A Grade Concert Band
National Band Championships - 2014

The Queensland Wind Orchestra are the winners of the Open A Concert Band section at the Yamaha National Band Championships - 2014. Come support us throughout this year by joining our mailing list and find out about 2014 Concert Series.

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leading wind orchestra

The QWO provides a supportive yet challenging musical environment enabling advanced players
to develop their instrumental skills and ensemble musicianship to an elite standard.
We are committed to promoting accessible wind music to the wider community and
furthering the excellence of Queensland’s musical culture.

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Something Blue – Proudly supporting beyondblue
5th December at 7pm

In the Queensland Wind Orchestra's final concert of the year – Something Blue – QWO plays some well loved pieces such as Frank Tichelli's Blue Shades, John Adams' A Short Ride in a Fast Machine, John Williams' Superman March, as well as some lesser known works, including David Gillingham's Sails of Time – Celebrating the Rich History of Sydney, Australia, James Barnes' Autumn Soliloquy, Paul Creston's KalevalaFantasy on Finnish Folksongs, and Bert Appermont's Noah's Ark. In our final concert, we'll be supporting beyondblue.

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Something Borrowed
12th September at 7pm

In our third concert of the #qwowedding series – Something Borrowed – the Queensland Wind Orchestra again breaks the mould, this time presenting repertoire that you would not normally hear from a wind orchestra, supported by some wind band greats. With the majority of parts being played by individual players, this is your chance to experience these pieces in a new way

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Something New
27th June at 7pm

Experience a selection of the most vivid and exciting new works written for wind band, including Balmages' fast-paced Raging Machines, Hultgren's mad Arachnophobia, Blackshaw's vivid Twist, Mackey's gorgeous Aurora Awakes, and Cuong's outstanding piece 'Moth'

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Bands in Parks: Sunday Morning Classics
Sunday, May 3 at 10:30am

Old Government House opens its doors to the sounds of Australian’s champion concert band, Queensland Wind Orchestra for a morning concert featuring classics from Sousa, Vaughan Williams and Grainger.

Who We Are

The Queensland Wind Orchestra (QWO) is a community ensemble of approximately 45 musicians. Members are university students and graduates, music teachers and professionals from non-musical fields who share a desire to develop their ensemble musicianship in a challenging and dynamic environment.

What We Do

The QWO performs a series of public concerts each year at various venues around Brisbane. We are also passionate about the ongoing development and education of young musicians, evident by our partnership with the Inspire program and dedicated series of School Concerts / Workshops.

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Australia's best Wind Orchestra: 2014

The Queensland Wind Orchestra are the winners of the 2014 Australian National Band Championships for Open A Grade Concert Bands, making QWO Australia's best Wind Band in 2014, and the second time we've won the award.

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