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The Queensland Wind Orchestra (QWO) is a high-standard community ensemble of approximately 45 musicians, and Queensland's leading community wind orchestra. 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.

The QWO was conceived in 2004 as an initiative of young musicians who sought to contribute to QLD’s cultural community by creating an ensemble in which exceptional instrumentalists might find an outlet for their abilities. Now in its 10th year (including two years as National Champions), the QWO continues to perform an annual concert series comprising an exciting range of repertoire with some of QLD’s finest conductors.

The Management Committee

The QWO is a non-for-profit incorporated association managed by an elected committee comprising performing members of the orchestra. The Committee is responsible for day-to-day operations as well as the overarching management of the orchestra itself.

Past Conductors


Featured Composers

The Queensland Wind Orchestra has performed works by hundreds of composers.
Below are some featured composers who's works we've had the priviledge in performing.

Eric Whitacre
Eric Whitacre
Brian Balmages
Brian Balmages
Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
Percy Grainger
Percy Grainger
Alfred Reed
Alfred Reed
Morten Lauridsen
Morten Lauridsen
Ralph Vaughan-Williams
Ralph Vaughan-Williams
Gustav Holst
Gustav Holst
Ralph Hultgren
Ralph Hultgren
Philip Sparke
Philip Sparke
Jodie Blackshaw
Jodie Blackshaw
John Mackey
John Mackey
Frank Ticheli
Frank Ticheli
Viet Cuong
Viet Cuong
John Williams
John Williams
George Gershwin
George Gershwin
Michael Markowski
Michael Markowski
Johan De Meij
Johan De Meij
David Maslanka
David Maslanka
Steven Bryant
Steven Bryant
Julie Giroux
Julie Giroux
John Barnse Chance
John Barnse Chance
Ola Gjeilo
Ola Gjeilo
Bruce Broughton
Bruce Broughton