Freemasons Victoria Festival of Bands & Strings

Every year young musicians from around Victoria converge on Ballarat for the Freemasons Victoria Festival of Bands and Strings.  A lively program that runs for over a week early September each year The Festival program includes novice, junior, senior and advanced sections across most performance categories. Our strings sections include the D’Addario Area Orchestra where combined school string orchestra compete at the highest level. The Festival of the Bands includes both stage and concert band sections featuring the prestigious Petera Clamp Prize for Premier Grade Concert Bands. Other performance categories include percussion ensembles,  jazz bands and a suite of VCE ensemble sections.

This year due to COVID-19 we have cancelled the live performance of Festival of Bands and Strings, we are currently seeking expressions of interest on video entries for critiques by an adjudicator.  If you are interested please send an email to and include any feedback or suggestions you may have.  This is a new venture for South Street so we don’t have guidelines and procedures to date but we will keep you up to date.

2020 VSMF Repertoire Selections for Concert Bands


Freemasons Victoria Festival of Bands & Strings is proudly sponsored by: