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State Solo & Party Championships


The State Solo & Party Championships is one of two major events hosted by BANSW.

Registered members of the Association are offered a choice of events that they can enter depending on age range. All events, except for Open Brass events, are own choice, however, there may be some years when we may elect to set test selections for more events than Open Brass. Test selections are usually released in February each year.

Individual solo instrument winners in the open grades will be invited to compete in the Open Brass and Concert Champion of Champions events which will be held separately at the State Band Championships in August.

In 2021, the State Solo and Party Championships will be held at The McCaskill Music Centre, Barker College in Hornsby, just a short walk from Waitara railway station on the weekend of 26th/27th June. The closest school entrance to the McCaskill Music Centre is on The Avenue off Unwin Road.

Band members wishing to enter the Championships should notify their band secretary before the closing date. The band secretary is required to lodge all entries and arrange payment of entry fees. Entries will be accepted from 1st March 2021 and will close 1st May 2021.

The entry form and instructions on how to complete the form are found in the ‘Submitting Your Entry’ section of this page.

Before submitting an entry, both the member and the band secretary should review all information here to ensure that all parties are aware of the terms and condition of entry.

If you have any questions concerning the State Solo & Party Championships please contact our Contest Coordinator by email or send us a question using the contact form below.

Contest Details

Event Schedule and Time Limits

Here is the 2021 Solos and Ensembles Event Listing with time limits a registered member can enter.

All events, with the exception of all Open Brass Solo Events, are own choice.

Competitors should make note of the time limits for own choice events as limits are strictly monitored by the room supervisors. 


When selecting appropriate music for each grade, the following should be used as a guideline:

  • Under 15 (Juvenile) events – AMEB Grade 3 or better
  • Under 19 (Junior) events – AMEB Grade 5 or better
  • Open events – AMEB Grade 6 or better

Test Selections

We have pleasure in presenting the 2021 NSW Test Piece Selections for the 2021 State Solo and Party Championships.

The test selection list applies to Open Brass solo events only.

Under 19 and Under 15 solo events will be considered ‘Own Choice’. 

If in the event a competitor has any issues with ordering music, please ensure to let us know early so that we can follow up.


Brass Solos:

Brass Solos


All Other Solos:

Other Solos


Conditions of Entry

All Perpetual Trophies

  • Perpetual trophy holders from the previous year should return their trophy (engraved and in good condition), to the Band Association no later than 6 weeks prior to the Contest unless other arrangements have been confirmed.


  • There is to be no photography or video recording of performers during the Championships. An official photographer may be at the venue depending on availability. Photos may only be taken once a performer has finished or at the time of results.


  • The Championships will be run in accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws of the Band Association of NSW Inc., in particular By-Law 24, and the rules and conditions set out below or made by the Contest Committee during the Championships. You can view the Constitution and By-Laws
  • The Championships will be under the control of the appointed Contest Supervisor.
  • A Room Supervisor will be appointed to each room that will be responsible for ensuring contests rules are observed.


  • Entrants must be a currently registered member of either the Band Association of NSW Inc, an Australian State Association, or a National Association where an entrant is a resident outside Australia.
  • If an entrant turns 15 or 19 on the weekend of the contest then they will need to go up a grade. An Under 15 player may enter an Under 15 (Juvenile) and/or Under 19 (Junior) solo event. An Under 15 player may enter an Open solo event only if they have previously won a State Championship solo event. An Under 19 player may enter an Under 19 and/or Open solo event.
  • The qualifying age for Veteran's Solo is 55.


  • It is a condition of entry that a player must wear the uniform of the band with which the player is registered.
  • A player may be disqualified if he/she is not wearing the correct uniform.

Trophy Events

  • Trophy events have restricted entry criteria as follows:

Stewart Douglass Trophy: Slow Melody solo event for Under 15 players of any instrument.
Dora Simm Trophy:  Jazz/Popular Music solo event for Under 15 players of any instrument.
Paul Cerezo Trophy: Slow Melody solo event for Under 19 players of any instrument.
Hansen Trophy: Jazz/Popular Music solo event for Under 19 players of any instrument.
Lisa Butcher Memorial Award: Jazz/Popular Music solo event for Open players of any instrument.
Presidents Shield: Slow Melody solo event for Open players of any instrument.


