, or ensembles entering the ANOFOB.

Copyright laws require that to make a video recording of any work; you must obtain permission from the Publisher, Composer or Owner of the Rights. This permission is achieved via a synchronisation licence. For further information on this issue, please go to our page on Synchronisation Rights.

Bands will submit photocopies of original music to provide an adjudicator’s copy for the ANOFOB per OneMusic Australia requirements.

Adjudication and Awards

After the close-off date for submission, adjudicators will receive band recordings for adjudication.

Bands will receive a recorded adjudication of each of their performances after the conclusion of the festival.

No points and no placings will be awarded, in light of the likely differences in video and sound recording qualities.

Awards will be as follows:

    • Platinum – An exemplary display of technical ability and musical interpretation of the composition.
    • Gold – An excellent display of technical ability and musical interpretation of the composition.
    • Silver – A good display of technical ability and musical interpretation of the composition.
    • Bronze – A satisfactory recognition of performance.

Result announcements for each event will be made via Brassbanned and via the NationalsNBCA  and BANSW Facebook pages and websites. 

Bands will receive by email adjudication recordings, along with appropriate certificates, following the announcement of these results. 

Additional Requirements

All bands will comply with instructions about Dates and Entries as advised on our Important Dates and Entries page.

All bands will obtain synchronisation permission for their video recordings as outlined on our Synchronisation Rights page.

Further, all bands will comply with instructions regarding the uploading and submission of videos and scores are as advised on our Uploading Your Video and Music page. 

Participating bands need to ensure they rehearse and record their videos following the COVID-19 Guidelines as directed by their State Government (in Australia). For example, in NSW, bands would comply with the safety guidelines found at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19.