Slow Melody Guidelines

  • A composition that is purely melodic. No variations or cadenzas, or florid sections e.g continual bars of semiquavers. Tempo generally will not exceed 80 crotchets per minute.

Jazz/Popular Music Guidelines

  • Any solo taken from a specialist “Jazz Genre” or a “Jazz Standard” solos book which invites the soloist to approach the notated solos with freedom relative to the style/genre. Melodic embellishments and the inclusion of an improvised solo are encouraged as is memorisation of the piece.
  • Music selected should be consistent with the expected standards outlined for own choice music.

Percussion Events

  • Percussionists may enter single or multiple events within each age classification. Entry in two or more different age classifications will be considered as separate entries for each age class.
  • Piano Accompaniment is allowed for all Percussion events in line with other individual instrument events. Please note no backing music or singing is allowed as accompaniment or part of the performance for percussion events.
  • The percussion adjudicator will be screened unless the adjudicator specifically requests to be unscreened. If this occurs, entrants will be notified


  • An official accompanist will be provided for each room. They are not permitted to move from one room to another, nor are they permitted to charge an entrant a fee to accompany them at the contest. Accompanists will charge a rehearsal fee of which will be confirmed by the accompanist at the time of booking. BANSW takes no responsibility for setting rehearsal fees.
  • Soloists may use their own accompanist at their own cost but if that accompanist is unavailable at the time the soloist is called on to perform then the official accompanist must be used.
  • Copies of music for accompanists must be bound, legible and in good condition. Loose sheet music will not be accepted. If you would like your accompanist music back, please collect it from the accompanist at the completion of your performance. 

Draw for Playing Order

  • The Management Committee will conduct a draw for each event prior to the contest and this draw will be printed in the contest program. The draw for the Under 15 and Under 19 Champion of Champions events will be completed at the conclusion of all related individual solo events so that entrant numbers can be confirmed.
  • In the event that the Contest Supervisor or Contest Administrator is not available, a Room Supervisor may give permission for a player to play out of order. The player will retain the draw number originally allocated in the program.

Legal Notice

It is a condition of entry into the contest venue that the Band Association of NSW Inc. and members of the Management Committee, volunteers and any official will not be legally liable for:

  • any loss, damage or theft of any instrument or other valuables of any member of the public while attending the Championships, or
  • any assault, illness, injury, death or any other circumstance that may arise during travel by any person to and from the contest venue or while in attendance at the Championships.
  • The Management Committee reserves the right to refuse admission to any person or persons to the contest venue facilities. An official may request a person to leave a performance room and or the contest venue if their behaviour is considered inappropriate.
  • In the event of improper behaviour, illness, injury or death the Management Committee reserves the right to call NSW Police, and or Ambulance to the venue.
  • Any official, Volunteer or another person who witnesses, or becomes aware of, any act of bullying, sexual or physical assault must report the occurrence to the Contest Supervisor who will decide appropriate action.
  • Children under 18 years of age, who are not accompanied by a parent or family member, must be accompanied by a person holding an approved WWCC and can provide the details for review upon request.

Submitting your entry

Entries to the NSW State Solo and Party Championships for 2021 are now open and will close 1 May.


Band Secretaries should complete their entry using this entry form only. The entry form calculates the fees due and will list the total at the bottom of the spreadsheet. Please make note of how the multi-percussion events are calculated and if assistance is required to confirm whether it has been entered correctly, please contact the Contest Administrator

  • Entries will not be accepted after the closing date.
  • A confirmation of events entered for each band will be sent to band secretaries.
  • It is expected that band secretaries will be responsible for the collection of entry fees due from their members. Secretaries can pay for entries or request an invoice through our online shop
  • The Band Association of NSW Inc. or its representatives may decline an entry without giving a reason.
  • Entry forms can be submitted using the upload function below: 



Event Entry Fees and Audience Tickets

Entry Fees for 2021 will be as follows:

  • Solo Events (per event): $35
  • Percussion events:
    • 1 event - $35
    • 2 events within the same grade - $50
    • 3 events within the same grade - $65
    • 4 events within the same grade - $75
  • Trophy Events/Duets/Trios: $35
  • Quartets and Small Ensembles (5-9): $45
  • Large Ensemble (10+): $55


Entry fees should be collated for all band members by your band secretary and then purchased in bulk through our Online Shop


Refunds will only be issued in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Management Committee.


Audience tickets will be available on the day of the Championships only (no pre-sales). Contactless payments may be available on the day, pending strength of the internet connection.

  • Single Day Ticket: $10
  • 2 Day Ticket: $15
  • Concession Day Ticket: $8
  • Concession 2 Day Ticket: $12
  • Program: $5



The timetable for the NSW State Solo and Party Championships should be available by the beginning of June.  A copy will be placed on our Facebook page as well as being emailed to band secretaries for distribution to their members. 


If you have a band member that is entered into multiple events and you believe that there may be a possible clash, please let the Contest Administrator know so that it can be reviewed. 


Individual competitor times are not released and it is the responsibility of the competitor to monitor the progress of the rooms in which their event/s are being held. 


Registration for an event should be completed no later than 30 mins prior to the start of the event. All music for the adjudicator must be numbered.  Please do not provide loose copies of accompanist music. 


As a reminder, full band uniform must be worn by the competitor. 


Adjudicators and Accompanists

We have great pleasure in announcing the adjudicators and accompanists for 2021.  


TBA for 2021



TBA for 2021

The full timetable will be released by the beginning of June. Look out for our Facebook posts giving more details about our Adjudicators for 2021!

Equipment Supplied

Music stands will be supplied and warm-up rooms will be available.


A grand piano will be available in all rooms where possible. If unavailable, there should be at a minimum an upright available.


For Percussion events, the following will be supplied:

  • Drum Kit
  • Concert Snare Drum
  • Tympani
  • Xylophone/Glockenspiel/Vibraphone/5 Octave Marimba

Checking In and Uploading Music

On the day, all competitors must check-in for each event in which they have entered at least thirty minutes before the event is due to commence. We are encouraging competitors to upload their own choice adjudicator music up to one week in advance of the Championships using an upload box. 

Adjudicator music MUST NOT contain any distinguishing marks that may identify the competitor or the band they represent. Uploaded music will be accepted no later than June 18


  • To upload your music, please click here
  • The competitors will still have the option of providing music on the day but we would prefer all music to be provided in advance. 
  • Accompanist music must be handed to the accompanist directly.  The Registration desk will not be taking accompanist music. 
  • Photocopies of music will be destroyed at the conclusion of the Championships. Original music provided to the Adjudicator can be collected from the Contest Office at the conclusion of each event once the results have been announced.
  • For winners of solo events, music will be returned to the competitor only if they are going to register for Champion of Champions events using the same selection.

Performance Recordings

Adjudication recordings will be issued as online MP3 files.

The recording will be made available within a few hours of event results being announced. 

Champion of Champions Events

Winners of individual solo events in all grades are automatically invited to compete in the Champion of Champions events and will be presented with their invitation at the time of results of their section.  If competing, the invitee should notify the Room Registrar where the Champion of Champions event is being held of their intentions and provide their music. If an invitee will compete using the same piece that they played in the solo event, they will need to collect their music from the Contest Office to give to the Room Registrar.


The Open Champion of Champion event for both Brass and Concert will be contested at the State Band Championships in August on Saturday evening in the Malcolm Borland Foyer.  The event will be live-streamed by


Under 15 and Under 19 Champion of Champion events for both Brass and Concert will be contested on the Solos weekend. The draws for each Champion of Champion events will be conducted at the conclusion of the solo events that make up each Champion of Champion event. 


Volunteering is crucial in our community in being able to run a successful Championships. Without people volunteering their time and skills, we simply wouldn’t be able to hold these events to the high degree that our members have come to expect.


We have a range of positions available of which the job descriptions are listed below:

Room Supervisors and Announcers

Room Registrars



Door Keepers

Ticket Sellers

Catering - morning/afternoon tea for volunteers and officials


If you have some free time over the weekend, why not come along and help us out. All it will take is to complete the interest form below. 


We provide our volunteers with heaps of drinks and snacks!
Advise us of anything you think we need to know to assist your volunteering experience.


Percussion Masterclass

At the conclusion of both the Under 15 and Under 19 percussion events, a masterclass will be held by the Adjudicator.  Depending on interest, we will hold an open percussion workshop that will be extended to non-competitors.  Look out for more information regarding this being sent to bands.